by Rekrab » Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:29 am
Hewitts included on this walk: Crib Goch, Crib y Ddysgl, Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa
Date walked: 04/08/2011
Time taken: 6.5
Distance: 14.1 km
Ascent: 1300mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I've been ticking them Quite rapidly and as of this week I found that I only had two more to go. Crib goch and Crib y Ddysgl.
I had a organised to do the Snowdon Horseshoe with a friend on this day as she was heading to N wales to help out over the weekend with the ogwen valley mountain marathon event.
she headed out a day earlier for a wander around Snowdon with me and here's what happend!!
we didn't end up leaving Llanrwst until 12:30 I think. Once we got to the Pen-y-pass it was full up (as usual) so we drove back down to Pen-y-gwyrd hotel and decided that we would walk the mile to Pen-y-pass. once pen-y-pass was reached Jude decided she wanted to get the ridge right from the start which I was up for as I also wanted to tick Craig Fach a Sub-Hewitt and then take in all the the wee lumps and bumps of the Horns. I have taken a lot of pics with my mobile as I'm to skint to buy bateries for my camera which only likes ones wrapped in gold that cost £100.00 each.
once up on the horns the days weather was letting us know it was there as we seemed to be putting on and taking off our jackets every 15 minutes it seemed as the rain was coming off and on.
The banter was great all along the horns and we had reached the Stile where the Pyg track and the Crib goch path go their separate ways.
as you can see it is as Jude put it a "full frontal assault" as we found ourselves scrambling from ledge to ledge right from the start.
on the second or third ledge I found a very difficult section with a nice Chunky gully off to the left or a smaller option shimmying along a small ledge then kinda shimmying around a boulder but pushing yourself away from the wall so you are kinda overhanging.
I went for the Left option and once I got up top all the holds disappeared and it got even steeper so I climbed down and went for the other shimmying option and had to catch up with Jude who had already reached the upper ledge.
Now I must say this is the only part of the walk that I found difficult or remotely scary. the rest of the day was incredibly enjoyable.
I took off and started to lead on some of the scrambling taking pics of Jude for... well scale really!!
before we new it we had reached the Top of Crib Goch and I could not believe the Knife edge that I was now looking at continuing along the ridge. I've walked CMD arete and Aonach Eagach but I found myself crab crawling/walking with massive drops on both sides it was a whole new kind of scrambling it was scrambling horizontally!!
now we weren't Planning on taking the pedestrian route here today as we saw all the pinnacles we made our way up to the top of everyone once we skirted around one to see what the down climb looked like before heading back and heading up it but we went up every one and I was very please d to have taken it all in.
it turned out that going this late was a bonus as the weather and views were improving, and there were no ques for the climbing.
as the Bwlych coch was reached and our feet were back into solid ground it nice.
and the cloud started to lift for a minute.
the next few Pinnacles were very fun and easy and we found ourselves descending back to the ridge after every one.
The cloud was coming in and out and giving us some great atmospheric views.
almost on Crib Y Ddysgl I took this great shot of Jude Scrambling.
It was what I expected.
I found it very tiring I must say.
I didn't want the Aonach eagach to end and the Carn Mor dearg arete took us three hours to traverse but this ridge seemed never ending and I was glad to rach the Summit cafe to have a bit of lunch.
we got too Snowdon summit around 17:00 and spent 30 minutes eating lunch and then we had reached Pen-y-pass via the Pyg track by 19:30 and Pen-Y-Gwryd by 20:00
Very happy to have reached my goal of walking all these hills this year, and I'd like to do them in a onner next year I think.
thanks for reading
by mountainstar » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:58 am
You took some good pictures, slightly let down by the quality....mobile phone camera?
I intend taking some WH members along there in October, on the meet I am arranging, the best "walk" in Wales
As you well know, fancy it again?
by susanmyatt » Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:50 pm
by The Hanging Monkey » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:28 pm
I've done it a couple of times.
by ClimbingCalum » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:16 am
I was wondering if anyone else had tackled Crib Goch in reverse, starting out from Snowdon's peak, and if so how did you find it? I climbed the north face of Tryfan directly the next day, descending down the West face, and found that to be quite a bit easier and quicker (took me about 2hrs30mins with plenty of stops for pictures).
Also, i was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for mountains in the UK which would be a natural progression in scrambling/climbing difficulty from the likes of Tryfan and Crib Goch? Im thinking along the lines of Ben Nevis but there must be many more options out there in Snowdonia alone?
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by foggieclimber » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:41 pm
I'm hoping to do most (if not all) of the Welsh 3000ers in the forthcoming WH Snowdonia Trip.
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