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December 2019

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]