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Moores pick a good day for Snowdon

Posted on 15 August, 2018 at 4:10 Comments comments (0)

That was a good bit of planning! The Moore family picked a good day inbetween the horrible weather to have a great day out on Snowdon.

Having an early start Led by Haf for me, taking on the South Ridge to the summit and returning by the Rhyd Ddu path great route, quiet compared to the other side of the mountain until of course you get to the summit.


I have just returned from a great trip to Scotland and will be back out on the big hill on Friday & Saturday, see you there!



Hot and busy on the "Big Hill"

Posted on 7 August, 2018 at 9:30 Comments comments (0)

Snowdon was very busy once again at the weekend, the fine weather certainly adds to the mountains attraction!


Saturday I was up the Watkin path with Number one son Matthew along with his future in-laws Graham and Huw, great day out for us finished off with a pint at the Pen y Gwryd.

Sunday it was Warden duty on the Pyg & Miners Paths picking up yet more rubbish left by our not so caring visitors, shame on you whoever you are!!  


Matt, Graham & Huw at the summit


Disappointing couple of days

Posted on 1 August, 2018 at 13:30 Comments comments (0)

Well those two days didnt go according to plan, a combination of bad weather and injury forced the cancellations of Sundays and Mondays walks leaving me high and (not dry) in the valleys!


As I have left my diary relatively free due to number one sons wedding at the end of the month I am looking forward to a relaxing August, still open for business tho!


Looking after Alfie & Isobelle today!


Big Winds on the Big Hill

Posted on 30 July, 2018 at 17:40 Comments comments (2)

Saturday working for Raw Adventures again with a small group of 5 people, due to the weather conditions I decided to take them up the Llanberis path as a safer option due to high winds and the liklehood of the summit cafe being closed (they can have a cuppa at halfway on this route).

Yep it was breezy, 50mph gusting winds making it very interesting after Clogwyn but a bonus, the service train had managed to get to the summit taking the staff up, no other trains ran to the summit during the day but at least the cafe was open!


All in all a great day, the high winds kept the clouds high so we had views with everyone getting to the summit, no cuppa there tho as the queue was out to the main door, so it was tea at halfway and a crowbar to get them out after!!!





Back on the Big Hill tomorrow!

Posted on 27 July, 2018 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Back on Snowdon working for Raw Adventures tomorrow and a change in the weather, possibly colder and a tad breezy! Sunday its a Cwm Idwal day, not so high but plenty to see and talk about, think it will be wet that day!!!


Monday I have an open group walk going up the Rhyd Ddu and South Ridge, my favourite route,, come and join me £40pp you wont be dissapointed.


The Diary has been updated now, have a look, your preferred date may have become available. 


Happy walking


Group walk next Monday 30th July

Posted on 25 July, 2018 at 14:15 Comments comments (0)

There are still places available on the Rhyd Ddu South Ridge walk next Monday, this is a fantastic quieter route taking in the South and West ridges of Snowdon, £40pp. Call, txt or email. 

Cader Idris & Snowdon Days

Posted on 23 July, 2018 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

With the weather deciding to chage from day to day it was always going to be interesting on the four days walking that I had planned.

Staying in Dolserau Hall and working for HF Holidays I led trips up onto the Southern Rhinogydd withe clear skies and sunshine, the next day we were up Cader in the mist and rain although it was clear at the summit giving good views.


Next day I was back "up north" for two two Snowdon days. On the Saturday I had three groups out, Rob & Haf leading two groups from the West side of the mountain on the Rhyd Ddu and South Ridge whilst myself, Steve, Alex, John, Mel, Linda took 46 walkers raising money for the haemochromatosis charity up the Llanberis Path to the summit, we were also joined by 600 runners competing in the International Snowdon Race!

A great day out in very challenging conditions at times, pity we did not have any views, well done to all.


Sunday I was once again working for Raw Adventures along side Mel, Steve & Alex taking 28 members of the Cromer Accademy up the Pyg Track to the summit with a leisurly descent by way of the Miners Path and a bonus due to the great weather (what a change from the day before!) was a paddle in Llyn Glaslyn. Another great walk with really nice focused people, thank you. :):)


Some pics from the 4 days:


Long days on busy weekend

Posted on 16 July, 2018 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

Two ten hour days on the hill over the weekend, Saturday working for Raw we took 80 yes 80 adults and children on the full Watkin Path as requested, a long day in stifling heat but all credit to everybody that we survived and enjoyed a very challenging day.

