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Thursday, 30 June 2011


AALS Inspection

I was over on Craig yr Undeb (Yellow Wall) today to inspect a rock climbing activity on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Service.

Monday, 27 June 2011


Hot Dog!

With an OK weather forecast I decided to take Barti for a walk up Snowdon and with a high pressure system building to the SW I was hoping that we would pop out of the cloud at some stage. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be and we were in the cloud for the whole trip. We made fast time up to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) so I decided to go down the Snowdon Ranger path and then up Moel Cynghorion.

It was disappointing to see so much rubbish on the way up Yr Wyddfa and so many empty plastic water bottles - don't people know about a thing called a tap! The day did have it's up side though as we came across a couple descending from Clogwyn Station with a horse having made an ascent on horse back - a good effort.

Although it was very warm today at least the sun didn't come out to bake us to a frazzle. As soon as I turned right off the Snowdon Ranger path everything went quiet and we had the hills to ourselves apart from a group who were gutted to find out how far they were from the summit of Snowdon and they hadn't even reached the top of Moel Cynghorion by that stage.

Saturday, 25 June 2011


Stone Crop - Fachwen

Saturday, 18 June 2011


Safety cover - Sea to Summit charity event

I was working for Jagged Globe again today on a charity event which had teams start at Llanfairfechan and finish on the summit of Snowdon. There were some teams starting at Ogwen and others at Pen y Pass with the Ultra teams going all the way from the coast to Snowdon. All the teams were raising money for the The Intensive Care Society.
I was responsible for the looking after the safety cover on the Carneddau so it was an early start for me in order to be on the summit of Drum (770m) by about 7.30a.m. 12 teams were doing the Ultra event and as soon as the last team went through I followed them as far as Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m), I then handed over to the other marshals on the route so that I could go back to Aber to pick my car up - a round trip of 23kms and a total of about 1200m of ascent.

Garri (shop) and Chris with one of the teams on the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn

Cladonia Coniocraea on the summit of Carnedd Gwenllian

Ysgolion Duon (Black Ladders) from Carnedd Llewelyn

Fairy Ring Champignon or Button Mushroom (Marasmius Oreades)

And it stayed dry all day although it was bitterly cold in the strong wind but the wind did die down a lot by late morning. Visibility was a bit hit or miss this morning but improved a lot by the afternoon. Apart from the cloud cover the weather forecast was wrong again today but I'm not complaining as the error was the correct way!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Afon Ddu - AALS

I was in Afon Ddu near Dolgarrog today inspecting an activity being run by a provider from the NW of England.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


Carnedd y Filiast (821m) and Elidir Fawr (923m)

 Elidir Fawr from N. of Mynydd Perfedd

Dwarf Willow on the NW slope of Elidir Fach

Stag's Horn Clubmoss (Elidir Fach)

A lovely day here in Snowdonia and not to be ignored so paperwork this morning and out and about this afternoon before the boys got home from school. I tracked the journey on endomondo if you're interested click here

Sunday, 12 June 2011


AMI Navigation and Environment workshop

What a contrast from yesterday! I was helping some AMI trainees with their navigation and environmental knowledge today so with the weather forecast predicting gales and rain we decided to stay low and use the area around Llyn Cwmffynnon and Moel Berfedd. It was wet and cold but at least we were sheltered from the wind. As you can guess, it was a bit too wet to get my camera out - I should invest in a waterproof one I suppose.

Saturday, 11 June 2011


AMI Scrambling workshop

I was out with Tim, Richard and Mark today on an Association of Mountaineering Instructors trainee workshop. It was a bit grim first thing this morning but it soon cleared to give a lovely sunny day. We climbed Tryfan Bach and then on to the Heather Terrace to do North Buttress Variant with a descent of North and Little Gully.

Friday, 10 June 2011


ML Training

 Mountain Day - North Ridge of Tryfan (Nick, Tom, Freya and Laura) 
 Expedition - Cnicht - Moelwynion (Liam, Matt and Lewis)

Cnicht (Lewis, Liam and Matt)

I've been directing a Mountain Leader Training course for Blue Peris Mountain Centre this week. Here are a few photos taken during the week.

Sunday, 5 June 2011


Safety cover - 3 Peaks event

Evening sun over Moel Eilio.

 First sign of daylight @ 4 a.m.

Snowdon summit in mist.

I was working for Jagged Globe over night on Snowdon last night on a 3 peaks challenge. There were 32 teams taking part in the charity event with between 3 and 6 people in each team. The weather was misty and very windy at times but I was positioned at the finger stone at Bwlch Glas (at about 1000m) which was quite sheltered from the wind and mist. Fortunately, it was dry all night and the rain didn't start until about 7 o'clock. Well done every one for the massive effort in achieving the goal of completing the 3 peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in less than 24 hours) and raising money for Action Medical Research.

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Moel Eilio (726m)

With a good forecast and a couple of kids on half term break I decided that we needed some exercise so after a bite to eat in Llanberis we agreed to give Moel Eilio a go. The weather was a bit overcast and the tops were under cloud so we didn't hold out much hope of seeing anything from the top. As we hit the cloud at about 550m everything disappeared and visibility was down to about 50m but as we progressed the cloud began to thin, the sun got brighter and just before reaching the summit we popped out through the cloud and into the sun. We had fantastic views over to Snowdon and Carnedd Ugain as well as Elidir Fawr.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


ML Ropework

We went over to the Ogwen Valley again today to spend the day looking at ropework for the mountain leader.


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