komoot planned a hike.
November 8, 2018
The imposing razor-back ridge of Crib Goch is, quite simply, the ultimate way to climb Snowdon.
The Grade 1 scramble is a sure-fire thriller that will challenge every aspect of your skill level and personality. If you want to push the boundaries for your Snowdon experience, you will not find a better option than this route.
The Crib Goch scramble from Pen-y-Pass is the toughest way to ascend Snowdon. Renowned as one of the best scrambling routes in the UK, it is the most exposed and challenging route to the summit and should not be undertaken lightly.
Before we speak about the joys, though, it is wise to mention that in winter conditions, Crib Goch is not a ‘hike’ and you will need to be an experienced mountaineer with the proper gear to tackle the spine-tingling ridge.
If the weather is good, though, this is the wildest and most exciting way up Snowdon: the highest peak in England and Wales. With awe-inspiring views, breathtaking exposure and low technical difficulty (Grade 1 is the lowest rating on the scrambling scale) it is one of the best scrambles in the UK.
After conquering Crib Goch and arriving at the summit of Snowdon, you can sit back and enjoy the views with a smug sense of achievement. You deserve to bask in your glory for a moment.
There are a few more thrills on this route yet, though. The three tops of Y Lliwedd—Lliwedd Bach, the East Peak and West Peak—are all challenging in their own right but reward you with magnificent vistas across the landscape and into the darkness below.
From there, it is a steady saunter back past the glorious lakes of Llyn Lydaw and Llyn Tarn back to Pen-y-Pass.