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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 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 [...]

Advanced Scrambling – East face of Tryfan

I have been out with repeat clients James and Andy today on our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. It has been pretty wet and wild, in fact it felt more like winter than autumn today. We headed up onto the East Face of Tryfan where I had a cunning plan to link the grade [...]

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 on dry rock whilst the other side of the mountain was damp. On my rope I had Julia and Thien [...]

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 way'. That is to say that we climbed the line as described in Steve Ashton's scrambling guide book rather than [...]

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 Mawr. It was a fine day to be out yesterday and it was in glorious golden sunlight that we set [...]

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 evening session then looked at expedition and route planning. We stayed warm and dry all day and enjoyed some lovely [...]

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 Cwm Idwal. We talked about ways of assessing risk on steep and broken ground and introduced a range of techniques [...]

Fine Day with the ML Course in the Carneddau

I've jumped onto this month's Mountain Leader Training Course today which Rob and myself are working on. In lovely weather I've been out with the team on a circuit of Pen y Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Pen yr Helgi Du. The main aim of the day was really just to go out [...]

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 leadership, teaching navigation skills, personal navigation skills, the environment, access and conservation and mountain weather. It has been a beautiful [...]

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 day! Simon lead Nor Nor Buttress (Grade 3) with Martin as belay bunny and me alongside as the fairy godmother [...]

Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead – Day Two

Simon and I have been joined by regular client Martin today which has been great. We spent the day on and around the Idwal Slabs as it was pretty wild on the summits and had a great day with Simon safely leading grade two ground with the rope for protection, including some abseiling in descent.

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 pretty challenging weather to add to the mix we went to a single pitch crag to look at the skills [...]

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 us head up Pen Yr Ole Wen and across to Carnedd Dafydd. Its always nice teaching new skills and watching [...]

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 and a pleasant Northerly breeze. Yesterday we headed up the Idwal Slabs and onto the Cneifion Arete and enjoyed having [...]

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 today. For the second day of the two day Introduction to Scrambling Course we've been on Tryfan where Alan, Andy [...]

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 brought some fine weather with them. Ascending Glyder Fawr by the False Gribin (aka True Gribin) and Gribin Ridge we [...]

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 trekking in the achingly beautiful scenery. On Monday we walked from Kranjska Gora and headed up Ciprnik (1747m) which gave [...]

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 surrounding Pen y Pass running through a few little exercises designed to focus on what's really important in navigating in [...]