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We are snow free at the moment.

Posted on 15 January, 2020 at 16:40 Comments comments (0)

No snow on the big hill at the moment, just a bit windy and wet!

I was out with the Snowdonia Society & National Trust today giving some newly planted trees some TLC, I learnt some stuff and did'nt get wet, bonus.


Last week I managed to get out onto the high Carneddau and this Friday I think it will be trip either to the Glyderau or the big hill, will await to see the weather forecast!


Bookings for the season are coming in nicely so if you fancy c...

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New Venture

Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)

Had a call from Mike Raine to see if I would be interested in co hosting some days on Snowdon for qualified Mountain Leaders, this is a great opportunity for me to work alongside Mike and also be able to impart some of my knowledge to those coming out with us.

The first session Jan 24th sold out in a day and we are now looking at putting another couple on during the season, no pressure!!


 

Oh no! Not Snowdon again…

Join Mike Raine and Keit...

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Snowdon "too high & steep"

Posted on 6 January, 2020 at 16:05 Comments comments (0)

Well we seem to have hit the Tripadvisor headlines once again with reviews from ill prepared walkers who thought it would be a stroll in the park.

Too many moans to detail here (sample below) but check out trip advisor to have a chuckle:) 


"We decided to do this climb part of a fundraising event ,we spent weeks researching the best route path to take being we were novice climbers ,we spent weeks walking up hill...

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End of the year

Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 11:00 Comments comments (0)

Made it! well nearly, just a low key New Years eve celebration with number one son Matthew and family coming to stay for a few days, they wil be joined by number two son Tom and family coming along on New Years day to make it a noisy event with all those ankle biters! Roll on 2021.


I managed to get out on the hills yesterday with a couple of ex- firefigher colleagues and we battled the high winds and heavy cloud which definately helped blow any lingering cobwebs away.

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Last update before Christmas

Posted on 21 December, 2019 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

With a recent arrival of bookings it looks like next year will be busy for me again. This is a great time to book your preferred walk date and gives you a look forward to a fantastic day out on our lovely mountains, which ever one you choose!


To any one viewing for the first time you will have noticed that this is not a flash website with automatic forms and tick boxes etc!

I think it is important to talk to anyone and everyone booking or thinking of booking with me t...

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Take heed of the goats!

Posted on 19 December, 2019 at 17:30 Comments comments (0)

Myself and Andy geared up for a day on Snowdon earlier in the week, the forecast was not good with high winds, rain and hail promised but we neede to get out there!

As we arrived at a wet and quiet Pen y Pass the weather was as promised, wet, cold and windy and we were still in the car! But off we set, calling into the Wardens office first, we found the mountain goats had decided to use the facilities and were hiding in the ladies toilet, that questioned our decision to go up the hill!

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Slipping & Sliding on the ice

Posted on 2 December, 2019 at 16:00 Comments comments (0)

This cold snap has left us with some very slippy rocks and paths, even at low level!

Managed to get out onto the Glyders with Linda accompanied by Elsie the thief dog, just cant put anything down cos she will have it ! A good day out though apart from dodging the ice on the way back to the Ogwen Centre.


This weather does bring clear skies and great sunrises.

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Enjoying the calm

Posted on 24 November, 2019 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

Just enjoying the calm that we now have on the hills although, the snow is attracting a few out and not all are prepared!


I am out on the hills enjoying myself, planning new routes etc and doing some me time walks, I will put out a full report next week.


Catch up soon


Back in the Snow

Posted on 11 November, 2019 at 16:25 Comments comments (0)

Well they did rebook and we managed to get out on Saturday along with a big dump of snow and sleet who also came out to play. That meant we only managed to get the group of Students from St Georges University, London just over half way.

Was still a great day out though and they enjoyed it!




Work cancelled

Posted on 4 November, 2019 at 9:15 Comments comments (0)

Well that was a wasted weekend for me, Saturday's walk was cancelled at the last minute with a half promise that it would take place this coming Saturday, I woont hold my breath!

