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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 !!!



Back now!

Posted on 17 June, 2019 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

That was a great few days away, taking in some great scenery and meeting up with friends old and new, the weather could have been better but, it could have been worse as well! is it summer ?


Here's what we (Rich Mountain Experiences, Julia, Snowdonia Society & Large Outdoors) got up to during the week.:

Early moring N3P on Snowdon.

Trip to Aber Falls.

Llanberis town day taking in the museums and places of interest.

Moel Siabod Ddaear Ddu Ridge.

Anglesy, South Stack & Llandwyn Island.

Crimpiau in the rain, Trefriw trail and mountanous scones at Cafe Siabod!

Aborted trip in the rain to Tal y Fan.

Tryfan complete with Carneddau Ponies and wild goats.

Snowdon by the Watkin Path and Lliwedd.

Carneddau by Bwlch Ddeufaen taking in Drum, & foel Fras.

Over the Aber Falls and onto the hills (it was wet), rereshments in the Tea Rooms.


I feel tired now reading that lot, couple of days off and its back onto the big hill with Raw Adventures & 60 school kids, bring it on!







 



Off to the mountains of Snowdonia for a week

Posted on 5 June, 2019 at 17:00 Comments comments (0)

Just as I am about to set off tomorrow for 10 days in the mountains the weather is forecasted to be wintery, middle of June whats going on?

I have a full itinerary, taking in Snowdon at least twice day & night, Tryfan, Siabod, Glyders, Crimpiau, Lower Carneddau, Anglesy and hopefully some R&R, with that forecast I had better take plenty of spare clothes etc.


Mountain Leaders Jacob & Smyrff are taking a party of 16 up Snowdon by the Rhyd Ddu Path for me on Saturday, forecast does not look too bad for them and I hope they have a great walk.


Weekends are definately very busy on Snowdon, Saturday is our busiest day and can be quite uncomfortable on the summit area, avoid that day if you can and, try to take one of the quieter paths. 


There are places available on the Open Group Walk on Thursday 20th June £40pp, contact me if you fancy a fully guided and informative day out on our fantastic mountain.

 

A guide to telephone signal on the Pyg track and Miners Path on Snowdon (its only a guide!! signals change)



Supporting Zoe's Place Baby Hospice (Coventry)

Posted on 2 June, 2019 at 7:50 Comments comments (3)

Working fro Skyblue Adventures I was part of a big team of Mountain Leaders looking after and supporting over fifty people who had travelled through the morning from Covenrty in order to raise monies for Zoe's Place Baby Hospice.

The majority of the people were not mountain walkers and most had never been on a mountain! so arriving at Pen y Pass to zero visability because of the clag must have been daunting to say the least, this was going to be a big challenge for some.


Route chosen was up the Pyg Track and down the Llanberis Path, the weather eventually cleared as we left the summit giving everyone time to enjoy the stunning views on offer.

To everyones credit and with bags of determination and effort everyone managed to get to the summit, the completion times bottom to top ranged from 6-11hours !!!


Well done Tyler, Sharon, Ceris & Steve

 

 

Bit of variety on the mountains

Posted on 30 May, 2019 at 13:45 Comments comments (0)

Working for Glyn Peris B&B this week, Tuesday taking Katherine & Olivia over to Mynydd Sygun, Cwm Bychan and the Aberglaslyn Pass while partner Christopher and Teo (7years old) were guided up Snowdon by Mountain Leader Ann. Katherine & Olivia had previously done the Snowdon climb and fancied something different.

All had a fantastic day out.


Thursday I was back on Snowdon with Charles & Wendy, we were taking the quieter Ranger Path up but the weather forecast was not the best with heavy cloud, wind and rain promised all day!

We did have the cloud and it was windy but the rains never came, and the cloud did lift on occasion for us to get some good views.

Once again Charles & Wendy were mountain novices and not sure whether they could do it, but with a steady uphill pace and of course lots of talking from me we summited in well under three hours and then into the cafe for hot drinks.


