Monday, April 27, 2015

Five Day Climbing Course

I have been joined for the week by Lee and Mark for our 5 day learn to lead climbing course. We spent the day in the sunshine at Holyhead Mountain on Anglesey and as I type its actually snowing outside! There was a fresh dusting on the mountains all day too. April showers with a twist!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lovely day for rigging

Its been another stunning day in Snowdonia today. There was a dusting of fresh snow overnight but it hit 16c in Llanberis this afternoon so it didn't last long. I spent the day with the rescue team training for crag rescues in the Pass.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cneifion Arete

Today was the last day of our classic scrambles course and again we split into a couple of teams to make the most of the last of the sunshine before the weather turns for the weekend and to allow for a few sore knees in the team!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jammed Boulder Gully & Clogwyn Y Person Arete

Huw and I teamed up today and took Mike, Mark, Dan and Ronnie out into the sunshine for a team ascent of some grade 3 scrambling ground. We kicked off with Jammed Boulder Gully to the side of Dinas Mot, this route is graded 3+ and has a certain amount of notoriety. It was thankfully mainly dry and the boys did a great job of styling up the wet slab and grunting through the chimney squeeze to make our way up into Cwm Glas. We then enjoyed the Clogwyn Y Person Arete (3) onto Crib y Ddysgyl (1) before descending the North Ridge of Cwm Glas (1). A cracking day in more stunning weather.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

North Ridge of Tryfan

Today I headed out with Shamaila and Sam whilst Huw took the boys onto some grade 2 and 3 scrambling ground on day 3 of our classic scrambles week. We headed up the North Ridge of Tryfan and enjoyed warm rock and blue skies once more. It really is the best job in the world! It will be a shock though when the weather changes at the weekend.

Thank You

Hi Rob,

I wanted to write and say thank you from Paul and I for a great weeks course - we both really enjoyed ourselves and felt we learnt a lot and built our confidence in the mountains significantly, which is what we were looking for.

Please pass on our thanks to Huw and Rob, and thank Rob for getting me down off Moel Siabod when I twisted my ankle! He's a legend, and will make a great guide himself.

Best, Roisin (and Paul) Mountaincraft - April 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Evening Climbing

I hooked up with Bryn this evening to make the most of the sunshine with some evening cragging, we found a route he had climbed as a boy in what was his home village and is now mine :-)

Crib Goch in the sunshine

It has been another stunning day here in Snowdonia and to make the most of it we headed along Crib Goch on the second day of our classic scrambles course. It was beautifully quiet and there was not a breath of wind or cloud in the sky - how could it get better than that!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Scrambling on the Gribin Ridge

This week I have a classic scrambles week running here in Snowdonia and have been out with Shamaila, Sam, Mark, Dan and Mike today in the beautiful sunshine. We headed up the Gribin Ridge and down Seniors Ridge to give a stunning day out. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thank You - Mountaincraft Course

Hi Rob,

I just wanted to say thank you for a great week, I certainly got everything out of it that I wanted to. I thought both yours and Huw's instruction was fantastic; very professional, but at the same time it felt like we were out in the hills with a couple of mates!


Gareth - Mountaincraft - April 2015

Hi Rob,

Thank you to you, Huw and Rob for making our Mountain Craft course such an enjoyable and memorable week. I am looking forward to trying out all the new skills you taught us.

I am also looking forward to meeting you and Steve again in the summer on your Iceland Trek.

Very best wishes,


Friday, April 17, 2015

Crib Goch in the sunshine

I have been out with Sharon today for a day of private guiding on Crib Goch, whilst Huw took the mountain craft course on their expedition to the Moelwyns. It has been a beautiful day and with very little wind, stunning views and a quiet car park at Pen Y Pass it was a perfect day for Sharon to tick of this classic route - lovely!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


It has been pretty windy here in Snowdonia today but that has meant that the poor weather has cleared through quicker than expected and we have enjoyed some lovely sunshine. I took the mountain craft team scrambling and we headed into Cwm Idwal focusing on coaching movement skills and risk assessment in ascent and descent, a lovely day.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Moel Siabod & Tour of the Rescue Base

For the second day of our mountain craft course we headed up Moel Siabod which gave some excellent, testing navigation in thick cloud. This allowed us to practise all of the skills we put in place yesterday and learn some new ones. This evening we then headed to LLMRT base where we looked at how Mountain Rescue operates in the UK and covered emergency procedures in the mountains.