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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

October 2018

Tryfan’s Pinnacle Scramble

Day two of our Advanced Scrambling Course and with due consideration to the weather conditions we've enjoyed another cracking day in the mountains. Tryfan's Pinnacle Scramble had us sheltered from the strong westerly wind and [...]

Good Old Fashioned Dolmen Ridge

A sociable team of five up the Dolmen Ridge today on our Advanced Scrambling Course. With me, Julia, Thien, Maria and Laurie to fit on the ledges we climbed the route in 'the old fashioned [...]

Mountain Leader expedition in the Moelwynion

We've been out overnight in the Moelwynion for the expedition part of the Mountain Leader Training Course. Starting from Tanygrisiau the candidates took turns in leading us on a route over Moelwyn Bach and Moelwyn [...]

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 [...]

Moving onto Steeper Terrain

The first of two days focusing on safeguarding a group on steep ground for the Mountain Leader Training Course. In damp but not disastrous weather we've been on a short journey around the back of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

September 2018

Advanced Scrambling

I have been joined by repeat clients Simon and Jason for the last couple of days on our advanced scrambling course and we have enjoyed some fine autumn weather with blue skies, sunshine, warm rock [...]

A Cold day on Tryfan

The kids went to bed with hot water bottles last night and there was ice to scrape from the car again this morning. With a stiff wind blowing it certainly felt cold on the hills [...]

A Wonderful Autumn Day’s Scrambling

There was ice to scrape from the car this morning but that was the precursor to a wonderful Autumn day. We've an Introduction to Scrambling Course running and Alan, Andy, Dave and Karen have certainly [...]

Trekking in Slovenia – Julian Alps

Sandy and I have moved across from Austria and are now in Slovenia, running a trekking week in the Julian Alps. The fine sunny weather has come with us and its a joy to be [...]

Advanced Navigation Day

Wet for most of the day but still an enjoyable and productive day with Mark and daughter Zoe on one of our Advanced Navigation Days. Using the land-form only mapping we've been on a loop [...]

Austrian Trekking Week

We have added a new trip to our Alpine trekking program for this year with a week of walking in the Austrian Alps. We arrived on Sunday night in the small town of Matrei in [...]

August 2018

Swiss 3000 Summits Week

We are running our Swiss 3000 summits week this week, kicking off under the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. The aim of the week is to tick off some of the most scenic 3000m [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been out with Ed, Alex, Keith and Robert for the last couple of days on our intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia. We kicked the course off yesterday in good weather by [...]

Mountain Skills Course in Snowdonia

I have been running our Mountain Skills course here in Snowdonia over the last two days with Lloyd, Sam and Ed. We have had some pretty poor visibility on the summits which has been ideal [...]