Join us for a guided scramble up the Clogwyn y Person Arete on Snowdon, one of the finest Grade 3 scrambles in Wales. It is ‘alpine’ in nature and is an ideal place to practice in preparation for a trip to the Alps. Perched high on the sides of Garnedd Ugain, the arête is a brilliant route to do and we often use it on our courses.
Starting from the famous Llanberis Pass, you head upwards on a good path. Here, the enormous crag of Cyrn Las dominates the view. This crag has many excellent rock climbs at a variety of grades, including the famous Classic Rock route, Main Wall. Soon, you find yourself above Cyrn Las and a beautiful secluded cwm, Cwm Glas.
From here the arete is obvious, and you see it in profile. A steep left hand sky-line, gradually easing to a very gentle angle that sweeps up to the main Snowdon Horseshoe ridge line. First, there are some steep sections up the right hand side of the arete to gain the crest. Next, you climb a series of short tricky pitches with superb views to the cwm and the Pass down below. Then, as the angle begins to ease, there is an exciting narrow section. This is followed by a small ‘summit’ to stand on for a dramatic photograph.
After this, the angle and the technicality ease off and soon you will be walking easily towards Garnedd Ugain. From here there are two obvious options. One is to continue around to the summit of Snowdon; the other is to traverse Crib Goch (the ‘wrong’ way) and then descend back to Cwm Glas. Whichever way you choose, the Clogwyn y Person Arete is a rewarding day out in the mountains.