The Crib Lem Spur is situated on the northern slopes of Carnedd Dafydd. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the Ogwen Valley, this grade 1 scramble really is a forgotten gem of Snowdonia, a high quality easy ridge scramble in a wild mountain setting. Whilst you can ascend the route and head almost straight back to the car, a far better option - and one that gives a full and varied day - is to carry on over Carnedd Llewelyn and Yr Elen to give one of the more spectacular and remote horseshoes in North Wales.
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Distance: 8.89 miles (14.30 km)
Total ascent: 1,074m
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
Park sensibly in the off-road parking just past the old Gerlan Post Office, or on the road. Take care not to block road access, SH632664
The terrain is generally upland hill and moorland with a rocky scramble and boulder strewn ridge walk. The scrambling itself is of limited difficulty, grade 1, and the exposure is not too taxing, but the remoteness of the situation could make it serious. The beginning of the route is tricky to follow and a little damp underfoot, but not too bad. However the final 1km back to the road can be quite boggy, but you are nearly home by then...
The route in winter is a grade I/II ridge climb, with the final slope to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd often being loaded with windslab and prone to avalanche. In whiteout conditions there is difficult navigation across the ridge linking Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Snowdonia – Met Office: Snowdonia
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