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December 2019

New – Mountain Biking Trips & Courses

Regular readers of the blog will know that I have been getting out on my bike quite a lot over the last year or so. Mountain biking is something I have enjoyed since I was a teenager, indeed I was riding before I was climbing, and I have rekindled the love for it and been [...]

Advanced Navigation

I was joined today by Julie, Ben, Ben and Andy for our contour only, advanced navigation day. As the name suggests we spend the day looking at navigation in the mountains using some maps that I have had made specifically to only show contour information and major streams and water features. Its a brilliant way [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been out with Tristan, Mark, Ben and Anthony today on the second day of our intro to scrambling course. They have had some pretty wild weather and yesterday Tarquin took them up the False Gribin whilst today we went up Little & North Gullies on Tryfan and descended the North Ridge. The picture [...]

November 2019

Trail Magazine join us for winter skills

In this months Trail Magazine we are joined by Jenna and Jake for a winter skills weekend in Scotland. We had some fantastic weather and its always nice to hear about the course from your perspective so have a read and see what we got unto! The article is in the January 2020 edition which [...]

Film Safety Workshop & Avalanche Workshop.

I have been part of a film safety workshop this weekend at Plas Y Brenin, playing with all things rigging. As a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors I need to stay current by undertaking Continuing Professional Development each year and November is a great time to rack up some points. As well as [...]

ML Training – Day Four

The ML Trainees and I have been mostly playing with ropes today! We headed to the Llanberis Pass and looked at security on steep ground with the emergency use of the rope. It has been pretty chilly but stayed dry so we have done incredibly well for a course in November! That run of luck [...]

ML Training Day Three

We have been looking at the hazards of steep ground today and have based ourselves in and around Cwm Idwal, Seniors Gully and Seniors Ridge. We looked at coaching movement skills, risk assessment, spotting, route choice and briefings - covering lots of ground and top tips along the way.

ML Training Day Two

A simply stunning day today in Snowdonia for the second day of the ML Training. Today’s overall aim was a Quality Mountain Day and we definitely got that. We were able to avoid the snow and stay within the summer scope of the award and the conditions gave the chance to discuss what "winter conditions" [...]

ML Training Day One

I have been joined by Jan, Ryan, Tom, Alice and Mark this week for our last Mountain Leader training course of the year. There is still plenty of snow high up above about 800m and so we have been staying low to maintain the summer aspect of the award whilst looking at navigation skills and [...]

Crimpiau and Crafnant

For the second day of our Mountain Skills course we needed to stay below the majority of the snow line and so headed over to Crafnant from Capel Curig and then up over the Crimpiau to give a nice mixture of on and off the path navigation using the skills we had learned yesterday. We [...]

Mountain Skills Course

I have been joined for the weekend by Clare, Jo, Kes and Kevin for our two day mountain skills course in Snowdonia. It was a bit of a surprise to be putting my winter tyres into action this morning as I drove to work in heavy snow. We managed to stay low and avoid getting [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan – Intro to Scrambling

For the second day of our intro to scrambling course we headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan in some fantastic weather. Poor old Richard couldn't join us as he managed to lock his keys and all of his kit in his car. Keith and Marcus agreed that Top Gear rules stood and we would [...]

Intro to Scrambling – Seniors Gully & Ridge

I have been joined by Richard, Marcus and Keith for our two day intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia and we kicked off the course today by heading into Cwm Idwal, up Seniors Gully and then up Seniors Ridge. It has been pretty chilly and there was a fresh dusting of snow on the [...]

Mountain Biking Snowdonia – Tour du Moel Siabod

After yesterdays soaking in the Rhynnogau I was all set to get wet again today, especially as I drew back the curtains to see nothing but cloud this morning. I had decided to start a ride from Capel Curig as I knew I could meet up with Huw and hand back the bike he had [...]

Mountain Biking Snowdonia – Pont Scethin

Having spent the week in the Cairngorms in some lovely weather I was feeling psyched to get out on the bike and explore somewhere new for the day. My inspiration came from Pete Bursnalls book "Mountain Bike Guide North Wales" which has 27 of the best Mountain Biking routes in North Wales. I plumped for [...]

Half Term in the Cairngorms

We have enjoyed a family holiday in Braemar this week, staying at one of our favourite haunts. Mar Lodge is owned by National Trust Scotland and has been divided into apartments, this was our fourth visit and it always delivers :-) You definitely feel like the Laird as you stroll around the grounds, albeit only [...]

October 2019

Mountain Biking on Snowdon

With a good forecast and a day off, Huw and I headed up Snowdon yesterday on our bikes for a day of Mountain Biking on Snowdon. It was a beautiful autumnal morning and I only wish I had taken the big camera instead of just the phone, but I probably wouldn't have wished that whilst [...]

ML Training – Hazards of steep ground

We have had another lovely day in Snowdonia today and the ML Training team and I have spent it looking at the hazards of steep ground. We looked at the emergency use of a rope to safeguard members of their group and themselves on scrambling terrain and soaked up the autumnal sunshine in the process. [...]

Y Gribin, Lliwedd – ML Training

We have had a lovely autumnal day in Snowdonia today and I took the ML Training team up the Gribin Ridge onto Lliwedd for a day of security on steep ground training. We looked at movement coaching, risk assessments, spotting, route choice, leadership styles, poor visibility navigation and environmental knowledge over the course of the [...]