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Autumn has sneaked in

Posted on 4 September, 2019 at 15:40 Comments comments (0)

With a forecasted temp of feeling like minus-3 tomorrow on the summit of Snowdon Autumn has managed to sneak upon us, it was baltic on Monday with everybody donning hats & gloves etc, but then again we see that quite often during the summer months.


I am working for Glyn Peris B&B  a couple of times this week and then Saturday its a full day out providing Mountain Leader cover for the Rat Race (Man v Mountain) a huge event taking place on and around Snowdon.


Sunday I am looking forward to my geology day in the Llanberis Pass with Paul Gannon, always interesting and for a lot of the time over my head a bit, but hey that's geology!


There is still time to get out for a trip into the mountains, to book your adventure just txt or call me - 07720433680 or email:[email protected]

Hot Bank Holiday for Gwyns Adventure

Posted on 26 August, 2019 at 14:25 Comments comments (1)

For a change the weather was great for the last Bank Holiday of the year and Gwyn, Gary, Matthew & Jonathon made the most of it with a fantastic day out on Snowdon.


Taking an unusually very busy Rhyd Ddu Path to a very clear and sunny summit we could see the heavy low clouds drifting their way towards us from the coast, that spurned us on to get to the top in just over two hours.

The summit was quite busy so we headed round to the front to have great views over Llyn Llydaw and Crib Goch and had lunch.


The South Ridge was the selected route for the return and as usual this was a lot quieter,  by now the clouds had caught us up and were drifting over  Bwlch Main  giving us some very atmospheric views.


All in all a top day out  with great company on our fantastic mountain, please come again!



Looks like great weather for the weekend

Posted on 22 August, 2019 at 15:15 Comments comments (0)

Yes, it looks like we will have great weather for the holiday weekend, as I have a day off on Saturday its especially good!


Sunday sees me back on Snowdon and I am looking forward to having some sushine as we head up one of my favourite routes "Rhyd Ddu and the South Ridge. Whilst these two paths are relatively quiet the summit no doubt will be a tad busy!


As we head quickly towards the end of the season September and October are busy for me, there are still some dates available to book your adventures tho and its a great time of year to get out onto the mountains.


Milo & Felix getting in some training ready for their Snowdon trip.


1st mountain for Kirsty, she did it the hard way!

Posted on 20 August, 2019 at 14:05 Comments comments (0)

Choosing her first mountain climb it just had to be the highest in Wales & England "Snowdon"  Coming from Hertfordshire there was not much realistic training she could do so she just had to go for it choosing the hardest route up the mountain "The Watkin Path & South Ridge"


We had a weather window of about six hours to make the climb with a clearish summit promised about one o'clock and rain to follow at 4. We made great progress with lots of information being passed on about our fantastic mountain, as we were getting higher we met several groups of people who had turned around at the start of the scree due to the heavy cloud that was then down, all appeared to be novice walkers so they deffinately made the right descision.

We made the summit in three hours just as the cloud was clearing giving us great views for the return journey , but not before Kirsty had spent £30 in the summit shop! 


This was another great challenging day out and all credit to Kirsty for digging in and pushing herself when it got tough, great effort Kirsty!


Kirsty heading for the South Ridge

   

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 !!!




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