The most straightforward of these remote scrambles up Foel-goch. Lack of traffic makes route finding difficult and it is not recommended when wet. Start from the parking in Nant Ffrancon. From the parking, go diagonally right up the hillside to just before a gully with the remains of a drystone wall on the other side of the gully. Zig-zag up the hillside until you can cut across to the base of a scree shoot. Cross the fence and follow it up the right side of the scree. Cut across to gain a grass/heather rib on the left side of a prominent V-gully of scree. Ascend the rib to a path and traverse left on this briefly. Then head up another grassy rib to between two small buttresses of rock. Go up the gully in between to below a smaller buttress with a quartz plate on it. Directly above is Needle Eye Arete. Traverse left to gain the base of the South Arete.
1) Pick your way up easy rock steps on the ridge, which at first is not very prominent.
2) As the ridge becomes more defined the scrambling increases in quality and difficulty. A tower threatens to bar the way - look left for a small drystone wall.
3) Cross this and go round the side of the tower. A notch above, bridged by a chockstone, provides a window to regain the ridge.
4) At another step, go up a corner to the left.
5) The final exposed ridge leads over rocks to a path that heads up to Foel-goch's summit.
Descent - Carry on up the main ridge to the summit of Foel-goch. From here you can descend back via Llyn y Cwm and The Devil's Kitchen. Alternatively, follow a rib down and to right (facing out) to just below the North East Ridge of Y Garn then traverse back across to gain the approach walk. © Rockfax
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