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June 2019

Thank You

Hi Rob, Thanks so much to you, Huw, David and Sandy for another awesome week of scrambling on Skye.  I’m delighted to have ticked off a handful more of the Cuillin highlights this week. Not only was it a jam packed, fun filled five days but it was also so very educational. Who’d have thought [...]

May 2019

Sgurr Alasdair

With greasy conditions on the ridge today we chose to head up Sgurr Alasdair via the South-West Ridge (3). The route starts at Bealach Sgumain via a lovely walk into Coire a' Ghrunnda which gives some lovely views across to Rum. A bad step is avoided by a chimney to the right of the Bealach [...]

Clach Glas Blabheinn Traverse

This is probably one of my favourite days out in the mountains of the UK and so when Steven and Claire said it was on their "must do" list for this trip it was a no brainer for today. The weather has been wonderful, blue skies, sunshine and a cooling breeze. The views from the [...]

Pinnacle Ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean

Pinnacle Ridge was high on the wish list for Claire and Steven this week so we bagged it today, making the most of a good forecast. Its always a cracking route with enough technical difficulty to remain interesting from bottom to top and some steep descents along the way too, one of which gives an [...]

Skye Scrambling

I am on Skye now for our annual pilgrimage to the best scrambling in the UK - the Cuillin Ridge. I have been joined by friends and fellow instructors Huw, Dave and Sandy and between us we are looking after Claire, Steven, Thien, Julia, Martin, Cath, Tom and Laura - many of whom are here [...]

MTB – Lake District & Skye

I am on the Isle of Skye now for our week of scrambling on the Cuillin Ridge. I left home Friday morning and headed to Keswick for lunch before enjoying a ride up and around Skiddaw - the big hulk of a mountain that sits above the town. It was pretty steep in places and [...]

Mountain Biking – A come back

When I was younger I used to do a lot of Mountain Biking. I got a summer job in the school holidays and spent 6 weeks picking chillis to buy my first Mountain Bike. It was purple, it was a Carerra and I got it from Halfords. It was also a ticket to places I [...]

New Digital Scrambling Feature

I have put together a new digital feature on scrambling in Snowdonia. It aims to bring together some route guides, videos, top tips, my kit list and some inspirational stories and images to educate, motivate and inspire! I hope you enjoy it.

Dolmen Ridge

For the final day of our week of scrambling here in Snowdonia we headed up Dolmen Ridge. We left the car undecided about the need for waterproofs as it had been steadily raining on the drive down the A5. Fortune favours the bold and the bald and sure enough it dried up nicely to the [...]

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 [...]