My time in Wales

On the 25th September 2010 I set off to a job interview/camping trip to Gloucestershire, after the interview on the following Monday I was on my way through South Wale.

Campsite in Coleford Gloucestershire

I camped at another three campsites on my way through Wales from Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia National Park

 I had the time of my life as much as you can have alone as I travelled through the amazing countryside of this fantastic country the scenery is breathtaking around every corner, lakes and mountain its like the Lake District stretched out I remembered thinking to myself.
My aim was to reach Snowdonia National Park and hike Snowdon via Crib Goch and maybe even do a Wildcamp somewhere on route.
I reached the planned car park and took out my bulging backpack and made my mind up to go light over the Crib and just do Snowdon and do a Wildcamp afterwords after phoning my friend Paul from Denbigh in Denbighshire and arranging to meet him later in the day.

Crib Goch
Crib Goch, Snowdonia, Wales - August 2007.jpg
Crib Goch from the west
Elevation 923 m (3,028 ft)
Prominence 65 m (213 ft)
Parent peak Garnedd Ugain
Listing Hewitt, Welsh 3000s, Nuttall
Translation red ridge (Welsh)
Pronunciation Welsh: [ˈkɾɪb ˈɡox]
Location Gwynedd, Wales
Range Snowdonia
OS grid SH624551
Coordinates 53°04′32″N 4°03′13″W / 53.0755422°N 4.053513°W / 53.0755422; -4.053513Coordinates: 53°04′32″N 4°03′13″W / 53.0755422°N 4.053513°W / 53.0755422; -4.053513
Topo map OS Landranger 115
Easiest route Grade 1 scramble [1]
Part of the Crib Goch ridge. An easy section of the path runs over the grassy saddle

Crib Goch is described as a "knife-edged" arête in the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, Wales. The name means red comb in the Welsh language, presumably referring to the serrated ridge and the colour of some of the rocks.

The highest point on the arête is 923 metres (3,028 ft) above sea level. All routes which tackle Crib Goch are considered mountaineering routes in winter or scrambles in summer—meaning that they must cross "graded territory" as defined in Steve Ashton's "Scrambles in Snowdonia".[2] The easiest of these lines (the "bad step" part of the route) is given a scrambling grade of Grade 1 (the most difficult being Grade 3—routes more difficult than Grade 3 are considered rock climbs).


Sketch map of the Snowdon massif
·grey: ridges
·red lines: paths
·orange lines: roads
·dotted grey line: Snowdon Mountain Railway
The "knife-edge" arête of Crib Goch (foreground) and the pyramidal peak of Snowdon (background) are both the result of glaciation.

The classic traverse of Crib Goch from East to West leads up from the Pyg track to a "bad step" where hands and feet are both needed briefly. It is followed by ascent to the arête, before tackling three rock-pinnacles to a grassy col at Bwlch Coch. This first part of the ridge is exposed with precipices below, having resulted in several fatalities, even of experienced mountaineers;[3][4] the Snowdonia National Park Authority describe it as "not a mountain for the inexperienced".[5] Moreover, on fine days the ridge may be very busy and queues can form. To avoid the long queues on the ascent from the east, it is possible to ascend Crib Goch's North Ridge, which adjoins the main ridge. It is recommended that walkers who use this route do have climbing skills and climbing equipment.

It is possible to ascend Crib Goch from Bwlch y Moch SH663552 or from Nant Peris, an ascent via Cwm Beudu Mawr.

From the col the ridge rises again, joining the main Snowdon ridge via the sister peak Garnedd Ugain in the west. Here the path meets the Pyg Track (which descends to Pen-y-Pass) at Bwlch Glas (marked by a large standing stone), before the final climb to Snowdon summit. To the south of the arête lie the lakes of Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw. To the north is the Llanberis Pass. Crib Goch is classed as a Welsh 3000er and is also often climbed as the first part of the Snowdon Horseshoe, which goes on over Garnedd Ugain, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd, before returning to Pen-y-Pass.

Crib Goch is one of the wettest spots in the United Kingdom, with an average of 4,473 millimetres (176.1 in) rainfall a year over the past 30 years.[6]

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The next time I was to ring Paul was from my rescue point on Crib Goch how embarrassing, I will not go into the details here as the vid below tells the story, what I will talk about is the Wildcamp I had afterwards with my new friend Paul whom had driven a couple of hours south-west to meet me at the car park where I had parked to do my Crib Goch attempt.
We drove a few miles down the road to a lake by the side of the road which I had seen passing and thought to myself at the time that would be a nice wildcamp spot.
Unpacking our rucksack’s from the cars we headed over a wall to some trees by the side of a river where we setup camp, Paul had brought a few cans of beer to down and they were very welcome too 🙂 , we laughed and joked all night with very little sleep.
I had met a very nice and one of the funniest guys I had ever met and will never forget the wonderful time I had spent travelling through Wales , cheers Paul.


Some Photos I took on my journey back home

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8 Responses to “My time in Wales”

  1. Chrissie Says:

    Hi David, just found your website today and thoroughly enjoying looking at it. Have been climbing mountains for as long as I can remember, and have been backpacking for about 20 years – usually on longer trips of about 6 or 7 days at a time, with hubby. In the last couple of years have started backpacking just with my dog aswell – but usually then only for 2 or 3 days as have to carry dog food etc plus a 2 man tent for the pair of us to share!
    Did Crib Goch years ago and have to admit it was never my favourite walk, and I never had any particular desire to do it again!
    Cheers Chrissie

  2. David Murphy Says:

    Hi Chrissie thanks for your comment, arr….. the Crib Goch well that was a bit of a disaster it turned out a little embarrassing lol but I think given the chance again I would do it ok as with hiking I think you gain confidence from coming across similar situations so next time your faced with them you cope better, having someone with you helps a great deal with confidence one luxury I didnt have and with the fog closing in you start to feel all alone and your mind gets the better of you.
    It wasnt a total loss as I did have my wildcamp and had a great night meeting a new friend just wish I had some more video footage of the camping.

  3. Chrissie Says:

    You’re right on all counts – I was with someone when I did Crib Goch and we kept each other going. Expecially since once you’re on the edge proper there aren’t any escape routes. As you say though you’ll probably do it next time if you have another go – and at least you had a good night!

  4. David Murphy Says:

    Yeah its just getting some nutcase to go with me haha

  5. Paul Harris Says:

    Hi, Dave enjoying your website,your right its a lot better with someone else,the 1st time I did Crib Coch there was around eight of us so loads of confidence, half way across it started snowing and the wind blew up the cliff face making it look like it was snowing upwards freaked me out at first.
    Got pisted that night to celebrate then did Tryfan the next morning feeling a little delicate, great area almost as good as the Lakes ha ha.

  6. David Murphy Says:

    Thanks for commenting mate, its about not letting your imagination get the better of you, I have found myself In similar situations Sinse and I have learnt not to give up and cope with my mindset, if I was to go now I no I would cope with it and do it. Everytime you do mountains each time is easier than the last. Having company, well you don’t even think about it just do it.

  7. neil richardson-smith Says:

    hi,i fancy wild camping up snowdon,where did you camp up there and the best routes to get there

    thanks Neil

  8. David Murphy Says:

    I didn’t actually get to camp on hi ground , I met Paul and we camp near a river.