Garnedd Ugain Scramble to Snowdon

Starting Crib y Ddysgl's Llechog Ridge Scramble

Snowdon at the moment is inundated with people trying to get to the summit and then queuing for their photo at the tp of Wales. Its kinda crazy to be honest, and if you’re like me, who loves being on the hills, but can’t deal with the craziness of the hoards, then there are other ways to get to the top, and instead of queuing for a photo at the Trig point, how about just standing next to the summit stack and get a photo there.

This route is a grade 1 scramble, that will take you away from the crowds and give you a fantastic mountain day in the hills.

The start is at Blaen-Y-Nant in the Llanberis pass just outside the beautiful snowdonian village of Nant Peris , parking is in any of the lay-bys close by or a little further down the road either in the snowdon park and ride pay and display car park or a privately run car park (£5 per day in this one ) then a small walk back up the pass will be needed (approx 1km )

This untroddon route rises from Gwastadnant in the Llanberis Pass up to Llechog, a minor top below Crib y Ddysgl. If the hard start and all difficulties are avoided it can be scrambled at grade 1. There is some vegetation which gives problems in the wet, but it can be escaped from easily at many points.

Start by crossing the Afon Nant Peris over the bridge then turn right on to a little track, and after about 20m bear left aiming for a dry stone wall with a stile. This will lead you in to Cwm Glas Mawr, after the stile bear right up on to the grassy spur, this is actually the lower approach to the Cwm Glas spur scramble (more on that later ) at Grid Reference SH 616 565 head down a wide grassy gully in to cwm glas Bach – the Grade 2 Llechog buttress will now be in full view, this route is taking the Llechog ridge which is a grade 2- scramble and is behind the buttress ( or if you are a confident scrambler you could do the buttress instead).

Here move right to the base of the gentler looking ridge, which has a steep tower at its base. The tower is climbed on its left side. The first break is a crack filled with chockstones; ignore this. Further left is a slot/recess. Start on its left side and traverse a few metres across right to a shallow chimney, which is then climbed to the top. Here follow a rib over the tower to a small saddle.

This start isn’t massively difficult but is exposed so if you’d rather avoid it walk up below the tower to reach the saddle. From the saddle walk round the steep slab with the fence up it to reach a wall. Climb a rib to its left to reach a steep little face.

A quartz break can be climbed here, but this is tricky. If in doubt move left to find an easier way. Above, the angle eases and any line can be taken with a choice of grade. The most entertaining obstacle is a 10m crack ascending a slab. It’s harder than it looks though (with high potential for getting a boot stuck) so it is worth roping this pitch.

Higher up where the ridge narrows the rock becomes more brittle and steepens a little, before you emerge at the top. Here you have several choices. The summit of Llechog is a short walk to the left, and beyond this is Crib y Ddysgl and Snowdon.

This route was created by Chris Mutton.

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