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April 2019

Advanced Scrambling Course

I have been joined by Michael and David for our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia for today and tomorrow. They have each been out with us before and its always nice to welcome back [...]

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!

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Steep Ice and Deep Snow

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dave's been working today and Rob's been skiing. I've been out climbing with John who's taken Dave's place as my rope gun today. John's run a couple of climbing trips [...]

The Sun Doesn’t Shine on the Righetous

Aspirations are fluctuating with each read of the weather forecast but this morning at least Rob, Dave and me have managed to find some nice ice climbing. Rob and myself are hanging around in Norway [...]

Final Blast at Krokan

We've had a big team outing at Krokan for the final day of our Rjukan Ice Climbing Week. There's a bit of a thaw going on right now but whilst a bit of care was [...]

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:       [...]

A Longer Route for the Team Today

Rob and me took our teams up multi-pitch ice routes today where they were able to put into practice the skills that were learnt yesterday. We both went to the area known as Bolgen where [...]

Start of the Rjukan week at Alset

Without really going home we’ve moved on from mountaineering in Wester Ross to ice climbing in Norway on our Rjukan Ice Climbing Week. Me, Rob and our quartet of ice climbers have started the week [...]

Nice and Easy Way to End the Week

We've had more then our fair share of luck with the weather this week but we'll claim the credit for a sound decision today. With high wind and heavy rain forecast we switched from mountaineering [...]