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Hailstones in June?

Posted on 17 June, 2018 at 8:55 Comments comments (0)

After a lovely few days away in Southern Snowdonia this Saturday saw me out on Snowdon in 40mph winds, horizontal rain and hail stones near the summit, thanks very much weather.

Working alongside two other guides for Snowdon Walks, we had an open group of 21, it was obvious that we all going to get very wet!! At half way some of the clients decided to turn back (with a guide) and at Clogwyn the same again, I took up the remaining nine hardy souls who were determined to reach the summit, this was only done afetr taking into consideration the awful conditions.

We all got to the top safely and bonus, the cafe was open, very packed with running water on the floor, but none the less open!  Leaving the shelter of the cafe was traumatic but off we went and after about 20 minutes the skies cleared and the sun came out, which made the whole day very worth while and the soggy boots and clothing became more bearable. Well done to those that made it up.

Photos are of my HF Dolserau group on Aran Fawddwy and another HF Dolseau group on the Panorama viewpoint above the Mawddach Estuary the previous sunny weekend.

Sunny Saturday on Snowdon

Posted on 12 June, 2018 at 14:10 Comments comments (0)

What a great day for Sandra, Amy and Charles to experience Snowdon for the first time, bright sunshine, clear skies and the  summit complex was open, happy days!

Once we loaded up with additional water we headed up to Pen y Pass by taxi to ascend by the miners Path at a pace to suit the hot weather but I think Charles was itching to speed it up a bit, that was'nt going to happen in that heat tho. Reaching the summit in under three hours (great effort) we spent nearly an hour taking in the fantastic views before heading off down by the Llanberis Path, Charles raced off after Halfway and sampled the ale at Stephans before we caught him up.

A lovely walk with great company in great weather, thank you all!!


Working with Daley Thompson

Posted on 7 June, 2018 at 16:25 Comments comments (0)

Daley Thompson (Olympiam) thought it would be a good idea as he is 60 this July to take up Snowdon 60 people all over 60 years old, so with Bridgestone (Olympic Partners) the day was organised and Raw Adventures were given the task of looking after everyone on the mountain, up and down.

The weather was great and we all had a good day with some folk feeling the effort in the baking sunshine, myself and Paramedic Richard walked the last one off at 18.45 (we started at 08.30!). long long day.

Dodging the Rain!

Posted on 31 May, 2018 at 3:45 Comments comments (0)

Nice weather for two weeks and then Bam, thunder storms, 50mph winds and heavy rain for our group walk last Sunday, however with a close study of the weather I found a five hour slot where we should be able to miss most of  the horrible stuff and have a good day on the mountain which is exactly what we did!

As the last of the thunder and rain cleared the Pass myself, Kevin, Will & Rachel set off passing lots of people who had ventured out an hour earlier and were now returning, soaked and windswept, not a good way to spend a Sunday morning.

We arrived at a windy summit in good time but with the approaching rain we made a hasty descent back to Llanberis with the rain catching us up as we walked the final road section into the village, there and back in 5 hours, super effort & Top Guide!!! 

Kevin, Will & Rachel taking a breather on the way down.

Snowdonia Society footpath work party

Posted on 23 May, 2018 at 16:20 Comments comments (0)

Had a great day today working for the Snowdonia Society looking after their volunteer work party high on the flanks of Snowdon, we  were joined by National Park Warden Alan who normally looks after the Carneddau area.

It was really hot today probably the hottest out of this recent spell of good weather.

Catch up

Posted on 22 May, 2018 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

Finally a few minutes to catch up with all the latest news, the past 10 days have seen me on Cader Idris, Robell Fawr, Bryn Cader Faner and Snowdon 5 times, working for various companies as well as my own of course. Some of the walks were fund raisers for Parkinsons, OSCARS (brain Tumours) & Laid back Lumps (Breast Cancer), ranging from 80-110 people at a time with multiple guides.

The weather of course has been great and looks like continuing for a few more days (please!). Tomorrow I am providing Mountain Leader cover for the Snowdonia Society who have a volunteer footpath team out high on the flanks of Snowdon, they will of course give me a shovel as well!

Friday and Saturday I am on CPD courses with Jim Langley, Alpine Flowers and the Mountain Environment being the chosen topics, these will be two great days out on the hills hopefully.

Back on Snowdon on Sunday with a group walk (places available) and then on Warden Duty on the Monday to round the Bank Holiday weekend off.

This year Snowdon is busier than ever and if you are thinking of going up please try and come on a weekeday or use one of the quieter paths, that will help you avoind the hoards (until you get to the top). Multiple rescues over last weekend so please take care!!!

Some photos taken over the past few days, the two young ladies near the top of Snowdon had travelled up in the train and descided to walk down good job the weather was fine.

Back from a busy week on sunny hills.

Posted on 21 May, 2018 at 3:45 Comments comments (0)

I have just finished my week away and three days on Snowdon at the weekend, what fantastic weather to be out on the hills!

I will be posting a full report later today with some nice photos.

