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July 2019

New Ground for us all on the West Face of Tryfan

It's always great being out with Julia and Lucy and thanks to a fine steer from Tarquin we've been up a scramble that none of us had done before; Tryfan's West Face Direct including the boulder chocked Y Gully and the fantastic rock of Notch Arete. There can't be many scrambles left in Snowdonia that [...]

Classics in The Pass and Leading on Tryfan Bach

A fun couple of days with Dylan and Gavin. Gavin is doing a great job of passing on his enthusiasm for climbing to his nephew and complementing their regular trips to the climbing wall they've been out climbing with us a couple of times now in Snowdonia. Yesterday we clocked up a bit of multi-pitch [...]

Scrambling and Navigation Course

We've a Five day Navigation and Scrambling Course running right now. Andy looked after the first two days for us whilst Rob and myself were traveling back from France. Today was my turn to be on duty where I've enjoyed a pleasant day with Judith, Patrick and Sue on and around Crimpiau. The team made [...]

Project Alpine Spirit

A fun week helping Rob out filming for Project Alpine Spirit. Becky Coles, Lou Bettlestone and Mo Barclay are currently out in the Alps attempting to climb all of the Alpine 4000 metre peaks in an extended summer season. Thanks to funding from the BMC and Montane Rob has taken on the less physical but [...]

June 2019

Another Snowdonia Scorcher

Another scorcher of a day in Snowdonia. Today John, Kate and myself went up Y Garn's East Ridge. It's a scramble of two halves really. A rambling but all very pleasant grade one meander up the broad lower rib before the route slides leftwards and kicks up quite dramatically for a wonderful and narrow finale. [...]

Sizzling on Sentries Ridge

The sun has been beating down on Snowdonia today. With enough of a breeze to keep things pleasant. Kate, John and me have been up Mynydd Mawr's Sentries Ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Bristly Ridge in the Mist

Not a day for views today as well as being slightly damp in a close and sticky mist. Along with John and Kate we've enjoyed the day none the less climbing up Bristly Ridge and down Y Gribin at the start of our Snowdonia Scrambling Week. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Back in Wales and Bristly Ridge

Whilst Rob's been out with the Mountain Leader Refresher Course I've enjoyed a day's scrambling with Leoine who is preparing for a trip to Mount Elbrus in a couple of months time. We've been on Glyder Fach up Bristly Ridge and down the Gribin ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

May 2019

Through the Mist to Bruach na Frithe

It didn't really rain at any point today but up above the cloud level the rock has been pretty wet and skittery.  The first part of our day was unaffected though; the relatively low level scramble up The Spur of Sgurr an Fheadain. From its tiny summit Tom, Laura and myself carried on up into [...]

Half a Round of Corrie Lagan

The weather forecast isn't so bright for the end of the week so today was a case of making hay while the sun shines. Tom and Laura have been over a section of the Cuillin that was new to them with a half round of Corrie Lagan taking in the tops of Sgurr Sgumain, Sgurr [...]

April 2019

Practicing skills on Moel yr Hydd

The skills that were learnt yesterday on the Navigation and Mountain Skills Course were put into practice today on a little circuit though Cwm Orthin and over the lovely little hill of Moel yr Hydd. The team did really well and should hopefully now feel confident that they've got the skills to head off for [...]

Navigating our way back to Wales

It might be just another Monday morning but it's the first of the year's courses back in Wales. I've been out with Nicola, Paul, Ramesh, Michelle, Beth and Lesley on the first day of our Mountain Skills and Navigation Course. We didn't stray far from the Siabod Cafe but have had a busy day nonetheless [...]

March 2019

Snowier Day in Stob Coire nan Lochan

The last day of the Winter Skills Weekend and the last day of the 2019 expeditionguide winter courses. John, Ty, Dan, Lee and myself didn't have the same weather as yesterday to enjoy but making a plan that accounted for the forecast we headed into Glencoe's Stob Coire nan Lochan.  Once up there we completed [...]

Stella Day in Scotland Today

We had a productive day to end Tom and Laura's week of mountaineering yesterday but high winds and heavy rain meant that we split the day between The Ice Factor and Onich Slabs. Today, the start of a Winter Skills Weekend, has been a totally different day. In bright sunshine and in the best underfoot [...]

Mega Day on Creag Meagaidh

Following yesterday's damp outing I didn't have high hopes for today but by traveling a little bit eastwards Tom, Laura and me have had a belter of a day. We've been up onto Creag Meagaidh ascending by the enormous Raeburn's Gully.  A bit of 'white room' navigation was required to reach the summit before we [...]

Dragon’s Tooth Revisited

A revisit to the Dragon's Tooth for me and Rob today. With the thaw well and truly set in we made what we think was the best of the mountaineering options and took Tim, Tom and Laura up through the forest above Ballachulish and across the ridge of Sgor a Chaolais, otherwsie known as the [...]

A Cooler Place to Climb?

Looking around for a cooler place to climb we traveled across to the Cairngorms today. Summit temperatures were still forecast to be above freezing but with a genuinely warm wind blowing when we arrived things weren't quite as cold as we had hoped for. Walking towards Coire an t-Sneachda in the sunshine was all very [...]

Aonach Eagach and Stron na Lairig

We've had a nice enough day of weather with which to start this week's Winter Mountaineering Course. Rob led Tim up Stob Coire Sgreamhach's Stron na Lairig whilst I was on the the other side a Glencoe leading Tom and Laura along the Aonach Eagach. The snow under foot on both routes was firm enough [...]

A Safe Bet with Golden Oldie

The Scottish mountains are certainly under snow again but despite cosmetic appearances a certain amount of thought is currently required when thinking about where and what to climb right now. Rob, Rachel, Shay and myself on the first day of our Five Day Winter Mountaineering/Climbing Course opted for the safe bet of Aonach Mor's Golden [...]

February 2019

Great End to the Trip at Golsjuvet

That's the last day of this year's trip to Norway done and Rob, Dave and myself spent the final morning in the gorge of Golsjuvet. There was plenty of laughter and banter and we maximised Dave’s strong arms! It was a magical place to climb and a nice way to end another great trip. [...]