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November 2019

A Fine Morning for the Snowdon Horseshoe

It might prove short lived but there was a fine spell of weather in Snowdonia this morning. I was out enjoying the sunshine with Gavin who after today has just one of the Welsh Hewitts (Hills in England, Wales and Ireland over Two Thousand feet) left to do. We ticked off Crib Goch today as [...]

October 2019

Milestone Buttress and Tryfan Bach

No where near as wet a day as I was expecting but it's been pretty damp none the less. Chris, Jamie and me took scrambling as a bit of a substitute over rock climbing today taking in two of Snowdonia's most readily accessible grade 3 scrambles. Tryfan's Milestone Buttress Scramble and Little Tryfan OLYMPUS [...]

Wet end to the ML Training Course

I swapped in for the last two days of the Mountain Leader Training Course. The end of the course is usually when we go out overnight and this is what we did this time. Starting from the top of the Crimea Pass Heather, Lizzie, Tim, Pieter, Colin and me made a couple of short navigation [...]

September 2019

Bright and Breezy on An Teallach

We've saved the best for last on our Torridon and Wester Ross Mountaineering Week. Rob, Sandy and a big sociable team have been round to Diabaig to do a great little scramble, the West Spur of Meall Ceann na Creige which starts right from the sea. Martin, Tim and myself got lucky with a punt [...]

Traversing Liathach in the Rain

Well we didn't get the views from one of Scotland's finest ridge traverses but we had a good time on Liathach none the less. Once again we've had another wet day and once again the sun came out on the way down as if to show us what we could have had. OLYMPUS DIGITAL [...]

Bleak round the back of Beinn Eighe

Rough weather again today and we tried to hide away from the gales round the back of Beinn Eighe. Scrambling on a route called Overlooking Rib on the quartzite slabs on the north eastern flank of Ruadh Stac Beag did by in large keep us out of the wind. Our route selection could do nothing [...]

The Sun’s Back out on Stac Pollaidh

A much brighter day in the North West Highlands today but forecast high winds made us wary of venturing onto the higher tops. Instead we took a banker of a choice with an East to West traverse along the castellated crest of Stac Pollaidh. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Wet Welcome to Scotland

I've swapped Italy for Scotland and Rob and Sandy are fresh back from Switzerland. The weather in Wester Ross hasn't exactly welcomed us but we've had fun none the less on the opening day of our Torridon Mountaineering Week. Along with Rachel, Bob, Tim, David, Martin and Marion we nosed our way through the mist [...]

July 2019

New Ground for us all on the West Face of Tryfan

It's always great being out with Julia and Lucy and thanks to a fine steer from Tarquin we've been up a scramble that none of us had done before; Tryfan's West Face Direct including the boulder chocked Y Gully and the fantastic rock of Notch Arete. There can't be many scrambles left in Snowdonia that [...]

Classics in The Pass and Leading on Tryfan Bach

A fun couple of days with Dylan and Gavin. Gavin is doing a great job of passing on his enthusiasm for climbing to his nephew and complementing their regular trips to the climbing wall they've been out climbing with us a couple of times now in Snowdonia. Yesterday we clocked up a bit of multi-pitch [...]

Scrambling and Navigation Course

We've a Five day Navigation and Scrambling Course running right now. Andy looked after the first two days for us whilst Rob and myself were traveling back from France. Today was my turn to be on duty where I've enjoyed a pleasant day with Judith, Patrick and Sue on and around Crimpiau. The team made [...]

Project Alpine Spirit

A fun week helping Rob out filming for Project Alpine Spirit. Becky Coles, Lou Bettlestone and Mo Barclay are currently out in the Alps attempting to climb all of the Alpine 4000 metre peaks in an extended summer season. Thanks to funding from the BMC and Montane Rob has taken on the less physical but [...]

June 2019

Another Snowdonia Scorcher

Another scorcher of a day in Snowdonia. Today John, Kate and myself went up Y Garn's East Ridge. It's a scramble of two halves really. A rambling but all very pleasant grade one meander up the broad lower rib before the route slides leftwards and kicks up quite dramatically for a wonderful and narrow finale. [...]

Sizzling on Sentries Ridge

The sun has been beating down on Snowdonia today. With enough of a breeze to keep things pleasant. Kate, John and me have been up Mynydd Mawr's Sentries Ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Bristly Ridge in the Mist

Not a day for views today as well as being slightly damp in a close and sticky mist. Along with John and Kate we've enjoyed the day none the less climbing up Bristly Ridge and down Y Gribin at the start of our Snowdonia Scrambling Week. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

Back in Wales and Bristly Ridge

Whilst Rob's been out with the Mountain Leader Refresher Course I've enjoyed a day's scrambling with Leoine who is preparing for a trip to Mount Elbrus in a couple of months time. We've been on Glyder Fach up Bristly Ridge and down the Gribin ridge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA [...]

May 2019

Through the Mist to Bruach na Frithe

It didn't really rain at any point today but up above the cloud level the rock has been pretty wet and skittery.  The first part of our day was unaffected though; the relatively low level scramble up The Spur of Sgurr an Fheadain. From its tiny summit Tom, Laura and myself carried on up into [...]

Half a Round of Corrie Lagan

The weather forecast isn't so bright for the end of the week so today was a case of making hay while the sun shines. Tom and Laura have been over a section of the Cuillin that was new to them with a half round of Corrie Lagan taking in the tops of Sgurr Sgumain, Sgurr [...]

April 2019

Practicing skills on Moel yr Hydd

The skills that were learnt yesterday on the Navigation and Mountain Skills Course were put into practice today on a little circuit though Cwm Orthin and over the lovely little hill of Moel yr Hydd. The team did really well and should hopefully now feel confident that they've got the skills to head off for [...]

Navigating our way back to Wales

It might be just another Monday morning but it's the first of the year's courses back in Wales. I've been out with Nicola, Paul, Ramesh, Michelle, Beth and Lesley on the first day of our Mountain Skills and Navigation Course. We didn't stray far from the Siabod Cafe but have had a busy day nonetheless [...]