|Posted on 18 February, 2020 at 6:35||comments (0)|
Goes without having to say that, its very wet in the hills and worse than that, the wind speeds seem to be constantly 40-60mph.
The snow has gone again but due back from Wednesday with promised downfalls through to Saturday so my walk with 30 or so students from London will not be going to the summit or anywhere near a high top!
So not too much walking on the hills but I have been out and about attending talks and meetings etc and of course planning future walks and adventures.
Begining of March I am off to the lakes for a week or so visiting the HF Houses at Derwent Water and Conniston, hoping to get some big walking days in if the weather allows. Then its back to Snowdonia when my season starts proper and I will be keeping you all updated on any adventures etc.
As from last week I am now offcially an accredited Snowdonia National Park Ambassador for Snowdon, a "Visit Specialist", just waiting for the logos to come through now!
The Snowdon workshop that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success and the April 24th workshop is nearly full, this is only for qualified mountain leaders to attend and its great that they are keen to get some in depth knowledge of the mountain and surrounding area.
Of course I will also be passing on some of the nearly researched information onto my guests that walk with me on the mountain.
Couple of Open Group Walks are being added to the diary: Pyg Track & Miners Path May2nd, Watkin Path & South Ridge June TBC. £40pp.
Some photos from the film shoots of two famous films shot here in Snowdonia.
|Posted on 6 February, 2020 at 8:15||comments (0)|
Quick catch up, as the season gets nearer I have put on the first Snowdon Open Group Walk on Saturday May 2nd cost is £40pp.
Its a case of battening down the hatches this weekend as yet another storm arrives, luckily the Rugby is on so I will spend Saturday in a local hostelry hopefully cheering on Wales to a win over Ireland, no doubts it will be close either way!
We still have ice and a scattering of snow on the high summits so please be careful if you are up the hills this weekend.
The photos belwo are the drowning of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool in the 60's and the Remains of the DC3 plane "St. Kevin" which crashed into the remote coutryside East of Snowdon killing 23 people, this was in the early 50's. Some of the bodies have not been recovered to date. Plane photo courtesy of Rob Collister
|Posted on 27 January, 2020 at 15:25||comments (0)|
The Snowdon workshop for Mountain Leaders that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success, the weather held and we had a really good day on the mountain.
Aimed at providing a wealth of indepth knowledge to a group of already knowlegable people can be a challenge and of course a full day of information can hurt you head!
Fortunately Snowdon is able to provide an abundance of really interesting information with topics diverging from the geology to the smelly septic tanks! as well as lots more of course. We hope to run one or two more courses later in the year.
|Posted on 22 January, 2020 at 0:35||comments (0)|
As the weather forecast was good for Sunday we got all the kids and grandkids together for a day out on Llanddwyn Island, the weather was great and we had a fab day along with the very many who also were visiting the island.
Monday and it was back to Snowdon for a wintery day out with a couple of the boys from the fireservice, weather once again was great and we had a good bimble on the hill taking in a few different small peaks on the way down.
Still a lot out with probably not the most suitable kit for ice and snow, Llanberis MRT had 2 call outs over the weekend with the helicopter taking some off Crib Goch after they followed people onto the ridge which was in full winter conditions.
Llanddwyn & Snowdon:
|Posted on 19 January, 2020 at 16:35||comments (0)|
After my last blog titled "we are snow free" now we are not and I was lucky to get out onto the Glyders for a play, reall good day and I am looking forward to a Snowodn outing tomorrow for more of the same.
The snow is like a magnet for people and the mountains have been really busy this weekend, couple of people had to be airlifted off Crib Goch yesterday, not the best place to be in this weather if you are not experienced winter mountaineers!
Oh I forgot ! I had a nice day out with the Snowdonia Society and the National Trust giving some TLC to newly planted trees on the lower slopes of the Glyder Fach. Learnt some interesting stuff as well.
Lots of activity in the next few weeks and I am still trying hard to improve my Welsh so its back to school again on Saturday for another day in the classroom, one day is ok but two or three days does make my head hurt :(.
Photos from Tree day and Y Garn in the snow
|Posted on 15 January, 2020 at 16:40||comments (0)|
No snow on the big hill at the moment, just a bit windy and wet!
I was out with the Snowdonia Society & National Trust today giving some newly planted trees some TLC, I learnt some stuff and did'nt get wet, bonus.
Last week I managed to get out onto the high Carneddau and this Friday I think it will be trip either to the Glyderau or the big hill, will await to see the weather forecast!
