We love guiding on Snowdon and one of the questions we get asked most is which is our favourite route to the summit. The answer is easy. If you have a sense of adventure (and aren’t too afraid of heights!) then climbing Snowdon via the Crib Goch ridge is definitely the best day out you can have in the mountains.
That level of excitement was exactly what Julia and her family were looking for when they asked our guide Simon to help them cross Crib Goch this month. Crib Goch was actually the last of the Welsh 3000’s the family had ticked off so was an extra special achievement.
We met bright and early at Pen-y-Pass. The family were experienced walkers so had all the right outdoor gear so we were ready for the off. Taking a sensible pace (as sensible as it can be with two teenage boys!) we started up the Pyg Track and made good time to Bwlch y Moch (pass of the pigs) where the path splits. Ready to take on the adventure we started up towards Crib Goch and quickly found ourselves scrambling over rock. This is a great opportunity to ensure everyone is prepared for what’s to come.
The boys were great at route finding here and were happy to lead the way (under Simon’s guidance) with lots of choices being made about whether they wanted to pick an easy option or a more ‘fun’ route. Within no time we were up on the ridge. Things can definitely get a bit scary up here so the group moved from walking high and proud along the arête to stepping to the side for a bit more security.
We moved carefully along the ridge to reach the summit of Crib Goch and after a short, careful celebration we continued along to the relative sanctuary of the pinnacles. More scrambling fun was had before arriving safely at Bwlch Glas for the easier walk down along the Miners’ Path.
After the event, it was especially lovely to receive this Tripadvisor review from Julia:
What a great day our family had climbing the totally awe inspiring Crib Goch yesterday. We couldn’t have done it without Simon – he had a way of leading that made us all feel safe and reassured every step of the way, whilst allowing our teenage boys to challenge themselves too. We can’t think of a nicer person to spend time in the mountains with. We will always treasure the amazing photos Simon took of us during our unforgettable day. Altogether a wonderful experience our family will never forget, thank you.Julia O via Tripadvisor, August 2022
See more images of our 2022 Crib Goch scramblers in our Crib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe – 2022 Gallery.
If you’d like to tackle Snowdon via the amazing Crib Goch ridge scramble, book your Snowdon via Crib Goch adventure today.