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April 2020

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!

Norway – Thank You

Hi Rob, Just wanted to thank you again for a cracking time in Norway. I’m very glad the cancellation came up, also glad it was with yourself, you’re a top fella and you gauged exactly how to push me and keep thing interesting. I’m very keen to go on to harder/longer routes, I hope that [...]

Thank You – Torridon

Rob and Huw -  Have been unexpectedly busy since returning to Putney from our epic week in Torridon, hence my delayed thank you for as good a week in the mountains as I have enjoyed for a longtime.  I would best describe it as I did to an outdoor man in the office when asked [...]

January 2020

Crib Goch for Sunrise

It has been a stunning week of temperature inversions here in Snowdonia and so I was pretty keen to get out for sunrise this morning and make the most of it. A quick text saw Tarquin and Lou on board, an early alarm got me out of bed and then we had a beautiful day [...]

Zig Zags, Gearr Aonach

Todays crux was without a doubt getting out of the van in Glencoe! It was wild and Rachel & Cath would have been happy to head straight to the pub I think. A leap of faith got us out of the van and onto the Zig Zags on Gearr Aonach which actually gave some fun [...]

Dinnertime Buttress

We have had a good dup of snow overnight in the Highlands and thankfully the wind has dropped a bit since yesterday. Cath needed a rest today with a sore knee so Rachel and I headed out and enjoyed Dinnertime Buttress (2) in Glencoe. The snow got better with height and we were nicely sheltered [...]

Snow and sunshine

The last two days of our winter skills week have thankfully been significantly better than the first two! We have had some steady snow showers and some lovely spells of sunshine. Yesterday was stunning all day as we headed over Aonach Mor and today gave some lovely atmosphere between the clouds as we went up [...]