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
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
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:
We also have a few remaining midweek dates for private instruction, contact
us for details
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
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
3rd May 2001
|At last some good news for walkers! Although the re-opening of
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
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
(*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!
Foot and Mouth Links
12th March 2001
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
Foot and Mouth Outbreak
In order to keep you up to date with any changes in the situation we have
collected a number of relevant
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
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
6th February 2001
Our remaining winter courses are now full so we have added an extra date
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)