|Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 7:30||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 Keith Hulse for this Nature of Snowdonia Special Snowdon Workshop. Open only to qualified Mountain Leaders. Mike will take you through the nature of the mountain, the geology, the glaciation, plant and birdlife. We’ll talk about the history of farming, mining and tourism on the mountain. Keith will regale you of lessons learnt working as a full time guide and volunteer ranger on Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa.
You’ll receive a PDF of all the information shared on the day to help you with future work on the mountain. We’ll meet at Pencaunant Isaf (Snowdon Cafe) A good brew and bacon butty stop with great hospitality). We’ll wander up the Llanberis Path. We’ll gaze over at the complex geological jigsaw of Clogwyn du’r Arddu.
This day will set you up with a lifetime of ideas for guiding on Yr Wyddfa, it’ll kick start your fund of stories, improve your knowledge and open your eyes to aspects of the mountain you never knew existed.
You’ll need to bring a packed lunch (we won’t linger at the summit café) and be prepared for a full day on the mountain. Our journey will take us up the Llanberis Path, down the Miners Path and we’ll get the bus back to Llanberis from Pen y Pass
As this is a new workshop, and we are running it out of season. We will be offering a full refund in the event to of full winter conditions. By full winter conditions we mean ice-axe, crampons and goggles needed. If the top of the PyG track is the only bit of 'winter' we'll return by the Llanberis Path. We're keen to make it happen. We'll run the workshop again in spring, summer and autumn.
Lets hope the weather holds
|Posted on 6 January, 2020 at 16:05||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 hills in prep for it ,we watched you tube videos of people doing the chosen path THE RANGER PATH ,and all i can say is DONT DO IT it was the most terrifying experiance of our lifes ,the path is relentless starts straight away going up hill and never lets up ,the higher you go the worse the terrain becomes ,you clamber and i mean clamber over rocks ,steps,jagged rocks etc ,you cant walk more then 20 yards without stopping ,and in our case we started out really sunny and by the time we got a quarter the way up the weather changed ,it lashed it down it hailed and there was wind of around at a guess of 40 mph ,nearly blew us of our feet ,,be warned when i say dont attempt it, we seriously did not think we would get of alive ,we did manage to battle through and get to the top but it took 4.5 hours to get up there ,when your at the top there is at least another 20 mins walk up to the summit .and when u get there there are another 10 steps more up ...having pushed ourselves up there we were physically and mentally exhausted soaked through to the skin and beyond,"
Having read the full report I can only conclude that this group had underestimated the walk and their level of fitness must have been much to be desired!
The Ranger (Cwellyn) Path is the easiest on the mountain and I regulary take families, groups, young and old people up this path. For someone with average fitness it takes about three hours, add half an hour for someone less fit. The group moaning above took four and a half hours!!!
Just waiting for the winds to die down and I will be heading out onto the hills (probably Wednesday), we might even have a bit of snow, apart from that its all quiet here.
Looking back to sunnier days & Cake!
|Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 11:00||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.
Snowdon was really busy helped by the fact that all the snow has more or less gone.
Best wishes to everyone have a great new year, and I look forward to catching up with you all in 2021.
|Posted on 21 December, 2019 at 5:10||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 to ensure that they get the best out of their day on the mountain. Then when we meet up its like meeting an old friend, a much nicer way to start our day out.
The low tech diary is kept up to date, just have a look at the date you require it will give you a good idea how things are looking but I always reccomend that you get in touch even if I am showing no availability.
Some old photos of the halfway cafe, construction of the new summit cafe and an old advert for the old summit cafe.
|Posted on 19 December, 2019 at 17:30||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!
Off we set on the Miners Path reaching as far as the intersection with the Pyg, wether was closing in now so we abandoned ship and headed back down the Pyg and for a change headed over the Horns from Bwlch y Moch arriving back at Pen y Pass just as a rain bomb arrived.
Even as we were heading down there were quite a few people heading up some had kit some didnt, usual story! but not good given the current conditions and the incoming weather. Hey ho.
Couple of photos of the wise goats!
|Posted on 2 December, 2019 at 16:00||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.
|Posted on 24 November, 2019 at 11:10||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
|Posted on 11 November, 2019 at 16:25||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!
|Posted on 4 November, 2019 at 9:15||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 the new diary very soon, always best to book early to secure your prefered date.
