59    20h    

Nothing quite wakes you up like the river. This the feature we call ‘The Curtain’ and you can see why. When the rivers like this, you sit at the top and slide straight in and behind the waterfall. You can see the figure behind the waterfall, and Rachel’s helping someone escape the bottom! ‘The Curtain’ is part of the gorge, canyon and Xtreme trips, and the amount of water in the river (eg rain) determines how much it forms. It can be a trickle, it can be pumping, and occasionally it’s impassable! Take a deep breath and head inside to experience the awesome power of nature. . #northwales #snowdonia #snowdon #betwsycoed #river #canyon #gorge #gorgescrambling #blaenauffestiniog #porthmadog #barmouth #canyoning #experienceadventure #findyourepic #wildswimming #nature #wildlife #forest #stagactivities #teambuilding #familyfun #waterslide #zipline #waterfall #rainyday #raininginwales

 57    2d    

The boys getting stuck in to the big slides on our Canyon/Canyon Xtreme. You can see here the rivers in full flow, having not long had quite a lot of rain. When’s it’s like this (it’s not often this high!) it’s a pretty powerful and exciting experience! Where this slide finishes, just beyond is massive 40ft waterfall. This is the home of our waterfall zipline or abseil (small groups). If you’re on the Canyon trip, it’s the grande finale, if you’re on Xtreme, it’s just the warm up... . #snowdonia #canyon #river #northwales #adventure #activities #experienceadventure #waterfall #canyoning #gorge #gorgescrambling #canyonxtreme #afon #adventureactivities #findyourepic #abseil #zipline #zipworld #rapids #cascade #forest #swim #waterslide #harlech #porthmadog #blaenauffestiniog

 54    3d    

We had a pretty productive climb considering it rained on and off all day. A few bouldery routes, including this sustained 7a; Catacrack. An overhanging crack/groove, not that long but long enough to get warm! Hopefully the weather holds for tomorrow. It’s nice camping up here in the hills above Siurana, away from the crowds! . #siurana #arboli #cornudellademontsant #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #sportclimbing #cragday #vanlife #roadtrip #spanishclimbing #girlswhoclimb #climbergirl #climberlife #climber #girlsthatclimb #climbinggirl #crackclimbing #siuranaclimbing

 23    4d    

Yesterday we got a bit rained off, and on top of that, realised we must have lost the guidebook somewhere at the crag 🙁walking back in the evening, the sun was low, illuminating the rain drops in an orange dusty haze. It was a sight to behold, as much as im not too interested in the rain! . #siurana #rain #raindrops #backlight #sun #sunset #forest #autumn #colours #rainbow #leaves #forest #vantrip #rainyday #dayoff #climb #climbing #restday #leaf #autumncolours #valley #hilltop #downpour #raindrops💧 #raintime☔

 40    4d    

The landscape up here is pretty beautiful, and sunny days are great, but when there’s a few clouds floating around you get some really amazing light. It regularly looks like this out over Cardigan Bay. A nice start to a nice morning taking people climbing above Barmouth. . #barmouth #sea #river #estuary #landscape #mountains #cadairidris #mawddach #mawddachtrail #mawddachestuary #panoramabarmouth #sun #clouds #weather #sunrays #sunbeams #sunbeam #mountains #beach #northwales #snowdonia #cardiganbay #summit

 49    5d    

One of the last routes we did in the UK; a short multi-pitch in the Never Never Land part of the Dinorwic Slate Quarries. The route’s called 362; the number of quarrymen that died here working this enormous hole in the ground. The slate is certainly a surreal place to be; the colour (often lack of it), the noise, the history and the atmosphere. The climbing is also probably unique, certainly it’s its own style. Crimp, rockover, crimp, smear, rockover (often but definitely not always, there’s crack, slabs, and the odd rare steep bit)! . #llanberis #slate #slatequarry #dinorwicquarry #dinorwic #llanberisslate #northwales #northwalesslate #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #industrialhistory #slatequarries #slatemine #exploring #sportclimbing #multipitch #blackandwhite #mountains #mine #slates

