27th December 2001 

Well it was a white Christmas after all. The guests have just left, staggering, whether because of the vast quantities of food consumed or 4 days of wading through snow I'm not sure. Anyway a good time was had by all.
So now its time to mail out next years brochure which arrived from the printers just before Christmas.
Following the various events of 2001 we have decided for the coming year to drop our trekking holidays and concentrate on our short courses and breaks. 
Winter courses are filling up fast so book your remaining places now. It looks set to be a good winter so far.

23rd October 2001

Looking back on Crib Goch after a successful traverse After completing our last round of the Welsh 3000's of the year our season is drawing to a close with one navigation course remaining next weekend.

We hope to get next years summer dates and prices online in the next few weeks and the summer brochure printed and mailed out by New Year.

We re-open with our Christmas break on 22nd December which still has some spaces, and our winter weekends start on the 10th January.

23rd August 2001

We're just back from our own holiday, cycling home across Wales after a visit to the Millennium stadium for the Charity Shield. So batteries are recharged and ready for the next busy spell. With the bunching of courses due to the Foot and Mouth we now have very few spaces on our remaining courses and holidays. So here is what is left:

Navigation 24-27 August
26-29 October 3
Welsh 3000's 31August- 3Sept 2
28 Sept-Oct1 3
Mountain Walking 14-17 Sept 2
The Essence of Wales 8-15 Sept 4
TransSnowdonia 22-29 Sept 2

We also have a few remaining midweek dates for private instruction, contact us for details 

9th July 2001

It's been a busy time for us since the re-opening of the National Park, clearing the backlog of all the courses postponed due to the Foot and Mouth.

We've just finished our first Welsh 3000's weekend of the year. Well done to Chris, Beccy, Nicky, Debbie, Mike and David who completed the challenge in fine style.

We still have a couple of spaces on our next Welsh 3000 weekend on 20th July so if you feel like taking up the challenge of three days spectacular walking over the roof of Wales..


25th May 2001
Snowdonia National Park Open

Gwynedd and Conwy Councils have lifted their restrictions as from Friday 25th May. Hooray!!
Signs will be removed during the next week and replaced with a green re-opened sign.

3rd May 2001
Snowdon Re-opens

At last some good news for walkers! Although the re-opening of Snowdon is Snowdon and Llyn Llydaw from the Miners Track somewhat limited (see Access Report for details) it is a move in the right direction and hopefully the precursor to further relaxation of restrictions. As a result we are running our Bank Holiday long weekend starting 4th May.  There are plenty of places so give us a ring if you're dying to be in the hills again after so long away.

We were hoping to report the opening of Cwm Idwal, but negotiations between the many bodies involved (Countryside Council for Wales, National Trust,  tenant farmers, Conwy Council and Gwynedd Council) mean things are not moving quite as fast as we hoped.

  Perhaps we'll have good news with regard to this which would give access to open land and would enable us to run scrambling courses again - watch this page!


6th April 2001 
Rescheduling of courses during April and May

With the present limited access situation  we are unable to run the Welsh 3000’s, Mountain Treks or Scrambling courses. The only activities that we feel we could offer at anything approaching the quality we like to deliver are climbing and lowland navigation.  So our course dates now look as follows for April and May: - 

Easter  April 12-16 – 4 day/4 night climbing  £460  (*Beginners or improvers – limited number of crags open mean it’s best to ring  to see if they’re suitable for your needs) 

April 20-23, April 28-30) - 3 day night climbing £345 (see note *above)  May  4-7 - Bank Holiday walking – no mountains available as yet just beach, forest and historical site walks 

May 10-13 – Navigation – mainly in forests (though we’ll be covering the full range of navigation techniques)  May 18-21- 3 day night climbing £345 (see note * above) 

May 25-28 (Bank Holiday) 3 day night climbing £345 (see note *above) Also Bank Holiday walking £230 – no mountains available as yet just beach forest and historical site walks 

Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible!

