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November 2018

ML Assessment – Day Two

For the second day of our Mountain Leader Assessment we parked at Pen Y Pass (it's only at this time of year that we can turn up and park at 9:30am!) and made our way unto Glaslyn. From there we headed up the Gribin Ridge which allowed us to look at security on steep ground, [...]

Mountain Leader Assessment

This week I have been joined by Sharon, Katie, Ben and Andrew for their ML Assessment. Today we kicked off the week in the Ogwen Valley, generally avoiding getting blown off the mountain in very strong winds! Whilst it wasn't picnic weather it was ideal for assessing the skills required of a Mountain Leader so [...]

Advanced Scrambling – Day Two

Well todays weather forecast was not much better than yesterdays, but somehow we pretty much managed to stay dry - except on the crux of the Cneifion Arete, our second route of the day, when we felt the full force of the cold front that was passing through! Thanks to James and Andy for a [...]

Advanced Scrambling – East face of Tryfan

I have been out with repeat clients James and Andy today on our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. It has been pretty wet and wild, in fact it felt more like winter than autumn today. We headed up onto the East Face of Tryfan where I had a cunning plan to link the grade [...]

October 2018

Security on Steep Ground

I have been out with the ML trainees again today , our topic of the day was security on steep ground - focusing on the unplanned use of the rope as a Mountain Leader. Our evening session then looked at expedition and route planning. We stayed warm and dry all day and enjoyed some lovely [...]

Mountain Leader Training

We are running an ML Training course here in Snowdonia this week and I have kicked off the week on the flanks of Snowdon. Having introduced the scheme we had a hill day looking at leadership, teaching navigation skills, personal navigation skills, the environment, access and conservation and mountain weather. It has been a beautiful [...]

Nor Nor Buttress, Tryfan

For the final day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course we headed onto the East Face of Tryfan - mainly to be in the sunshine as it has been a corker of a day! Simon lead Nor Nor Buttress (Grade 3) with Martin as belay bunny and me alongside as the fairy godmother [...]

Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead – Day Two

Simon and I have been joined by regular client Martin today which has been great. We spent the day on and around the Idwal Slabs as it was pretty wild on the summits and had a great day with Simon safely leading grade two ground with the rope for protection, including some abseiling in descent.

Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead

I have been joined by Simon for the next three days for our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. A last minute cancellation meant it was just the two of us today and with some pretty challenging weather to add to the mix we went to a single pitch crag to look at the skills [...]

Mountain Skills & Navigation

It has been a beautiful autumnal weekend here in Snowdonia and we have been running our Mountain Skills course with Chris, Dimple, Diane, Chris and Carla. Yesterday was spent on the Glyderau whilst today saw us head up Pen Yr Ole Wen and across to Carnedd Dafydd. Its always nice teaching new skills and watching [...]

September 2018

Advanced Scrambling

I have been joined by repeat clients Simon and Jason for the last couple of days on our advanced scrambling course and we have enjoyed some fine autumn weather with blue skies, sunshine, warm rock and a pleasant Northerly breeze. Yesterday we headed up the Idwal Slabs and onto the Cneifion Arete and enjoyed having [...]

Trekking in Slovenia – Julian Alps

Sandy and I have moved across from Austria and are now in Slovenia, running a trekking week in the Julian Alps. The fine sunny weather has come with us and its a joy to be trekking in the achingly beautiful scenery. On Monday we walked from Kranjska Gora and headed up Ciprnik (1747m) which gave [...]

Austrian Trekking Week

We have added a new trip to our Alpine trekking program for this year with a week of walking in the Austrian Alps. We arrived on Sunday night in the small town of Matrei in the dark and so it was exciting to open the shutters on Monday morning and see somewhere new! I am [...]

New Winter Dates Added – Climbing & Mountaineering

We have added additional dates for winter climbing and mountaineering in Scotland in 2019. Our five day course will now be running from the 11th to 15th March. At the moment we have 4 spaces and the course is designed for anyone who wants to spend a week on winter mountaineering or climbing routes, from [...]

August 2018

Swiss 3000 Summits Week

We are running our Swiss 3000 summits week this week, kicking off under the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The aim of the week is to tick off some of the most scenic 3000m trekking peaks in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by 4000m giants but without ever needing anything more than trekking skills and [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been out with Ed, Alex, Keith and Robert for the last couple of days on our intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia. We kicked the course off yesterday in good weather by heading up the Gribin Ridge and descending Seniors Ridge on the Glyderau. This is a great combination for teaching as [...]

Mountain Skills Course in Snowdonia

I have been running our Mountain Skills course here in Snowdonia over the last two days with Lloyd, Sam and Ed. We have had some pretty poor visibility on the summits which has been ideal as the boys have left feeling confident that they now have the skills to use a map and compass independently [...]

July 2018

Mountain Skills – Y Garn

Today has been the perfect day for the second day of our mountain skills course here in Snowdonia. It has been pleasantly warm and we have had some stunning views between the clouds but best of all the summits have remained capped and so the boys and girls on this weekends course have had to [...]

Mountain Skills Course

For this weekend I am running our Mountain Skills course, here in Snowdonia. We kicked the day off looking at weather forecasts, maps and guidebooks before heading out onto the hill to put into place the fundamental skills of mountain navigation. We looked at providing structure for effective navigation, simple strategies, use of the compass, [...]

Idwal Slabs & Cneifion Arete

For the second day of our advanced scrambling course, Freddie, Toby and I headed into Cwm Idwal. The weather started as sub-optimal and I had to wear y waterproofs for the first time in several months! We scrambled up the side of the Idwal Slabs and into Cwm Cneifion where the wind and the rain [...]