What's New on the High Trek Snowdonia site

15th October 2010

After 25 years of running Hightrek we have decided to change the format. We will no longer be providing catered long weekend courses but instead private instruction with optional self catering accommodation.
This has enabled us to have more time to ourselves in the mountains this year. With both of us ticking off some alpine ambitions this summer, then traversing Corsica together this autumn.
Mandy is now able to get out of the kitchen and focus attention on her other interests, whilst I can spend more time providing guiding and instruction for either groups or individuals.
My daily rate for up to 2 people is £160 per day (£20 per day per extra person). 
Our discounted self catering rate for those on courses is £25 per person per night(£20 for groups size 3-4, £15 size 4-6) see www.snowdonia-cottage.co.uk for accommodation details

Machulpuchare from Annapurna base camp22nd December 2008

We are just back from an enjoyable six weeks in India and Nepal. Taking advantage of our new found freedom as Ben and Jessica have now flown the nest. Pictures of our trip can be found here

We returned to headlines of the coldest start to winter in 30 years and snow on the hills. So hopefully things bode well for the winter season.

Sorry for any delays in communication whilst we have been away, the internet cafes have been few and far between on our travels. All next years dates and prices are now on the web site and the 2009 brochures available.

Night Nav30th October 2008

Just back from an enjoyable weekend, being 'unaccounted for' in the 'Lake District Morgue' (according to our over sensationalised media), as entrants in this year's OMM. I'm sure our recently held navigation course would commiserate after a soaking on our night nav exercise, pictured here.

Congratulations to Doug and Samantha on there recent engagement, after meeting on one a Welsh 3000's weekend. Our first High Trek couple to our knowledge.

The first snows of the winter have arrived (see Snow Report) so we are looking forward to a good winter season.

Next years summer dates have now been added. They are not set in stone so if you have a particular date in mind drop us a line.

28th August 2008

On Grand Jorasses with Mont Blanc in backgroundOur summer break is coming to an end and we are raring to go with the autumn season. We have been out enjoying the alps over the last month. Ian completed long standing ambitions of the Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses. Whilst Mandy ascended the Strahlhorn after a 3 day backpack including the Dents du Midi. pictures of our trip can be found here.

Jessica is off to Honduras next week for 6 months, teaching English, and perhaps some Welsh, in schools and orphanages. Ben returns to college for his final year. So it should be noticeably quieter around here! 

Our autumn weekends have filled quite rapidly and we have added an overflow Welsh 3000's weekend on the 19-22nd September.

Decending Y garn on a Welsh 3000's weekend26th June 2008

After a rather mild winter season Easter saw us in the Isle of Man. Partly for Mandy to relive childhood memories, but also to compete in the Manx Mountain Marathon. We were lucky enough to have dry weather for traversing the island even if rather cold and windy.
Our first Welsh 3000's coincided with some of the coldest weather of the year and ice axe and crampons were the order of the day. Thankfully since then its warmed up and we have been busy with our usual mix of breaks.

19th November 2007

Our Autumn season finished a couple of weeks ago. We took advantage of a free weekend to enter this years OMM in the Scottish Lowther hills, which was enjoyable despite gales and rain on the overnight camp.

The autumn weather has been reasonable compared to that earlier in the summer. The climbers have had some good weather and those on the  Welsh 3000's have all made successful rounds.

Ian had an enjoyable summer in the alps with a week rock climbing in the Dolomites followed by ascents of Dent Blanche, Piz Badile, Weissmise with David and Bishorn with Mandy after walking some of the walkers Haute route.

Mandy has been busy working for the tourist board as well as various guiding assignments, and is currently enjoying a New York shopping trip with Jessica. Whilst I am at home renovating the bathroom, which hopefully will be ready in time for the winter season.

Next years dates and prices are now on the site and hopefully we will be able to get the brochure printed in the following few weeks. We have just had our first snowfall of the winter, so I expect a few more winter bookings will be coming in. I will be going up to Scotland again next March for a few weeks, most dates are now booked but there are a couple of spaces still.


18th July 2007

I suppose it's a good sign if we have been too busy to update this page. We seem to have been full on for the last few months, a browse through our recent photo gallery will give you a flavour of what we have been up to. 