Another top effort, well done guys!


Didnt have a photo of Charles & Wendy so thought I would share these taken the other day with you, crazy things people do on this mountain!!! 

Katherine & Olivia are below


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Exciting times on the ridge!

Posted on 30 May, 2019 at 13:25 Comments comments (0)

Out with me over the Bank Holiday were an Internationaly flavoured group experiencing their first Snowdonia Mountain (had to be the highest!).

The weather was kind to us, but originating from Cyprus and Mexico the group thought it was a bit on the chilly side.


Taking the Rhyd Ddu path meant we had to cross Blwch Main which I think is great, being novice mountain walkers the group however were not so convinced. Luckily on the way up the clag was down and they couldnt see the drops!


After light refreshments in the Cafe we headed down, and with the clag now lifting the ridge in all its glory was in full view, with some encouragement we all managed to cross happily and even had time to take a few photos.


All in all a great day out with good company on a fantastic mountain, top effort Tunay, Olivia, Selin & Yusaf !

 


    

Bank Holiday Parking

Posted on 23 May, 2019 at 7:35 Comments comments (1)

Anoether Bank Holiday, if you are planning to use the Pyg Track or Miners Path starting at Pen y Pass, you will have to park elsewhere unless you get there before 04.00, yes 4am.

There is only 85 places and most of them will be occupied by people either sleeping in their vehicles or out on the mountain during the night!


Try the quieter paths you will have a much better day out.



End of a busy week

Posted on 19 May, 2019 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Wow that was a week packed with a variety of walks and weather and next week is a week off !


The week started leading a small group around Tanygrisau the woods and over to Blaenau Ffestiniog, then it was two days on the Glyderau taking in some of the Welsh 3000's.

Friday, and I was fortunate to grab a last place on the rocks & rituals walk led by the very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Ken Brassil (former education officer at St Fagans). This was based in the area of Bwlch y Ddeufaen which, has a rich history, on view and hidden, dating back may thousands of years.

 

Bernard Owen had the unenviable task of trying to ensure Ken kept to some sort of timetable as the information and stories kept coming from a never emptying pot of knowledge and passion.

Saturday along with Colin Boyd I led a group from the Trefriw Walking Festival on the Eigiau Horseshoe, a serious 8 hour outing on the high Carneddau.

Sunday, and I am relaxing in the office catching up on office work and waiting for the next advenure to begin!


 

Some photos from the week.


Sunrise Walk on Snowdon

Posted on 12 May, 2019 at 13:25 Comments comments (0)

Working for Climb Snowdon Raw Adventures supporting the hardy walkers raising funds for St Davids Hospice on their Snowdon Sunrise challenge.


All made it to the top, some slower than others, some grumbled more than others but, they all got there and it was bloomin cold, my peanut butter and chocolate spread wrap froze! 



Great weather, great views, great Queues!

Posted on 7 May, 2019 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)

That was an interesting weekend on Snowdon, a dump of snow on the Friday night could have caused a few problems but thankfully we managed to avoid it and I had a great day working for Glyn Peris B&B who sent me four guests for a guided day out on our lovely mountain.

It was bitterly cold but clear which meant lots of opportunities for great photos!


Sunday I was on Warden duty but the weather was not so nice this time, very cold and sleeting at the summit and, and, we picked up seven bags of rubbish just off the one path, whats going on guys, take it home with you!!!!!!

Rant over, some photos from the weekend below:


 

It was cold up there!

Posted on 30 April, 2019 at 0:55 Comments comments (0)

Well, our sunrise walk up Snowdon turned into a walk into the clouds with snow & ice on the ground thanks to the very changeable weather conditions that we are now enjoying!

Working for Large outdoors alonside Mountain Leader Chris, who I have worked with before, we did our best to get the 16 brave souls up to the summit but were stopped short due to the Snow and very unpleasant weather overall. 


A week off for me now until the weekend, time for some me time, yippee.


I have put on a couple of extra "Open group walks" at a cost of £40pp, book early if you want to come along and have a great day on our big hill!


