|Posted on 11 November, 2018 at 11:40||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
|Posted on 5 November, 2018 at 6:05||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)
|Posted on 1 November, 2018 at 13:15||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!
|Posted on 21 October, 2018 at 15:20||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,
|Posted on 19 October, 2018 at 11:35||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!
|Posted on 9 October, 2018 at 15:35||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
|Posted on 28 September, 2018 at 14:35||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.
|Posted on 18 September, 2018 at 0:10||comments (0)|
Day three of my five days leading in Snowdonia tomorrow and we are changing routes again to accomodate the high winds that are forecast, hey ho at least we will still be getting out.
We have had a couple of nice days on Hebog andin Cwm Idwal so all was not lost, lets hope the rest of the week improves.
Photos from Cwm Idwal
|Posted on 13 September, 2018 at 11:20||comments (0)|
A pensioner has died after falling from Snowdon.
The 70-year-old fell from an area close to the intersection of the Miners and PYG tracks on the mountain just before 3.30pm on Tuesday 11th September.
He was airlifted from the scene but could not be saved.
A spokesman for Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said: "On Tuesday afternoon, North Wales Police received multiple calls that a 70-year-old male had fallen out of sight in the area close to the intersection of the Miners and PYG tracks by the old mine workings.
"Maritime and Coastguard Agency Rescue [helicopter] was quickly on scene and dropped their onboard paramedic before returning to our landing zone to pick up two team members with more equipment.
"A second lift of team members took place backed up by others in three Land Rovers."
The spokesman said the man was taken to hospital but did not survive.
They said: "After placing him in a stretcher, the gentleman was winched back onboard the rescue [helicopter] and transferred to Ysbyty Gwynedd".
Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the gentleman did not survive his injuries.
"Our sincerest condolences go to the family and friends of our fellow hillwalker and also our thanks to the passers-by who did all they could to try to make this a better outcome."
(Article from the Daily Post)
|Posted on 13 September, 2018 at 4:45||comments (0)|
I am off to Northern Snowdonia for seven days on Friday for five days leading for HF Holidays, I am going to take my Wellies!
As the season draws to a close it gets remakably busy, October more or less is fully booked and I am looking forward to meeting up with some old friends who are venturing out onto the mountains with me once again.
This is a good time of year to finally get that Snowdon challenge booked and I have plenty of availability, book early to secure your place!
No matter how may times we tell people they still have to go up there!!!!!!
|Posted on 7 September, 2018 at 9:30||comments (0)|
Well at least I hade a couple of good days walking, Cader Idris on Wednesday a great walk up and the returned by the unusual route finishing at Tal y Llyn and then a lovely walk along the lake back to Minffordd.
Friday I di some exploring around the ridges and Cregennen Lakes, what a lovely spot overlooking the Mawaddach, Barmouth, Cader and the Rhynogydd, will definately be back here!
Off to Snowdon tomorrow for a wet day on the mountain, see you there?
|Posted on 4 September, 2018 at 6:45||comments (0)|
After two soakings on Snowdon over the weekend I am heading South to Dolgellau for 4 days of sunshine (fingers crossed!), I hope to do some exploring whilst I am there and add a few new routes to the library.
Then its back to another busy weekend, Snowdon on Saturday and then marshalling for the Fabian4 Triathlon whos proceeds go to the Snowdonia Society, a worth cause and I have manage to get sister Linda to come along and help.
Couple of photos of how the summit of Snowdon used to look
|Posted on 30 August, 2018 at 4:10||comments (0)|
On her to-do list for a while the a walk over the Glyders was finally arranged for what looked like a decent weather day on Wednesday. Starting off slightly later to allow the murk and rain to clear we headed off by way of Devils Kitchen to reache a very clagged in Glyder Fawr, oh no not another cannot see anything day!
The forecast turned out ok and the clouds cleared although it was bitterly cold in the wind! We made ourway over to Glyder Fach and then the obligatory photo on the "Cantilever" before heading back down for a cuppa at the Ogwen Centre, another great day out on our fantastic mountains.
|Posted on 30 August, 2018 at 4:00||comments (0)|
While I was recovering for the wedding day I arranged for Haf to take Peter & Amanda on their Snowdon adventure, route was now to be the Ranger Path due to forecasted high winds. Unfortunately during the night the wind speeds increased by another 10mph this would normally be a no go for the walk but as all plans where made for the weekend they decided to give it a go and turn araound if required.
Half way was far enough on this occasion and a sensible decision to turn around was made, although that was dissapointing for everyone we can always revisit on a nicer day and then experience what a fantastic mountain it really is.
|Posted on 30 August, 2018 at 3:55||comments (0)|
After all the planning it was over in a flash, a wonderful day saw Matthew & Rhian tie the knot and now they are away for a three week honeymoon the other side of the world!
|Posted on 21 August, 2018 at 16:10||comments (0)|
As the Bank holiday gets nearer I am getting one or two enquiries and bookings for walks, this is obviously a busy time and all of us guides are understandably quite busy!
There is still availability however so it's always worth getting in touch!
I will be at my sons wedding this weekend enjoying myself but all routes are being covered by my very able colleagues.
If you want to book a guided walk I would suggest you do it as soon as possible, and of course try and find somewhere to stay!
Txt me on 07720433680, email: [email protected]
I can reccomend Petes Eats in Llanberis for grub and a pint of Tea!