On a personal level Mandy and I have been extending our fell running this year,Nicole and family inspecting the new equipment store with a 3 day trip backpack around the Bob Graham circuit in the Lakes, in the Easter sunshine. A few days along the Northern Offa's Dyke in the more recent deluge. I competed in  the Welsh 1000 metre race and Mandy is entered in the upcoming Snowdon race, which is due to be televised by S4C.

It was nice to have a visit from Nicole, a trek assistant from a few years back who is enjoying her new life down under, and as you can see from the photo in our new equipment store has her hands full with a young family.

I also a summer trip away with David another old assistant to compete a long term ambition of the Cuillen traverse. I say summer but the snow and rain didn't exactly ease our progress!

Ben is settling well in Preston after his first year at university doing computer games design, and Jessica is off to Japan in a couple of weeks sandwiched between Wakestock and the Leeds festival.

We have a few weeks coming up in the Alps and then hope to return to find the weather has improved.

22nd January 2007

Carneddau 22/1/07Winter has finally arrived with a good dump of snow on the mountains and lowering temperatures forecast for the rest of the week. Our next couple of Winter Weekends are fully booked but we do still have a few places remaining for the end of February and beginning of March. So if your interested in learning how to use those ice axe and crampons you received for Christmas, or you just want to breathe in some of that fresh winter mountain air then you will find details here

Ian an Mandy on summit of Elidir Fawr, Christmas Day 2006

5th November 2006

Another season draws to a close and thoughts turn to next year with the publication of our 2007 winter brochure and upload of preliminary dates and prices for summer 2007.

Photographs from this years courses are now uploaded to a Hightrek Flickr account so that they can be easily downloaded by clients. We hope to add past years when we have a spare moment. An interactive map of Snowdon has now been added to the site which hopefully people will find entertaining.

26th September 2006 

Tal y Waen barnAfter a year of careful construction work by our friendly builders - Sturrs & Sons of Bethesda if anyone local wants good builders - our stables conversion is complete! It looks gorgeous as the masons have reused the original building stone and inside there's a floor of local slate and oak doors, windows and staircase.

If you remember running the gauntlet of dripping Gortex to get to the shower, you'll be pleased to know we've now got a purpose built drying room. There's also a splendid lecture room and a super new walk-in shower and toilet. Upstairs we've a new equipment store "A place for everything and everything in its place" - we'll see if it remains like that! There's also a huge new bedroom so we can free up some bedroom space in the house. There's loads of room for two twin beds that will zip together for a luxurious super king-size. Check out the pictures.


5th June 2006 High Trek 20th Anniversary

High Trek 20th Anniversary at Eigiau cottageWe celebrated High Trek's 20th Anniversary over this last weekend. All our old trek assistants were invited for 2 days of fun and mountain frolics.
 A party on the Friday night at Tal y Waen followed by a walk to Eigiau cottage, scene of many treks gone by. Activities from the hut included an ascent of Amphitheatre Buttress by Dave, Daniel and Janet, and a run around the Eigiau peaks by Ian, Mandy, and Pete.
Evening entertainment of course Pete and Mandy on a circuit of Eigiauincluded spoons and magic finger!

 Sunday dawned fine and dry yet again so a mass ascent of the Craig yr Ysfa pinnacle followed by a swim in the stream was organised. Emma is expecting her second so was restricted to the party on the Friday. Ursula and family also paid us a visit at the hut. Jude ,Jon and Graham unfortunately couldn't make it, and Chris we haven't been able to contact( so if your reading this drop us a line).David and Dave on Craig yr Ysfa pinnacle Dave and family are emigrating to New Zealand in August so we wish them good luck in there new venture and hope we can pay them a visit some time.

The 20 years seem to have flown by and have left us with many happy memories. Not sure we will manage a 40th anniversary, but we hope to be going strong for a good few years yet.
 Many thanks to all who have worked with us over the years and all our clients past and present.

Ian and Mandy

30th March 2006

Mountain Goats above a sea of cloudOur winter season is over, Ian has just returned from his annual trip to Scotland, thereby missing some of the best winter conditions in Wales for a number of years. Mandy is currently away enjoying a holiday in Crete with her mother. 
The snows are currently receding and thoughts are turning to spring. Our new building is nearing completion, but with all the drying out necessary and the remaining internal decor it looks like it won't be in use until the Autumn. This year is our 20th anniversary year, how time flies! So we are hoping to have a re-union of all our trek assistants in the summer. Ben and Jessica are both in their examination years, so lots of projects and coursework to complete.

