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July 2020

Back out in the mountains – whoop, whoop!

Today saw the restrictions on travel lifted here in Wales, together with the mountains and car parks being opened across the Snowdonia National Park. Huw and I met in the Ogwen Valley at 9:00am and headed up in the drizzle to the Heather Terrace on Tryfan. The car parks at that time were not busy [...]

The mountains of Snowdonia are re-opening on Monday!

It has been confirmed today by the Snowdonia National Park Authority that the closed areas of the Park will be re-opened on Monday (the 6th July). As the Park prepares to welcome visitors back after the lockdown we meet local people who tell us what life has been like in the Park since March and [...]

We’re Good to Go

As lockdown measures ease in Wales we are now getting back to work! Hoorah! We are providing private guiding on a 1:1 basis (or 1:2 for members of the same household) from the 11th July which is when self catering accommodation is allowed to re-open in Wales and there is no restriction on travel. ACCOMMODATION  We have [...]

June 2020

Private Guiding Dates now available for this summer

As lockdown measures ease here in Wales I have now added availability for private guiding dates over the next three months to the diary page. We are providing private guiding on a 1:1 basis (or 1:2 for members of the same household) from the 13th July which is when self catering accommodation is allowed to [...]

We could be welcoming you back in July

The Welsh Government have announced today that Wales could remove the 5 mile travel restrictions on the 6th July and allow self catering units to open on the 13th July. This is great news for us as it will allow us to welcome you back! Our plan will be to offer private guiding on a [...]

Solitude on Snowdon

I went up Snowdon on my own over the May bank holiday and had the mountain to myself. At first it felt incredible to be allowed out and I was excited to have the place to myself, a once in a lifetime opportunity? Then it felt a bit weird somehow, a bit sad. A deserted [...]

July to September – The Plan moving forward

CURRENT SITUATION: We have put all of our open courses on hold because of the Coronavirus situation here in the UK.  Today I have made the difficult decision to contact everyone booked on open courses with us during July, August and September to cancel those courses. We are offering everyone a full refund or the [...]

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 [...]

Covid-19 Updates

The situation with Covid-19 is changing on a regular basis. Please visit our diary page for the latest news and the impact on our course dates.