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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!


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!


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.


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 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!


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 day out. 



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 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!


Cheers

Keith

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 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.


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 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!



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 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 :(



 

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 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




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!


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!



14 weeks to Christmas, ho ho ho!

Posted on 12 September, 2019 at 16:00 Comments 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


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

   


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