Experience scrambling and the Welsh countryside at its finest when ascending this knife-shaped arête. Take in incredible views of Snowdonia and get some great exercise while you’re at it.
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Crib Goch sits at the northern end of Snowdonia National Park in northwestern Wales. The highest point on the peak is an arête that reaches 923 meters in elevation. While this is not so high relative to other major peaks in the United Kingdom, the climb begins from close to sea level.
Scrambling to the top of the arête is the perfect challenge for novice climbers looking to get into the sport. The classic route heads up to the summit via the Pyg track in what is known as the Snowdon Horseshoe. While the climb is not technically difficult, the route is very exposed and can be treacherous, depending on the weather. Sure-footedness is a must.
For those seeking a challenge, the northern route is far more technically difficult but the views along the way and from the top are no less rewarding.
During the summer, average daily temperatures on Crib Goch hover around 10 ºC. The summer is also the driest time of year, but the mountain still experiences between 75 and 100 millimeters of rain per month.
Any trip to Crib Goch begins with a flight into the Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL). From here, it is easiest to rent a car and make the two hour drive to the ridge line.
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June to September, but many guides offer trips from April all the way to October.
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