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July 2020

Tryfan Scrambling Day

I have been out with Martin today doing a bit of prep for the Cuillin Ridge in September. We started off with Milestone Buttress Scramble (3) and then onto the Milestone Continuation (3) followed by a bit of heather bashing to get us onto the North Ridge (1). We then descended Bastow Buttress (2), climbed [...]

Teaching Climbing

I have been out with Rich today as he prepares for his MCI Assessment, looking at teaching climbing. I joined him and his mock student Sam as they spent a day at Milestone Buttress and we looked at how to structure a day in a multi-pitch setting. Great to be out in some lovely weather, [...]

Ogwen Scrambling Link Up with Rachel

I have been out with Rachel again today and we have enjoyed a link up of some of the best scrambles in the Ogwen Valley. We started our day by heading up North West Face Route (2) and onto the Idwal Staircase (2) to get up into Cwm Cneifion. From there we went up the [...]

Hike and Fly – Moel Eilio

Bryn and I have been slowly learning to fly over the last 18 months. We started on Moel Eilio with Bryn's speedwing then decided it might be wise to do a course and so we went to Spain in December 2018. I've had a bit more coaching here in Wales since then and I have [...]

Crib Llem Spur

I have been out with Rachel today for my first day of work since March - it did feel good to be back! The weather was slightly sub-optimal but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm for either of us. A misty, moisty morning We picked the Crib Llem Spur as our objective for the day. I [...]

Back out in the mountains – whoop, whoop!

Today saw the restrictions on travel lifted here in Wales, together with the mountains and car parks being opened across the Snowdonia National Park. Huw and I met in the Ogwen Valley at 9:00am and headed up in the drizzle to the Heather Terrace on Tryfan. The car parks at that time were not busy [...]

The mountains of Snowdonia are re-opening on Monday!

It has been confirmed today by the Snowdonia National Park Authority that the closed areas of the Park will be re-opened on Monday (the 6th July). As the Park prepares to welcome visitors back after the lockdown we meet local people who tell us what life has been like in the Park since March and [...]

We’re Good to Go

As lockdown measures ease in Wales we are now getting back to work! Hoorah! We are providing private guiding on a 1:1 basis (or 1:2 for members of the same household) from the 11th July which is when self catering accommodation is allowed to re-open in Wales and there is no restriction on travel. ACCOMMODATION  We have [...]

June 2020

Private Guiding Dates now available for this summer

As lockdown measures ease here in Wales I have now added availability for private guiding dates over the next three months to the diary page. We are providing private guiding on a 1:1 basis (or 1:2 for members of the same household) from the 13th July which is when self catering accommodation is allowed to [...]

We could be welcoming you back in July

The Welsh Government have announced today that Wales could remove the 5 mile travel restrictions on the 6th July and allow self catering units to open on the 13th July. This is great news for us as it will allow us to welcome you back! Our plan will be to offer private guiding on a [...]

Solitude on Snowdon

I went up Snowdon on my own over the May bank holiday and had the mountain to myself. At first it felt incredible to be allowed out and I was excited to have the place to myself, a once in a lifetime opportunity? Then it felt a bit weird somehow, a bit sad. A deserted [...]

July to September – The Plan moving forward

CURRENT SITUATION: We have put all of our open courses on hold because of the Coronavirus situation here in the UK.  Today I have made the difficult decision to contact everyone booked on open courses with us during July, August and September to cancel those courses. We are offering everyone a full refund or the [...]

Latest News from Snowdonia

Hi - I hope you are well and staying safe and sane. I have been using the time at home to make some changes to Expeditionguide.com, come up with some new challenges, think about how I can look after the environment better and come up with some new ways for you to enjoy the mountains.  The Snowdonia Fifty is [...]

May 2020

Our Courses are on hold until July

Yesterday I emailed everyone who is booked on an open course with us for June to advise that the courses won't be running. The Government tell us that accommodation won't be opening up again until at least July and people all need somewhere to stay. I have offered everyone the choice of a full refund [...]

A busy week of admin and volunteering

Is this what it's like to be retired? I've got nothing in my diary but the days are flying by with plenty to do. The last couple of weeks I have been volunteering my time in trying to help establish some guidelines for Mountaineering Instructors getting back to work. I wrote a guidance paper for [...]

Update – when can we start working again?

We have received an update from the BMC & Sport England today on our ability to start walking and climbing again. For us in Wales nothing has really changed - everything in yesterdays post remains the same. It has also been made clear by the Welsh Government that we cannot cross the border to operate [...]

When can we start running courses?

We all want to be able to get back out into the mountains again on a personal level and for us it has the added dimension of being our livelihoods. We are pretty keen to get back to work when it is safe for us, our clients and our local communities. Yesterday Boris updated the [...]

April 2020

New Film – The Clach Glas, Blaven Traverse (Skye) in winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuxXFW4fsnk&t=189s Huw and I work the winter season in the mountains of Scotland. 2020 was my 16th year of chasing the ephemeral and definitely seemed to have a shortage of bluebird days! Just at the very end of our stint however the conditions and the forecast combined to give us a special day and it [...]

Mountain Memories #4

Mountain Memories #4 Todays photo is from June 2007 and shows a young Bryn Williams together with Tim & Rich. We were on a climbing trip to the Lofoten Isles. I volunteered to sort the travel logistics and when I decided on a strategy of how we were going to get to this remote chain [...]

Covid-19 Updates

The situation with Covid-19 is changing on a regular basis. Please visit our diary page for the latest news and the impact on our course dates.