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Ascent of Snowdon on 2013-06-27

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowdon
    Location:UK-Wales
    Elevation:1085 m / 3560 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Part one of my three peak, work trip challenge.

I had some meetings in London, but decided to take the opportunity to road trip around the UK and hit those three peaks I kept hearing about. I rented a car, and set out to Wales to hit Snowdon in the afternoon!

I started from Pen Y Pass on the Pyg Track with the intention of heading up Crib Goch, since I heard it was the harder and more rewarding way to do Snowdon. The weather was pretty crappy, but I could actually see the lakes by the time I came to the Crib Goch trail head, so figured it would be fine to attempt the scramble. I was wrong.

Since I was alone, and the weather picked up, there were more moments on this scramble where I questioned what I was doing than I care to admit. Very quickly, going down became very unattractive in the rain, and up become more terrifying as the visibility disappeared. While I ended up finishing out the ridge, I would not recommend that trek to anyone if the weather is even a little sour.

After the Crib y Ddysgl and Crib Goch experiences, I was back on the stone staircases of the Pyg Track and quickly up to the summit. I decided to check out the lakes on the way back, so I hit up the Miner's Track on the way back and enjoyed the easy walk and change of scenery. Back at the car, I prepared for another long haul (on the other side of the road) to the Lakes.
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