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Ready to go now

Posted on 2 July, 2020 at 5:15 Comments comments (0)

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



The "Virus" update

Posted on 16 April, 2020 at 14:00 Comments comments (0)

Following todays news of an additionla three weeks lockdown, it looks like the whole of May will now be lost for organising walks etc.


The main priority for us all is to keep safe & stay at home, lets get through this, the mountains will still be there for us again.


Keith



Coranavirus update

Posted on 5 April, 2020 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, due to the current situation all walks are postponed or cancelled up to May 9th, further updates will be posted during this month.


Keep safe out there


Keith



All pre-planned walks in April & May are now postponed.

Posted on 20 March, 2020 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

Hi everybody,

Due to the current situation all pre-planned walks in April & May are now postponed, I will look at the situation again at the end of May.


We will get through this and hopefuly come out stronger on the other side.


I will still be walking on the mountains (alone) and will post updates as and when I can.


Keep safe and be strong

Keith

Back from the Lakes

Posted on 9 March, 2020 at 10:50 Comments comments (0)

Just arrived back from a good trip away to the Lakes, I did try to post a blog whilst there but tinternet problems did not allow!


I managed to get in some decent walking whist dodging the weather, based in Derwent Bank for four nights before heading on to Coniston for another three nights.

This was the first time I had ventured up Cat Bells (only been to the Lakes a million times!), what a nice little walk with great views, definately reccomended.

Coldale Horseshoe in the snow taking in Grisdale Pike and Causey Pike etc was another good day out with Skiddaw planned for the following day but, a touch of food poisoning put an end to that. 

Off to Coniston then, and on the way I headed up the Langdale Pikes, still a bit of snow up there, but the weather was clear Bonus! Another great iconic mountain range. Ducks were having a bad day on a frozen tarn below Pavey Ark


My last two days walking were spent on the flanks of Weatherlam and trudging across the moors in thick mist, wind & rain.  A  final trip was planned for the Old Man of Coniston, but high winds forced me a little lower going up to Levers Water instead with some exploring of the old copper mines.


Overall a pleasant trip meeting some very nice people with good accomodation and food coutesy of HF Holidays. 


Few photos from my Adventures:








Open group walk Sat May 2nd

Posted on 23 February, 2020 at 15:05 Comments comments (0)

Hi, the Open group walk on Saturday May 2nd is now taking the Rhyd Ddu Path and decending by the South Ridge, probably the best walk on Snowdon £40pp, places available.


I had a great day with a group from London raising monies for various projects. The weather was very cold (minus 10 at the summit) and windy but as we arrived the cloud lifted and the sun came out! temperature did not improve though.


Taken just before the cloud lifted, tooo cold to get my camera out again!


Snowdon Visit Specialist

Posted on 21 February, 2020 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

Its now official: Snowdonia Walker is a National Park "Snowdon visit specialist" and I am very proud to be able to promote and help protect our very special mountain.

Yesterday, myself and several other mountain leadersI met with Large Outdoors owner Gareth Williams, this is an English based company that I have worked for and it was nice to get an insight on how they work and of course the ethos of the company.

I am looking forward to more adventures with them and bonus, we were treated to tea and buns at Cafe Siabod.


Today hopefully saw the last trip to hospital to have a naughty thing removed from my face, no doubts having so many stiches this time will not be improving my rugged good looks, ha,ha, Seriously though if you are out and about on the hills make sure you have sun protection otherwise be prepared to pay the painful price!


New logo pic 


 

Wet, Wet, Wet!

Posted on 18 February, 2020 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

Goes without having to say that, its very wet in the hills and worse than that, the wind speeds seem to be constantly 40-60mph.

The snow has gone again but due back from Wednesday with promised downfalls through to Saturday so my walk with 30 or so students from London will not be going to the summit or anywhere near a high top!


So not too much walking on the hills but I have been out and about attending talks and meetings etc and of course planning future walks and adventures.

