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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 [...]

Mountain Skills Day Two

We had a a good level of experience in the group on this Mountain Skills course so for our second day we headed up onto the Glyderau, taking in some grade 1 scrambling along the way in the form of Bristly Ridge and polishing the skills we had learnt yesterday. Thanks to everyone for an [...]

Mountain Skills Navigation Course

This weekend I have been joined by Wendy, Rav, Maurizo, Sean and David for our Mountain Skills course. After a chat through maps and weather in a busy Siabod Cafe this morning we headed to the Carneddau and made our way up towards Pen Yr Ole Wen. On our journey we introduced the map and [...]

Mountain Day – IML Training PYB

I have been working for Plas Y Brenin again today on the IML Training course. Today was the mountain day and saw us heading up Bristly Ridge and down the Gribin. Along the way we looked at navigation on a range of map scales, altimeters, language skills in translating route descriptions, group management, personal movement [...]

Giving away my secrets

I have been working for Plas y Brenin again today on the International Mountain Leader training course. The day was a mixture of classroom and practical sessions looking at water hazards, weather and technology in the mountains. I also delivered the evening lecture on "marketing as an IML" - giving away the secrets of my [...]

May 2017

IML Training

I am working for Plas Y Brenin this week on an International Mountain Leader training course here in Snowdonia. Today was the first day of the course and kicked off with an intro to the scheme and the timed navigation test in the afternoon. I somehow managed to time being out on the hill with [...]

Cuillin Ridge Traverse – A Grand Day Out

Yesterday Rachel and I had a fantastic day out doing the Cuillin Ridge traverse in a single day hit. We left Glenbrittle at 6:00am and stood on Sgur nan Gillean at 8:00pm. We had agreed our "rules of engagement" in advance to make a single day traverse possible. We started on Sgurr nan Eag, we [...]

The Misty Isle

I have been out with Rachel the last couple of days here on Skye. Yesterday we headed to the Southern end of the ridge whilst today we headed to Sgurr a Mhadaidh, traversed its four tops and traversed Bidein Druim nan Ramh in some more pretty wet weather. Huw took Alastair and Martin up Pinnacle [...]

Welsh 3000

It was refreshing then when Caroline made contact about a more civilised 3 day crossing of Wales' highest peaks. That is still a big challenge however, the traverse of the Carneddau and Glyderau each being double the distance and effort of what I'd consider to be an ordinary day out. It's fair I think to [...]