Access Report
Foot and Mouth Links


12th March 2001
Foot and Mouth Outbreak

As you are no doubt aware access to the mountains of Snowdonia - indeed virtually everywhere off a road apart from  beaches is  currently prohibited to help stop the spread of the Foot and Mouth virus.  The duration on this ban is unknown. Whilst supporting and sympathising with the farming industry we feel that a partial relaxation of the current restrictions, where appropriate (such as those used to support the Scottish skiing industry), would help to alleviate the severe problems of local businesses and enable the ordinary walker and climber to resume their activities - albeit in a curtailed manner. We are currently  working to this end.

In order to keep you up to date with any changes in the situation we have collected a number of relevant links.

Holidays and Courses 

We have cancelled courses from 2nd March up until Easter and have written to those involved in order to reschedule dates for later in the year. We would like to thank our clients for the patience and understanding they have shown in this current crisis.  



28th February 2001

Crampon front pointing practise

Conditions on the mountains are now some of the best of the winter.-- an especially unfortunate time for the Foot and Mouth outbreak.  Because of this the coming weekend course has been suspended and we are reviewing the situation daily. 


6th February 2001

Our remaining winter courses are now full so we have added an extra date
 8-11 March. 

13th January 2001

The winter season is off to a stunning start what with a big fall of snow over New Year and now the current cold clear weather its a great time to be out on the hills!
We still have a few spaces left on our winter weekends so book now to avoid disappointment. 



15th December 2000

At last! We've been able to escape from the office, the 2001 dates and prices are set and the brochures are away at the printers. Noah only had to put up with 40 days of rain we've had over 90! So when this morning dawned clear, the mountains beckoned and a wintry traverse of Crib Goch stretched our unaccustomed limbs.

A good reminder to get fit for the winter weekends starting January 11th and not to eat too many mince pies.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our clients past present and future from Ian and Mandy.


2nd September 2000

The finish of the August bank holiday sees the end of our summer season and a chance to catch up in the office and update the web site. With the coming of autumn our thoughts turn to the winter ahead so we have published our new winter dates.
David leaves us tomorrow, after working the season with us, we wish him well on his next stint in Antarctica. The Kids go back to school as well, so it should seem peaceful next week.
We still have some places remaining on our Autumn Breaks, drop us a line if you fancy an escape to the mountains.


6th May 2000

The trekking season is upon us and we have just Mountains High trek in glorious weather . A successful week with ascents of all the main peaks of the area. The weather looks set to continue for the next week Yippee!

We still have spaces on our Mountains High 17th-24th June but the remaining summer treks are starting to fill fast so book your place now!

19th April 2000

A busy Easter looming and we have the, now usual, late fall of snow covering the tops. Our Welsh 3000's weekend just gone was completed for the first time last weekend in winter conditions. Fortunately we had a very fit group in so the deep snow didn't slow them down.

Time in front of a computer screen has been limited this last month so there haven't been as many web site additions recently. I hope to add some new pictures soon but here is one of Marchlyn Bach, the lake behind our house, to be going on with.

25th February 2000

We are now almost through our winter programme only 2 more Winter Weekends left.

The winter has been another mild one but we have managed to find enough snow to practice techniques on all the weekends. Even enough to complete grade 1 gullies on three of the weekends.

We have just invested in a digital camera so we hope to be able to add more current photos to the site. This one of a Brocken Spectre, from above the Carnedd y Filiast slabs, was taken last weekend.

I have just added Spot the Peak which will hopefully keep some of you amused. I am also working on a virtual tour of Tal y Waen which should be ready soon.

12th January 2000

Hope you had a good Christmas and the new century has started well for you.
Our new millennium started high! On the top of Snowdon, we arrived with moments to spare to first foot across the trig point and enjoy the fireworks whizzing past our ears! Fortunately the heavy rain eased as we reached half way house and we even had brief glimpses of the lights below as we descended.
Our site housekeeping is now in order and we have all this years holiday offerings ready for your perusal.
Winter weekend courses start next week. We have had reasonable amounts of snow up to now but it is disappearing rapidly in the current thaw. (Snow Report)

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