 64    6d    

Luncheon. Probably the best bit of the day. 8 days on and were a bit tired, it’s been a bit of a slow morning. Today’s luncheon stone comes with a nice view over the valley, and the ledge makes for a comfortable seat. Peanut butter + cheese ciabatta 🥖 its a good combo. Time to go and find some more classic 7a’s.... . #siurana #climb #climbing #rockclimb #rockclimbing #sportclimbing #crag #cliff #valley #forest #autumn #leaves #trees #luncheon #lunch #picnic #climbers #catalunya #lunch #mountains #panorama #landscape #colours

 43    6d    

Some fairly amazing autumn colours in Siurana, Spain at the the moment. Every now and again, when you’re climbing a route an you get to a small rest, you can look out over the valley and forest and see these explosions of yellow, orange and red. Winter sun is #1 . #siurana #autumn #autumncolours #climb #rockclimbing #sportclimbing #trees #leaves #colours #leaves🍃 #autumnleaves #nature #trees #arboli #elfalco #vanlife #climbingtrip #panorama #mountains #coloursofnature #naturalworld #tree #trees🌳 #autumnishere

 73    2w    

Rachel heading for the upper groove on Boca Seca Man, an unlikely trad style 7a in Siurana. Jams, locks and fingertip laybacking, looked more like granite. There was a bat in the lower crack which nearly made me abort mission, but after bearing his teeth and making some noise, he crawled back in and I could pass... . #vantrip #climb #climbing #siurana #sportclimbing #crackclimbing #spain #vanlife #adventure #siuranaclimbing #sportclimb #bat #animal #nature #batcrack #roadtrip

 66    3w    

Mr Sparks is a great crag dog. She’ll comfortably wait at the top of the cliff, paws crossed, hanging over the edge, but she knows she can’t get too close. Years of wandering around in the mountains have given her plenty of doggy adventure experience! You can see she’s keeping an eye on the climber here... saying that, the last thing you want as you’re pulling over the edge of a climb is sparks in your face trying to give you dog kisses 😘 . #labrador #sparky #snowdonia #mountains #cliff #climb #climbing #dogstagram #labsofinstagram #labradorretriever #barmouthslabs #thoughtoftheday #dogsontheedge #livingontheedge #justchillin #labradorsofinstagram #mountaindog #adventuredog #neverstopexploring #adventureswithsparky #betadog

 70    4w    

Me Sparks and Lulu the dogé enjoying some quality time at the crag. Unfortunately Lulu got a bit chilly, being a town dog, and head to wear a hoodie and sleep under a pile of clothes. Sparky looked on with confusion and jealousy. A good morning climbing above Barmouth today, it was pretty warm and dry :) . #snowdonia #dog #dogs #dogday #mountains #barmouth #sparky #labrador #dogwalk #cragdog #labsofinstagram #labradorretriever #barmouthslabs #greyhound #greyhoundsofinstagram #toomanysheep #dogstagram #doggydaycare #dogsitting #adventure #outdoors #labradorsofinstagram #sea #estuary #river #mawddach #justchillin

 39    4w    

A pretty fun morning climbing and abseiling today. The team managed a good selection of routes and a full crag height abseil. Here is Jan and Hannes near the crux top section of ‘Zig-Zag’. Although Hannes started a way in front on Jan (not one to let his age slow him down), he decided to race up the route and attempt an overtake. It might have been successful if i hadn’t have told him to hang fire! It’s still pretty warm at the crag, and there were some nice sun beams breaking through the patchy cloud. . #northwales #climb #climbing #barmouth #rockclimbing #nevertooold #cliff #adventure #findyourepic #experienceadventure #mountains #rhinogs #dontlookdown #keepgoing #goingforthetop #generations #scenery #wildwales #wales #autumncolours #winteriscoming

 113    4w    

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to develop power for climbing is to go bouldering. We’ve said for years we need to make an effort, but it never amounts to anything! This week we’ve managed a visit to Porth Ysgo and Tan y Grisiau. I’ve still yet to finish a route but it’s good to get on it and start trying to work it out (realise how weak you are!). Here’s the Tempest boulder above Blaenau Ffestiniog; thin technical moves, mega friction, a high crux and it gets the evening sun. After jumping off just before the last move probably 10/15 times, I called it a day (landing runway of pads). Maybe next time. . #snowdonia #bouldering #boulder #sunset #lake #solomission #mountains #landscape #scenery #tanygrisiau #tanygrisiaureservoir #climb #climbing #bluesky #northwales #wintersun #bouldering_pictures_of_instagram #mountains🗻 #climbinginspiration #harderthanitlooks #rockclimbing #highball #reservoir #autumn #autumn🍁 #northwalesbouldering #boulderingproblems #wales #visitwales

