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May 2019

Idwal Buttress and Cneifion Arete

Jonathan and I have been joined by two Matts, Danielle and Huw today as our week slides into the Advanced Scrambling course. With another day of lovely weather we started off in Cwm Idwal and made our way up the Slabs via North West Face Route (2) and Idwal Staircase (2+). After lunch in Cwm [...]

Llech Ddu Spur (Crib Lem)

It has just been Jonathan and I today and we decided to head to the Carneddau so that over the three days so far we have visited each of the main ranges in Northern Snowdonia. The Llech Ddu spur feels pretty remote by North Wales standards and sure enough we didn't see another soul all [...]

Crib Goch – Llyn Glas Horseshoe

It has been another wonderful day today here in Snowdonia, as we sat having lunch on Crib Goch I couldn't think of anywhere else I would rather be on a day like this. With Pen Y Pass car park full we set off from Ynys Ettws, which was busy hosting the BMC International Climbing Week [...]

Scrambling in Snowdonia

It has been an absolute stunner of a day today and we kicked off the week with the North Ridge of Tryfan and Bristly Ridge. I have been joined by Deren, Richard, Jonathan and Chris for our intro to scrambling course. Jonathan is staying all week and doing the Classic Scrambles week. Its going to [...]

April 2019

Dolmen Ridge and Bristly Ridge

I have been out with Dave again today with Michael unfortunately called home at the last minute. Conditions were sub-optimal but we still had a great day cruising up Dolmen Ridge (3), across the top of the Glyderau and then down Bristly Ridge (1). Thanks Dave for a great day! Looking down the crux of [...]

Advanced Scrambling Course

I have been joined by Michael and David for our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia for today and tomorrow. They have each been out with us before and its always nice to welcome back friendly faces and share some more adventures together. We have had a cracking day, way better than was forecast and [...]

Intro to Scrambling

It’s been beautiful weather here in Snowdonia and great to be back in the home mountains! I’ve been out with our intro to scrambling course today, up the Gribin Ridge and down Seniors. Ace!

March 2019

Dorsal Arete

It has been pretty wild week here in Scotland and today has been no different! For the last day of our mountaineering adventure we split into two teams. Huw and Shae went up onto Stob Coire nan Lochain and climbed Dorsal Arete with Shae leading unto the final arete whilst Racheal and I ticked off [...]

East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn

Huw and I took Racheal and Shae East today, with the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn our chosen objective. It was a popular choice and we were very grateful for a lift up the Forestry Track which meant for a much shorter walk in than normal. The ridge was in great condition and we [...]

The Dragons Tooth

It is a fairly wild week in Scotland this week and so Huw and I are spending as much time in the planning stages of each day as we are actually going mountaineering I think! We had a couple of options for today with a need to avoid a high avalanche risk, strong winds, rising [...]

Fun in the sun (and the rain)

Last week was half term here in Wales at it coincided with a week off for me after our trip to Torridon and Norway. It also coincided with the arrival of my new paragliding wing so I managed to get out and get my first flights in the sunshine! In December I went out and [...]

February 2019

Ace ice in Rjukan

Our annual trip to the ice climbing mecca of Rjukan is treating us kindly with great ice, great climbing and great banter. Here are a few snaps from the action so far:            

Torridon – Single Axe Week

Huw and I are in Torridon this week with regular clients Oli and Russ. We kicked the week of with a traverse of Beinn Alligin and it has been incredibly beautiful - single axe mountaineering on stunning mountain ridges that drop down to the sea, views across to Skye and Lewis and no shortage of [...]

Ski Touring in Snowdonia

I have been out on the Carneddau today with my friend Andy for a spot of ski touring. We headed up to Cwm Lloer and then onto Carnedd Dafydd and it was great to see so many other folk out enjoying the snow. We enjoyed some lovely turns at the top and managed to dodge [...]

Ogwen Ice

What I thought might be a one off event last week has turned into a very nice spell of winter weather in the Welsh mountains. It's been cold enough for long enough now for ice to form in the quantity that you can climb on. Dylan and myself went up high and found some great [...]

January 2019

Ideas for this weekend in Snowdonia – winter fun!

There has been a lot in the press this week about the avalanche danger in Snowdonia. The National Park has made a statement that people should avoid the mountains and even the Rescue Team has been misquoted as saying that people should stay away. (Good to see that this has been redacted by TGO Magazine) [...]

Snowdonia Winter Fun

Posted by Huw: Last week I went up Cyfrwy Arete with Tom and today I've been up the North Ridgeof Mynydd Moelwith Jo. The route's name is a misnomer really; It faces east and is more a buttress than a ridge. It is great fun though, fairly short (just 92 metres as listed as a rock climb in [...]

Thank You!

Hi Rob & HuwJust wanted to say what a fantastic two days we had in the mountains. Both of the routes we did were really enjoyable and tested our creaking bodies suffiently. As ever Huw was patient, enthusiastic and great company. What a wonderful experience of Scottish winter!Until next timeMark & Tina

Red Bull Guide to Scrambling

"If you’re new to hiking, you may have heard whispers about a more challenging discipline called scrambling. Its purpose is similar to that of hill walking – getting to the top of a peak – but you’re unlikely to find any signs marking the route to the top." So begins the article on Redbull.com that [...]