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March 2018

Winter Skills Week in Scotland

Our winter skills week kicked off yesterday and we have been joined by Hannah, Andrew, Mark, Nick, John and Mark here in the Highlands of Scotland. We have had a great couple of days putting some foundation skills in place including ice axe, crampons, emergency shelters, emergency use of the rope a bit of winter [...]

Llanberis MRT Presentation

Last week I was presented this ace photograph (taken by Kris Williams) by Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. It is a thank you for the 3 years that I served as Chairman and was presented by the new Chair, Alun Allcock. I loved the 3 years as Chair and I am grateful to the team for [...]

Snowdonia Ice climbing – Sergeants Gully & Aber Falls

It has been proper cold here in Snowdonia this week, as indeed it has for most of the UK I think! The strong winds meant that the snow was stripped out midweek but the cold temperatures have meant we have had some low level ice form so it seemed rude not to make the most [...]

February 2018

Ice Climbing in Norway

We have been out in Norway last week for our annual ice climbing week in Rjukan. (Check out our video from last year). We were joined by Julia, Rachel, Richard, Tracey, Bala, Shae, Andy and Charlie and the instructional team was made up of Huw, Tarquin, Dave and I to give a 1:2 ratio for [...]

Snowdonia Ski and Sledge Day!

We have had some good dumps of snow over the last few days and more overnight down to the road in the mountains. Bryn and I hatched a plan last night to head out for the day today and see what we could find to ski. My plans were altered though when my youngest son's [...]

Dog Walk on Y Garn

We have some fresh snow on the tops here in Snowdonia so I headed out this morning to take the dog for a walk, making my way up the East Ridge of Y Garn and then descending the Devils Kitchen. We got some lovely light as you can see.  

January 2018

Climb, Run (away!) and Ski

I set the alarm early for this morning and got up at 5:00am. My plan was to climb Curved Ridge on my own (Buachaille Etive Mor) and to enjoy the sunrise from the route as I knew it was going to be a stunning day. When I arrived in the car park all seemed well, [...]

The mountain I climbed twice today

I have had a day off today and with fresh snow overnight I decided to take the skis out for some Scottish ski touring. My goal for the day was the Munro of Beinn Teallach which is just outside of the village of Roybridge and as far as I can remember I haven't been up [...]

Firm snow and sunshine – the drive was worthwhile

Today didn't look promising when we checked the weather and avalanche forecasts, until we looked at the Cairngorms - suddenly the world then seemed a nicer place. An early start and a 90 minute drive paid off as we could actually walk into Sneachda rather than have to do breast stroke. Sandy Paterson had promised [...]

East Ridge of the North Buttress – Stob Ban

Huw arrived in the cottage last night after an epic drive up with the snow gates closed over Rannoch Moor and today we have kicked off our winter mountaineering courses, joined by Ollie, Russ & Nick. The thaw has properly set in so route choice was a challenge, we needed to go high to find [...]

Scottish Skiing at its best

Yesterday was one of those days where everything came together. A week of fresh snow on light winds down to sea level, blue skies and sunshine and the perfect temperature inversion combined to give a memorable day of skiing. Scotland in winter is amazing!

Today the plan worked – but it nearly didn’t

Our aim for today was to refresh the skills learnt over the week, and after two days of wading to try and find some wind blown snow that would mean we could do some more crampon coaching and ice axe arrest. We decided we needed to get high and to do that without the wading [...]

Glencoe Wading

It has been another ace day here in the Highlands. Last night I set the boys the challenge of putting together the weather and avalanche forecasts to produce a plan for today. This saw us heading for Sgurr nam Fiannaidh (the the end of the Aonach Eagcah Ridge) in Glencoe. We parked between the village [...]

Snowmageddon in the Highlands

I knew today was going to be a good day when I was woken up in the early hours as the snow avalanched from the roof of my winter residence here in Fort William! Sure enough we had lots of snow in the garden and snow news filled the morning television as I ate breakfast. [...]

Snow to the road in Glencoe

It has been another ace day here in the Highlands with snow down to the road in Fort William and Glencoe. The boys and I headed up the "Wee Buachaille" which was great progression from yesterday. We were treated to some wonderful light and some great snow conditions. The boys took charge of the navigation [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

I am up in Scotland now for the start of my seasons work, how time flies! It must be a sign of getting older that it seems like I only closed the front door of my usual Fort William home behind me yesterday! I have been joined for the week by Ian, Richard, Tom & [...]

Playing in the Snow

It has been beautiful here in Snowdonia and with some fresh snow on the tops it seemed churlish not to get out and make the most of it. I am heading upto Scotland this week so I needed to make the most of home before I head off! Photos and reports will follow from the [...]

December 2017

Works Christmas Party!

Another wintry jaunt before the anticipated thaw sets in with Huw and Tarquin on what was our busman's version of a works Christmas outing. Had this been any other festive knees up then setting off with no particular plan might well have led us to a Wetherspoons. Somehow on the Expedition Guide beano we ended [...]

Winter Climbing in Snowdonia

It has been a week of full winter conditions here in Snowdonia this week. I have had some filming work on and so have not had the opportunity to get out and make the most of it and so was keen to correct that today. Bryn and I headed up into Cwm Cneifion as we [...]

Skiing in Tignes

I have been in the French Alps this week with Dave for a spot of early season skiing. We arrived last Saturday and were excited to find some great early season conditions. We have mixed up the week with a combination of some touring, lift accessed off-piste and some half day lessons to improve our [...]