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November 2019

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 to give a nice mixture of on and off the path navigation using the skills we had learned yesterday. We [...]

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 into action this morning as I drove to work in heavy snow. We managed to stay low and avoid getting [...]

North Ridge of Tryfan – Intro to Scrambling

For the second day of our intro to scrambling course we headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan in some fantastic weather. Poor old Richard couldn't join us as he managed to lock his keys and all of his kit in his car. Keith and Marcus agreed that Top Gear rules stood and we would [...]

Intro to Scrambling – Seniors Gully & Ridge

I have been joined by Richard, Marcus and Keith for our two day intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia and we kicked off the course today by heading into Cwm Idwal, up Seniors Gully and then up Seniors Ridge. It has been pretty chilly and there was a fresh dusting of snow on the [...]

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 [...]

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 "Mountain Bike Guide North Wales" which has 27 of the best Mountain Biking routes in North Wales. I plumped for [...]

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 visit and it always delivers :-) You definitely feel like the Laird as you stroll around the grounds, albeit only [...]

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 wish I had taken the big camera instead of just the phone, but I probably wouldn't have wished that whilst [...]

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 [...]

ML Training – Hazards of steep ground

We have had another lovely day in Snowdonia today and the ML Training team and I have spent it looking at the hazards of steep ground. We looked at the emergency use of a rope to safeguard members of their group and themselves on scrambling terrain and soaked up the autumnal sunshine in the process. [...]

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 movement coaching, risk assessments, spotting, route choice, leadership styles, poor visibility navigation and environmental knowledge over the course of the [...]

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 we had some pretty wet weather and having introduced the course, looked at some weather forecasting and drunk as much [...]

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 East Ridge. We spent the day putting into practise the skills we learnt yesterday in context as well as adding [...]

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 heading out for a mountain day on the less explored flanks of Snowdon. Over the course of the day we [...]

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 stunning week of weather and have ticked off the highest peak on mainland Spain as well as some other great [...]

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 summit in some pretty wild wind and rain. We then dropped back down into the shelter of the East Face [...]

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 the world. It felt like a real privilege to share the rope with his son Ben today too as we [...]

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 twelve month period. I was one of those people and I also got involved with the camera work, it was [...]