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September 2017

The Julian Alps – Slovenia

After a fairly snowy first couple of days in Slovenia the weather improved for us on Wednesday and we enjoyed a wonderful day of blue skies and sunshine. We decided to maximise the weather window by making a bid for the hut so that we would be ideally placed for a summit attempt on Triglav [...]

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. [...]

Julian Alps of Slovenia

I am in the Julian Alps of Slovenia this week with friend and fellow instructors Sandy. We have been joined by Ian, Bob, Rich, Al and Steve and have had a couple of days here so far. The weather has been pretty poor but is set to improve tomorrow. We headed up Mala Mojstovka (2332)m [...]

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 [...]

Thank You

"A brilliant couple of days thanks Rob. Great scrambling, coaching and company. The most important part was all the knowledge you have given us for us to now take away and feel competent and safe to scramble to a new grade. Thank you from both myself and Adam. Also from my wife Jo for bringing [...]

Bastow Buttress – Tryfan

Today Mark & Adam lead up Bastow Buttress on the East Face of Tryfan, with me alongside offering coaching and advice. The route gave us some welcome shelter from the Westerly winds and the boys lead it in good style. We descended the North Ridge to dry out in the Siabod Cafe. Thanks for the [...]

June 2017

Teaching roped scrambling

I have been joined by father and son team, Mark and Adam this week. Together they are confident tackling grade 1 scrambles under their own steam and want to progress onto harder roped scrambles. Adam has just finished his GCSE's and so Mark has brought him to Snowdonia by way of a treat so it [...]

ML Expedition – Bringing it all together

The last two days of the ML Training course have been a mini break in the Carneddau, wild camping high in the mountains. The weather did us proud and delivered some poor visibility for the boys to put their leadership and navigation skills to good practice after 4 days of sunshine at the start of [...]

Security on Steep Ground

For the last couple of days we have been focusing on security on steep ground on our ML Training course here in Snowdonia. Yesterday that took the form a day out on the North Ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and down the Gribin Ridge looking at movement skills, route choice, leadership and risk assessment/management. Today [...]

ML Training – Mucho Scorchio

Well it was even hotter today than yesterday! The boys and I sweated our way up the Devils Kitchen and across to Y Garn, enjoying the alpine flowers that are in full bloom at the moment along the way. We started to introduce the navigation standard at ML level and also looked at leadership styles, [...]

ML Training – Scorchio!

I have been joined by Rupert, Matthew, Antony, Adam and Jason for our Mountain Leader Training Course here in Snowdonia this week. It has been a proper scorcher today with blue skies and my thermometer reading 28c! Having introduced the scheme this morning we headed out for the day looking at navigation, leadership, the environment [...]

Cader Idris – Mountain Filming

I have been working for ITV Wales today on the new series of Coast & Country. I worked as a mountain cameraman on the last series and continued in this role today with presenter Andrew Price. This is really enjoyable work, ITV Wales give us a loose script and then the two of us head [...]

Thank You’s

It is always lovely when we get thank you emails: Hi Rob,  We had a brilliant four days with Huw and Lucy is now converted to the mountains of North Wales! She was really pleased to do so much scrambling and climbing as she had expected lots of health and safety lectures and the history [...]