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February 2020

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 [...]

Scottish Winter Skills Week

I am up in Scotland now for the start of our winter program North of the border and have kicked off with our Winter Skills Week. I have been joined by Claire, Anna, Niall, Peter, Kev, Tom & Simon and we had a pretty wild start to the week with warm temperatures and strong winds. [...]

December 2019

Bochclwyd Horseshoe Winter Round

Having got back from the Alps at the weekend I was pretty pleased to find snow on the mountains and a good weather day in the forecast. Huw was also free so after a brew at the Siabod Cafe we headed out together to enjoy a stunning day on the Bochclwyd Horseshoe. Starting at the [...]

There is plenty of snow!

Well there is no shortage of snow in the Alps at the moment, it has been chucking it down here for the last couple of days and it looks like Scotland is getting the same treatment with Glencoe Ski Centre opening for business tomorrow. Bryn and I did a ski tour from Le Tour yesterday, [...]

Ski Week in Chamonix

I am out in Chamonix this week with my good friend Bryn. We are making the most of some early season snowfall to warm up for winter and get some early off-piste skiing done. We arrived late Monday night and knew we had struck lucky when we struggled to get the hire car to Argentierre [...]

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 [...]