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Clogwyn y Person Arete on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

By 1st August 2020November 17th, 2022Scrambling, Summer


Join us for a guided scramble up the Clogwyn y Person Arete on Yr Wyddfa (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 above Llanberis Pass, the arête is a brilliant route to do and we often use it on our courses.

We offer a whole range of scrambling courses and guided scrambles in Eryri (Snowdonia). These range from courses for the complete novice to those wanting to learn rope work skills for scrambling in the UK to mountaineering in the Alps.

Booking and Prices

If you’d like to know more about a guided scramble up the Clogwyn y Person Arete on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), then see our main page for more details and prices or see what our clients say about us.

When you are ready, then get in touch to make an enquiry or a booking.

We also run scrambling courses in the Lake District and on the west coast of Scotland.

Scrambling the Clogwyn y Person Arete

A mountaineer reaches the crest of the ridge of the Clogwyn y Person Arete with Llanberis Pass below during a summer mountaineering course in Snowdonia
Reaching the crest of the Clogwyn y Person Arete

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.

Two clients on a rope are being led up the dramatic cliffs of the Clogwyn y Person Arete, with Llanberis Pass far below, during a scrambling course in Snowdonia
Superb views from the Clogwyn y Person Arete

From here the Clogwyn y Person 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 Yr Wyddfa (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 Yr Wyddfa; 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 on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is a rewarding day out in the mountains.