15th October 2010
After 25 years of running Hightrek we have decided to change the format. We
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
26th September 2006
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
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
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 included
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
taking Ben to the 'big apple' in December as a break from his A level
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 2005
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
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.
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
very busy few months and a computer failure have meant no update for quite a
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
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.
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
You can keep up to date with our adventures through our winter
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