Bookings for the season are coming in nicely so if you fancy coming out with the Snowdonia Walker, book early to reserve your walk date.
Text, Email or call me to have a chat if you need advice on the walks etc and if I am out on the hill I will get back to you when I am back down.
Couple of pics from today.
|Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 7:30||comments (0)|
Had a call from Mike Raine to see if I would be interested in co hosting some days on Snowdon for qualified Mountain Leaders, this is a great opportunity for me to work alongside Mike and also be able to impart some of my knowledge to those coming out with us.
The first session Jan 24th sold out in a day and we are now looking at putting another couple on during the season, no pressure!!
Oh no! Not Snowdon again…
Join Mike Raine and Keith Hulse for this Nature of Snowdonia Special Snowdon Workshop. Open only to qualified Mountain Leaders. Mike will take you through the nature of the mountain, the geology, the glaciation, plant and birdlife. We’ll talk about the history of farming, mining and tourism on the mountain. Keith will regale you of lessons learnt working as a full time guide and volunteer ranger on Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa.
You’ll receive a PDF of all the information shared on the day to help you with future work on the mountain. We’ll meet at Pencaunant Isaf (Snowdon Cafe) A good brew and bacon butty stop with great hospitality). We’ll wander up the Llanberis Path. We’ll gaze over at the complex geological jigsaw of Clogwyn du’r Arddu.
This day will set you up with a lifetime of ideas for guiding on Yr Wyddfa, it’ll kick start your fund of stories, improve your knowledge and open your eyes to aspects of the mountain you never knew existed.
You’ll need to bring a packed lunch (we won’t linger at the summit café) and be prepared for a full day on the mountain. Our journey will take us up the Llanberis Path, down the Miners Path and we’ll get the bus back to Llanberis from Pen y Pass
As this is a new workshop, and we are running it out of season. We will be offering a full refund in the event to of full winter conditions. By full winter conditions we mean ice-axe, crampons and goggles needed. If the top of the PyG track is the only bit of 'winter' we'll return by the Llanberis Path. We're keen to make it happen. We'll run the workshop again in spring, summer and autumn.
Lets hope the weather holds
|Posted on 6 January, 2020 at 16:05||comments (0)|
Well we seem to have hit the Tripadvisor headlines once again with reviews from ill prepared walkers who thought it would be a stroll in the park.
Too many moans to detail here (sample below) but check out trip advisor to have a chuckle:)
"We decided to do this climb part of a fundraising event ,we spent weeks researching the best route path to take being we were novice climbers ,we spent weeks walking up hills in prep for it ,we watched you tube videos of people doing the chosen path THE RANGER PATH ,and all i can say is DONT DO IT it was the most terrifying experiance of our lifes ,the path is relentless starts straight away going up hill and never lets up ,the higher you go the worse the terrain becomes ,you clamber and i mean clamber over rocks ,steps,jagged rocks etc ,you cant walk more then 20 yards without stopping ,and in our case we started out really sunny and by the time we got a quarter the way up the weather changed ,it lashed it down it hailed and there was wind of around at a guess of 40 mph ,nearly blew us of our feet ,,be warned when i say dont attempt it, we seriously did not think we would get of alive ,we did manage to battle through and get to the top but it took 4.5 hours to get up there ,when your at the top there is at least another 20 mins walk up to the summit .and when u get there there are another 10 steps more up ...having pushed ourselves up there we were physically and mentally exhausted soaked through to the skin and beyond,"
Having read the full report I can only conclude that this group had underestimated the walk and their level of fitness must have been much to be desired!
The Ranger (Cwellyn) Path is the easiest on the mountain and I regulary take families, groups, young and old people up this path. For someone with average fitness it takes about three hours, add half an hour for someone less fit. The group moaning above took four and a half hours!!!
Just waiting for the winds to die down and I will be heading out onto the hills (probably Wednesday), we might even have a bit of snow, apart from that its all quiet here.
Looking back to sunnier days & Cake!
|Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 11:00||comments (0)|
Made it! well nearly, just a low key New Years eve celebration with number one son Matthew and family coming to stay for a few days, they wil be joined by number two son Tom and family coming along on New Years day to make it a noisy event with all those ankle biters! Roll on 2021.
I managed to get out on the hills yesterday with a couple of ex- firefigher colleagues and we battled the high winds and heavy cloud which definately helped blow any lingering cobwebs away.
