62    1w    

We got a lot of climbing in today! 9 pitches, over 200m/650ft and a 150ft abseil. Some excellent fun in the sun on Clogwyn Yr Oen climbing the continually interesting Chic VD, Slick VD and Bent p1+2 VD. A good day on the learn to lead, these guys did well to assimilate all the information but I could see towards the end of the day the skills and techniques were really starting to sink in. Good work guys! . #snowdonia #blaenauffestiniog #moelwyns #clogwynyroen #climb #climbing #tradclimbing #multipitch #multipitchclimbing #learntolead #learntoclimb #mountaineering #mountain #cliff #landscape #landscapelovers #crag #funinthesun #slate #volcanic #granite #dog #sparky #cragdog

 72    1w    

An excellent day on the mountain with ‘Nature of Snowdonia’ ninja @miker.raine we did a grand old lap of Cwm Idwal, focusing on finding Arctic Alpine plants. Among them the Snowdon Lilly (flowering photo courtesy of Mikes expert telephone camera), Moss Campion, Mountain Aven, Mossy Saxifrage, Roseroot, Mountain Everlasting and other rarities. We also had a look at the geology, some bird and animal life, had a nice lunch stop, went a bit alpine, and had some good banter along the way. Cheers Mike for a mega day, I’d recommend it to anyone; top knowledge! . #snowdonia #ogwenvalley #cwmidwal #snowdonlily #snowdonlilly #rareplants #arcticalpine #hunting #exploring #adventure #mountain #mountains #landscapelovers #mountainscenery #notesfromthehill #heatwave #plantsarefriends #rareflower #wildflowers #flora #fauna #northwales #mountaineering

 76    1w    

Excellent day on Tryfans East Face today with Sarah. The 50/60mph winds and rain didn’t deter. We were in the sun and it was fully sheltered up there! We climbed the less travelled ‘Arête Climb’. It gets Diff in my guide although I think it’s generally accepted that’s it’s a HS now! Some great climbing, varied, sometimes hard and occasionally bold. Various challenges along the way kept us engaged and entertained, we covered plenty of teaching points, which was good considering how experienced Sarah is! . #snowdonia #landscapelovers #mountainscenery #snowdoniaadventureactivities #climb #climbinggirl #climbing_lovers #climbing #tradclimbing #mountain #mountaineering #traditional #tryfan #girlswhoclimb #climblikeagirl #ogwen

 45    2w    

A good afternoon on the micronav trail with Rachel and Mr Sparks. As well as having a nice 3hr wander around the fairly featureless moor above Plas Y Brenin, we passed a few nice plants, flowers and mosses, including a couple of wild Orchid. The wind was up and it looks like the weathers coming in... . #snowdonia #capelcurig #plasybrenin #glyderau #glyders #sparky #mountain #mountaindog #labrador #goldenlab #labsofinstagram #dogstagram #weather #clouds #storms #landscape #wildlife #exploring #adventure

 73    2w    

We had a nice evening SUP on the secluded mountain lake of Llyn Cwmffynon in the Glyderau. It’s nice to go for a paddle, feeling like you’re in the wilderness; no sign of people, no sign of a road, no noise whatsoever except the birds. Pretty rare especially with it being so easy to access. We paddled out to an island which happened to be the home of a flock of Canadian Geese and their goslings. . #snowdonia #northwales #glyderau #lake #eveningstroll #susnset #sup #standuppaddle #mountainsup #standuppaddleboard #sparky #labrador #mountain #mountains #scenery #mountainscenery #landscapelovers

 38    2w    

Mr Sparks loves a beer by the river after a hard day in the canyon! . #snowdonia #northwales #relaxing #chillax #labrador #dogsofinstagram #labrador_lovers #labradors #victoriainn #llanbedr #beergarden #takiniteasy #river #sunset #dog #snowdoniaadventureactivities #sunsoutgunsout #bestdogever #sparky

 50    4w    

The forecast might not have been scorching but we had a good day exploring the West Face of Tryfan yesterday and we barely got rained on! A classic link up of the big route ‘Wrinkled Tower’ traversing in to the sublime rib section on ‘West Face Direct (Notch Arete’. Here’s grace high above the Ogwen valley, far from the crowds, loving the exposure! . #snowdonia #northwales #ogwen #ogwenvalley #climb #climbing #scrambling #cliff #mountain #mountains #tryfan #dontlookdown #exploring #adventure #llynogwen #landscape #mountainscenery #wales #rock #cliff #nature

