Ascent of Snowdon on 2013-06-18

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
    Elevation:1085 m / 3560 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A really rewarding day doing a complete traverse of Wales' highest peak. The Snowdon ascent was not remarkable for the way up since I took the easy and relatively straightforward hiking approach from Rhydd Du, on the SW flanks of the mountain; it was on the way across and down the technical Crob Goch ridge that things turned exciting. The Crib Goch route is a scrambling route that stays relatively high, between 850 and 1000 m elevation, the entire way before topping out at a sub-summit and then plunging steeply down towards the slopes that lead back to Pen-y Pas. Parts of the ridge traverse were walking terrain, parts consisted of hand-over hand scrambling and the 500m knife-edge section required close attention to footing as well as staying on the ideal route. Mostly volcanic rock, scree sections and short grassy stretches. The whole experience was scenic and highly aesthetic, with some route finding challenges. Nice and dry weather is what made it possible. I rate this traverse very highly since the terrain is comparable to the harder ridges and peaks I have done in the Canadian Rockies, albeit on a comparatively lower and more "mellow" mountain. Upon descent, I was able to take the Snowdonia park bus from Pen-y Pass.
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The Crib Goch ridge en route while doing the Mount Snowdon traverse. It is the more technical variation from Pen-Y Pas (2012-06-18). Photo by Jan Triska.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:900 m / 2953 ft
    Elevation Loss:733 m / 2402 ft
    Grade/Class:some sections Class
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:900 m / 2953 ft
    Route:Rhydd-Du hiking path
    Trailhead:Rhydd Du  185 m / 607 ft
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:733 m / 2402 ft
    Route:Crob Goch ridge
    Trailhead:Pen y Pas  352 m / 1158 ft
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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