There are still places on this Sundays Snowdon walk £40pp, please get in touch for details: Keith 07720433680

A couple enjoying their lunch at Snowdon summit last weekend

Busy weekends from Now!

Posted on 10 May, 2018 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

Well the quiet season has turned into a not so quiet season with record numbers on  Snowdon the rest of the year could be interesting.

I am guiding Gradient Adventures on Saturday (80 people) &  Raw Adventures on Sunday (110 people) both groups raising money for charities, if you are out I will see you on the hill.

Still places available on the group walks on 27th May and 9th June.


Group Walks 27th May 9th Junes

Posted on 7 May, 2018 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)


There are places available on the group walks on May 27th and June 9th, book early to reserve your place..

Snowdon Duty, Bank Holiday Saturday

Posted on 6 May, 2018 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

 was on Warden Duty yesterday with fellow warden Estelle on the Llanberis Path, a glorious day along with the Railway and summit cafe opening meant that the mountain was going to be very busy, and it was! We met up with Tony and sister Linda (both wardens) at the summit for a sunny lunch. There will be lots of sunburnt people coming down the mountain with very tired legs!!

Glyders & Carneddau with Marije

Posted on 6 May, 2018 at 7:50 Comments comments (0)

The last two days of Dutchy's walks were to be the Glyders  and then a final big day on the Carneddau, this is a big ask for someone that lives in "Flatland" her desciption not mine :) .

Glyders went well and it stayed dry most of the day but we did have 35mph winds to deal with, a dodgy photo on the Cantilever Stone then required a further attempt before heading off back to the tea shack.

On the Thursday the long and steep waterboard road to Bwlch Eryl Farchog identified tired legs (not mine!) so we made a descision to cut the walk slightly, still taking in Carnedd Llewelyn and the scramble up to Pen yr Helgi ddu before beating a hasty retreat to the Rayal Oak in Betwys for a well deserved pint of local ale. 

A really good week with two lovely Dutch ladies with a passion for the mountains (any will do I think) so different from their Flatlands home, safe journey back.

Dutch girls are Back!!

Posted on 1 May, 2018 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)

Dutch ladies Marieje & Jen made a return to Snowdonia to sample some more of our Snowdonia peaks and landscape.

First day was to be relatively easy with a visit from Conway over to Tal y Fan as our high point of the day and then an ardous trek over open country to reach the Druids Stone Circle overlooking Penmaenmawr, 9.5miles and 2200' of ascent was definately enough for the first outing!  

Next up was the mighy Glyderau and a hop onto the Cantilever Stone for those brave enough in the 35mph winds. Jen made the trek halfway up the "Kitchen" before making a pre-planned return to base, Marieje was headed for the tops!

With a steadily worsening weather forecast we lost no time in reaching our goals (Marieje's not mine!!) and a hop onto the Cantilever was made TWICE due to poor photos and a whimpish effort on the stone first time. Really good effort and very respectable time for the walk, well done.


Photos from Nantlle Ridge

Posted on 27 April, 2018 at 16:05 Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Julia for sending me some photos from our Nantlle Ridge walk on Thursday, that was a great day even with that slog up Y Garn!

Other walks that I led during my week away were Siabod, Snowdon (the long way around), Cwm Bychan and the Aberglaslyn Pass, Criccieth to Porthmadog (on the beach) and Moel y Guest, and lastly the Nantlle Ridge.

Tomorrow its back up Snowdon, and then on Sunday with my Dutch guests  we shall be visiting the Carneddau Ponies, Tal y Fan  and the sacrificial stone circle on the top of Penmaenmawr.

Nantlle Photos:

Back from the mountains

Posted on 27 April, 2018 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)

I have just returned from a week in Northern Snowdonia with the most mixed up weather you could imagine and now there is snow again on the high tops! My Snowdon trip tomorrow could be interesting!

Full reoprt to follow shortly

The Welsh Matterhorn Cnicht!

Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 17:30 Comments comments (0)

What a fantastict day  to be out on one of our great mountains, although it is not as lofty as some of the neighbouring peaks it does give you a grand day out and as always the Moelwyn never fails to give your boots a good soaking in the bog !

Well done to Linda for managing yet another one of those "how do I get up there scrambles"

Derbyshire Ladies day out!!

Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 17:20 Comments comments (0)

Working for Glyn Peris B&B I had the pleasure of guiding Sharon, Cath, Bridget, Wendy & Sharon up Yr Wyddfa on a fine and sunny Saturday.

Emotions were running high as we came over the top at Bwlch Glas to a magnificent clear view over the surrounding mountains and coastline, some of the ladies had been on a journey over the past years and this was a very personal quest that they had achieved, well done to all of you.


Cnicht Group Walk Monday 16th April

Posted on 11 April, 2018 at 8:40 Comments comments (0)

Come and join us on the Welsh Matterhorn "Cnicht" for a very special day out on the Moelwyn mountain range. £40 pp, for full details please contact me 07720-433680.

Be quick!