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September 2019

Bright and Breezy on An Teallach

We've saved the best for last on our Torridon and Wester Ross Mountaineering Week. Rob, Sandy and a big sociable team have been round to Diabaig to do a great little scramble, the West Spur of Meall Ceann na Creige which starts right from the sea. Martin, Tim and myself got lucky with a punt [...]

Traversing Liathach in the Rain

Well we didn't get the views from one of Scotland's finest ridge traverses but we had a good time on Liathach none the less. Once again we've had another wet day and once again the sun came out on the way down as if to show us what we could have had. OLYMPUS DIGITAL [...]

Bleak round the back of Beinn Eighe

Rough weather again today and we tried to hide away from the gales round the back of Beinn Eighe. Scrambling on a route called Overlooking Rib on the quartzite slabs on the north eastern flank of Ruadh Stac Beag did by in large keep us out of the wind. Our route selection could do nothing [...]

The Sun’s Back out on Stac Pollaidh

A much brighter day in the North West Highlands today but forecast high winds made us wary of venturing onto the higher tops. Instead we took a banker of a choice with an East to West traverse along the castellated crest of Stac Pollaidh. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Wet Welcome to Scotland

I've swapped Italy for Scotland and Rob and Sandy are fresh back from Switzerland. The weather in Wester Ross hasn't exactly welcomed us but we've had fun none the less on the opening day of our Torridon Mountaineering Week. Along with Rachel, Bob, Tim, David, Martin and Marion we nosed our way through the mist [...]

Swiss 3000 summits week

Last week was our summer trip out to Switzerland to bag some 3000m summits on our Swiss 3000 summits week. We met up in Zermatt and I was joined by James, Katie, Ian and Steve and ably assisted by my good friend Sandy. Our first day saw us do over 1200m of height gain and [...]

August 2019

Learning to lead – East Ridge of Y Garn

For the final day of our learning to lead scrambling course Rachel and Martin took the East Ridge of Y Garn (2/3) with me alongside. We had a few squally showers and some greasy rock so I was glad that they were moving well and with safe systems, whilst still being efficient in their progress. [...]

Bastow Gully Buttress

For the second day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course, Martin, Rachel and I have been up Tryfan via Bastow Gully Buttress (2). Rachel and Martin lead the route for themselves with me alongside offering the occasional word of wisdom and with the focus of the day being safe progress working towards efficiency [...]

Mountain Biking in the Alps

I have just got back from a couple of weeks in the Alps, primarily for our family holiday but also getting some great mountain biking in. We had a week in Chamonix where I managed to ride every day, with highlights being the lift accessed downhill at Le Tour and a daily evening ride from [...]

Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead

Back home for a week I have been out with Rachel and Martin today for the first day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. Both have done a fair bit of scrambling and some climbing and so I have changed the usual format a bit to suit their experience levels. We kicked off [...]

July 2019

Ml Refresher – Navigation Day

Tony, Jason and I have been up into Cwm Tregallan on Snowdon today looking at micro navigation skills as the final day of our ML Refresher. With Tony booked onto an assessment next week I felt a massive responsibility to provide opportunities for practise and fine tuning without trying to dramatically change anything in a [...]

Security on steep ground on Tryfan

Tony, Jason and I have been out again today for the second day of our ML Refresher and have been looking at security on steep ground without the use of the rope. Our chosen playground was the East Face of Tryfan, via Little & North Gullies. We looked at leadership skills, movement skills, client coaching, [...]

ML Refresher

I have been joined by Jason and Tony for a Mountain Leader refresher course here in Snowdonia. We kicked the week off looking at emergency use of the rope for security on steep ground today in Cwm Idwal, throwing in plenty of environmental and leadership knowledge for good measure and sheltering from the high winds [...]

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 [...]