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
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
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
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