 94    4w    

We’ve been a bit relaxed with instagram pictures recently. A combination of too busy adventuring, broken phone plus a couple of holiday trips thrown in. Her’s Sparky, admiring the crag yesterday above Barmouth. We climb at an awesome spot; the best beginner crag in all of North Wales in my opinion. It’s got a combination of great engaging long and aesthetic routes, amazing views, sunny aspect, slightly sheltered and the walk in is fairly short. It would be hard to design a better crag! Come and check it out... . #snowdonia #mawddach #mawddachestuary #barmouth #barmouthslabs #sea #river #clouds #labrador #sparky #dogstagram #mountains #sunrays #dog #labradorretriever #labrador #cragdog #cragging #climb #climbing #landscape #cadairidris #rockclimbing #workinglikeadog #doggo #labsofinstagram #labsofinstagram #thoughtoftheday #northwales

 44    3m    

It might have been slightly moody this morning but we had a good paddle on the river nonetheless! No wind meant the water was calm, and we saw some wildlife which was nice, plus the normal history/facts/stories of the area! Again, having a bit of an adventure, we did get a capsize. It’s all good entertainment. Fortunately we were in the canyon for the afternoon of continuous heavy rain. More again tomorrow! . #snowdonia #kayak #kayAking #overboard #paddling #estuary #river #dwyrydestuary #canoeing #canoeingadventures #wales #porthmadog #moodyskies #capsize #landscape #cows #saltmarshlamb #heron #buzzard

 44    3m    

A quick (and rare!) break from work this afternoon; we headed up to the surprisingly sunny Llanberis Slate Quarries to climb The Mau Mau, a classic slate e4 6a. A route I’d been wanted to try for ages, but works pretty frantic during the summer! Septembers looming, and the mushroom and fungus is starting to come out. There’s a big ‘Beefsteak’ fungus growing on the approach path, complete with blood and everything! . #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #llanberis #slate #slatequarry #dinorwig #afterworl #girlswhoclimb #tradclimbing #fungus #beefsteak #autumn #crackclimbing

 48    3m    

Everyone loves Mr Sparks! We had a good morning at the crag with everyone managing the 100ft abseil, even 7 year old Amelia! We all managed loads of climbs as well, with some of the boys doing 4 or 5 routes?! No rain either... we then headed to the canyon for a busy afternoon jumping, sliding, swimming and zip-lining down the river! . #northwales #barmouth #adventure #snowdonia #experienceadventure #climb #rockclimbing #mountains #scenery #labradors #labrador #labsofinstagram #labradorretriever #labstagram #clouds #estuary #abseiling

 41    3m    

We had an amusing kayak / canoe trip this morning. A little bit of rain early on but no wind and the estuary was like a mill pond. Small tides mean the upper weirs weren’t underwater, and paddling down the little chutes was fun/ adventurous. Only little James survived to top weir without falling, the other 3 teams went for a bit of a swim! 💦 🛶 🏊‍♂️ . #snowdonia #kayak #canoe #kayaking #wildswimming #capsize #dwyrydestuary #river #canoeing #kayakingadventures #kayakingwithdogs #kayaking🚣 #northwards #Porthmadog #labsofinstagram #overboard #estuary #adventure #familyfun

 84    3m    

Mr Sparks leading the way on the kayaking trip this morning. She spent most of the time in my boat snoozing, but near the top we got her out for a bit of a swim. It was calm on the estuary, not the sunniest but a pleasant trip for certain, and plenty of wildlife! We also had a laugh paddling down the tiny wiers, a couple of which has Donna (but mostly Dave) swimming. Good comedy! Same again tomorrow 😀 . #snowdonia #kayak #canoe #kayaking #paddling #estuary #dwyrydestuary #porthmadog #dogstagram #labrador #sparky #sparkytheadventuredog #dogswimming #adventures #river #nature #holiday #labrador_class #labradorretriever #labsofinstagram