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End of the season?

Posted on 18 October, 2020 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)

Wow the end of the season seems to have sneaked up on me and with another Welsh National lockdown seemingly planned for the 23rd of October that will certainly finish the job!


Of course we will continue throughout the winter months if the ground conditions (and lockdowns) allow. There will be many great days that provide opportunities to get some good walking in so please do get in touch to see what is on offer.


The last couple of weekends I have been out working for "Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon" looking after their guests and we were lucky to have good weather for both trips, there was a definate chill in the air though.

 

First snow on Snowdon

Posted on 3 October, 2020 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)

Just returned from Craflwyn Hall and three days leading a variety of walks, highlight was a fab day up Snowdon with Paul, Rob, Jean & Susan, first timers on Snowdon and looking forward to the challenge.

Taking my favourite Rhyd Ddu path up to the summit and returning by the South Ridge always promises to be a great day and this was no exception, a bit of banter always helps the pain of those steep pulls along with a bit of ear bashing (educational input) and we were soon at the unusually quiet summit, bonus!

It was a tad cold and then a brief snow shower arrived to give us all the weather seasons in one day, Sun, rain, snow, wind and a rainbow!

We came across up a couple of young ladies who did not fancy a return back down the Watkin scree and guided them down the South ridge for a more relaxed return leaving us at Bwlch Cwm Llan. 


So another great day out on our fantastic mountain made very enjoyable by great company,.


Elio Ridge & Cwm Bychan days out in the sun!

Posted on 17 September, 2020 at 15:05 Comments comments (1)

Working for Raw Adventures looking after Annand & Sheila who were guests at Pale Hall in Bala we had two fab sunny days out in Snowdonia.

First day we took on the Elio ridgeline circuit and boy was it hot! p-leny of fluids the order of the day.

Second day was to be more relaxed and the choice was  Cwm Bychan and the fishermans path back to Beddgelert, a classic circuit and another sunny day for us.

Although this pair have tackled many high peaks in the Alps etc this was to be their first Northern Snowdonia trip and they want to come back for more, more, more! 


Catch up with Julia on Snowdon

Posted on 14 September, 2020 at 15:00 Comments comments (1)

It was great to Catch up with Julia who had travelled to Craflwyn Hall from Edingburgh for eight days of Snowdonia walking and what nice weathr overall she had.


The Watkin Path was the only one Julia had not tackled all the way to the summit so that was the route for the day with a great descent by way of Allt Maenderyn.

The weather was great on the day which also attracted massive crowds at the summit once at the top Julia decided that she wanted to bag the peak of Garnedd Ugain as it was one she had not done before so off she set on her own while I waited at Bwlch Glas.


Its always nice to catch up with old friends and that made our day out on our fantastic mountain even better, safe journey home Julia.


Doncaster to Snowdon summit

Posted on 7 September, 2020 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

Returning for the second year Vinayak, Peter & Kris had another bash at Snowdon, this year taking the Llanberis Path for a leisurley  stroll to the summit. The weather held out for us, it was not the best but we didnt get wet and we had clear skies for our descent.


The guys were really interested in the history of Wales, the area and Snowdonl, its always nice to be able to pass on information and makes for a better day out on the hill.


Big shout out to Base Camp at Llanllyfni who hosted them the night before, they were very impressed with their stay.


Annabel & Cassius tackle the "Big One!"

Posted on 31 August, 2020 at 8:35 Comments comments (1)

Arriving in Llanberis the evening of Storm Francis was not the best start for Annabel and 11 year old son Casius who had travelled up from London for their Snowdon adventure.

 

Setting off on the Thursday I knew we only had a possible two hour window when the weather was forecasted to be clear and dry (hopefully). Taking the Sherpa to Pen y Pass for an ascent by the Pyg and then down by way of the Llanberis Path was our chosen route.

 

Rain and wind did not deter them both and we made good time to arrive at a cold and wet summit where we did not linger! As forecast the clouds lifted and the rain stopped as we dropped into Clogwyn for a well deserved refreshment stop and a chance to get into some dry clothes (Annabel was well prepared!).

 

It's a long old path down into Llanberis and as we eventually arrived the heavens opened just as I was getting back into the car, phew! Fantastic effort by them both especially Cassius in some very challenging conditions.



 

Wet disappointing day on Snowdon

Posted on 23 August, 2020 at 13:45 Comments comments (0)

Very disappointing Snowdon Warden day, lots of rain and lots of litter!


Despite the paths being cleared of rubbish by wardens yesterday we managed to pick up 6 very heavy bags today and, we only went halfway up!


Our haul included, Nappies, beer bottles, red bull cans, underwear, socks, sweaters, bana skins, tissues, plastic bottles etc etc etc.,  


Without doubt we now have an influx of people on the mountain that would probably been usually been holidaying in a warmer climate with beaches and bars!

Its great that they are here but we need to have some outdoor repect to be shown. Rant over!



Quick trip up Hebog and back to Snowdon

Posted on 18 August, 2020 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)

Afetr a really tiring hot and humid trip up Hebog on Wednesday I decided that the Saturday work on Snowdon was going to have an early start to try and beat some of the heat. 

Working for Glyn Peris B&B once again, we managed to arrange a 07.30 start for Canadian Military Chaplain Lesley who was having her first visit to Snowdonia. The Ranger was the chosen route and she made short work of the ascent to reach the summit before 10.30 which meant no queues!


