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End of a busy week

Posted on 19 May, 2019 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Wow that was a week packed with a variety of walks and weather and next week is a week off !

The week started leading a small group around Tanygrisau the woods and over to Blaenau Ffestiniog, then it was two days on the Glyderau taking in some of the Welsh 3000's.

Friday, and I was fortunate to grab a last place on the rocks & rituals walk led by the very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Ken Brassil (former education officer at St Fagans). This was based in the area of Bwlch y Ddeufaen which, has a rich history, on view and hidden, dating back may thousands of years.


Bernard Owen had the unenviable task of trying to ensure Ken kept to some sort of timetable as the information and stories kept coming from a never emptying pot of knowledge and passion.

Saturday along with Colin Boyd I led a group from the Trefriw Walking Festival on the Eigiau Horseshoe, a serious 8 hour outing on the high Carneddau.

Sunday, and I am relaxing in the office catching up on office work and waiting for the next advenure to begin!


Some photos from the week.

Sunrise Walk on Snowdon

Posted on 12 May, 2019 at 13:25 Comments comments (0)

Working for Climb Snowdon Raw Adventures supporting the hardy walkers raising funds for St Davids Hospice on their Snowdon Sunrise challenge.

All made it to the top, some slower than others, some grumbled more than others but, they all got there and it was bloomin cold, my peanut butter and chocolate spread wrap froze! 

Great weather, great views, great Queues!

Posted on 7 May, 2019 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)

That was an interesting weekend on Snowdon, a dump of snow on the Friday night could have caused a few problems but thankfully we managed to avoid it and I had a great day working for Glyn Peris B&B who sent me four guests for a guided day out on our lovely mountain.

It was bitterly cold but clear which meant lots of opportunities for great photos!

Sunday I was on Warden duty but the weather was not so nice this time, very cold and sleeting at the summit and, and, we picked up seven bags of rubbish just off the one path, whats going on guys, take it home with you!!!!!!

Rant over, some photos from the weekend below:


It was cold up there!

Posted on 30 April, 2019 at 0:55 Comments comments (0)

Well, our sunrise walk up Snowdon turned into a walk into the clouds with snow & ice on the ground thanks to the very changeable weather conditions that we are now enjoying!

Working for Large outdoors alonside Mountain Leader Chris, who I have worked with before, we did our best to get the 16 brave souls up to the summit but were stopped short due to the Snow and very unpleasant weather overall. 

A week off for me now until the weekend, time for some me time, yippee.

I have put on a couple of extra "Open group walks" at a cost of £40pp, book early if you want to come along and have a great day on our big hill!

Storm Hannah is here!

Posted on 27 April, 2019 at 3:15 Comments comments (0)

As storm Hannah does her worst outside, I am relaxing today as I am working on a Sunrise walk tomorrow morning (3am start) when hopefully Miss Hannah will have faded away!!

There are three open group walks advertised on the calendar which are a great way to have a guided tour of our lovely mountain (other mountains are available !) these are at a cost of just £40 per person. early booking essential.

Be safe out there today! 

Forest Fires Now!

Posted on 27 April, 2019 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

For the past few days I have been in the North of the Park and had some great walks and weather, then the forest fires started and introduced a new dynamic to the week!

Mountains and areas on the weeks menu included Cnicht, Hebog, Moel yr Ogof, Lefn, Gwydr Forest, and finally Snowdon.

It was a bit scary watching the fires heading towards the hotel and then wondering if there would be any forest left to walk through the next day, as it happened the rains came and thank goodness they did! 

Phtos include two fossils on the summit of Snowdon: Ordovician, Brachiopods.

Last of the snow hopefully!

Posted on 16 April, 2019 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)

Last weekend I was fortunate to be working both days on Snowdon, saturday I was working for Jamie Elston "Mountain Walks" alongside two other Mountain Leaders looking after a group of 24.

That was a cold and windy day, but Sunday was to prove even more of a challenge for Matthew And Dave!

With winds howling at 50mph plus we mamanged to get to the summit in a very quick time of just over two and a half hours, that was with two steps forward and one step back due to the strong wind.

The summit was not a place to linger with temperatures feeling like minus 10 with wind chill so lunch was taken in the cutting which was reasonably sheltered.

We were back at the start sharpish (5hrs) which was testament to the fitmess of the boys (I did try to slow them down!) fantastic effort and well done you two.

Three day high adventure for Dilys and Jenny

Posted on 14 April, 2019 at 15:20 Comments comments (0)

Joining me for the third year running was 79 years young Dilys accompanied by her daughter Jenny who had travelled from New Zealand to sample the mountains of Snowdonia.


