RESCUE teams are advising hikers and climbers to give the famous Crib Goch knife edge a miss until weather conditions improve.
Members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team this week reported having to deal with a ‘significant number of call-outs’ on Crib Goch and nearby Garnedd Ugain.
“Crib Goch is considered a serious mountain scramble due to the delicate and potentially consequential crest of the ridge line and steep rock sections,” a spokesperson said.
“Route finding along certain sections can be problematic and the consequences of going the wrong way or scrambling in less than ideal weather conditions can be severe.
“Having a number of options for a day in the mountains is always worthwhile and saving such a magnificent scramble for a dry day may be something to consider.”
About Crib Goch and Garnedd Ugain
Crib Goch and Garnedd Ugain – also known as Crib-y-Ddysgl – form part of the popular Snowdon Horseshoe Route.
Crib Goch is an exposed ridge above 3,000ft and is considered by Snowdonia National Park as ‘not a mountain for the inexperienced’. It has claimed the lives of several experienced as well as not-so-experienced climbers.
Crib-y-Ddysgl – less than a mile north of Snowdon – is the second-highest peak in Wales.
The area is renowned as one of the wettest places in the UK. It has an average rainfall in excess of 4,473 millimetres – more than 14-and-a-half-feet – which, in winter, often leaves the ridge almost impossible to traverse due to ice.