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May 2019

New Digital Scrambling Feature

I have put together a new digital feature on scrambling in Snowdonia. It aims to bring together some route guides, videos, top tips, my kit list and some inspirational stories and images to educate, motivate and inspire! I hope you enjoy it.

Dolmen Ridge

For the final day of our week of scrambling here in Snowdonia we headed up Dolmen Ridge. We left the car undecided about the need for waterproofs as it had been steadily raining on the drive down the A5. Fortune favours the bold and the bald and sure enough it dried up nicely to the [...]

Idwal Buttress and Cneifion Arete

Jonathan and I have been joined by two Matts, Danielle and Huw today as our week slides into the Advanced Scrambling course. With another day of lovely weather we started off in Cwm Idwal and made our way up the Slabs via North West Face Route (2) and Idwal Staircase (2+). After lunch in Cwm [...]

Llech Ddu Spur (Crib Lem)

It has just been Jonathan and I today and we decided to head to the Carneddau so that over the three days so far we have visited each of the main ranges in Northern Snowdonia. The Llech Ddu spur feels pretty remote by North Wales standards and sure enough we didn't see another soul all [...]

Crib Goch – Llyn Glas Horseshoe

It has been another wonderful day today here in Snowdonia, as we sat having lunch on Crib Goch I couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather be on a day like this. With Pen Y Pass car park full we set off from Ynys Ettws, which was busy hosting the BMC International Climbing Week [...]

Scrambling in Snowdonia

It has been an absolute stunner of a day today and we kicked off the week with the North Ridge of Tryfan and Bristly Ridge. I have been joined by Deren, Richard, Jonathan and Chris for our intro to scrambling course. Jonathan is staying all week and doing the Classic Scrambles week. Its going to [...]

April 2019

Dolmen Ridge and Bristly Ridge

I have been out with Dave again today with Michael unfortunately called home at the last minute. Conditions were sub-optimal but we still had a great day cruising up Dolmen Ridge (3), across the top of the Glyderau and then down Bristly Ridge (1). Thanks Dave for a great day! Looking down the crux of [...]

Advanced Scrambling Course

I have been joined by Michael and David for our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia for today and tomorrow. They have each been out with us before and its always nice to welcome back friendly faces and share some more adventures together. We have had a cracking day, way better than was forecast and [...]

Intro to Scrambling

It’s been beautiful weather here in Snowdonia and great to be back in the home mountains! I’ve been out with our intro to scrambling course today, up the Gribin Ridge and down Seniors. Ace!

Practicing skills on Moel yr Hydd

The skills that were learnt yesterday on the Navigation and Mountain Skills Course were put into practice today on a little circuit though Cwm Orthin and over the lovely little hill of Moel yr Hydd. The team did really well and should hopefully now feel confident that they've got the skills to head off for [...]

Navigating our way back to Wales

It might be just another Monday morning but it's the first of the year's courses back in Wales. I've been out with Nicola, Paul, Ramesh, Michelle, Beth and Lesley on the first day of our Mountain Skills and Navigation Course. We didn't stray far from the Siabod Cafe but have had a busy day nonetheless [...]

March 2019

Snowier Day in Stob Coire nan Lochan

The last day of the Winter Skills Weekend and the last day of the 2019 expeditionguide winter courses. John, Ty, Dan, Lee and myself didn't have the same weather as yesterday to enjoy but making a plan that accounted for the forecast we headed into Glencoe's Stob Coire nan Lochan.  Once up there we completed [...]

Stella Day in Scotland Today

We had a productive day to end Tom and Laura's week of mountaineering yesterday but high winds and heavy rain meant that we split the day between The Ice Factor and Onich Slabs. Today, the start of a Winter Skills Weekend, has been a totally different day. In bright sunshine and in the best underfoot [...]

Mega Day on Creag Meagaidh

Following yesterday's damp outing I didn't have high hopes for today but by traveling a little bit eastwards Tom, Laura and me have had a belter of a day. We've been up onto Creag Meagaidh ascending by the enormous Raeburn's Gully.  A bit of 'white room' navigation was required to reach the summit before we [...]

Dragon’s Tooth Revisited

A revisit to the Dragon's Tooth for me and Rob today. With the thaw well and truly set in we made what we think was the best of the mountaineering options and took Tim, Tom and Laura up through the forest above Ballachulish and across the ridge of Sgor a Chaolais, otherwsie known as the [...]

A Cooler Place to Climb?

Looking around for a cooler place to climb we traveled across to the Cairngorms today. Summit temperatures were still forecast to be above freezing but with a genuinely warm wind blowing when we arrived things weren't quite as cold as we had hoped for. Walking towards Coire an t-Sneachda in the sunshine was all very [...]

Aonach Eagach and Stron na Lairig

We've had a nice enough day of weather with which to start this week's Winter Mountaineering Course. Rob led Tim up Stob Coire Sgreamhach's Stron na Lairig whilst I was on the the other side a Glencoe leading Tom and Laura along the Aonach Eagach. The snow under foot on both routes was firm enough [...]

Dorsal Arete

It has been pretty wild week here in Scotland and today has been no different! For the last day of our mountaineering adventure we split into two teams. Huw and Shae went up onto Stob Coire nan Lochain and climbed Dorsal Arete with Shae leading unto the final arete whilst Racheal and I ticked off [...]

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

Huw and I took Racheal and Shae East today, with the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn our chosen objective. It was a popular choice and we were very grateful for a lift up the Forestry Track which meant for a much shorter walk in than normal. The ridge was in great condition and we [...]

The Dragons Tooth

It is a fairly wild week in Scotland this week and so Huw and I are spending as much time in the planning stages of each day as we are actually going mountaineering I think! We had a couple of options for today with a need to avoid a high avalanche risk, strong winds, rising [...]