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November 2019

Mountain Skills Course

I have been joined for the weekend by Clare, Jo, Kes and Kevin for our two day mountain skills course in Snowdonia. It was a bit of a surprise to be putting my winter tyres into action this morning as I drove to work in heavy snow. We managed to stay low and avoid getting [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan – Intro to Scrambling

For the second day of our intro to scrambling course we headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan in some fantastic weather. Poor old Richard couldn't join us as he managed to lock his keys and all of his kit in his car. Keith and Marcus agreed that Top Gear rules stood and we would [...]

Intro to Scrambling – Seniors Gully & Ridge

I have been joined by Richard, Marcus and Keith for our two day intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia and we kicked off the course today by heading into Cwm Idwal, up Seniors Gully and then up Seniors Ridge. It has been pretty chilly and there was a fresh dusting of snow on the [...]

Mountain Biking Snowdonia – Tour du Moel Siabod

After yesterdays soaking in the Rhynnogau I was all set to get wet again today, especially as I drew back the curtains to see nothing but cloud this morning. I had decided to start a ride from Capel Curig as I knew I could meet up with Huw and hand back the bike he had [...]

Mountain Biking Snowdonia – Pont Scethin

Having spent the week in the Cairngorms in some lovely weather I was feeling psyched to get out on the bike and explore somewhere new for the day. My inspiration came from Pete Bursnalls book "Mountain Bike Guide North Wales" which has 27 of the best Mountain Biking routes in North Wales. I plumped for [...]

Half Term in the Cairngorms

We have enjoyed a family holiday in Braemar this week, staying at one of our favourite haunts. Mar Lodge is owned by National Trust Scotland and has been divided into apartments, this was our fourth visit and it always delivers :-) You definitely feel like the Laird as you stroll around the grounds, albeit only [...]

October 2019

Mountain Biking on Snowdon

With a good forecast and a day off, Huw and I headed up Snowdon yesterday on our bikes for a day of Mountain Biking on Snowdon. It was a beautiful autumnal morning and I only wish I had taken the big camera instead of just the phone, but I probably wouldn't have wished that whilst [...]

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. [...]