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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

Keith


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

Keith 

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!

Keith

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.


Out on the hills at last

Posted on 22 February, 2019 at 14:55 Comments comments (0)

What a great day to be out on the mountains, sunny and clear, a bit breezy but otherwise great.


Decided to have a walk on the lower Glyderau taking in Foel Goch, Mynydd Perfedd and the not very often walked Llymllyd Ridge, thats a great circular walk from Ogwen and one that I will be offering in my list of walks.


The weather forecast for next week seems ok so no doubts I will be doing some mileage to get ready for the season proper as it starts in the middle of March. Good time to book those walks in!


 

Rain Rain go away!

Posted on 7 February, 2019 at 6:15 Comments comments (1)

Now you see it and now its gone, well a lot of the white stuff had dissapeared when I went out on Monday and, since then it has of course been raining heavily and the temperature has risen somewhat.


This is a great time of year to get the bookwork up to date and also to read, study and get to as many events as possible to top up the information store that we carry around with us!

Last night I gave a talk to the Aberconwy Historical Society in Conwy with around 50 people attending. It was my first talk of the year "Snowdon our Mountain under Stress" and was well received, Snowdon stats are fantastic!


Get out there and keep safe

Keith


Couple of photos from a wet day on Snowdon last Monday, couldnt see anything above Glaslyn!




Full winter conditions - be warned!

Posted on 30 January, 2019 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, Snowdon and all the other high mountains are in full winter conditions and require full winter kit and of course the skills to use it!!


Multiple rescues on Snowdon yesterday, one following an avalanche, please do not underestimate the conditions.


Get out there but keep safe


Keith

Mixed weather for weekend

Posted on 25 January, 2019 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

Well it looks like it going to be very windy on our summits this weekend, couple that with low temparatures and its forcasted to be minus 10-15 again on the high bits!!


If you are coming to Snowdonia please plan carefully and remember there is still lots of snow and ice on the mountains & hills.


Take care out there


Eilio Ridge (not much snow)

Posted on 20 January, 2019 at 14:45 Comments comments (1)

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


Keith 



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!


Keith




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