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July 2018

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 [...]

Advanced Scrambling Course – Dolmen Ridge

I am back in sunny Snowdonia and have been out today with Freddie and Toby on our advanced scrambling course.  It has been a beautiful day in the mountains and we made the most of it by heading up Dolmen Ridge onto Glyder Fach and descending Bristly Ridge to give some great mileage in ascent and [...]

Alpine Adventures

Huw and I have been out in the Alps for the last week and a half, enjoying a bit of a boys holiday in Switzerland! Our aim was to go out and enjoy ourselves, to be those people that seem to know what they are doing and can stroll around doing things properly with a [...]

Up the slabs and onto Cneifion Arete

For the final day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course, Tim and Darren enjoyed a blast up the side of the Idwal Slabs via North West Face Route and Idwal Staircase and then up onto the Cneifion Arete. The latter route was a popular choice and so we had a sociable ascent in [...]

East Ridge of Y Garn

It has been another belter today here in Snowdonia and for our Alpine route of choice we headed up the East Ridge of Y Garn. The boys lead the rope themselves with me alongside for advice and this brilliant ridge provided them with plenty of opportunity to practise moving between pitches, short pitches, direct and [...]

Climbing and swimming in the sunshine

I have been joined by Darren and Tim for the next three days for our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. We climbed Ordinary Route on the Idwal Slabs today, looking at gear placements and belay building with me handing over to the boys for the scramble and abseil off. We then enjoyed a swim [...]

Intro to Scrambling

For the second day of our intro to scrambling course we have actually been seeking the shade here in Snowdonia today! We headed into Cwm Idwal looked at route finding on grade 1 ground as well as refreshing the movement skills and risk assessment skills we had learnt yesterday. We have had another lovely day [...]

Intro to Scrambling – Tryfan

I have been joined by Teresa, Katherine, Keith and James for the first two days of this week for our intro to scrambling course here in sunny Snowdonia. We had a great day today on the North Ridge of Tryfan, providing some coaching on movement skills, risk assessments, picking a line and of course enjoying [...]

June 2018

Big Wall Climbing in Brazil

I got back last night from Brazil after what felt like a pretty epic trip. We had a lot to contend with in terms of fuel strikes, blockades, riots, locusts and of course the climbing! We put a new route up on a beautiful mountain with the croc pith being 8a and the whole thing [...]

Thank You’s

I am back from my big wall adventure in Brazil now (I was out there filming for a project that I hope to release in the Autumn) and it is lovely to come home to some nice thank you emails: "Hi Rob Just a quick note to say thank you for such a wonderful week [...]

May 2018

Off to Brazil

I am heading off to Brazil now until the 11th June on an exciting big wall adventure. I am joining Twid Turner, Steve Long, Angus Kille and James Taylor with the aim of climbing a new route on a big wall! The trip is being supported by Rab and DMM and I will be filming [...]

April 2018

ML Training – Security on steep ground

I have been out with the ML Training team today and the theme was ropes. We spent the day looking at the use of a rope within the syllabus of the Mountain Leader Award and managed to stay dry and enjoy some nice spells of sunshine. The mountains are starting to enjoy their spring colours [...]

Arctic Ski Touring

I am in Norway this week, not far from the city of Tromso to enjoy some ski touring with friends Bryn and Dave. I visited the area last year whilst making a ski film in the area and this year have come back purely to enjoy the skiing! Its a truly beautiful area with summits [...]

Mountain Skills Day Two

For the second day of our Mountain Skills course we headed up the East Ridge of Y Garn, putting into practise all of the skills that we had put into place yesterday. We got lucky with the weather as we had some lovely sunshine all day except for the summit where we lost the visibility [...]

March 2018

Aonach Eagach

Wow. We have had another amazing day in Scotland for the second day of our winter mountaineering course. Rachel, Gareth and I plumped for the traverse of the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe. I’ll let the photos do the talking!        

Can Dearg Meadhonach – East Ridge

It has been a stunning day in Scotland today. Huw and I have been joined by Rachel, Gareth, Tom and Laura for our winter mountaineering course. We kicked off with this amazing route giving stunning views of The Ben and having a genuinely alpine feel to the whole day. Just amazing. 

Scottish Spring Snow

The winter seems to have flown by, perhaps thats what happens once you reach the age of 40! I am being woken up by the light coming in my window and the sound of the birds tweeting in the trees. The temperature has risen too and the last few days have started to feel very [...]

Avalanche Avoidance Course

I have been joined by Kim, Steve, Paul and Andy for our two day avalanche avoidance course here in Scotland whilst Rachel has taken over the winter skills course. I took the boys to the Nevis Range ski centre after a session looking at planning our day. Whilst out on the mountain we looked at [...]