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September 2019

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

August 2019

Bastow Gully Buttress

For the second day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course, Martin, Rachel and I have been up Tryfan via Bastow Gully Buttress (2). Rachel and Martin lead the route for themselves with me [...]

Mountain Biking in the Alps

I have just got back from a couple of weeks in the Alps, primarily for our family holiday but also getting some great mountain biking in. We had a week in Chamonix where I managed [...]

Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead

Back home for a week I have been out with Rachel and Martin today for the first day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. Both have done a fair bit of scrambling and [...]

July 2019

Ml Refresher – Navigation Day

Tony, Jason and I have been up into Cwm Tregallan on Snowdon today looking at micro navigation skills as the final day of our ML Refresher. With Tony booked onto an assessment next week I [...]

Security on steep ground on Tryfan

Tony, Jason and I have been out again today for the second day of our ML Refresher and have been looking at security on steep ground without the use of the rope. Our chosen playground [...]

ML Refresher

I have been joined by Jason and Tony for a Mountain Leader refresher course here in Snowdonia. We kicked the week off looking at emergency use of the rope for security on steep ground today [...]

Cneifion Arete with Julia & Lucy

I have been out with Julia and her daughter today for some private guiding here in Snowdonia. I don't remember tieing in with a mother and daughter before (thats not to say it hasn't happened!) [...]

Nor Nor Buttress Scramble

Julia, Richard and I have been spoilt again today with wonderful blue skies, warm rock and a nice breeze to keep the midges at bay. We headed up onto the East Face of Tryfan and [...]

Scrambling & Swimming in the sunshine

I have been joined by Julia and Richard for our advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. Regular readers will recognise both faces but Julia in particular has shared many adventures with us and is often [...]

Intro to Scrambling

I have been out with Judith, Sue, Charlotte and Patrick today, introducing them to grade 1 scrambling here in Snowdonia. We stayed low in some poor weather and focused on plenty of movement coaching, line [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Snowdonia Mountaineering

I have been out with Kate and John today who are with us for a week of mountaineering here in Snowdonia. We decided to move up the grade and started off with Idwal Buttress (2) [...]

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 [...]

Mountain Biking on Snowdon

I have never ridden up Snowdon before. I have walked it, climbed it and skied it so I thought it was about time I rode it! During the summer months there is a voluntary restriction [...]

Mountain Filming

I kicked this week off filming for a mountain project with Helix Tactical, often referred to as the war office of DMM. We spent a couple of days high on the Clogwyn Y Person Arete [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan

Well the much threatened rain finally arrived today and so Bob and I had a change of pace and grade and headed up the classic scramble that is the North Ridge of Tryfan. This allowed [...]