Summer is coming to an end in the mountains and as we move into autumn the nights draw in. As the sun sits lower in the sky the light improves dramatically and we enter a season of cloud inversions, sun-rays, woodsmoke and golden leaves. Our thoughts also turn to winter and the promise of snow and ice on our mountains, the tingle of anticipation and excitement as the first frost arrives, the sharpening of axes in readiness for ice and the waxing of skis in readiness for powder - bring it on!
I run a range of navigation, hillwalking, mountaineering, scrambling and climbing courses & expeditions throughout the year to educate, motivate and inspire. I run most of the courses myself with one or two other instructors who are regular faces, highly qualified and good friends of mine.
Thanks for the photos and even more so for such a cracking week! We haven't stopped grinning since we got home – we were hoping to learn new skills and to stretch ourselves in a winter environment, but I don't think either of us had anticipated having so much fun in the process! Your technical skills speak for themselves, but you also have a special talent for creating a warm, inclusive culture in the team – it really did feel like a bunch of mates going for a great walk, despite the fact that we were all strangers to begin with! That's something that can't be taught – I suspect it has a lot to do with your evident passion for what you do and a complete lack of ego. You're one of the few people out there making a living doing something you truly love – how many of us get to do that?!
We're looking forward to doing a scrambling course with you.
All the best,
Natalie & Mike. Winter Skills Week, March 2014"
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I provide Mountain Leader Training and Assessment courses as an approved provider and course director for Mountain Training Cymru here in North Wales as well as mountain skills training & expeditions for individuals or groups on open courses or as private guiding.
My aim is to help you become self sufficient and self reliant in the mountains and on the crags in summer or winter and to help trainee leaders develop a career in the mountains.
I live in Snowdonia with my wife (Kate) and four children and run most of my courses here. I make my full time living in the mountains and spend most of my free time in them too, either climbing with friends or out with the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team or the Search Dogs. In addition I run trips to the Isle of Skye, the Alps, Norway, Spain and the Himalaya.
If you can't find what you are looking for on the site then just drop us an email, I look forward to meeting you.
This months Trail Magazine join us on the Cneifion Arete advanced scrambling.
"Rob Johnson is a Trail regular. We’ve worked with him before and would trust him with our lives. Just as well; that’s exactly what Tom and I would be doing."
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