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Thursday, 2 July 2015


Well what a surprise visit this was. Sat in the curry house on Saturday night just chatting away and talking about the forth coming fine weather led to me camping out on the Monday evening hopefully getting up Snowdon for a glorious sunrise early Tuesday morning. None of that as my alarm failed to go off and it was too cloudy anyway so plan B was put in place, the classic ridge walk over Crib Goch :-) I haven't done it for a while so needed to get it out of my system and to make it a more interesting day I decided on the horn, at the very last minute, then part way up the East Face going up to Crib Goch, a detour to go along the Goat/Sheep path that takes you to the North Ridge and up on to Crib Goch. From there it was up on to Garnedd Ugain then Snowdon. Also spent a bit of time watching the RAF Training Helicopter flying around. On my return I came straight down the Pyg Track. 8 fantastic hours in the most glorious weather.  Sunny with a slight breeze, cool to start with but hotting up on the descent. As I needed to be at Bangor for 5.30pm to pick Jill up I took my time doing the excellent ridge walk and scrambling making the most of it, hung around a quiet Snowdon summit for about 45 minutes before the straight forward and quiet descent back to Pen y Pass. A very recommended route away from the crowds if you like your scrambling on the ascent paths and stunning views all round. A great day on this most wonderful mountain. Please note that this route has a lot of ridge scrambling and big long drops. Only really consider this route if you are confident with exposure and have a head for heights.
As I have put this walk up before I'll just include some photo's and video I took.

My route for the day
Weather report
Looking down towards Llanberis from the climb up on the Horns
Snowdon Horseshoe from the Horns
Towards a cloud topped Snowdon and Llyn Lydaw
On the Horns with Moel Siabod as a backdrop
The way on to Crib Goch
Going up the start of the East Face of Crib Goch
Pick a line and up you go
Start of the Goats Path
View down the  Dyffryn Mymbyr & Plas y Brenin from the Goats Path
Zoomed in on the twin lakes, Llynnau Mymbyr, and campsite
On the faint Goats Path
Looking across to the Glyderau mountains and down towards Llanberis
Short scree slope on the the North Ridge
More grippy foot holds at the start
The North Ridge leading on to Crib Goch
Fine Views back down to Pen Y Pass
The North Ridge
Looking back down the North Ridge
Start of Crib Goch

Video of the Horns & North Ridge

RAF Training helicopter
Looking along my route up to the pointy top of Snowdon
Crib Goch Summit
On the Pinnacles
View back from the Pinnacles

View back along Crib Goch & The North Ridge
Straight up and over The Wall
View of Llyn Lydaw on the left & Glaslyn on the right
 A short video of Crib Goch

Ridge scramble up to Garnedd Ugain
Great views down to the lakes
A look back on the fine ridge walk
Garnedd Ugain summit with Snowdon behind
Looking over to Snowdon and Y Llwedd
Video of the RAF Training Heicopter

Snowdon summit views of my route over Crib Goch & Garnedd Ugain
Far reaching summit views
Summit views down the South Ridge and over to the coast
Snowdon Train from Llanberis to the Summit
Train on the return to Llanberis from the summit
Pyg Track marker post. My descent path
Looking down on the zig-zags on the Pyg Track
People enjoying the afternoon sun around Glaslyn
Looking up to Crib Goch
Last look from the path junction of the Horns, Crib Goch & Pyg Track
Back at basecamp
watching the sun go down on a great day
The moon rising over Moel Siabod to end the perfect day

Video Summit views form Garnedd Ugain & Snowdon

A great day in great weather, perfect :-)