Storm Hannah is here!

Posted on 27 April, 2019 at 3:15 Comments comments (0)

As storm Hannah does her worst outside, I am relaxing today as I am working on a Sunrise walk tomorrow morning (3am start) when hopefully Miss Hannah will have faded away!!


There are three open group walks advertised on the calendar which are a great way to have a guided tour of our lovely mountain (other mountains are available !) these are at a cost of just £40 per person. early booking essential.


Be safe out there today! 



Forest Fires Now!

Posted on 27 April, 2019 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

For the past few days I have been in the North of the Park and had some great walks and weather, then the forest fires started and introduced a new dynamic to the week!

Mountains and areas on the weeks menu included Cnicht, Hebog, Moel yr Ogof, Lefn, Gwydr Forest, and finally Snowdon.


It was a bit scary watching the fires heading towards the hotel and then wondering if there would be any forest left to walk through the next day, as it happened the rains came and thank goodness they did! 


Phtos include two fossils on the summit of Snowdon: Ordovician, Brachiopods.




Last of the snow hopefully!

Posted on 16 April, 2019 at 11:45 Comments comments (0)

Last weekend I was fortunate to be working both days on Snowdon, saturday I was working for Jamie Elston "Mountain Walks" alongside two other Mountain Leaders looking after a group of 24.

That was a cold and windy day, but Sunday was to prove even more of a challenge for Matthew And Dave!


With winds howling at 50mph plus we mamanged to get to the summit in a very quick time of just over two and a half hours, that was with two steps forward and one step back due to the strong wind.

The summit was not a place to linger with temperatures feeling like minus 10 with wind chill so lunch was taken in the cutting which was reasonably sheltered.

We were back at the start sharpish (5hrs) which was testament to the fitmess of the boys (I did try to slow them down!) fantastic effort and well done you two.



Three day high adventure for Dilys and Jenny

Posted on 14 April, 2019 at 15:20 Comments comments (0)

Joining me for the third year running was 79 years young Dilys accompanied by her daughter Jenny who had travelled from New Zealand to sample the mountains of Snowdonia.

 

Dilys has walked, scrambled and climbed all over the world so I knew there would be no mamby pamby walks for her during our three day adventure!

 

First up was an 8 hour plus Nantlle Ridge circular dropping off into Cwm Pennant and the non existing pathways.

 

Second day was a long traverse over the Hebog Ridge taking in Hebog (special interest taken of the geology here), Moel yr Ogof and Lefn, with a gnarly path though Beddgelert forest back to the start.

 

The last day was an interesting walk on the Glyderau, starting from Ogwen taking the lovely Llymllyd Ridge up to the back of Foel Goch and then onto Carnedd y Filiast to look at the wavy rocks and Atlantic slabs.

We returned to Ogwen by the Western Edge contouring path under the Mushroom Gardens ( still can't see why they call it that!

 


A great three day adventure on some of our most iconic Snowdonia Landscapes, well done Dilys and Jenny.


 

Great weekend for walking

Posted on 8 April, 2019 at 10:30 Comments comments (0)

After that huge dump of snow on Thursday things were looking dodgy for the weekend, but it had nearly all gone by the Saturday, amazing!

I had a late booking and was delighted to guide David and Marvin over Cwm Bychan on the Saturday and Snowdon, Watkin-South Ridge on the Sunday, a very pleasant weekeknd with two very nice people.


Judging by the work coming in, this summer is going to be very busy here in Snowdonia - Book early if you wish to come out with the Snowdonia Walker!

Waiting for photos of the weekends walking so here is a map of Snowdonia, who knows why there is a hole in the middle?





Horizontal snow on the Rhynogydd

Posted on 5 April, 2019 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

I am back now after some very interesting days on the hill, Sunshine and showers around the Mawddach on Wednesday and horizontal snow in 40mph winds on the Rhynogydd on Thursday.

I am cancelling Snowdon this weekend as it has five feet of snow at the summit again!




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