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Richards maiden voyage on Snowdon

Posted on 13 August, 2019 at 15:25 Comments comments (0)

After lots of cancellations due to poor weather etc there was definately a break in the weather forecast today to enable Richard to finally get to the summit of Snowdon.

Richard is the manager at HF Holidays Craflwyn Hall in Beddgelert and about 4 times a week sees off guests as they embark on their own Snowdon adventures so it was nice for him to see for himself, first hand what our magnificent mountain has to offer.


Rich was no slow coach and we reached the summit in just over two hours, had a spot of lunch and then headed off by way of the South Ridge to the pub for a well deserved pint of local ale. Well done that man!



Mixed weather for us but very warm!

Posted on 5 August, 2019 at 14:25 Comments comments (0)

The weather is very changeable at the moment but still remains very warm and humid, so if you are venturing out please take plenty to drink (not beer or gin!).


Saturday I was out providing Mountain Leader cover for the Snowdonia Society on an organised footpath maintenance day with the National Trust Rangers and volunteers on Y Garn, they still gave me a spade!

It was a very interesting day and we managed to complete several very labour intensive tasks quite high up the mountain, slept well that night!


Training day with the Wardens on Sunday, we visited our local Mountain Rescue Team at their base in Nant Peris.

After a very interesting talk followed by lots of questions! it was time to look at the kit they have to take for their various callouts, none of it is light most of it is bloomin heavy!

Llanberis mountain Rescue team is the busiest in the UK, I suppose that was inevitable given that Snowdon is now beleived to be the busiest single peak in the world!!!  They can easilly be out four or five times on a weekend day, thats a lot of commitment for a volunteer organisation, I can't thank or  praise them enough.

Then of course there was a callout, a walker had broken or dislocated his ankle, he was believed to be around the intersection on the Pyg Track, we stayed and observed the team as they deployed to deal with the incident, the end result being the Coastguard heleicoter being requested to winch the injured party off the hill, facinating stuff.


Quiet week for me so catching up on jobs etc befor the weekend arrives. 

Catch up soon.


Not going to mention the wet weather!

Posted on 29 July, 2019 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

Here we go again, rain wind, cloud, you name we have had it again on the mountain.


Working for Large Outdoors on Saturday supporting a group from different parts of the country with their Snowdon Adventure, apart from the rubbish weather and not being able to see anything at the summit, we had a great day out.


THIS IS THE FINAL CALL FOR THE OPEN GROUP WALK ON MONDAY AUGUST 19TH, £40pp places available to book now.


Large Outdoors Crew at Clogwyn, on the way down and heading for the pub!


Melting here!

Posted on 25 July, 2019 at 17:00 Comments comments (0)

Wow, Wednesday was misty, windy and wet on Snowdon summit and here we are today in red hot sunshine again, crazy weather!


Tuesday I was working for Glyn Peris B&B supporting Catherine and daughter Sarah on their Snowdon adventure, its always a tough ask for people who are not mountain or hill walkers to get to the summit of our fantastic mountain.

Whilst there are lots of nice photos posted everyday on social media from people on the mountain but its easy to forget that you are going to have to walk about eight miles and climb over 3000' on rough and rocky paths.

Somewhere along that walk its going to hurt and you will probably wondering if its such a good idea after all, but if the weather is kind and you have good views its defeinately worth the effort.


So well done to Catherine and Sarah who will certainly remember there day out on Yr Wyddfa!


Into the holidays

Posted on 22 July, 2019 at 0:10 Comments comments (2)

Well schools have now broken up for the summer so that means, more traffic more traffic on the infamous A55!


Last week it was three days in Welsh Classes followed by more Snowdon Adventures, this time working for Charity Challenge & Raw Adventures supporting 150 Morrisons people raising monies for a worthy cause.

Unfortunately the weather in the morning was rather crap ensuring they had a good soaking on the way to the summit, it did however brighten up on the way down for them.

Note: there is an open group walk running on Monday August 19th, places available £40pp.



Trail marathon weekend

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

Over 1700 runners took part in Sundays Trail Marathon which finished with a run over Snowdon, I was not running but was on duty providing Mountain Leader cover and first aid on some of the not so nice parts of the track.


Thankfully I had a quiet day strapping only one knee & one foot (different runners), it could so easilly have been worrse :(


Welsh course for me for this week followed by a weekend on Snowdon and, REMEMBER its the International Snowdon Race on Saturday so, if you are planning on going up beware, IT IS GOING TO BE BUSY ON THE MOUNTAIN AND LIKE THE WILD WEST IN TOWN LATER IN THE EVENING, you have been warned!!


Note: there is an open group walk running on Monday August 19th, places available £40pp. 


