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Eilio Ridge (not much snow)

Posted on 20 January, 2019 at 14:45 Comments comments (0)

Took a chance on the weather today and headed off with Linda to walk either the Moel Eilio ridge line or maybe Moel Cynghorion and over to Snowdon.

As the cloud was down when we arrived in Llanberis I decided to walk up Maesgwm and then hop up onto the ridges after the cloud burnt off, and what a good plan that was! 

As we reached the Bwlch the cloud had gone and the sun was shining, bit too warm really even though there was plenty of white stuff lying about.

Linda made the descision to go fo Eilio so off we set, up Foel Goch first, then onto Foel Gron and finally the long push to  Eilio, but what a fantastic day, spot of lunch at the summit and then back to Llanberis which, turned out to be shut (nothing open!.), Really good day out, definatelt blew some more cobwebs away, cheers Linda.

My muddy gear was courtesy of a mud slide on Foel Goch!


Inglorious (Conflict in the Uplands)

Posted on 17 January, 2019 at 11:35 Comments comments (0)

 Forgot to mention, I have just finished reading 'Conflict in the Uplands' by Mark Avery. This book was a recommended read. Although I am very glad I read it, at times it made for very uncomfortable reading especially if, like me, you care for animals and the environment. The views expressed below are my own!

Driven grouse shooting is the main theme of the book where hundreds of thousands of grouse are shot every year for sport. If this wasn't bad enough, there is also wholesale killing of any animal that would eat or disturb the grouse or their chicks. This could include, hen harriers and any other bird of prey, stoats, badgers, foxes etc. With the damage to the landscape through the burning of heather, gorse, etc and you have what is in my opinion a sport for the privileged few which is so out of kilter with views of conservation today. It is just not acceptable and I think things need to change!

That's my rant over. I suggest you get hold of a copy of the book and make your own judgement.

It arrived today (the white stuff) hooray!

Posted on 17 January, 2019 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Yes the snow arrived last night so an early morning jaunt up the Carneddau was quickly arranged just in case it disapeared quickly.

A sunny sharp crisp day with great views,, lots of icy bits (especialy on the scrambly bits) spiky things required on boots for sections,the snow deepening on ascent made for a great short day out.

The calendar is now updated with slots being booked throughout the season, if you have a date in mind, remember, book early!


Where is the white stuff?

Posted on 9 January, 2019 at 8:35 Comments comments (1)

Second week in January and we are still snow free and its unnaturally warm! but hey ho I took advantage of the mild weather and did a short walk with Andy to blow away any Xmas cobwebs, the 40mph wind helped to do that!

From Ogwen we hopped up Y Garn and then continued towards mynydd Perfedd before dropping off at Blwch y Brecan to take the contouring path back to Ogwen, we considered (for 5 seconds) heading up to Foel Goch via Yr Llymllwyd and then back onto Y Garn to return back to Ogwen but 5 hours was enough for an afetr Xmas walk!!!

Couple of photos looking towards Tryfan - the bulge in my jacket is my hat and gloves not Xmas cheer!

Blwyddyn Newydd dda

Posted on 1 January, 2019 at 14:05 Comments comments (1)

Happy new year to all and lets hope for a great one!

Final outing of the year for me with Linda,Hilda, Sylvia, Nick, Joe & the three hounds, a lovely stroll over the top on Conwy to blow away those Christmas cobwebs (it was a bit windy!).

We also raised a glass or two of the finest bubbly in memory of our dear friend "Glad" who left us two years ago to the day, a wonderful lady who is terribly missed by everyone. 

Here is to 2019, bring it on!

Wet weekend before Christmas

Posted on 23 December, 2018 at 7:45 Comments comments (0)

Definitely a case of dodging the Christmas shoppers and the rain this weekend! but then it picks up a bit for the Christmas week so hopefuly we can get out on those hills.

Managed to get out yesterday with Linda & Sylvia (and Elsie the dog) before the rains came, a nice walk to Llyn Crafnant and up to Crimpiau, bit breezy and cold but otherwise ok.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and will catch up in the New Year,

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd dda


Two days at Plas at Brennin

Posted on 14 December, 2018 at 17:30 Comments comments (0)

Great two days spent at Plas y Brennin Mountain Centre in Capel Curig attending the Mountain Leader & Instructor Symposium.