Snowdon was really busy helped by the fact that all the snow has more or less gone.
Best wishes to everyone have a great new year, and I look forward to catching up with you all in 2021.
|Posted on 21 December, 2019 at 5:10||comments (0)|
With a recent arrival of bookings it looks like next year will be busy for me again. This is a great time to book your preferred walk date and gives you a look forward to a fantastic day out on our lovely mountains, which ever one you choose!
To any one viewing for the first time you will have noticed that this is not a flash website with automatic forms and tick boxes etc!
I think it is important to talk to anyone and everyone booking or thinking of booking with me to ensure that they get the best out of their day on the mountain. Then when we meet up its like meeting an old friend, a much nicer way to start our day out.
The low tech diary is kept up to date, just have a look at the date you require it will give you a good idea how things are looking but I always reccomend that you get in touch even if I am showing no availability.
Some old photos of the halfway cafe, construction of the new summit cafe and an old advert for the old summit cafe.
|Posted on 19 December, 2019 at 17:30||comments (0)|
Myself and Andy geared up for a day on Snowdon earlier in the week, the forecast was not good with high winds, rain and hail promised but we neede to get out there!
As we arrived at a wet and quiet Pen y Pass the weather was as promised, wet, cold and windy and we were still in the car! But off we set, calling into the Wardens office first, we found the mountain goats had decided to use the facilities and were hiding in the ladies toilet, that questioned our decision to go up the hill!
Off we set on the Miners Path reaching as far as the intersection with the Pyg, wether was closing in now so we abandoned ship and headed back down the Pyg and for a change headed over the Horns from Bwlch y Moch arriving back at Pen y Pass just as a rain bomb arrived.
Even as we were heading down there were quite a few people heading up some had kit some didnt, usual story! but not good given the current conditions and the incoming weather. Hey ho.
Couple of photos of the wise goats!
|Posted on 2 December, 2019 at 16:00||comments (0)|
This cold snap has left us with some very slippy rocks and paths, even at low level!
Managed to get out onto the Glyders with Linda accompanied by Elsie the thief dog, just cant put anything down cos she will have it ! A good day out though apart from dodging the ice on the way back to the Ogwen Centre.
This weather does bring clear skies and great sunrises.
|Posted on 24 November, 2019 at 11:10||comments (0)|
Just enjoying the calm that we now have on the hills although, the snow is attracting a few out and not all are prepared!
I am out on the hills enjoying myself, planning new routes etc and doing some me time walks, I will put out a full report next week.
Catch up soon
|Posted on 11 November, 2019 at 16:25||comments (0)|
Well they did rebook and we managed to get out on Saturday along with a big dump of snow and sleet who also came out to play. That meant we only managed to get the group of Students from St Georges University, London just over half way.
Was still a great day out though and they enjoyed it!
|Posted on 4 November, 2019 at 9:15||comments (0)|
Well that was a wasted weekend for me, Saturday's walk was cancelled at the last minute with a half promise that it would take place this coming Saturday, I woont hold my breath!
Thats more or less the end of the walking season here so that means I will be roaming the hills and mountains looking for new and interesting routes for next year and of course catching up on all the things that I needed to do at home.
I have had a few bookings for next year already so shall be puting up the new diary very soon, always best to book early to secure your prefered date.
Some great FB photos of a sunrise Snowdon walk that I did not take but deserve some viewings!
|Posted on 28 October, 2019 at 7:50||comments (2)|
Well that was a bit of a surprise for our Saturday walk up Snowdon, a good covering of snow from 800mtrs! it did make for an exciting day out though for my group from HF Craflwyn, and very enjoyable it was too.
Sunday it was again a group from HF Craflwyn but this time we were out on a greasy rock Nantlle Ridge walk, now that did make for an interesting scramble across the rocks, but although very cold with a biting wind the sun was out from 11am so another great day out.
|Posted on 25 October, 2019 at 3:05||comments (0)|
Well its here, the last days of the season for summer walking!
The clocks go back on Sunday, the Snowdon summit complex closes on Sunday and the the Volunteer Wardens stand down for the winter break!
Good news is I can now get out and do some serious trekinn on the hills and mountains
I am off to Craflwyn now for a four day guided walking trip, but the weather tomorrow looks pretty griim, as luck happens I am dowm to lead a lower level walk with a big Carneddau walk planned for the Sunday when the weather looks much better.
Plenty of time to get out on the mountains with the Snowdonia Walker, so book now before the snow comes!