Perhaps it's only fitting that the highest mountain in Wales boasts the country's greatest all-day scrambly ridge traverse. Indeed there's no better route of its kind in the British Isles south of the Scottish border. The walk has a compelling logic, following narrow ridge crests encircling the massif's huge eastern cwm and linking its four principal summits - three of which are three thousanders. Notable scrambling is encountered on the ascent and traverse of Crib Goch and the continuation ridge Crib y Ddysgl, which leads to Snowdon's second highest peak Garnedd Ugain. Though it's not technically difficult (grade 1 by the line of least resistance) this entire section is relatively serious with some surprising exposure and few easy escape options. With its train station, cafe and crowds the summit of Yr Wyddfa itself is a bit of a let down, but the final traverse over sharp-spined y Lliwedd rounds things off in suitably spectacular style.
Follow signs of wear up the ridge. The ground is scrappy and can be climbed pretty much anywhere; keep an eye out for stone fall. After a while climb a steep Ďwallí of flakes and then a series of shallow grooves and ledges. The angle soon eases on the upper crest, where sloping slatey rock can be treacherous if wet or icy. The mountainís airy east summit sits at the junction of the East and North Ridges (a quieter alternative ascent route)
The scrambly Crib y Ddysgl ridge is now obvious ahead, a stairway of little rock walls and easier walking sections. The first rock step is the main difficulty, best done by staying just left of the steepest rock before regaining the arÍte, which is then followed in easy but airy fashion over several false tops to the trig point on the second highest peak in Wales.
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