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September 2018

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 [...]

July 2018

Climbing whatever the Weather

An slightly unfortunate change in the weather for Dylan and Gavin who have been on one of our Introduction to Rock Climbing Courses over the last two days. We were at the single pitch crag [...]

Mountain Skills – Y Garn

Today has been the perfect day for the second day of our mountain skills course here in Snowdonia. It has been pleasantly warm and we have had some stunning views between the clouds but best [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

Rhoscolyn to Round off the Week

Another switch for Tarquin and myself today. He's been scrambling on Glyder Fach's Dolman Ridge whilst I've been climbing with Tom and Laura on the sea cliffs at Rhoscolyn. They've both done really well this [...]

A Glorious Day on Y Garn

The warmest day of the year so far I hear and I've enjoyed the fine weather scrambling again with Gerry and Rachel. We've been up the East Ridge of Y Garn. A route of two [...]

Fun on Flying Buttress

Another day's climbing with Tom and Laura this time on Dinas Cromlech's Flying Buttress. Although I've still been leading the pitches Tom and Laura have been given an increasing number of jobs to do along [...]