Ascent of Crib Goch on 2003-05-17

Climber: Gary Honey

Others in Party:Warren
Marc Parry
Andrew Baguely and John Orme
Date:Saturday, May 17, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crib Goch
    Elevation:922 m / 3028 ft

Ascent Trip Report

So after some deliberation the wind was picking up and the rain was coming down the group (Warren, Marc Parry, Andrew Baguely and John Orme) decided that the conditions were OK (Hmm). The path started out easily on new slabs past the 'danger Crib Goch path' sign. Then the first interesting bit on a rock step, managed to get my gaiter caught on a rock and dislodged a big rock, missed though. For me the hardest part was the climb to the top of the ridge, the wind was picking up with gusts from the nearby weather station recorded as up to 64 mph and averaging 30 mph. On many occasions I just held on and wondered what I was doing. However the thought of going down was so bad that up was the only option. On the top of the ridge there is a resting point which was duly used. So did not exactly walk to the summit but was at least not overly worried even when at one point I sat aside the ridge and held on tight while the wind did its worse. By the time the top was reached I was feeling very tired and cold, it was great to be offered hot water by Marc, this is the first time that such a beverage has appealed. So my nemesis had been reached in bad weather but at least vertigo had not had a chance to kick in.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:563 m / 1848 ft
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Extremely Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:563 m / 1848 ft
    Distance:10.5 km / 6.5 mi
    Trailhead:359 m / 1180 ft
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Snowdon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Crib Goch2003-05-17
2Crib y Ddysgl2003-05-17

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