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21st October 2016

Well our final weekend of the autumn season is upon us! What a hectic year its been we've had the cottage extended so we finally have a bedroom of our own away from the kids! I've been rushing to finish off the kitchen and bathroom as well as updating the web site before I leave on my trip to Nepal.

The winter weekend dates and brochure are now available. Mandy and I are currently working on some new treks for 2000 - one will be a tough mountain trek and will include all the Welsh 3,000ft peaks and the other will be a holiday mixing 3-4 hours gentle walking a day with 3-4 hours historic site visiting. This will make use of Mandy's new found knowledge as she's doing a course leading to a Blue Badge Tourist Guide qualification this winter. Full details will be finalised when I come back from Nepal in early December.

STOP PRESS Our previously full Millennium break has had a cancellation and we've a vacancy for another man . So if your interested in seeing in the New Year on the summit of Snowdon then contact us.

22nd July 2016

Summer arrives and time for updating web sites is at a minimum! Our family holiday canoeing down the Dordogne went well despite the wet weather and Mandy's aversion to fast flowing water. I returned to immediately set off again to Scotland for the Big One's so a fair few miles were covered that week. Well done to Sylvie, Derek, Kate, Jeff, Mike and Ron for completing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in the Weekend.
David returned from a successful trip to Bolivia completing 6 peaks in a month, and now Emma and Sid have departed on their canoe extravaganza in Canada.
Colin Bennetts kindly emailed some digital photos he took on the last navigation course so I've added them to the photo gallery

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30th May 2016


We've just come to the end of a very busy spell with our first two treks of the season and a number of long weekend breaks. Things are a bit quieter now ,David has gone off to Bolivia for June, and we are taking the kids canoeing in the south of France. So Emma and Sid are left holding the fort.
All the best to the new friends  made during the last month and the old acquaintances renewed.

 

4th May 2016


Well what a superb bank holiday! 
Blue skies and hot rock were enjoyed by the participants in our two climbing courses. Ascent were made of Tryfan via North Buttress and Central route, Lighthouse arÍte at Gogarth, Y Gelenen and Pinky in the Moelwyns, Western slabs and Jubilee climb on Dinas Mot, and first leads for Nick and Granville on Clogwyn Y Tarw. 
David is now back from Antarctica, so along with Emma we now have a full compliment of staff ready for the summer, lets hope the sun keeps shining.

 

17th April 2016



We are now well into our spring season of courses and the weather has done its usual U-turn, from summer temperatures back to snow within the space of a few days. Next weekend is our first Scrambling course (We have 2 spaces remaining ) of the year so hopefully it will warm up by then. 

 

2nd March 2016 
Next weekend is our last welsh winter weekend before we move across the borders for our annual jaunt to Scotland. This weekend just gone proved to be quite eventful with the rescue of two crag fast climbers, who were without rope or crampons, out of the snow gully we had just ascended. Monday was a day of torrential rain and gales, but we managed a scramble on the east face of Tryfan, spurred on by Doc's terrible jokes.

 

8th February 2016 
The winter has been intermittent so far but at last the winter snows have arrived, and it looks like staying cold for at least the next week. The last of the old snow had just about disappeared  by the start of this weekend so Saturday was spent on a snow hunt in the mist. We managed to practice self arrest on a very short slope, followed by an ascent of easy gully in Cwm Cneifion, with the minimum of snow in it .Sunday dawned clear and cold with 2" of fresh snow so an ascent of Crib Lem was decided upon, and an excellent day was had by all, the cloud clearing during the climb to give spectacular views of the newly plastered mountains. Today more snow and the group have headed off into Cwm Glas. 
 

28th January 2016 
Our first winter weekend passed off successfully despite the wet weather. There are patches of old snow above 2500' on north facing slopes. So on day 1 we managed to practice ice axe self arrest, step cutting and snow shelter's then a battering by the element's ascending Glyder Fawr. On day 2 an ascent of a grade 1 gully on Carnedd Llewelyn and then Lockwood's chimney on the final day.

 

11th January 2016 
Well winter seems to have finally arrived. We've just had three day's of blue skies and crisp fresh snow. A weekend in the Lakes, our kids first visit, and a day in Cwm Glas and over Crib y Ddysgl today. Let's hope it continues, unlike the last couple of year's! 
Our New Year break had its moments, midnight N. Y. Eve saw us on the summit of Snowdon Cracking open the champagne. New Years day saw us bundling our broken tents away in storm force winds at Cloggy ,a night, I expect, which will live long in the memory! ! 
Ian
 
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