The weather was great with clear skies and sunshine, Lesley was blown away with the views and a return visit is definately on the cards for her.

As we made our way down the descision to start early was much appreciated as the temperature was rising rapidly and lots of sweaty people were making their way up.

All in all another great day out on our fantastic mountain.


  

Nicola's Snowdon adventure

Posted on 13 August, 2020 at 2:15 Comments comments (0)

Travelling from Birmingham I don't think Nicola could not have expected what an adventure she was in for.

Massive thunder storms, power cuts and unbearable heat during the night meant everybody was feeling a little worse for wear the next morning.

That was not going to deter Nicola and off we set for our Snowdon Adventure, the weather was hot with clear skies, a promise of storms later in the day meant we had to get on the mountain and back down as quickly as we could.

The heat was oppressive making the climb very difficult which meant lots of stops for water etc, but it was worth the effort and the views were great. Not sure how many pictures she took but it was lots!

Once we were down we headed to Llyn Dinas for a picnic by the lake and to get in some more fab views.

Well done Nicola on a very challenging day out on our fantastic mountain.



 

Legs have finally come good!

Posted on 10 August, 2020 at 14:20 Comments comments (0)

Well after 6 Snowdon climbs and a few lesser walks my fitness and mountain legs have returned!

It was good to be back working for Large Outdoors on Sunday with a splendid Sunrise walk, great group of people who thorougly enjoyed their adventue.


Tomorrow I am back up Snowdon followed by a Hebog trip on the Wednesday, nice to have a change before heading back up the big hill on Saturday.


The thunder and lightening has arrived and will hopefully clear overnight otherwise I wont be going anywhere tomorrow!


Group photo from the Sunrise walk and grandkids having an adventure.

 

No Parking at the Pass at weekends

Posted on 29 July, 2020 at 10:10 Comments comments (0)

The parking at Pen y Pass at the weekends is now sorted - THERE IS NONE!So from 18.00hrs on Fridays the carpark is locked and shut untill 18.00 on the following Sunday, and I must say it is much better.


My mountain legs have returned with various walks completed (usually with a good wetting as well!) and now I am just hoping that visitors will once again be wanting to get back to our fab mountains.


Low level recce the other day with sister Linda and I intend to take the grandkids up onto the mountains tomorrow in order to get them disconnected from their gadgets!

Nice pool here for dipping their toes in tomorrow, couldnt get Linda to go in though!

 

its good to be back working!

Posted on 22 July, 2020 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

Well it was always going to be a bit tough starting up those mountains again after 4 months off! but today it was Snowdon summit number 6 and all was well.


Working for Glyn Peris B&B today they allocated me to a 26 year old fitness instructor who wanted to do the Watkin Path and South Ridge, oh dear!


Apart from the weather which was wet, windy and cloudy we had a great walk completing the mission in just over five and a half hours.


Tomorrow I am out doing two recces for HF Holidays who need new walks to run from their Craflwyn Hall house which opens in a couple of weeks, these will only be 6 mile events and not much ascent (I Hope!).


I will be posting photos and stuff in the next few days, anybody see the parking mayham over the weekend, really bad!


Happy walking

Keith 

Ready to go now

Posted on 2 July, 2020 at 5:15 Comments comments (1)

Having met the COVID 19 Industry standard we are now ready to get back to work from the 6th July, it will be great to welcome everybody back onto the mountains adhering to the safety requirements to keep us all safe. 



Snowdon summit cafe will not open in 2020

Posted on 27 June, 2020 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)

The Snowdon summit complex will not open at all in 2020 it has just been announced!


Trains will start running on the 12th July but only to Clogwyn Sation which is just over half way to the summit.


Please consider this information if you are planning a trip to the mountain this year!


Keith


 

Things are moving!

Posted on 23 June, 2020 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

The travel restrictions come to an end either on the 6th or 13th of July so we can move around the country, however:

The National Park Authority may not open all areas of the Park on those dates and with all probability mountains such as Snowdon and Tryfan may not open until August or September, I hope that I am wrong about that!


The Welsh Govenment has legally closed some paths in the Park until the 27th September which means that it is a criminal offence to trespass on those paths. A map of the paths concerned is available on the Park Website.


I have a meeting with the National Park on June 30th when I hope there will be some details of what the future plans are for the opening of Snowdon etc.


Okay then, I just now need to shed a few of the extra pounds I have put on ready to be able to get up thoses hills, see you there!


Keith

The "Virus" Update

Posted on 3 June, 2020 at 5:30 Comments comments (0)

Although we still have no official news on when the mountains will be fully open things are being talked about and meetings arranged!


I think that the start of July could see a gradual relaxing of the rules with exceptions for the hot spots of Snowdon and the Glyderau which would open shortly afterwards. (this is only my opinion!)

This would mean that August through to the end of the year could be very busy indeed! book early to reserve your walk dates.


Fingers crossed then

Keith


 

The "Virus Update"

Posted on 17 May, 2020 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, due to the continuing issues all pre-planned walks are now cancelled until and including the 30th June 2020.

These are very challenging times for all of us and our priority of course is to keep eveyone as safe as possible, hopefully there will be some relaxing of our lockdown towards the end of June.


This is of course a great time to book walks for later in the year as there will probably be a bit of a rush to get back onto the hills.

A small fully refunable deposit is all you need to book your walk date!


Keep safe out there,

Keith




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