Our spring and summer weekends are filling up fast. Surprisingly we still have a few places left at Easter for our mountain walking break remember we offer a 5% discount to previous customers and those they recommend.

6th October 2005

2005 will go on record as our most successful year to date and so many of you have been asking us about 2006 dates and prices that we have actually grabbed enough time in the office to put them on the website – thereby creating another record – the earliest we have ever had the whole year organised (Winter dates have been on there for a while, and are filling up)! 

Price Freeze Offer…and to reward all of you who are organised enough to book early ---for bookings for made before end November we will hold 2005 prices. 

Ian above ChamonixTo update on family news – Jessica (now 15) is at the moment travelling around Australia for over a month with the Girl Guide World Friendship train – thanks to all who bought her craft work and contributed. 
Ian enjoyed his August trip to the alps with David mainly around the Chamonix area.
Mandy is taking Ben to the 'big apple' in December as a break from his A level studies. 

Work starts on the high trek lecture room

Work has now started on the Tal y Waen outbuildings which are being converted into a lecture room drying room and equipment store which we hope to have up and running for next year 

6th July 2005Sarah and Brendan approaching Crib Goch

Another busy period for us so sorry for the lack of recent updates. The weather apart from the last couple of weeks has stayed pretty cold throughout the spring and early summer. We have had a couple of Welsh 3000's where the Monday has proved too windy to attempt Crib Goch, but otherwise the peaks were completed. Congratulations to all those involved. The climbers have had a pretty wet time of it, but have managed to stay cheerful in adversity. Ian completed the Bala Triathlon in June, and Mandy has also been getting in plenty of running and cycling.
The Autumn courses are filling up and we have added an overflow Welsh 3000's 23-26th Sept

21st February 2005

We are well into our winter season and although being another generally mild winter, apart from the current cold snap, we have had enough snow for all our courses.
Ben is well into his A level courses, whilst Jessica is saving for an autumn trip to Australia with the guides. Mandy is keeping busy as usual with her four (or is it five) jobs, and is off walking in Majorca over Easter. Ian is using his spare time to train for his first Triathlon in the summer and is looking forward to his annual climbing trip to Scotland in March.

Sean and laura learning to lead on the milestone14th October 2004

We had a successful family holiday over August in the States. Whilst the kids were on separate summer camps in San Francisco. We managed to avoid being trampled on by bears in Yosemite and Ian even managed a spot of climbing. Then we joined forces for a 8 days on horseback through the John Muir Wilderness.

Having returned rejuvenated we are now coming toward the close of our autumn season. The weather has been pretty poor, but the long range forecasters seem to be expecting a cold winter. So we are now looking forward to our winter weekends  .All next years dates and prices are now online, we have also added an extra Mountain Walking weekend November 5th-8th 2004 which still has a couple of places

9th June 2004

Gabriele, Lorna, Maxine, Peter, Anja and Nathan on the top of Snowdon after a successful round of the welsh 3000'sA very busy few months and a computer failure have meant no update for quite a while. 
A good start to the summer seasons weather has meant plenty of good rock climbing courses and a couple of successful rounds of the Welsh 3000's. Our son Ben is in the middle of his GCSEs and has his 16th tomorrow, how time flies!
Of our X trek assistants Emma has given birth to a baby girl in the past couple of weeks, and Chris popped in over the bank holiday to pay his regards.
Of the remaining weekends before our summer break we have a few places left on our Mountain walking break July 2nd and Welsh 3000's July 9th. Otherwise we are full until the Autumn.  


25th February 2004

So far so good, despite the generally mild winter we have managed to find enough snow on each of our winter courses. We have snow on the tops at the moment and the forecast is to stay cold. So if anyone is interested we still have a couple of places on our remaining winter courses 
You can keep up to date with our adventures through our winter picture diary

10th January 2004  

Fresh snow on Pen Llithrig WrachIts good to get back on the hill after weeks of rebuilding our office. The new year arrived with cold weather and plenty of snow which has been unfortunately dwindling over the last week.


We are busy with our annual mailing so previous clients and enquiries can expect a brochure in the post. If you would like a copy of our summer brochure click here 

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