Dilys has walked, scrambled and climbed all over the world so I knew there would be no mamby pamby walks for her during our three day adventure!


First up was an 8 hour plus Nantlle Ridge circular dropping off into Cwm Pennant and the non existing pathways.


Second day was a long traverse over the Hebog Ridge taking in Hebog (special interest taken of the geology here), Moel yr Ogof and Lefn, with a gnarly path though Beddgelert forest back to the start.


The last day was an interesting walk on the Glyderau, starting from Ogwen taking the lovely Llymllyd Ridge up to the back of Foel Goch and then onto Carnedd y Filiast to look at the wavy rocks and Atlantic slabs.

We returned to Ogwen by the Western Edge contouring path under the Mushroom Gardens ( still can't see why they call it that!


A great three day adventure on some of our most iconic Snowdonia Landscapes, well done Dilys and Jenny.


Great weekend for walking

Posted on 8 April, 2019 at 10:30 Comments comments (0)

After that huge dump of snow on Thursday things were looking dodgy for the weekend, but it had nearly all gone by the Saturday, amazing!

I had a late booking and was delighted to guide David and Marvin over Cwm Bychan on the Saturday and Snowdon, Watkin-South Ridge on the Sunday, a very pleasant weekeknd with two very nice people.

Judging by the work coming in, this summer is going to be very busy here in Snowdonia - Book early if you wish to come out with the Snowdonia Walker!

Waiting for photos of the weekends walking so here is a map of Snowdonia, who knows why there is a hole in the middle?

Horizontal snow on the Rhynogydd

Posted on 5 April, 2019 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

I am back now after some very interesting days on the hill, Sunshine and showers around the Mawddach on Wednesday and horizontal snow in 40mph winds on the Rhynogydd on Thursday.

I am cancelling Snowdon this weekend as it has five feet of snow at the summit again!

Walking in the Snow again!

Posted on 3 April, 2019 at 0:40 Comments comments (0)

After a busy weekend working for Raw Adventures as part of their Mountain Leader team taking 85 WHG walkers up to the summit of Snowdon, it was back to Southern Snowdonia for 4 days of leading.

Todays walk upto Rhobell Fawr with Angie, Kay, Jane & Margie saw a mixed bag of weather with, Snow, Hail, Wind & Sun all at the same time!

Top effort from the ladies who are all experienced walkers, it was just their Welsh which was a bit dodgy :)

Great weather at last

Posted on 29 March, 2019 at 10:10 Comments comments (0)

It was good to have a week of great weather and I managed to get out and about with the Rushcliffe Ramblers who were staying ay HF Craflwyn.

Photos are from my walks with them on Siabod, Criccieth &Moel y Gest and a final last day walking the Gwynant Valley.


Found on Siabod

Posted on 23 March, 2019 at 4:30 Comments comments (0)

Whilst on Siabod yesterday I found the pouch in the photo below, it contains camera lense filters, any one lost one?

Weather is settling at last

Posted on 20 March, 2019 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

Well the weather seems to be settling after that last monsoon downpour, the Conwy Valley was really hit badly and will take a while to recover, the poor train track copped it again so no trains for a while through to Blaenau!

Scotland was a little drier thank goodness apart from the Saturday which was spent in the pub watching the rugby, great day!

I am back on the mountains starting this Thursday on the Nantlle Ridge and then onto Northern Snowdonia for a few days next week.

The first of the Snowdon Open Group Walks start on the 6th April and places are available at £40pp, get in touch if you would like to join us.

See you on the hill


Our friend Mr. Snow is back

Posted on 12 March, 2019 at 14:30 Comments comments (0)

Snow and winds are back again meaning big changes to my plans over the past few days, but I am off to Scotland on Thursday untill Monday and will be hoping for kinder weather.

When I get back its just a few days off before the season kicks off and back on the hills in ernest.

Be safe if your coming out onto the hills


Going up the big hill tomorrow

Posted on 7 March, 2019 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

Despite the changing weather forecast, it looks like I will be heading up Snowdon tomorrow, I will give a detailed report on my return (if I go!)

Looks like we are going to have a busy season, the bookigs are coming in, remember if you have a dte in mind you should, Book Early!


Hot Hot and now the snow is coming back!

Posted on 27 February, 2019 at 15:10 Comments comments (0)

Really hot couple of days here but all is about to change with snow forecast for next week, whats going on?

I had a nice day out in Cwm Pennant yesterday, its on of those special places with heaps of history. Abandoned houses derelict quarries ancient coffin routes, and a nightmare to walk around unless you can find a decent trail!

The helicopter in the photo was movong stone bags for repairing the Watkin Path.