Scramble two of Snowdonia's most famous ridges
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4 - 5
The two iconic ridges of Snowdonia are incredible days out, taking you high into the mountains of North Wales over airy precipices and world-famous rocky peaks. On this long weekend we’ll introduce you to scrambling, and give you the movement skills and confidence needed to take on both Crib Goch, and the north ridge of Tryfan.
Both scrambles are rated ‘grade 1’ meaning they are well within the abilities of adventurous hillwalkers with average fitness. As we’re running this trip over a long weekend of three walks, the first day will be another great day out, on a route that will help you increase your scrambling knowledge ready for the big beasts that lie ahead!
In a nutshell:
- Enjoy three guided walks in Snowdonia, aiming for Crib Goch, Tryfan, and another peak to get you ready. A qualified Mountain Leader will be with you all the way.
- Relax in our cosy hostel for three nights of accommodation where you’ll discover the social side of North Wales.
- Experience the camaraderie of a friendly group, who will support you through your scrambling adventure.
- Head out for evening meals in some of the best local pubs and celebrate excellent days on the hills.
- Friday 28th – Monday 1st August 2020
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from 5pm, where your Mountain Leader and host will be waiting to meet you and introduce you to your scrambling team-mates.
We’ll head out to dinner at 8pm so if you think you’re going to arrive after this time, let us know and you can meet us there. Over dinner we’ll have a briefing about the exciting days to come.
Saturday and Sunday
On these two full days we’ll start with breakfast at the hostel, have some time to make packed lunches, and then head out for our scrambles.
Saturday will involve a wander up one of the easier scrambles in Snowdonia, aiming to allow you to develop some useful techniques, and get your first experience of hands-on-the-rock. This could be the south ridge of Moel Siabod, or perhaps the famous Senior’s Gully in Cwm Idwal.
Sunday will be our attempt at Crib Goch. Starting from the Llanberis Pass we’ll head up the north ridge, admiring the solid rock below and the views down into Cwm Glas, one of Snowdon’s wildest valleys.
Crib Goch (the ‘red ridge’) is one of the ridges of Snowdon, and once on the famous ridge traverse we’ll be able to see the towering summit of Snowdon itself ahead. The traverse is exposed, and you’ll need a head for heights, but the rock is solid and the route isn’t strenuous. We’ll enjoy fantastic views down to Llyn Llydaw and the Glyderau mountains, and watch all the people walking the Pyg Track far below.
Once the scrambling is completed, we’ll head along the Pyg Track or Miners Track to descent back to the Llanberis Pass, where we’ll find somewhere to celebrate!
After both walks we’ll return to the hostel to shower and freshen up, before heading to the best local pubs for our evening meals. You’ll find yourself re-living the adventures of the day beside open fires, a drink in-hand and a good meal on the table!
After another sit-down breakfast and time to make lunch we’ll leave the hostel to head out on our final walk, an adventure up Tryfan.
The north ridge of Tryfan rises up from the Ogwen Valley in an unbroken like from lake-side to over 3000 feet. It’s a must-do for adventurous walkers and one of the most visually stunning routes anywhere on these islands.
You’ll find Tryfan very different to Crib Goch; there’s less exposure, and the scrambling is more ‘blocky’ giving you a different experience, but at a similar level of difficulty.
From the summit we’ll admire the famous rocks of ‘Adam and Eve’ the boulders that crown Tryfan’s peak, and gaze across at the main face of Glyder Fach, where umpteen harder scrambles remain for you on another day…
Returning to the valley via an easy path we’ll have a final drink in the café before it’s time to head home.
Note on the weather and difficulty
The schedule explained above is our aim, and your Leader will do all they can to help you attempt Crib Goch and Tryfan, but scrambling is an activity that very much depends on the weather. If it is too wet or windy then we may not be able to attempt the scrambles due to safety. We will aim first and foremost to take you along Crib Goch, so if there is one day of good weather, that’s where we’ll go. There are also some other scrambles that are suitable for ‘bad weather’ days. Whatever happens, we will go out for the day, even if it’s walking in the valleys, and you’ll still have an adventurous weekend in Snowdonia.
On this note, we also reserve the right to deny anyone who is not fit/competent enough either of the scrambles. Anyone with a sense of adventure and willingness to learn simple movement techniques can happily traverse these mountains, but our Leaders have final say. If they believe you cannot safely make the scrambles, they will make the decision and we will support them. At the same time, we are running an ‘adventure and explore’ weekend in the same location, so you could join them and still get a day out if you find the scrambling is too much.
About the location
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia is one of Britain’s oldest National Parks, and has been a landscape of adventure for hundreds of years. Several Everest teams have made Snowdonia their training ground, and you’ll be treading the very same peaks as you head up two of the most iconic scrambling ridges in the British Isles. With views over the mountains of North Wales, the Irish Sea, and the Isle of Anglesey, you’ll also discover what makes this area one of the homes of British outdoor adventure.
Good to know:
We’ll be staying in Dol Peris in Llanberis, the village that lies right at the foot of Snowdon. The guesthouse has a selection of shared, twin, double and single rooms; it has excellent views and a comfy lounge.
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Bangor Train Station
Bus: There is a bus from the train station, number 85 which stops outside the guest house.
Taxi: A taxi from Bangor Station is roughly £30.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of single, twin, double, triples and a 4 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
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“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016