Snowdon Sunrise in July


Fast way off the mountain for Marije

Posted on 11 July, 2019 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

Marije's day did not go to plan as a nasty shoulder dislocation ended her adventure on the Glyderau.


The plan was to head up the NE Ridge of Y Garn and then onto the Llymllwyd ridge over Foel Goch and then onto Elidir Fawr, a great walk but, crossing a stile some forty minutes into the route, somehow she managed to rip her shoulder out, not pleasant!


I knew then we were in trouble, we were quite steep on a wet mountain side at about 1300' and it was raining! Sometimes as Mountain Leaders we moan about carrying all the stuff in our packs that we never use, well today I used lots of that stuff.


Once she was relatively comfortable (only screaming on short bursts now!) I did my thing and contacted Mountain Rescue and guided them into our location with a 10 figure GR, hour and a half and Marjie was being lifted into the air and on her way to Ysbyty Gwynedd.


Some have asked why cant you walk off if its only a shoulder injury, trust me, when every step sends up pain, you are unbalanced and may fall again making it even worse, or even pass out!  The paramedic took a tumble on the wet grass just getting to her, just saying!


It all ended ok, everyone got home safe but, without Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue todays story could have been much worse, we rely on these unpaid volunteers to come to our aid on the mountains, support them whenever you can!



 

Snowdon Race 20th July

Posted on 8 July, 2019 at 15:40 Comments comments (0)

The International Snowdon Race takes place on Saturday 20th July, this runs up and down the Llanberis Path which means the mountain will be very, very busy on that day.

Avoid it if you can or take one of the routes on the other side of the mountain, the Pyg and Miners will also be very busy., I will be working on thRanger Path that day with Raw Adventures on of 14 Mountain Leaders bringing a big group up.


Not long until the kids break up for the summer holidays so get you walks in now before it goes crazy! I have published a list of the busiest paths and busiest days, choose your route & day wisely for a better day out on the mountain.




Sunny Snowdon for the Southern Crew

Posted on 6 July, 2019 at 3:15 Comments comments (0)

Travelling up from London, Naomi & Claire along with teenege sons Charlie & James had taken on the challenge of our highest and grandest peak "Yr Wyddfa"  would all their expectations be met?  That would a big fat yes then, clear skies & a gentle breeze were the order of the day and the path selected "Rhyd Ddu" was quiet compared to the main tourist paths.


It is easy for us to forget that all routes to the summit can be challenging if you are not used to walking the mountains and, this route of course has to traverse (twice) Bwlch Main just below the summit.

While the path is good the big drops on either side can mess with peoples heads but taking it steady we had no problems getting over the ridge to then reach the summit for photos and of course a feast in Hafod Eryri!


The walk down seemed to take longer than the ascent but there was no rush, the views were fantastic so plenty of photo stops before getting down to our cars and then it was all over, the end of a fantastic day out. I bet they all slept well that night!




From the Fog to the Sun

Posted on 3 July, 2019 at 16:45 Comments comments (0)

What a difference a few days make, walking in the heavy fog on Y Garn on Wednesday and then into the baking hot sun on Snowdon on Friday, so damp gear on Wednesday and burnt legs on Friday!!


Onto the weekend and it was back to a National Three Peaks challenge walk at 4am on Sunday morning, good fit group getting to a very windy and bloomin cold Snowdon summit.

Three peaks are not for me, too much travelling time in a minibus and then a mad rush up three fantastic mountains, hats off to those who rise to the challenge tho.

Photos are Linda on Bwlch Main, Snowdon and my group in the clag on Y Garn.



3 Peaks weekend

Posted on 24 June, 2019 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)

This weekend was filled working for Raw Adventures (Snowdon group walk) and UK Charity Challenge (National 3 Peaks) both using the Pyg Track going up and the Llanberis Path coming down.


The walks might sound the same but were in fact very different in their timings and weather etc:

 

  • Seven and a half hours total for Saturday's group walk starting at 10.00.
  • Four and a half hours total for Sundays national 3 Peals walk starting at 03.50. 

Both days were really good, the weather was dry and clear, all the participants (very diverse ability and skill levels) were commited and dertermined to get to the summit.

Big learning point once again, PLEASE TRY NOT TO COME TO SNOWDON ON A SATURDAY, its our busiest day (see the photo below).

 

Back on Snowdon and it was Sunny :)

Posted on 20 June, 2019 at 11:05 Comments comments (0)

Great two days out on Snowdon and although it was a bit nippy it was dry and sunny, hooray summers here this week!


Wednesday working for Raw Adventures helping to look after 55 school children from Oxford on their Snowdon challenge, and they all made it up to the summit and down safely again.

Great team effort from the children, teachers and of course the fanatastic Mountain Leader team.


