The infamous knife edge ridge of Crib Coch is no place for the faint hearted or those unsteady on their feet. The route is not waymarked and finding the right line through the steep rocky ground is both serious and challenging. Each year our rescue team gets numerous call outs to Crib Coch from people who have underestimated the exposed and serious nature of it.
To attempt Crib Coch you should be an experienced mountain walker who has completed other scramble routes of grade 1. Crib Coch is not the place to learn scrambling for the first time. An experienced mountain walker would be steady on their feet, can navigate by map and compass and have the skills to pick a route through steep and rocky terrain.
It is also extremely important to wait for good weather and conditions to attempt Crib Goch. The difficulty and seriousness increases massively if it is wet and windy or if visibility is poor. During the winter months if snow and ice are present the ridge becomes a winter climb where people would need to be fully proficent in the use of ice axes and crampons along with the additional skills required for winter mountaineering.
Many of our rescues on Crib Coch are to 'cragfast' people who have simply underestimated the seriousness of the route and cannot cope with the exposed and steep rocky ground and end up unable to help themselves. Many of these rescues involve people being led by friends or partners who have persuaded them to 'give it a go' and have then struggled to cope with the steep and exposed terrain on the ridge. Taking responsibility to lead someone else in this kind of terrain is a serious undertaking and should not be taken lightly. If in doubt then you should consider hiring a qualified mountain leader
To the experienced mountain walker Crib Coch is one of the finest mountaineering journeys in the UK. In good weather with dry conditions and low winds it offers a fantastic long route of varied scrambling and is the start of the famous Snowdon Horseshoe which follows Crib Coch, Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Yr Lliwedd.