Sunday I was working for Always aim Higher marshalling on the Snowdon Ultra and Marathon races going over and around the mountain, lots of battered bodies on that day one having a helicopter ride off the hill with some not very nice injuries!


Some photos from each day:

  

Gearing up for a busy couple of weeks

Posted on 12 July, 2018 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

This weekend is the start of a busy couple of weeks, working for Raw adventures on Saturday looking after 80 people on the South Ridge up to Snowdon summit (not by myself!) followed by giving a presentation at Craflwyn Hall in the evening and then a camp out ready for an early start working on Sunday marshalling on Snowdon for an Ultra Race event. 


Wednesday then its off to Dolgellau for three nights and then back early on Saturday taking 50 people up the Llanberis Path while my old friend and colleague Rob Jones takes nine people up the South Ridge for me. To make it more interesting the International Snowdon Race is on the same day!


Sunday sees me back working for Raw Adventures (dont know where yey) and then a couple of days off begore the next adventure!!


If you are thinking of walking with me this summer you need to get your bookings in as soon as possible to avoid dissapointment. Have a look at the calendar and if a date you want is not available it is always worth contacting me, I can normally sort something for you.


Keith

Nantlle Ridge again! & the mighty Carneddau

Posted on 9 July, 2018 at 8:00 Comments comments (0)

For a return visit to the Nantlle Ridge, Dilys,Kath & Andrew joined me on Thursday for a lengthened route to finish at Craig Cwm Silyn before dropping off down to Blaen Pennant and returning through the forest. 

All was welll until we dropped into the valley when all signs of paths, trails sheep trods etc dissapeared under 5' high bracken , obviously not a popular way to descend the ridge!! We battled on however and reached our cars only some 40 minutes later than planned (eight and a half hours), dont think they will forget that walk :).  

The ladies decided that Friday's adventure was to be the Carneddau Round, taking in Pen Yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn, I thought that was very brave considering the hot weather and the Nantlle epic we had just had! There was no stopping these ladies though and off we went having a great day on a very special ridgeline in the high mountains of Snowdonia. Another eight hour epic but well worth it.


Kath & Dilys enjoying the Carneddau:




Nantlle Ridge Adventure for Tim & Corrine

Posted on 3 July, 2018 at 13:10 Comments comments (0)

The  famous Nantlle Ridge was todays planned adventure for Tim & Corrine and with both in good spirits we set off early for that grulling trek up Yr Garn, it was well worth it though with magnificent views all around.

Is that it? asked Tim, pointing to that rocky, jagged, leaning ridge of rock in the distance, after my nod it all went quiet!!


So off we set for one of the best (if not short) scrambles in North Wales, all was good and after a couple of frowns and white knuckles we summited the ridge safely but I dont think there will be any second helpings for them!


After a relaxed lunch we headed back down and made plans for tomorrows adventure, a lower level request being made due to an on going leg problem for Corrine.

 

Back from the Lakes and straight on to the Hills!

Posted on 2 July, 2018 at 16:35 Comments comments (0)

After a great break in the Lakes it was straight back on to the hills for day one of five days of scrambling here in Snowdonia, first up was Siabod and returning friends and guests Tim & Corrine from Yeovil were up early in order to get to the summit before the day got too hot!

With a nice coooling breeze they made their first proper scramble look very easy and all looks well for tomorrows adventure over the Nantlle Ridge, bring it on !!


  

Hot, Hot, Hot!!

Posted on 26 June, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)

I leave for the Lake Distrtict early tomorrow morning but must say that the thought of walking up high mountains in this heat is not appealing to me at all!


I may have to alter my plans to involve, lakes, boats and refreshments!


New Open Group Walk added for the 30th July, Rhyd Ddu & South Ridge, £40pp, email me at: [email protected] Places are limited.


Keep the suncream flowing.

Keith

Sunrise walks x 2

Posted on 24 June, 2018 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

Not sure what day it is after spending the past two evenings/morning watching the sunrise at the top of our lovely mountain!.

Working for Snowdon Walks along side several other guides we had great weather for the big groups that we looked after getting everyone to the summit to witness spectacular surises with clear skies.


Big rest for me now before I head off to the Lakes on wednesday for a well deserved break.

  

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.



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