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July 2019

New Ground for us all on the West Face of Tryfan

It's always great being out with Julia and Lucy and thanks to a fine steer from Tarquin we've been up a scramble that none of us had done before; Tryfan's West Face Direct including the boulder chocked Y Gully and the fantastic rock of Notch Arete. There can't be many scrambles left in Snowdonia that [...]

Cneifion Arete with Julia & Lucy

I have been out with Julia and her daughter today for some private guiding here in Snowdonia. I don't remember tieing in with a mother and daughter before (thats not to say it hasn't happened!) and we had a lovely day cruising up Idwal Buttress and the Cneifion Arete in nice dry, cool conditions. The [...]

Classics in The Pass and Leading on Tryfan Bach

A fun couple of days with Dylan and Gavin. Gavin is doing a great job of passing on his enthusiasm for climbing to his nephew and complementing their regular trips to the climbing wall they've been out climbing with us a couple of times now in Snowdonia. Yesterday we clocked up a bit of multi-pitch [...]

Nor Nor Buttress Scramble

Julia, Richard and I have been spoilt again today with wonderful blue skies, warm rock and a nice breeze to keep the midges at bay. We headed up onto the East Face of Tryfan and climbed Nor Nor Buttress Scramble (3+) before blasting up the last of the North Ridge to the summit. No swim [...]

Scrambling & Swimming in the sunshine

I have been joined by Julia and Richard for our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. Regular readers will recognise both faces but Julia in particular has shared many adventures with us and is often lucky with the weather - and today was no exception. We scrambled up the East Ridge of Y Garn (2) [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been out with Judith, Sue, Charlotte and Patrick today, introducing them to grade 1 scrambling here in Snowdonia. We stayed low in some poor weather and focused on plenty of movement coaching, line choice, risk assessment and route finding with plenty of smiles despite the rain!

Scrambling and Navigation Course

We've a Five day Navigation and Scrambling Course running right now. Andy looked after the first two days for us whilst Rob and myself were traveling back from France. Today was my turn to be on duty where I've enjoyed a pleasant day with Judith, Patrick and Sue on and around Crimpiau. The team made [...]

Project Alpine Spirit

A fun week helping Rob out filming for Project Alpine Spirit. Becky Coles, Lou Bettlestone and Mo Barclay are currently out in the Alps attempting to climb all of the Alpine 4000 metre peaks in an extended summer season. Thanks to funding from the BMC and Montane Rob has taken on the less physical but [...]

June 2019

Another Snowdonia Scorcher

Another scorcher of a day in Snowdonia. Today John, Kate and myself went up Y Garn's East Ridge. It's a scramble of two halves really. A rambling but all very pleasant grade one meander up the broad lower rib before the route slides leftwards and kicks up quite dramatically for a wonderful and narrow finale. [...]

Sizzling on Sentries Ridge

The sun has been beating down on Snowdonia today. With enough of a breeze to keep things pleasant. Kate, John and me have been up Mynydd Mawr's Sentries Ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Snowdonia Mountaineering

I have been out with Kate and John today who are with us for a week of mountaineering here in Snowdonia. We decided to move up the grade and started off with Idwal Buttress (2) before continuing up onto the Cneifion Arete (3). It was warm and dry but not too hot so perfect for [...]

Bristly Ridge in the Mist

Not a day for views today as well as being slightly damp in a close and sticky mist. Along with John and Kate we've enjoyed the day none the less climbing up Bristly Ridge and down Y Gribin at the start of our Snowdonia Scrambling Week. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Mountain Biking on Snowdon

I have never ridden up Snowdon before. I have walked it, climbed it and skied it so I thought it was about time I rode it! During the summer months there is a voluntary restriction on not riding the bridleways between 10:00am and 5:00pm and so the summer solstice offers the ideal opportunity to ride [...]

Mountain Filming

I kicked this week off filming for a mountain project with Helix Tactical, often referred to as the war office of DMM. We spent a couple of days high on the Clogwyn Y Person Arete which is always a nice place to be. You will be able to catch the film here in the next [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan

Well the much threatened rain finally arrived today and so Bob and I had a change of pace and grade and headed up the classic scramble that is the North Ridge of Tryfan. This allowed us to keep moving in the wet weather and although the rain was never as heavy as the forecast had [...]

Cwm Idwal Scrambling

Bob and I headed into Cwm Idwal today expecting a day of heavy rain. To our pleasant surprise it stayed dry all day and we romped up North West Face Route on the Slabs, The Cneifion Arete (where we bumped into Huw), the Gribin Ridge over Glyder Fawr and then down the Devils Kitchen. And [...]

Clogwyn Y Person Arete & Crib Goch

I have been joined this week by Bob who regular blog readers will surely recognise. Bob and I have been sharing adventures for a few years now and its always fun to be out in the mountains with him. With the weather today looking the best day of the week we made the most of [...]

ML Refresher Day Three

It has been another wet one here in Snowdonia today and Graham, Jonathan and I made the most of the limited visibility by practising some micro navigation this morning. We then used steep ground in Cwm Idwal to go through the emergency ropework elements of the steep ground syllabus.

ML Refresher – Steep Ground

Jonathan, Graham and I have switched into steep ground mode today on the ML refresher course. Our venue of choice was Little & North Gullies on Tryfan for the ascent and then West Gully in descent. We looked at movement coaching, risk assessments, spotting and an overview of the emergency use of the rope which [...]

Back in Wales and Bristly Ridge

Whilst Rob's been out with the Mountain Leader Refresher Course I've enjoyed a day's scrambling with Leoine who is preparing for a trip to Mount Elbrus in a couple of months time. We've been on Glyder Fach up Bristly Ridge and down the Gribin ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]