Tuesday, December 12, 2006

We're all back from Sunny Spain

This weekend was spent on the Costa Blanca with 2 clients Simon & Claire.
We arrived Friday lunchtime and went straight to Sella to ease ourselves into the climbing. It was a Spanish bank holiday so the crag was busy and the weather was not unlike one of our bank holidays, a little overcast.
Having checked into our accommodation the forecast for the weekend did not look great. Saturday looked fine but Sunday and Monday were forecast to be wet and windy. Our aim was to climb Puig Campagna via Espolen Central. A 13 pitch HS mountain route to 1700m ish.
We decided on an early start for Saturday and 7:30am saw us at the foot of the route as the sun started to rise, see photo above. We moved quickly and had all 13 pitches under our belt by 12:00pm and had lunch on the top. The descent was not rushed and we were back in Finestrat for 3:30pm having had an awesome day.
Sunday dawned bright and clear and so we headed to Calpe to enjoy multipitch sport routes a about grade 5 by the Mediterranean. The sun shone all day and Claire even indulged in a bit of sun-bathing. Monday morning was spent back at Sella before catching aflight home just as rain clouds beckoned.
Time to start thinking about Christmas now!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Off to Spain for the weekend

I am taking a couple of clients to Spain for a long weekend so will be unavailable until Tuesday morning. I will still be checking emails so feel free to mail me.

Have a good weekend!


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Do you want to climb Kilimanjaro?

I have spent the last couple of days putting together a trip to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African continent and hence on of the 7 summits.

The trip will be done over 2 weeks to allow an acclimatisation climb of Mt Meru and will take place in January 2008 so you have plenty of time to save up/raise money etc.

This is an ideal first trip to a high altitude summit and a great tick!

More info at http://www.expeditionguide.com/Kilimanjaro.htm

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

This weekend

I have spent this weekend in Snowdonia with my oldest son, Josh. We drove up Saturday morning and after a full breakfast at the Pinnacle Cafe in Capel Curig we drove down the Ogwen valley and parked at Idwal Cottage.
It was raining gently as we headed up to Llyn Idwal and I gave Josh a geography lesson as we followed in the foot steps of Charles Darwin. It turned out that he knew more than me having just done it all at school that week!
We headed up into the nameless cwm and up Seniors Ridge to the summit of Glyder Fawr, having lunch in the group shelter along the way. The winds were gusting 50mph on the summit and the windchill must have been about -15c. Josh had a lot of layers on!
We headed down the Devils Kitchen and finished the day with fish and chips. Its not often you can get a 12 year old to enthuse about anything but Josh had a good day, and enthused about the breakfast and the fish & chips.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A dusting of snow in Snowdonia

I have been working in Snowdonia over the weekend and the mountains looked beautiful with a light dusting of snow. I ran an advanced scrambling course and we did the East ridge of Y Garn on Saturday and then the Cneiffon Arete on Sunday. It was pretty windy and hail was falling at times but nevertheless we had a lot of fun. Have a look at the photos at http://www.expeditionguide.com/scrambling.htm


Monday, November 13, 2006

Back Home now

I am back home for a few days now. I spent the last 3 days of last week at Plas Y Brenin updating my First Aid certificate and then had a couple of days climbing. Over the weekend I was very pleased to be a guest at Twid and Louise Turners wedding, a great bash and many congratulations to the happy couple.

I have also been voted in as secretary of AMI which is very exciting and I am looking forward to getting stuck in to that.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Off to Wales

I'm heading up to North Wales tonight. I will be back in the office on Monday 19th Nov. The phone will be off during the day but if you leave me a message I will get back to you in the evening. Rob

Monday, October 30, 2006

Weekend rock climbing

This weekend was spent with two clients rock climbing in Snowdonia. We are off to the Costa Blanca for a long weekend in December so spent the weekend preparing for that. Our goal is to climb Espolen Central on Puig Campagna, a beautiful 13 pitch hard severe, and so we have been multi pitch climbing all weekend in preparation. The weekend went well so all we need is some good weather in December - fingers crossed.

I am home for a few days now, trying to organise my climbing trip to Lofoten in June of next year. Thanks to Chris Craggs for the travel advice!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Picos Photos now online

The photos of my rock climbing trip to the Picos are now on my gallery page at http://www.expeditionguide.com/Picos%20Gallery.htm


Back from the Picos

I've just got back from a great rock climbing trip in the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. I had 10 days out there with a friend in weather ranging from 28c sunshine to topping out in a snow storm. We got some fantastic alpine rock climbs done including El Jiso, 22 pitches at TD and an offorad adventure in our Seat hire car and Cepeda on Naranjo de Bulnes, another TD that finished on the summit of Spains most famous mountain.

The photos will be on the gallery pages in the next couple of days.