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January 2019

Beinn Teallach Ski Tour

I got lucky today as a blue sky day coincided with a day off and since we have had some fresh snow over the last couple of days I dusted the skis off for the [...]

Proper Snowy on The Ben

For the final day of our winter mountaineering course Huw and I took the boys up onto Ben Nevis day via Ledge Route (II). It had been snowing heavily since the early hours of the [...]

Easy Outing on Aonach Mor

Well the seasons have surely rolled over now. I might have been rock climbing in the warm in Snowdonia with the kids last week but I'm in Scotland today where we've had little trouble in [...]

Its been a great week in Scotland

This week has seen me running our first winter skills course of the season, in a week that the mainstream media are reporting that winter has failed to install. We have been based in Fort [...]

Winter Skills – Cairngorms

For the last day our our winter skills week we headed over to the Cairngorms in search of a bit more snow. We found exactly what we wanted and ran through the various skills that [...]

Creag Meghaidh

We headed East today in search of snow and ice, with a beautiful walk into Creag Meghaidh. The temperatures didn't drop quite as much as forecast and so it was pretty wet and warm up [...]

Glencoe – winter skills

For the third day of our winter skills course we headed to Glencoe today. We knew that the snow would be minimal but were keen to get a journey somewhere new and so headed up [...]

Scottish Winter Skills

I am up in Scotland now for the start of my winter season. I arrived on Sunday night and kicked off our five day winter skills course yesterday with some pretty wild weather. We have [...]

December 2018

A Cold and Clear day in Cwm Idwal

Another fun day with Toby and in far clearer but much colder weather today. Wrapped up in all the clothing I could find in my rucksack I followed Toby up The Ordinary Route in Cwm [...]

A Misty Day on Glyder Fawr

A day spent in the mist today scrambling with Toby. We've been up Glyder Fach's Dolmen Ridge where once up the initial steeper pitches Toby took over the lead and took us all the way [...]

Brazilian Line on Sale Now

Those that have been out with me this year will know that my biggest project has been my big wall climbing film, Brazilian Line. In June of this year I headed out to Brazil with [...]

Photographs For Sale

Over the last year we have sold some prints of our photographs as and when people have requested them. Now we have taken that a step further and offer a full range of images in [...]

November 2018

Roaming Around the Glyderau

Mountain Leader assessment expeditions are almost always a lot of fun. The aim of them is to quite simply give the candidates the best opportunities to demonstrate that they can complete all that's required in [...]

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 [...]