 41    1m    

Greg getting stuck in to the final crux ‘fridge-hugging’ pitch on the classic Direct Route VS 5b on Dinas Mot today. We climbed both this and ‘The Cracks’ looking at tying in to a variety of belays and rope management whilst at the same time getting loads of great climbing in! . #northwales #snowdonia #llanberispass #dinasmot #climb #rockclimb #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #guiding #adventure #cliff #mountains #crux #dontfall #sunsoutgunsout #wildwales #experienceadventure #snowdoniaadventureactivities #heatwave #dryrock #abseil #landscape #mountainscenery

 60    1m    

We’ve been talking about it for a while but this afternoon we finally got the chance to go and climb Cream (E4 6a) at Tremadog. My first e4 and the route was awesome. Tricky e3 groove/3D climbing low down on sometimes spaced gear, followed by a steep, sustained and safe crack on the headwall. The final runout on jugs to the top was out there! . #tremadog #climb #climbing #tradclimbing #bwlchymoch #rockclimbing #northwales #multipitch #girlswhoclimb #climbing_lovers #climbinggirl #exposure #headwall #snowdonia #afterwork #adventure #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #girlsthatclimb

 52    2m    

This time yesterday I met Tim in Tremadog for the morning of learning about trad climbing. We only had 3.5hrs but we still managed to do One Step in the Clouds VS 4c in 4 pitches, the top pitch of Grim Wall VS 4c and 3 abseils! We spent most of the time looking at building and tying in to belays, keeping safe abseiling, cleaning pitches and enjoying the rock and the sun! Great fun. . #snowdonia #tremadog #bwlchymoch #onestepintheclouds #northwales #climb #climber #climbing #climbing_lovers #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #abseil #abseiling #leadclimbing #uktrad #earlystart #sunsoutgunsout #bankholiday #mountains #cliff #adventure #findyourepic #experienceadventure

 57    2m    

‘Hardd’, more like harrowing! We went for the classic e2 on Carreg Hylldrem this afternoon. The crux pitch went ok, I had to give myself a bit of a talking to after the gearless balancy traverse but i got to what is described in the book as the peg and wire belay. It was a 5 peg and an insitu wire belay, but the wrong one! Apparently it’s the old belay on the ‘original way’ (gear is pretty knackered looking). The problem was rachel led off on p2 as described in the book but we were in the wrong place so ended up on some sketchy steep bold ground. Got out in the end though! Great climbing when we were on route and about as serious for the second as it is for the leader. . #snowdonia #northwales #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #carreghylldrem #tradclimbing #adventure #classicrock #bankholiday #climbergirl #girlswhoclimb #traverse #exposure #outthere #dontlookdown #tremadog #steepground #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #afterwork

 67    2m    

Atmospheric and outrageous conditions on Clogwyn y Person Arête yesterday afternoon (grade 3). Bits of rain and mist, 50mph winds and fading light; we certainly had an adventure. I was very impressed with these guys from London, who’ve not done anything like this before. They took it in their stride and battled on. Crib y Ddysgyl was an unexpected danger zone, with gusts in the 60-80mph range, crossing was difficult but we made it safely in the end. A day I won’t forget for a long time I don’t imagine! Sometimes the hardest days are the best. . #snowdon #snowdonia #cwmglas #carneddugain #clogwynypersonarete #clogwynyperson #scrambling #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #outofyourcomfortzone #exposure #cliff #mountains #atmosphere #clouds #weather #adventure #mountaineering #snowdonsummit #snowdoniagram #dontlookdown

 56    2m    

Yesterday I took Gabe and Sam on a big trip up the Idwal Slabs looking at trad climbing and staying safe on the rock. We did the Ordinary route in 7 pitches, then scrambled off, did another pitch, looked at how to escape by abseil and by then it was 5pm (not before dropping my phone from the top of the pitch, 60ft to the floor!). Then I went over to Little Tryfan to meet Hannes and Jack for 3hrs or rescue practice until it got dark! . #snowdonia #idwal #cwmidwal #idwalslabs #ogwen #ogwenvalley #tryfan #climb #climbing #tradclimbing #rescue #mountains #mountaineering #northwales #rockclimbing #multipitch #outdoors #adventure #learntoclimb #springtime #sunsout #landscape #mountainscenery