Thats more or less the end of the walking season here so that means I will be roaming the hills and mountains looking for new and interesting routes for next year and of course catching up on all the things that I needed to do at home.

I have had a few bookings for next year already so shall be puting up ...

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Where did that white stuff come from?

Posted on 28 October, 2019 at 7:50 Comments comments (2)

Well that was a bit of a surprise for our Saturday walk up Snowdon, a good covering of snow from 800mtrs! it  did make for an exciting day out though for my group from HF Craflwyn, and very enjoyable it was too.


Sunday it was again a group from HF Craflwyn but this time we were out on a greasy rock  Nantlle Ridge walk, now that did make for an interesting scramble across the rocks, but although very cold with a biting wind the sun was out from 11am so another great...

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End of season

Posted on 25 October, 2019 at 3:05 Comments comments (0)

Well its here, the last days of the season for summer walking!


The clocks go back on Sunday, the Snowdon summit complex closes on Sunday and the the Volunteer Wardens stand down for the winter break!


Good news is I can now get out and do some serious trekinn on the hills and mountains :)


I am off to Craflwyn now for a four day guided walking trip, but the weather tomorrow looks pretty griim, as luck happens I am dowm to lead a lower level ...

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Catch up

Posted on 11 October, 2019 at 3:55 Comments comments (0)

Lots been happening over the past couple of weeks so here is a brief catch up, hopefully as it gets quieter I will have more regular updates.

The end of September saw me attendnig two days with Mike Raine  which included spedning a day with the Snowdonia Sherperdess Teleri Fielden. What a great day spent on her farm in Nant Gwynant talikg about conservation farming and all its issues, the other day with Mike was spent in Cwm Idwal discussing ML related topics and was again a great ...

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Orrible Weather on the way!

Posted on 26 September, 2019 at 9:20 Comments comments (1)

Looks like the weekend weather will be a bit on the wild side for us so if you are coming over, bring your wet gear!


It's an education weekend for me, out with Mike Raine & Teleri Fielden (the Welsh Sheperdess) on Saturday talking and learning about all things to do with mountain farming and the envirionment etc. Sunday its back out with Mike for a day around the Ogwen Valley, this is a Mountain Leader specific day and a new programme from Mike.

Monday sees me work...

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Paul's Bucket List Snowdon Adventure

Posted on 24 September, 2019 at 13:55 Comments comments (0)

Paul one of my old mates and work collegue from back in the day had a Snowdon Summit climb on his to do list and we made plans some time ago to go up on September 23rd, he promised me he had been training - He lied! nine holes of golf does not count!


Taking the Rhyd Ddu path we started off and there was a bit of puffing and sucking in air whilst we were still on the road, I realised then we were in for an extended day on the hill :).


Weather was cloudy to s...

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Southern Snowdonia

Posted on 23 September, 2019 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)

Great week down in Dolgellau exploring the hills and mountains, bonus of course was the good weather. Managed to get onto the high Rhinogydd and the Dragons Back as well as a nice coastal walk finishing in Fairbourne, very mixed programme and a nice change from Snowdon.


Back on a very hot Snowdon last Saturday working for Large outdoord with just the one young lady guest who romped up the mountain (Watkin Path) with ease, as expected the summit was PACKED!

Snowdon agai...

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Snowdon Adventure in the Mist for the Blackpool ladies.

Posted on 20 September, 2019 at 5:50 Comments comments (1)

Thanks to Nicola for organising the ladies day out on Snowdon. Staying overnight in Beddgelert the Ladies were excited and keen when they arrived at a misty Rhyd Ddu start, it promised to be an interesting day on the hill !


Gradually with pleny of stops and chats we made our way up into the clouds which was hiding the summit from us. A couple of cloud breaks made sure the ladies knew they were high up and heading to the ridge, none of whom had been over before!


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