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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 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


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.


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!