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January 2019

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 [...]

Scottish Winter Skills

I am up in Scotland now for the start of my winter season. I arrived on Sunday night and kicked off our five day winter skills course yesterday with some pretty wild weather. We have spent both days so far this week at the Nevis Range. Yesterday we walked up as the gondola was closed [...]

December 2018

Brazilian Line on Sale Now

Those that have been out with me this year will know that my biggest project has been my big wall climbing film, Brazilian Line. In June of this year I headed out to Brazil with four of the UK's best climbers and today the film goes on sale. "The full length cut of Rob Johnsons [...]

Photographs For Sale

Over the last year we have sold some prints of our photographs as and when people have requested them. Now we have taken that a step further and offer a full range of images in a full range of printed formats. Of course it's no coincidence we have done that in time for Christmas! Our [...]

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 [...]