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January 2018

Scottish Skiing at its best

Yesterday was one of those days where everything came together. A week of fresh snow on light winds down to sea level, blue skies and sunshine and the perfect temperature inversion combined to give a memorable day of skiing. Scotland in winter is amazing!

Today the plan worked – but it nearly didn’t

Our aim for today was to refresh the skills learnt over the week, and after two days of wading to try and find some wind blown snow that would mean we could do some more crampon coaching and ice axe arrest. We decided we needed to get high and to do that without the wading [...]

Glencoe Wading

It has been another ace day here in the Highlands. Last night I set the boys the challenge of putting together the weather and avalanche forecasts to produce a plan for today. This saw us heading for Sgurr nam Fiannaidh (the the end of the Aonach Eagcah Ridge) in Glencoe. We parked between the village [...]

Snowmageddon in the Highlands

I knew today was going to be a good day when I was woken up in the early hours as the snow avalanched from the roof of my winter residence here in Fort William! Sure enough we had lots of snow in the garden and snow news filled the morning television as I ate breakfast. [...]

Snow to the road in Glencoe

It has been another ace day here in the Highlands with snow down to the road in Fort William and Glencoe. The boys and I headed up the "Wee Buachaille" which was great progression from yesterday. We were treated to some wonderful light and some great snow conditions. The boys took charge of the navigation [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

I am up in Scotland now for the start of my seasons work, how time flies! It must be a sign of getting older that it seems like I only closed the front door of my usual Fort William home behind me yesterday! I have been joined for the week by Ian, Richard, Tom & [...]

Playing in the Snow

It has been beautiful here in Snowdonia and with some fresh snow on the tops it seemed churlish not to get out and make the most of it. I am heading upto Scotland this week so I needed to make the most of home before I head off! Photos and reports will follow from the [...]

December 2017

Works Christmas Party!

Another wintry jaunt before the anticipated thaw sets in with Huw and Tarquin on what was our busman's version of a works Christmas outing. Had this been any other festive knees up then setting off with no particular plan might well have led us to a Wetherspoons. Somehow on the Expedition Guide beano we ended [...]

Winter Climbing in Snowdonia

It has been a week of full winter conditions here in Snowdonia this week. I have had some filming work on and so have not had the opportunity to get out and make the most of it and so was keen to correct that today. Bryn and I headed up into Cwm Cneifion as we [...]

Skiing in Tignes

I have been in the French Alps this week with Dave for a spot of early season skiing. We arrived last Saturday and were excited to find some great early season conditions. We have mixed up the week with a combination of some touring, lift accessed off-piste and some half day lessons to improve our [...]

Winter has arrived!

I was out yesterday for sunrise over Tryfan as we have snow on the mountains here in Snowdonia. As you can see from the shot it is looking very pretty, we didn't get a sunrise but the photo shows Tryfan in the pre-dawn light looking very pretty. Winter is definitely my favourite time of year [...]

November 2017

ML Training – Security on Steep Ground

I have been out with the ML Training team today looking at security on steep ground. It was been a tad wet and windy and so we stayed low, using the great variety of steep ground in Cwm Idwal to teach the various aspects of the MTUK syllabus. The weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm and [...]

Limestone, sunshine and smiles

The last few days have gone by in a blur of sunshine, great climbing and laughter - sounds like an ideal recipe for life to me! We have visited some new crags and re-visited some that we have been to before, exploring the island and being constantly amazed at the variety and quality of the [...]

Mallorca Sunshine

It has been a beautiful day here on Mallorca and Rich, Tracey and I made the most of it, exploring a new venue and enjoying some fine climbing. We headed to Ca's Catala (after a visit to Decathlon for new shoes for Rich) - this single pitch crag was ace, we climbed a nice range [...]

Climbing in Mallorca

I made my first climbing trip to Mallorca this time last year and it was so good that I'm back. As per last year I have come back with Tracey & Richard - we kicked the week off with some steep limestone at S'estret, avoiding some fairly high winds on the North coast but still [...]

October 2017

IML Training

I have been working on an International Mountain Leader Training course all week this week at Plas Y Brenin, here in Snowdonia. The course builds on the skills that candidates have already been trained and assessed on as summer Mountain Leaders here in the UK and prepares them to work on an International basis. Topics [...]

International Mountain Leader Training

Having had a busy weekend in the Lake District supporting Trail Magazine I am back home in Snowdonia and this week I’m working for Plas Y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre. I’m working on the International Mountain Leader Training course which kicks off with a timed navigation test. As you can see from the [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan

Hannah, Kathryn and I headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan today and whilst it was a tad damp, and hence not a lot of photos, we did have lots of giggles and learning. Thanks both for a lovely couple of days.

Choosing an axe and crampons for winter walking

Choosing an axe and crampons for winter walking Winter offers the ideal excuse to head off to the nearest gear shop and spend some of your hard earned on shiny new gear. Even better, some of it is shiny, jangly, metal gear! Everyone knows that when there's snow on the ground you cannot be seen [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been joined by Kathryn and Hannah for our two day intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia. We had some pretty high winds forecast today and so played it safe by heading for Seniors Gully in Cwm Cneifion. As we gained height the wind didn't materialise and so we ended up heading up [...]