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November 2019

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]