Some great FB photos of a sunrise Snowdon walk that I did not take but deserve some viewings!
|Posted on 28 October, 2019 at 7:50||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 day out.
|Posted on 25 October, 2019 at 3:05||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 walk with a big Carneddau walk planned for the Sunday when the weather looks much better.
Plenty of time to get out on the mountains with the Snowdonia Walker, so book now before the snow comes!
|Posted on 11 October, 2019 at 3:55||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 interactive, informative day out.
The following week was a four day trip to HF Craflwyn with a couple of private Snowdon guided walking days thrown in, so a really busy few days in mixed weather. It was good to get out into the Moelwyns and Glyders as well as the Snowdon trips meeting lots of new people on the way.
There is the National 3Peaks litter gathering day this Saurday (12th) where lots of dedicated people roam the mountains of the UK picking up litter and get into those hard to get to places giving the mountain a deep clean. I am working on this day but will also be picking up on the way.
Looking forward now to getting to the end of October when it does get a lot quieter and enables me to get out for some social walking etc, with over 60 Snowdon walks done this summer along with all the other mountain areas I think I deserve some chill time
Some photos from the last few days out on the hills.
|Posted on 26 September, 2019 at 9:20||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 working for the Snowdonia Society supporting a big litter pick on Snowdon before I head off to Craflwyn Hall for 4 days leading walks in the area,
I hope the weather is kind to us this October, its a great time to be out on the hills, quieter, cooler and the colours on the trees as they start changing are stunning.
Might see you out there.
Trying to dry my base layer out on a humid hot day!
|Posted on 24 September, 2019 at 13:55||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 start but with a promise to clear by 1pm but only for a couple of hours, and then the heavens would open, which is exactly what happened!
As we climbed and creeped our way to the summit we were buffeted with really strong winds but, we got there just as a train was pulling into the summit station so I suggested to Paul that we neede to get to the top before the train passengers, he didnt beleive me and I laughed as they all coasted past him on the steps towards the summit cairn, we chuckled about that.
It was great to get inside out of the weather for refreshments and bang on time the clouds lifted and the views came, does not matter how many times I see them, they are stunning!
Off we headed down, slow at first and then more slowly as Paul's legs decided they had done enough for the day, buy hey there was no giving up even as the rain lashed down and we finally touched base some seven and a half hours of hard graft later, but it was still a fantastic day out and a great achievement from Paul, not sure whether he will venture out again with the |Snowdonia Walker though
|Posted on 23 September, 2019 at 0:10||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 again a couple of times this week before joining Mike Raine on a couple of day workshops, one of those with the Welsh Sheperdess Teleri.
Still time to book walks for this year, best before the clocks go back!
Photos are Derfel on Diffwys and some interesting land formation, on the Dragons Back and looking over to Barmouth
|Posted on 20 September, 2019 at 5:50||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!
No problems going over the ridge and we were then at the top, still in the clouds it was a quick visit to the summit cairn for piccys and then into the cafe for lunch.
As we started our descent there was a very brief cloud break which we managed to photograph, stunning views and a great memory of a wonderful day out on our lovely mountain, thank you ladies it was a hoot!
|Posted on 12 September, 2019 at 16:00||comments (0)|
Well it may only be a short time to the festive period but I am still very busy getting through the heavy workload in September!
This week has been busy with Snowdon walks, Warden Duty and a Geology day with Paul Ganon
Myself and fellow Warden Linda (sister) had a good soaking yesterday whilst on patrol on the Miners and Pyg Track, still managed to clear a couple of culverts and pick up yet more litter though.
Today was a rearanged trip with Sue from Cornwall, mountains were off the menu so we headed to Llandwyn Island for a very brisk walk by the seaside, great day though, its a lovely place and of course the setting for 1900 Island.
Tomorrow, myself and fellow leader Jade are back on Snowdon working for Raw Adventures supporting a party of 16 ladies who are on an adventure, could be interesting!
Snowdon is still the number one destination for my guests but on Saturday I sneak off to Southern Snowdonia for 6 days, I hear its a lot warmer in the South!
Me looking wet