Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Patagonia Film

Here is the film that I have put together of our trip to Patagonia this month - I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Lake District

I have been up in the Lake District for the weekend with my good friend Terry. We primarily visited for the Kendal Mountain Film Festival and having been inspired by some of the best adventure films in the UK at the moment we then enjoyed a snowy walk over the Langdale Pikes on Sunday morning. Its not often I get to the Lakes - I should go more often!

Patagonia - Thank You

Dear Rob,

Patagonia 2015 - Billed as ‘The Expedition of a Lifetime’; well, you undersold it big style!

It was much more than that; in fact there are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to adequately describe just how fantastic our excursion to South America really was.

Twelve intrepid trekkers (well sort of);  comparative strangers at the outset, characters throughout and new friends at the end. Led by you and Huw along with local guides, Louise, in Argentina and Christian, in Chile through some of the most sensational scenery - the spires of Fitz Roy and the Torre Del Paine National Park; and natural phenomena - the Moreno and Grey Glaciers and the icebergs on Grey Lake, on the planet....to mention a few!

Together with wonderful weather from the Gods, fun by the minute, memories to treasure and organisation personified; it simply couldn’t have been any better.

Can’t thank you enough for making it all possible and great to have shared the adventure with you, ‘Matron’, Sam, Rachel, Charlie, Smally, Steve, Paul, John, Roddy and Huw.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Patagonia Book

I have put together a book of my favourite landscape photographs from our trip to Patagonia which you can view and buy here:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our New Film - Live, Work & Breathe

Snowdonia National Park - Live - Work - Breathe from Rob Johnson - Filmuphigh on Vimeo.

This is the latest film I have made through my filming business, Filmuphigh.com. It was made to be shown in the Ogwen Valley visitor centre. It needed to work with our without an audio track and be something that people could pick up and put down without watching the whole story.
It celebrates the beauty, freedom and breathing space of the Snowdonia National Park and in particular the Ogwen Valley from the perspective of those who live, work and breathe in these beautiful mountains. National Parks were originally envisaged as a place to breathe in the UK and we wanted to capture that in this film.
Music: Step Outside by Ki:Theory
Reproduced under license

I hope you enjoy it! 

Monday, November 16, 2015


I have spent an amazing two weeks in Patagonia running our first expedition to this awe-inspiring place. Patagonia has long been on my bucket list of places to visit and it did not disappoint! I might even go so far as to say that its the most amazing place I have ever been.

Huw and I were joined by Rachel, Janet, Sam, Simon, Charlie, Steve, Roddy, Bob, Paul and John for the trip which started in Argentina with a trek around the base of Fitz Roy. We had incredible weather with blue skies, sunshine and very little of the legendary Patagonian winds. The food was amazing, consisting mainly of steak and Malbec, even whilst camping!

For the second week we moved across the border to Chile and visited the Torres del Paine National Park. Our 6 day trek was a bigger version of the world famous W Circuit, with an additional day visiting the Bader Valley with a wild camp at the climbers campground in some magnificent surroundings. Again we had incredible weather - only needing waterproofs for 4 hours on the entire trek and with little in the way of wind.

I will be putting together a film of the trip and will post it here once I have finished it. In the meantime here are some photos to whet your appetite. (I took over 4000 photos - that's how good it was!)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Off to Patagonia

Huw and I are heading off to Patagonia now, running our newest expedition to this amazing looking land! I will be out of contact until the 16th November so apologise for any inevitable delays in responding to emails. My wife will still be contactable on 01248 209576 or expeditionguidekate@gmail.com

Private Guiding

We have been joined by regular client Julia for 3 days of climbing and scrambling this week, here in Snowdonia. She has managed to squeeze in a trip to see us between mountaineering jet setting trips around the globe, probably just to make us jealous of all the amazing places she has been recently :-)

Mountain Skills Course

October is a great month for learning navigation and this week kicked off with our Mountain Navigation course here in Snowdonia, learning the essential skills of navigation and movement through the mountains.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mountain Leader Re-Assessment

I have been out with Lilly today who was being re-assessed for one day to complete her Mountain Leader qualification. She had done her original assessment with me earlier in the year and for the re-assessment I hooked her up with 5 volunteer clients and she gave them a great day out up Tryfan. It was beautiful with the autumn colours and swirling clouds - thanks very much to the kind volunteers - Hannah, Ben, Mark, Neil and Matt who gave up their day to be lead around the hills.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

MRT Training in the Pass

I have been out with LLMRT this morning, doing some First Aid and rescue training in the Llanberis Pass - it wasn't quite as dry as promised but it didn't stop us enjoying ourselves.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cneifion Arete

I have ben out with repeat clients Chris and Ian today. They have joined us for a two day advanced scrambling course and headed up the East Face of Tryfan with Huw yesterday. It was a tad moist today but the weather didn't dampen our spirits as we climbed north West Face Route (II) and the Cneifion Arete (III) - it was great to be out!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Intro to Scrambling

We were joined by Tom, Ben and Jamie on Monday and Tuesday of this week for an intro to scrambling course here in Snowdonia. The boys timed it well with some great weather in the mountains and ticked off the classic Bochclwyd horseshoe and the Snowdon horseshoe as well as covering some rope skills and movement skills along the way. What a great time of year the autumn is!