Some great inspirational speakers including Jim Langley (Nature of Snowdonia), Elfyn Jones (BMC Access Officer), Justin Hughes (Welsh Ornithological Society), Mike Raine (Senior Instructor at Plas y Brennin), Paul Gannon (Geology). 

I consider myself to be a constant grazer of information, whether it be from reading books, attending courses, chatting while on the hills etc, the role of mountain leader and guide requires a very diverse knowledge which in turn need constant updating and revising especially given my aging memory! 

Where is the Snow?

Posted on 5 December, 2018 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

Just waiting for the white stuff to arrive now so I can go and play with my new crampons, if it doesnot come soon I will be off to those big Scottish hills  to play!

Alls quiet here, I am off on a two day Mountain Symposium at Plas y Brenin next week with several notable speakers, looking forward to that, hope the weather behaves.

I am still open for walk bookings, this year and next, so please get in touch for the New Year deals!


Yorkshire Dales

Posted on 28 November, 2018 at 5:05 Comments comments (0)

 I liked the idea of walking in the Yorkshire Dales it was an area that I only had limited experience but it was on my to do list.

In reality it turned out to be too flat and very muddy under foot leaving me with a longing to get back to the mountains and ridges of Snowdonia.

Julia has kindly penned a description of a couple of walks in the Malham area which were undertaken from the HF house in Malhamdale.

During these walks we did have sight of the Yorkshire three Peaks in the distance and there were some good bits on the Gordale Scar walk.

Walk two was the best walk out of the two, the noteable feature of walk one being the very impresive Hofman Lime Kiln. 

1. Through Ribblesdale to Settle.

11.5 miles/19km with 2000ft/600m ascent.

River valley walk on Ribble Way to Feizor, Stainforth & return on the Pennine Bridleway via the Hoffman Lime Kilns and Catrigg Force. Sun & cloudy, 6°c, wind speed ? Grass & muddy paths.

2. Malham Moor & Gordale Scar

11.5 miles/19km with 1650 feet/500m ascent

Low level walk via Janet's Foss to scramble up the waterfall at Gordale Scar. Ascend to Malham Tarn, descend steeply on limestone steps to Malham Cove & return to Malham village.

Overcast, 7°c, wind speed ? Terrain, grass paths & slippery limestone.

Photos from Gordale Scar, Malham & the Limestone Pavement


Back from Scotland & Yorkshire

Posted on 26 November, 2018 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

Just landed back from my trip "Up North" and will post a few photos later in the week.

The 2019 Calandar is now on the Website and although its normally a March start I am available in January and February, walks of course will be dependant on weather and groud conditions.

Catch up very soon, Keith

Jen & Dutchy on Tal y Fan earlier in the year, they are back in the "Flatlands" now

Wet weekend again on Snowdon

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

Well my last planned day on Snowdon once again saw high wind, cloud and rain not very nice but Working for Rich Mountain Adventures along with fellow Mountain Leader Smyrff we looked after 18 chaps from London on their sponsored walk raising money for the Indonisian Sunami Appeal.

Every one made it to the summit  and returned safely, the mountain was very busy with many hundreds of people doing their thing before the snows come.

Only a few more days and I will be off to Scotland and Yorkshire for some R&R and walking, might even go over to the Altberg factory for some new winter boots :).

I will be putting nexts years diary on the website at the end of November, book early to secure your preferred dates.

Old Snowdon train photo


Good soaking at the weekend

Posted on 5 November, 2018 at 6:05 Comments comments (0)

Working for Hiking Summits on Saturday along with two other Mountain Leaders, Loui & Darren trying to get 33 London medical students up  Snowdon, with forecasted winds of up to 80mph we changed the route to the Llanberis Path and the target destination was changed to the Halfway Cafe (if we could).

With the weather worsening as we went up it was definately the right descision to bale out at halfway with all walkers managing that and of course all manged to return safely back to Llanberis for breakfast.