Today ( Thursday) I was out with Richard from Lincolnshire who is climbing all three highest mountains in England, wales and Scotland, after todays successful (and quick) ascent of Snowdon he only has Scafell Pike to do! 

So great day out again today with the cloud clearing for us as we summited and the cafe was nearly empty, bonus!



Eon Energy, Snowdon Day

Posted on 17 June, 2019 at 16:40 Comments comments (0)

Big thank you to Mountain Leaders Smyrff and Jacob for looking after and leading the Crew from Eon Energy on their Snowdon Challenge the other Saturday.

The weather was foul as you can see  from the photos so much credit to all those that made it to the summit, Smryff's face tells the whole story better than words can ever tell !!!



Back now!

Posted on 17 June, 2019 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

That was a great few days away, taking in some great scenery and meeting up with friends old and new, the weather could have been better but, it could have been worse as well! is it summer ?


Here's what we (Rich Mountain Experiences, Julia, Snowdonia Society & Large Outdoors) got up to during the week.:

Early moring N3P on Snowdon.

Trip to Aber Falls.

Llanberis town day taking in the museums and places of interest.

Moel Siabod Ddaear Ddu Ridge.

Anglesy, South Stack & Llandwyn Island.

Crimpiau in the rain, Trefriw trail and mountanous scones at Cafe Siabod!

Aborted trip in the rain to Tal y Fan.

Tryfan complete with Carneddau Ponies and wild goats.

Snowdon by the Watkin Path and Lliwedd.

Carneddau by Bwlch Ddeufaen taking in Drum, & foel Fras.

Over the Aber Falls and onto the hills (it was wet), rereshments in the Tea Rooms.


I feel tired now reading that lot, couple of days off and its back onto the big hill with Raw Adventures & 60 school kids, bring it on!







 



Off to the mountains of Snowdonia for a week

Posted on 5 June, 2019 at 17:00 Comments comments (0)

Just as I am about to set off tomorrow for 10 days in the mountains the weather is forecasted to be wintery, middle of June whats going on?

I have a full itinerary, taking in Snowdon at least twice day & night, Tryfan, Siabod, Glyders, Crimpiau, Lower Carneddau, Anglesy and hopefully some R&R, with that forecast I had better take plenty of spare clothes etc.


Mountain Leaders Jacob & Smyrff are taking a party of 16 up Snowdon by the Rhyd Ddu Path for me on Saturday, forecast does not look too bad for them and I hope they have a great walk.


Weekends are definately very busy on Snowdon, Saturday is our busiest day and can be quite uncomfortable on the summit area, avoid that day if you can and, try to take one of the quieter paths. 


There are places available on the Open Group Walk on Thursday 20th June £40pp, contact me if you fancy a fully guided and informative day out on our fantastic mountain.

 

A guide to telephone signal on the Pyg track and Miners Path on Snowdon (its only a guide!! signals change)



Supporting Zoe's Place Baby Hospice (Coventry)

Posted on 2 June, 2019 at 7:50 Comments comments (3)

Working fro Skyblue Adventures I was part of a big team of Mountain Leaders looking after and supporting over fifty people who had travelled through the morning from Covenrty in order to raise monies for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice.

The majority of the people were not mountain walkers and most had never been on a mountain! so arriving at Pen y Pass to zero visability because of the clag must have been daunting to say the least, this was going to be a big challenge for some.


Route chosen was up the Pyg Track and down the Llanberis Path, the weather eventually cleared as we left the summit giving everyone time to enjoy the stunning views on offer.

To everyones credit and with bags of determination and effort everyone managed to get to the summit, the completion times bottom to top ranged from 6-11hours !!!


Well done Tyler, Sharon, Ceris & Steve

 

 

Bit of variety on the mountains

Posted on 30 May, 2019 at 13:45 Comments comments (0)

Working for Glyn Peris B&B this week, Tuesday taking Katherine & Olivia over to Mynydd Sygun, Cwm Bychan and the Aberglaslyn Pass while partner Christopher and Teo (7years old) were guided up Snowdon by Mountain Leader Ann. Katherine & Olivia had previously done the Snowdon climb and fancied something different.

All had a fantastic day out.


Thursday I was back on Snowdon with Charles & Wendy, we were taking the quieter Ranger Path up but the weather forecast was not the best with heavy cloud, wind and rain promised all day!

We did have the cloud and it was windy but the rains never came, and the cloud did lift on occasion for us to get some good views.

Once again Charles & Wendy were mountain novices and not sure whether they could do it, but with a steady uphill pace and of course lots of talking from me we summited in well under three hours and then into the cafe for hot drinks.


Another top effort, well done guys!


Didnt have a photo of Charles & Wendy so thought I would share these taken the other day with you, crazy things people do on this mountain!!! 

Katherine & Olivia are below


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