Mountaineering at Crib Goch

This is the stunning vertiginous mountain ridge, that’s Crib Goch on the Snowdon massif. It’s one of the finest mountaineering routes in Europe and definitely not for the faint hearted! The route up Crib Goch and along the ridge is extremely dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers. Every day dozens of people find themselves on this precarious knife edge, straddling the rocky lip, sheer empty space either side. Some wishing they had taken the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the top! But for those who like a challenge and are experienced, it’s an amazing mountaineering day out in Summer or Winter with stunning views across Snowdonia. Our advert features mountaineering legend Eric Jones from Tremadog and ace rock climber Ioan Doyle of Bethesda.

The National Park Authority produces a Mountain Safety Guide so you can be fully prepared to climb in Snowdonia.

Crib Goch, Snowdonia National Park

Crib Goch, Snowdonia National Park

You don’t have to take the Crib Goch path to the top of Mount Snowdon. There are several ways up, including by far the easiest, you can take the train! This narrow gauge rack and pinion railway has been taking less adventurous mountain climbers to the summit sine 1896.

Where to stay:

Plas Curig Hostel was recently given a 5 Star rating by Visit Wales - the first hostel to be awarded that accolade in Wales.  It has beautiful interiors, superb facilities and is located right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Plas Curig prides itself on its surroundings, boasting breathtaking views of Mount Snowdon, and its close proximity to Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Centre for outdoor activities. The hostel’s décor is an ambient blend of Welsh tradition and modern luxury including Welsh woollen blankets and fluffy duvets that you just sink under.

Where to eat:

You’ve done it. You’ve climbed Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. You’re knackered, your feet hurt, and you need proper food. You need Pete’s Eats in Llanberis! Order a chip buttie and a pint mug of tea. Then sit back and tell anyone who will listen about your brush with death on the Pyg Track – you, a sheep, a very narrow track...

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