While the weather and ground conditions are ok I am still taking bookings for Snowdon and any of our other lovely mountains in Snowdonia, just ring, txt or email me for details.

Photos: Sue & Linda on Glyder Fach (different days)

Two weeks in North and South Snowdonia

Posted on 1 November, 2018 at 13:15 Comments comments (0)

Just about sorted after spending a couple of weeks in the Snowdonia National Park with HF Holidays (working not on holiday!).

Taking in a variety of mountains and hills in varying weathers conditions, from the winds and rain of Storm Callum to the cold and icy snap last weekend, walking with the guests of HF Holidays its always good and never a dull moment.

The photos tell their own stories!


Windy & Wet Snowdon for the Russians

Posted on 21 October, 2018 at 15:20 Comments comments (0)

Working for Glyn Peris B&B today taking Russian mother and two daughters up Snowdon, pity the weather was foul resulting in the summit complex not opening and all four of us getting a good soaking in the high winds!

Have to give them credit though, taking the Ranger up and the Llanberis down we managed to get back to the B&B in just five hours, thats pretty good going for people who do not usually walk up mountains.

Couple of photos courtesey of Hafan Adventures from the sunrise on Snowdon Yesterday, 

Dodging the floods after Storm Callum

Posted on 19 October, 2018 at 11:35 Comments comments (0)

Well that was an interesting week away at Beddgelert staying at HF Holidays Country House "Craflwyn Hall" there was an international guest list with people from Canada, Holland, Germany, New Zealand and of course our English & Scottish friends and, I must say it was a pleasure to be leading them on their ventures into Snowdonia.

Of course we did have to deal with the aftermath of Storm Callum with most of us having to splish splash our way through verying depths of flooded paths and roads, but it all added to the fun and of course something to talk about in the bar!

Our week was finished off with fantastic clear skies and sunny weather allowing three groups to summit the Nantlle Ridge, Snowdon and a hardy bunch choosing a circular path around Snowdon by way of the Watkin Path with all three groups meeting up in the pub at Rhyd Ddu for celabration drinks. The final evening get together was rounded off with a six course dinner and liquid refreshments.   Diolch yn Fawr Iawn!

Couple of pics from the week, awaiting others!

Intense few days as the season draws to a close

Posted on 9 October, 2018 at 15:35 Comments comments (0)

That was an extemely busy week for me, four days in a row taking in Snowdon twice, Cnicht and the Glyders finished off with another two days on Snowdon, did I mention that my feet were quite tender by Sunday evening!

It was great to catch up once again with Sue from the deep south (Cornwall) we have walked together on nunerous occasions and always manage to have great days out.

This time it was the Glyders from Pen y Gwryd returning by the old "Red Dot Route" which was quite interesting to find at times, Sue said she  wanted an adventure tho :). After a days rest (for Sue not me) it was off to the Welsh Matterhorn, Cnicht, starting from Gelli Iago we again had a great day out on what was quite a busy summit for Cnicht, finishing off with refreshments at Caffi Gwynant.  

Sue was then heading off for four days walking on the "bumps" of the Brecon Beacons, not quite the same as our "big lumps" but still in the same wonderful country, happy walking Sue, hope to see you next year.

In between walking with Sue I had the pleasure of taking first time mountaineers Esi, Kojo & Ba-Baa up Snowdon, originating from Ghana but now living in London and Peteborough they were raising monies for their school back home.

They said the walking was much harder than they expected and I had to coax them out of the summit cafe for the journey down, we had a good day out and they were very impressed with their achievements.

Sue on the Glyders & Cnicht & Esi, Kojo & Ba-Baa ready for Snowdon

Alan's Snowdon Challenge

Posted on 28 September, 2018 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)

A great day working for Glyn Peris B&B looking after Alan on the final leg of his three peaks challenge, the weather was going to be good, spirits were high, the quest was to raise monies for the South Hetton (near Sunderland) Church stained glass window preservation. His personal sponsor advertised on his T-shirt had a few responses during the day!

We were up in a respectable 2.45hrs to enjoy a relativley quiet summit and Alan even managed to get a tea and pastie at the cafe!

A great day with good company on our lovely mountain.