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October 2019

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 [...]

Mountain Leader Training

We kicked off an ML Training course yesterday here in Snowdonia with Heather, Lizzie, Colin, Awi, Tim and Pieter - the latter three having travelled over from Holland to do the course - impressive! Yesterday we had some pretty wet weather and having introduced the course, looked at some weather forecasting and drunk as much [...]

Moel Siabod – Mountain Skills

It has been a significantly better day than forecast today and so it was a really pleasant surprise to spend the day under blue skies and sunshine as we headed up Moel Siabod via its East Ridge. We spent the day putting into practise the skills we learnt yesterday in context as well as adding [...]

Mountain Skills Course

I have been joined by Anne, Emma and Nigel today for our two day mountain skills course here in Snowdonia. We kicked the day off with a look at weather forecasting and route planning before heading out for a mountain day on the less explored flanks of Snowdon. Over the course of the day we [...]

Sierra Nevada, Spain

I am in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain this week and have been joined by Miriam, Claire, Steven, Bob, Steve and Sarah and ably assisted by my good friend Sandy. We have had a stunning week of weather and have ticked off the highest peak on mainland Spain as well as some other great [...]

September 2019

East Face of Tryfan

The weather hasn't improved today but nonetheless Simon, Ben and I have had a good day of roped scrambling on Tryfan. We headed up Bastow Gully Buttress (2/3) onto the North Ridge and unto the summit in some pretty wild wind and rain. We then dropped back down into the shelter of the East Face [...]

Dad and Lad Day – Cneifion Arete

I have been out with Simon and his son Ben today, scrambling in Snowdonia. Simon first came out with me about 8 or 9 years ago and we have shared many adventures together all around the world. It felt like a real privilege to share the rope with his son Ben today too as we [...]

Return to the Mountain. ITV Wales

Regular readers of this blog might remember Series 1 of The Mountain about 5 years ago on ITV Wales. The series was in six parts and featured 4 different peoples lives on Snowdon over a twelve month period. I was one of those people and I also got involved with the camera work, it was [...]

A beautiful week for photography

Last week saw a high pressure system settle over North Wales and so we had some lovely sunny days with very little wind - an Indian Summer! I made the most of the week, grabbing some pre-dawn starts and some sunsets with my camera. Here are some of the results. Looking down into Cwm Idwal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]