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November 2017

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 [...]

Dolmen Ridge – Glyder Fach

I have been joined for two days by Cath on our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. We had the better forecast today and so jumped straight in with an ascent of Dolmen Ridge (3) and then a descent of Bristly Ridge (1). We enjoyed some lovely autumnal light on our journey and pretty much [...]

Mountain Skills – Day Two

For the second day of our Mountain Skills course we headed onto the Carneddau. It was almost like the weather had been organised specifically for the course as we stayed dry but were in thick cloud for most of the day. This was ideal for giving the guys and girls the chance to practise all [...]

Mountain Skills Course

I have been joined for the weekend by Natalie, Lyn, Malcolm, Andy, Nigel and Ian for our Mountain Skills course here in Snowdonia. It has been a grey and drizzly day which makes an ideal environment to learn to navigate so we have had lots of fun looking at the building blocks of mountain navigation. [...]

September 2017

How to get started as a mountaineer

Occasionally people have a vision, a dream, a fantastically great idea...but they don't know how to get there, or perhaps even what it means! This little article is for anyone that has ever dreamt of being a mountaineer and has made the first step in finding a course that will help them achieve that goal. [...]

August 2017

Climbing, friends and sunshine

I've been making the most of where we live since getting back from the Alps, getting out climbing with friends in the sunshine. All too soon summer will be behind us - at least that will herald the autumn photography season. Here's a few iPhone snaps from the last couple of weeks.  

Cneifion Arete

It has been a much better day than forecast today, making up for the wetting that we got yesterday! We enjoyed warm sunshine and dry rock and scrambled up the Idwal Slabs into Cwm Cneifion and then on up the Cneifion Arete. Thanks very much to Rosie and Heather for joining us for the week [...]

Advanced Scrambling

I joined up with Huw, Rosie & Heather today and we were also joined by Sarah & Sean. Our objective was a day of scrambling on grade 2/3 ground and so we headed up the Clogwyn Y Person Arete. It was a tad greasy and so care with footwork was needed but we stayed dry [...]

The Grand Tour

It was my fourtieth birthday at the end of July and so by way of celebration Kate and I decided to undertake a modern day version of the traditional Grand Tour. Our interpretation took 3 weeks and involved 3 kids, a blue van and a fair bit of driving. We kicked off the trip with [...]

July 2017

ML Ropework

Today was the last day on the hill for me with the ML Trainees with Huw taking over for the expedition. We looked at emergency use of the rope and expedition planning and the weather all kicked off this afternoon with some pretty intense thunder and lightning!

Security on Steep Ground – Tryfan

For the third day of our ML Training we enjoyed a great day in the sunshine whilst looking at security on steep ground and leadership on the North Ridge of Tryfan. Our evening session was spent at the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team base looking at MR in the UK mountains.

ML Training – Lliwedd

We have been up onto Lliwedd today for the ML Training quality mountain day. Along the way we looked at leadership, environment, navigation and water hazards! We headed up via the Watkin Path and were glad of the pools to swim in on our way back down. It has been impressively warm and sunny all [...]