Begining of March I am off to the lakes for a week or so visiting the HF Houses at Derwent Water and Conniston, hoping to get some big walking days in if the weather allows. Then its back to Snowdonia when my season starts proper and I will be keeping you all updated on any adventures etc.


As from last week I am now offcially an accredited Snowdonia National Park Ambassador for Snowdon, a "Visit Specialist", just waiting for the logos to come through now!

The Snowdon workshop that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success and the April 24th workshop is nearly full, this is only for qualified mountain leaders to attend and its great that they are keen to get some in depth knowledge of the mountain and surrounding area.

Of course I will also be passing on some of the nearly researched information onto my guests that walk with me on the mountain.


Couple of Open Group Walks are being added to the diary: Pyg Track & Miners Path May2nd, Watkin Path & South Ridge June TBC. £40pp.


Some photos from the film shoots of two famous films shot here in Snowdonia.



Open Group walk Sat May 2nd

Posted on 6 February, 2020 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Quick catch up, as the season gets nearer I have put on the first Snowdon Open Group Walk on Saturday May 2nd cost is £40pp.


Its a case of battening down the hatches this weekend as yet another storm arrives, luckily the Rugby is on so I will spend Saturday in a local hostelry hopefully cheering on Wales to a win over Ireland, no doubts it will be close either way!


We still have ice and a scattering of snow on the high summits so please be careful if you are up the hills this weekend.

Happy walking

Keith

The photos belwo are the drowning of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool in the 60's and the Remains of the DC3 plane "St. Kevin" which crashed into the remote coutryside East of Snowdon killing 23 people, this was in the early 50's. Some of the bodies have not been recovered to date. Plane photo courtesy of Rob Collister


Snowdon Workshop

Posted on 27 January, 2020 at 15:25 Comments comments (0)

The Snowdon workshop for Mountain Leaders that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success, the weather held and we had a really good day on the mountain.

Aimed at  providing a wealth of indepth knowledge to a group of already knowlegable people can be a challenge and of course a full day of information can hurt you head!

Fortunately Snowdon is able to provide an abundance of really interesting information with topics diverging from the geology to the smelly septic tanks! as well as lots more of course. We hope to run one or two more courses later in the year. 




 

Llanddwyn Island day out & Snowdon

Posted on 22 January, 2020 at 0:35 Comments comments (0)

As the weather forecast was good for Sunday we got all the kids and grandkids together for a day out on Llanddwyn Island, the weather was great and we had a fab day along with the very many who also were visiting the island. 

Monday and it was back to Snowdon for a wintery day out with a couple of the boys from the fireservice, weather once again was great and we had a good bimble on the hill taking in a few different small peaks on the way down. 

Still a lot out with probably not the most suitable kit for ice and snow, Llanberis MRT had 2 call outs over the weekend with the helicopter taking some off Crib Goch after they followed people onto the ridge which was in full winter conditions.


Llanddwyn & Snowdon:



Snow is back, haha

Posted on 19 January, 2020 at 16:35 Comments comments (0)

After my last blog titled "we are snow free" now we are not and I was lucky to get out onto the Glyders for a play, reall good day and I am looking forward to a Snowodn outing tomorrow for more of the same.

The snow is like a magnet for people and the mountains have been really busy this weekend, couple of people had to be airlifted off Crib Goch yesterday, not the best place to be in this weather if you are not experienced winter mountaineers! 


Oh I forgot ! I had a nice day out with the Snowdonia Society and the National Trust giving some TLC to newly planted trees on the lower slopes of the  Glyder Fach. Learnt some interesting stuff as well.


Lots of activity in the next few weeks and I am still trying hard to improve my Welsh so its back to school again on Saturday for another day in the classroom, one day is ok but two or three days does make my head hurt :(.


Photos from Tree day and Y Garn in the snow




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 coming out with the Snowdonia Walker, book early to reserve your walk date.


Text, Email or call me to have a chat if you need advice on the walks etc and if I am out on the hill I will get back to you when I am back down.


Keith


Couple of pics from today.



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