 39    2m    

After a trip down the canyon with Stewart and co, we had great afternoon with Rhodri, learning about trad climbing. We climbed the classic Kirkus’ Climb Direct, Severe, 200ft, in 8 pitches! We focused on cleaning the gear from a pitch, lead belaying, building belays and how to tie in to anchors safely. Thanks again Rhodri, I’m sure we’ll return to Clogwyn yr Oen soon! . #snowdonia #northwales #blaenauffestiniog #cwmorthin #tanygrisiau #climb #climbing #leadclimbing #tradclimbing #learntoclimb #learntolead #mountain #mountains #bigroute #outdoors #adventure #exposure #outdoorclimbing #funinthesun

 39    2m    

A pretty amusing day of adventure in North Wales with these guys today. We had what would normally be a pretty placid day on the estuary this morning but it was more like battleships! In the afternoon the boys went for a proper swim and took on our Canyon Xtreme trip, accompanied by last minute addition to the team, Amy. Hopefully a day to remember, and nicely setup for a good night on the town in Bangor! . #snowdonia #northwales #kayak #kayaking #estuary #river #porthmadog #dwyryd #canoeing #canoe #mountains #beach #sun #kayak #canyoning #stag #ladladlads #swimming #capsize #capsized #goingswimming #dwyrydestuary #ladsontour

 38    2m    

The chimney pitch! This short grovel is part of Tryfan’s grade 3 ‘South Rib’. Pretty entertaining thrutching and at least it doesn’t last long. On rereading the guidebook, it may appear that we didn’t do the full pitch! The description seems to suggest you don’t go for the light but instead carry on up and exit in the opposite direction. I didn’t notice this, as it was it was hard enough with a bag on! Thanks Rhodri for the photo, GoPro does it a bit of justice. . #snowdonia #northwales #ogwen #ogwenvalley #tryfan #scramble #scrambling #oldskool #chimney #widecrack #climbing #climb #rockclimbing #mountaineering #mountain #cave #cantfalloff #followthelight #lightattheendofthetunnel #aimhigh

 50    2m    

Another nice day out on Tryfan with Olly for PyB on one of AMI’s training workshops. We looked at short roping and short pithching in ascent and descent, anchor choice, direct and indirect belays, and moving together with clients on easy but high consequence ground. We stayed around the lower parts of the North ridge mainly on the West side before descending the lower part of Wrinkled Tower. I learnt a lot, thanks for a really valuable day out guys! . #snowdonia #northwales #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #tryfan #ogwen #ogwenvalley #abseil #abseiling #scrambling #mountaineering #ami #mountains #landscape #rock #training #proffesionaldevelopment #glyders #mountains #plasybrenin

 48    2m    

We had a fortunate day scrambling on Tryfan despite the uncertain forecast of rain/hail and howling winds. A successful ascent of South Rib on the East Face, a nice weaving grade 3 with a few testing pitches; namely a couple of exposed ribs and one chockstone chimney pitch (you can imagine)! The sun was out and we didn’t really get rained on. Rhodri and Harvey were great pupils and learnt a bit about moving with a rope, keeping safe on exposed terrain and using natural anchors for belays. 5hrs car to car, not bad at all! . #snowdonia #tryfan #glyders #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #scrambling #mountains #adventure #exploring #summit #panorama #landscape #wales #mountainsofwales #climbing_lovers #mountaineering #hiking #landscapephotography #tryfanmountain #ogwen #ogwenvalley #mountainscenery #mountainsformiles

 40    2m    

We stayed dry this morning in the world famous Llanberis Pass. Mark and Colin (73?!?) had a good climb up the 3 pitch Carreg Wastad classic ‘The Wrinkle’. Interesting rock (interlocked Basalt columns, fractured in to hexagonals because this is the most efficient way of losing heat when solidifying from lava). Some of the rock is not beyond suspicion, likewise the gear. A pretty serious route for VDiff! . #snowdonia #northwales #rockclimbing #climbing #climb #llanberis #llanberispass #carregwastad #tradclimbing #oldguysrule #geology #rocks #basalt #alpine #traditional #oldskool #mountains #mountaineering #mountainlandscape #valley #pass #cromlech