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January 2019

Above the Clouds in Glencoe

Well, that was quite a day today. With Christie, Ewan, James, Jon, Zuzanna and Max I've been above the clouds in Glencoe on day one of our Winter Skills Weekend. The snow isn't actually that great for teaching the skills of using crampons and ice axe right now but we managed to find teaching opportunities [...]

Another Fine Day for Mountaineering


Great day in Glencoe

A fabulous day in Lochaber today with a dusting of snow right down to the sea when we woke up this morning. I've been out with Tina and Mark today who are here for two days of mountaineering with us. Choosing to spend the day in Glencoe we went up the Gearr Aonach Zig-Zags and [...]

Red Bull Guide to Scrambling

"If you’re new to hiking, you may have heard whispers about a more challenging discipline called scrambling. Its purpose is similar to that of hill walking – getting to the top of a peak – but you’re unlikely to find any signs marking the route to the top." So begins the article on that [...]

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 first outing of the season. I plumped for Beinn Teallach (towards Creag Meghidh) as I knew that the mountain gives [...]

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 morning and we were super pleased to see the snow line down below the CIC hut by the end of [...]

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 finding one of the places where winter has been hiding. Working alongside Rob and with Luke, John and Nick we've [...]

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 William and have had great days out on Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Bidean, Stob Coire nan Lochain, Creag Meghaidh and [...]

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 we have looked at as part of our mountain journeys all week. A great day polishing off skills and concluding [...]

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 top. We found enough snow to further our ice axe arrest skills and in fact the warmer temperatures helped us [...]

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 the Lost Valley onto Bidean where we found enough old snow to look at the emergency use of the rope [...]

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 spent both days so far this week at the Nevis Range. Yesterday we walked up as the gondola was closed [...]

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 Idwal. Toby did a great job of leading it all and having stowed the rope at the top of the [...]

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 to the top. We made our descent by Bristly Ridge and it was only at the base of that route [...]

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 four of the UK's best climbers and today the film goes on sale. "The full length cut of Rob Johnsons [...]

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 a full range of printed formats. Of course it's no coincidence we have done that in time for Christmas! Our [...]

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 the syllabus. So long as that is being provided you can roam around the mountains for three days going pretty [...]

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 unto Glaslyn. From there we headed up the Gribin Ridge which allowed us to look at security on steep ground, [...]

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 strong winds! Whilst it wasn't picnic weather it was ideal for assessing the skills required of a Mountain Leader so [...]

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 we felt the full force of the cold front that was passing through! Thanks to James and Andy for a [...]