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April 2019

Intro to Scrambling

It’s been beautiful weather here in Snowdonia and great to be back in the home mountains! I’ve been out with our intro to scrambling course today, up the Gribin Ridge and down Seniors. Ace!

March 2019

Dorsal Arete

It has been pretty wild week here in Scotland and today has been no different! For the last day of our mountaineering adventure we split into two teams. Huw and Shae went up onto Stob Coire nan Lochain and climbed Dorsal Arete with Shae leading unto the final arete whilst Racheal and I ticked off [...]

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

Huw and I took Racheal and Shae East today, with the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn our chosen objective. It was a popular choice and we were very grateful for a lift up the Forestry Track which meant for a much shorter walk in than normal. The ridge was in great condition and we [...]

The Dragons Tooth

It is a fairly wild week in Scotland this week and so Huw and I are spending as much time in the planning stages of each day as we are actually going mountaineering I think! We had a couple of options for today with a need to avoid a high avalanche risk, strong winds, rising [...]

Fun in the sun (and the rain)

Last week was half term here in Wales at it coincided with a week off for me after our trip to Torridon and Norway. It also coincided with the arrival of my new paragliding wing so I managed to get out and get my first flights in the sunshine! In December I went out and [...]

February 2019

Ace ice in Rjukan

Our annual trip to the ice climbing mecca of Rjukan is treating us kindly with great ice, great climbing and great banter. Here are a few snaps from the action so far:            

Torridon – Single Axe Week

Huw and I are in Torridon this week with regular clients Oli and Russ. We kicked the week of with a traverse of Beinn Alligin and it has been incredibly beautiful - single axe mountaineering on stunning mountain ridges that drop down to the sea, views across to Skye and Lewis and no shortage of [...]

Ski Touring in Snowdonia

I have been out on the Carneddau today with my friend Andy for a spot of ski touring. We headed up to Cwm Lloer and then onto Carnedd Dafydd and it was great to see so many other folk out enjoying the snow. We enjoyed some lovely turns at the top and managed to dodge [...]

Ogwen Ice

What I thought might be a one off event last week has turned into a very nice spell of winter weather in the Welsh mountains. It's been cold enough for long enough now for ice to form in the quantity that you can climb on. Dylan and myself went up high and found some great [...]

January 2019

Ideas for this weekend in Snowdonia – winter fun!

There has been a lot in the press this week about the avalanche danger in Snowdonia. The National Park has made a statement that people should avoid the mountains and even the Rescue Team has been misquoted as saying that people should stay away. (Good to see that this has been redacted by TGO Magazine) [...]

Snowdonia Winter Fun

Posted by Huw: Last week I went up Cyfrwy Arete with Tom and today I've been up the North Ridgeof Mynydd Moelwith Jo. The route's name is a misnomer really; It faces east and is more a buttress than a ridge. It is great fun though, fairly short (just 92 metres as listed as a rock climb in [...]

Thank You!

Hi Rob & HuwJust wanted to say what a fantastic two days we had in the mountains. Both of the routes we did were really enjoyable and tested our creaking bodies suffiently. As ever Huw was patient, enthusiastic and great company. What a wonderful experience of Scottish winter!Until next timeMark & Tina

Red Bull Guide to Scrambling

"If you’re new to hiking, you may have heard whispers about a more challenging discipline called scrambling. Its purpose is similar to that of hill walking – getting to the top of a peak – but you’re unlikely to find any signs marking the route to the top." So begins the article on Redbull.com that [...]

Beinn Teallach Ski Tour

I got lucky today as a blue sky day coincided with a day off and since we have had some fresh snow over the last couple of days I dusted the skis off for the first outing of the season. I plumped for Beinn Teallach (towards Creag Meghidh) as I knew that the mountain gives [...]

Proper Snowy on The Ben

For the final day of our winter mountaineering course Huw and I took the boys up onto Ben Nevis day via Ledge Route (II). It had been snowing heavily since the early hours of the morning and we were super pleased to see the snow line down below the CIC hut by the end of [...]

Its been a great week in Scotland

This week has seen me running our first winter skills course of the season, in a week that the mainstream media are reporting that winter has failed to install. We have been based in Fort William and have had great days out on Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Bidean, Stob Coire nan Lochain, Creag Meghaidh and [...]

Winter Skills – Cairngorms

For the last day our our winter skills week we headed over to the Cairngorms in search of a bit more snow. We found exactly what we wanted and ran through the various skills that we have looked at as part of our mountain journeys all week. A great day polishing off skills and concluding [...]

Creag Meghaidh

We headed East today in search of snow and ice, with a beautiful walk into Creag Meghaidh. The temperatures didn't drop quite as much as forecast and so it was pretty wet and warm up top. We found enough snow to further our ice axe arrest skills and in fact the warmer temperatures helped us [...]

Glencoe – winter skills

For the third day of our winter skills course we headed to Glencoe today. We knew that the snow would be minimal but were keen to get a journey somewhere new and so headed up the Lost Valley onto Bidean where we found enough old snow to look at the emergency use of the rope [...]