Friday, August 28, 2015

One Step in the Clouds

I have bene out with Charlie & Dan again today and having scoured the weather reports the obvious choice was Tremdaog - its didn't disappoint and we enjoyed wall to wall sunshine all day! The boys were climbing well and we used Oberon (S) to look at climbing in parallel and abseil retreats and  One Step in the Clouds (VS 4c) to look at multi-pitch climbing in series. A great day out, thanks boys.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Climbing & Surfing

We have had some nice sunshine on the coast the last couple of days and so I have been enjoying some climbing and surfing. Today I have been out with Charlie & Dan who are on my mentor scheme. We were looking at teaching lead climbing and at the same time developing the boys coaching and climbing. Each of them had lead a VS route in the past but managed to climb two each today so a great effort. The surf has been messy because of the wind for those that are interested in such things :-)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Swiss 3000m Week

I have been in Switzerland all week this week running our Swiss 3000m week. I met up with Alan, Tricia, Liz, Simon, Alan and Ronnie on Monday morning in Zermatt and we enjoyed some beautiful alpine sunshine as we trekked up towards Fluhalp. After a lunch at the hut we climbed Pfulroe (3314m) which gave some stunning views towards the Monta Rosa, Dofourspitz and Rimpfischhorn. There had been some overnight snow and so we enjoyed some alpine looking photo posing on the summit, although in reality it was soft and didn't hinder our progress.

After a night in the Fluhalp we headed down to Zermatt and then trekked unto the Hotel Thrift which is run by Hugo, a character of a guardian who manages the difficult task of being friendly, fun, efficient and a little scary all at the same time. We had some dreich weather and so didn't get to listen to him playing his alpine horn this year but we still enjoyed his apple tart.

The following morning saw a lot of fresh snow and it was still precipitating heavily and so summit plans were abandoned and we headed down to Zermatt. I had booked us into the newly refurbished Hornli Hutte on the Matterhorn but the fresh snow and a few headaches in the group meant a change of plan and so we headed round to St Luc and walked upto the Cabane Bella Tolla. The hot showers were a definite hit.

An early start saw us climb Bella Tolla (3025m) and again we had some snow underfoot but once again not enough to hinder progress without winter kit. These last two days gave us stunning weather and the views were amazing, especially having been in some pretty poor conditions the day before. A long descent back to the valley and then a 4 hour walk back up the other side saw us arrive at the Cabane Becs de Bosson for our last night together. This is more of a high mountain hut in style and situation and another early start saw us bag the summit of Becs de Bosson (3148m) on the Friday morning. This summit is gained via a nice grade 1 ridge scramble and provides an airy climax to the week.

It was great to get back into the mountains after an enforced layoff for 4 weeks due to injury - thanks folks!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Highlands & Islands

I have been away for the last couple of weeks with the family, enjoying a bit of a road trip of the Scottish Highlands & Islands. Its been lovely to chill out and enjoy the beautiful scenery together, whatever the weather threw at us! I'm off to Switzerland tonight for our Swiss 3000 week so will post pictures next week.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wet & Windy on Y Garn

Huw has had a fine welcome back to Wales with strong wind and rain. It's all good training weather though for Tom, Sara, Andrew, Adam and Clare who are here for a 2 day Mountain Navigation and Skills Course. Working alongside Rachel he took the team on a circuit from Ogwen Cottage through Cwm Idwal and up and around Y Garn. There wasn't a lot to see up there but it made for some realistic map reading.

Friday, July 31, 2015

What to Pack when Wild Camping

I have recently put together a series of skills videos with online retailer, Simply Hike. In this video we look at the sort of kit to carry when wild camping.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wild Camping Filming

I have been out with Simply Hike again today for the second day of presenting some short skills films for their website. On the agenda today was wild camping, amongst others!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Skills Video Presenting

I have been out with online retailer Simply Hike today doing some filming here in Snowdonia. They have booked me for two days to present a series of very short films for social media, covering a wide range of hill walking, scrambling and wild camping skills and tips. I won't say where we have been and what we have been doing as I don't want to spoil the films!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sunshine & Warm Rock on Milestone

It has been a stunning day here in Snowdonia and Louisa, Chris and I headed to Milestone Buttress where they lead Direct Route for themselves, followed by the first pitches of Rowan Route and Pulpit Route - managing the abseils off for themselves too. Some great climbing in great weather!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

I have been joined by Louisa and Chris this week for a 5 day learn to lead climbing course. It started off a little moist yesterday and so we had a very rare day in the climbing wall and this morning were itching to get outside. It was spitting with rain as we abseiled into Castell Helen at Gogarth but it soon brightened up and we had a fantastic day in some beautiful settings!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thank Yous

Hi Rob,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the scrambling course.
Would you pass on a big thanks to Sam whose guiding and instruction skills were excellent.
Good company, brilliant tuition, stunning scenery, blue skies, sunshine and dry rock.... the best Snowdonia had to offer... What more could you ask for?
Hope to catch up very soon.
All the best Martin.

Advanced Scrambling 9-10 July 2015.

Hi Rob, thanks again to you, Huw and Jez for a fantastic week; really appreciate the time and effort all you guys put into my training course.
Thanks again and look forward to seeing you soon
SiD ML Training - July 2015