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June 2020

Latest News from Snowdonia

Hi - I hope you are well and staying safe and sane. I have been using the time at home to make some changes to, come up with some new challenges, think about how I can look after the environment better and come up with some new ways for you to enjoy the mountains.  The Snowdonia Fifty is [...]

May 2020

Our Courses are on hold until July

Yesterday I emailed everyone who is booked on an open course with us for June to advise that the courses won't be running. The Government tell us that accommodation won't be opening up again until at least July and people all need somewhere to stay. I have offered everyone the choice of a full refund [...]

A busy week of admin and volunteering

Is this what it's like to be retired? I've got nothing in my diary but the days are flying by with plenty to do. The last couple of weeks I have been volunteering my time in trying to help establish some guidelines for Mountaineering Instructors getting back to work. I wrote a guidance paper for [...]

Update – when can we start working again?

We have received an update from the BMC & Sport England today on our ability to start walking and climbing again. For us in Wales nothing has really changed - everything in yesterdays post remains the same. It has also been made clear by the Welsh Government that we cannot cross the border to operate [...]

When can we start running courses?

We all want to be able to get back out into the mountains again on a personal level and for us it has the added dimension of being our livelihoods. We are pretty keen to get back to work when it is safe for us, our clients and our local communities. Yesterday Boris updated the [...]

April 2020

New Film – The Clach Glas, Blaven Traverse (Skye) in winter Huw and I work the winter season in the mountains of Scotland. 2020 was my 16th year of chasing the ephemeral and definitely seemed to have a shortage of bluebird days! Just at the very end of our stint however the conditions and the forecast combined to give us a special day and it [...]

Mountain Memories #4

Mountain Memories #4 Todays photo is from June 2007 and shows a young Bryn Williams together with Tim & Rich. We were on a climbing trip to the Lofoten Isles. I volunteered to sort the travel logistics and when I decided on a strategy of how we were going to get to this remote chain [...]

March 2020

New Film – The Carneddau Ponies

The Carneddau Ponies live semi-feral on the mountains that back onto my home here in Snowdonia. They comprise a small population of about 300 and are thought to date back to the Bronze Age. Over 2018 and 2019 I ventured out with my camera to film them in all weathers. They live in a mountainous [...]

Mountain Memories #3

Todays photo is a (not very good) shot of my Dad by the Kings House Hotel in Glen Coe. These stories are not meant to be about the imagery, just the memories that a photo can spark and so I don't feel so bad about posting an image that is blurred and out of focus [...]

Mountain Memories #2

Todays photo to trigger a memory is of my friend Alec. In yesterdays memory I chatted a little about my first foray into the harder scrambles in the 1990's when my Dad and I went to the Isle of Skye. At about the same time I started going to my local climbing wall which in [...]

Mountain Memories #1

Whilst we are all staying at home I thought I would join the trend for sharing some photos and some stories from the last few years.  This photo is of Paddy on the Isle of Skye, I think the route is Integrity and the year would be the late 1990's.  I got into the mountains [...]

We need to stay at home

Whilst the cities are quiet this weekend, yesterday saw the busiest day in Snowdonia in living memory. We all need to work together to beat this. We need to stay at home. I live here and I have stopped my work to keep my community and my family safe. I am not going up the [...]

Cairngorm Mountaineering

This week Huw and I have been joined by Martin (from last week) Richard and Brian who have all done our winter skills course and are now with us to progress onto mountaineering ground. With the weather and avalanche forecasts looking better in the East we drove across to the Cairngorms and enjoyed a fine [...]

Thank Yous from last week

Hi Rob,Thank you for another superb week in the Scottish mountains. It was great to meet up again even if we didn't get to climb together - I think Huw was on a bit of a roll last week!I hope you enjoy the rest of your winter season and I look forward to our paths [...]

Stob Coire nan Lochain

For the final day of the winter skills week we headed back to Glencoe and climbed Stob Coire nan Lochain. Plan A had been to do a traverse of the mountain but a lack of an established track put paid to that idea as there is still a massive amount of unconsolidated fresh snow. We [...]

Aonach Mor

We made the most of a Gondola ride today at the Nevis Range and made our way up to the summit of Aonach Mor. Our theme for the day was winter navigation and the conditions lent themselves perfectly with poor visibility on the summit plateau but with some fleeting light to add atmosphere! We stopped [...]

Fiachaill Ridge, Cairngorms

Huws tales of crisp neve and blue skies were sufficiently inspiring to see us head over to the Cairngorms ourselves today on the winter skills course. We walked into the Northern Corries and sure enough we found vastly different conditions to those on the West. Manageable amounts of snow, nice firm neve and the much [...]

Another beautiful day in Glencoe

For the second day of our winter skills course we headed back down to Glencoe after a planning session this morning looking at avalanche and weather forecasts. We climbed Buachaille Etive Beag which provided a Southerly aspect and some firmer snow where we were able to utilise crampons and axe. Along the journey we continued [...]

Plenty of snow in Scotland

Huw and I are back up in Scotland this week with a winter climbing/mountaineering course and a winter skills week running. I have been out with Frank, Jon, Martin and Oliver for the winter skills course and we headed up Stob Mhic Mhartuin in Glencoe. There is a lot of snow all the way down [...]

February 2020

Crib Goch in the snow

We have had our fair share of wild weather over the last couple of weeks here in Snowdonia but things have definitely calmed down a bit now and there is some snow on the hills. I managed to get Crib Goch all to myself this afternoon with only Skye for company. It was beautiful!