48    2d    

Rachel flashed another classic 7b this morning; Cantalobos at Pared de Enfrente, followed by an onsight of the not so classic Eco Dildo 7a at sector Sex Shop. We’re still having a good time out here in the gorge! I also snapped a shot of us lakeside having coffee in the morning, and another picture of Rachel just after she’d woken up, pre-makeup. Sorry Rach! . #chulilla #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #vanlife #climbergirl #climblikeagirl #girlswhoclimb #spain #roadtrip #gorge #canyon #lake #sunrise #cactus #sportclimbing #sun #reservoir #camping #iloveclimbing #river #ontheroad

 41    4d    

We had a good day in the gorge at Chulilla again. Only one route this time but both of us managed to onsight the excellent and classic 40m Segul Ilutian 7b (and Rachel put the clips in). It was pretty hot at Nanoparc but nice to be in the sun nonetheless. Looking forward to day 6 here tomorrow. What an incredible spot!!! . #chulilla #sportclimbing #rockclimbing #gorge #onsight #climbing #girlswhoclimb #sunsoutbunsout #stamina #endurance #itsalongwaytothetop #rock #keepgoing #spain #girlswhoclimb #climbergirl #climbing #climber #climbinggirl #chulillaclimbing #climbgirls #clippingbolts #vanlife #roadtrip #wintersun

 56    2m    

Before we hopped back over to Spain, we sneaked a trip down another North Wales Slate mine. These places are wild! This particular mine opened in the early 1800s and continued to produce slate for 200 years! Generations of families were forged down here, in the some of the most difficult working conditions imaginable. With 500 men and boys employed at it’s peak, the underground workings would have been alive with the sound of working, rockfall and explosions. It’s amazing to think how people lived, less than a century ago. The mine is vast; at least 10 floors spanning 60 chambers. Some of the chambers are literally the size of cathedrals. It’s quite difficult to comprehend what it must have been like... . . #northwales #slate #mine #exploring #mineexploring #adventure #abandonedmine #gettinglost #underground #slatequarry #blaenauffestiniog #northwalesslate #quarry #dark #lake #tunnel #mininghistory #undergroundexplorer #undergroundexploration #history #welshhistory #historyofwales #waleshistory #industrialhistory #industrialarcheology

 72    2m    

Three short videos of our descent of the Gribbin Ridge II, from the top of Tower Gully down in to the Ogwen Valley. It was windy and snowy and rocky, but progress was steady. The snow was swirling but visibility was good and we’d passed the worst of it, with extremely strong gusts tearing across the summits. In the last video you can see the peak of Glyder Fach, with huge clouds of snow blowing down the cliff right of the summit, and another cloud charging across the summit ridge from right to left. You wouldn’t last too long up there! Abort, abort, abort! . #northwales #winter #climbing #winterclimbing #extreme #windy #hurricane #weather #snow #ogwen #glyderfach #iceclimbing #girlswhoclimb #climbinggirl #exploring #adventure #mountains #rock #ridge #escape #letsgo #snowstorm #storm #llynidwal #ogwenvalley

 77    2m    

Our ascent of Tower Gully I/II over Christmas was quite exciting. After a long and lonely walk in through a very snowy Cwm Cneifion, we found the gully in fair condition. Plenty of snow, and the icy steps were suitably formed. We climbed the route in 4 pitches, the crux was the middle section with a couple of short, steep sections on ice. The real adventure started when we topped out though! The wind was ferocious; communication=impossible, vision=impossible, movement=very difficult! Rachel was getting blown away on the ridge and turned in to a kite, it must have been gusting 80/100mph so we made a quick exit down the Gribbin Ridge. This was quite snowy but the wind wasn’t as savage, we short-roped down the rocky section as far as the ‘football field’ and from there we knew we were in the clear! You can see the line of the Gribbin ridge in the last photo. Sometimes you need to experience the worst of something to appreciate the best. I have a feeling winter climbing can be a bit like that... . #snowdonia #winter #snow #ice #winterclimbing #northwales #ogwen #ogwenvalley #cwmcneifion #ridge #hurricane #alone #iceclimbing #girlswhoclimb #wintergirl #glyderfach #welshwinter #adventure #explore #mountain #landscape #scenery #winterwonderland #windy #whiteout #adventuregirl #shortrope

 97    2m    

Spot the wildlife! On the walk in to Cwm Cneifion in search of some more winter conditions, the only animal we passed was this wild mountain goat 🐐 there was nobody in the valley (not the greatest forecast?!) This is the view looking down over Llyn Idwal with Y Garn towering above. The rocky profile of its NE spur is clearly visible to the right. This is a good summer grade 2 scramble or a slightly technical winter III . #winter #snowdonia #northwales #ogwen #ogwenvalley #idwal #llynidwal #glyderau #glyders #landscape #mountains #goat #wildlife #snowdoniapics #glacier #morain #lake #snow #climb #climbing #wildlife_seekers #goats #goatsofinstagram #mountains #mountaingirls #mountainscenery #landscapelovers #adventure #explore

 79    2m    

A few shots from our day in the Carneddau. As is the norm in winter, we were on the mountain before sunrise and watched the mountain turn red. After skirting the lake and arriving in the high valley under the cliffs, we found Broad Gully was fairly filled with snow. Since it doesn’t rely on ice or turf, we climbed it. The route is an easy snow gully, climbed in 4-6 pitches. Good spike belays and never very technical, it makes for a good intro to Welsh winter climbing! . #northwales #winter #mountains #carneddau #ogwenvalley #snowdonia #snow #snowy #landscape #mountaineering #winterclimbing #climbing #alpine #mountaingirls #sunrise #girlswhoclimb #lostinthesnow #exploring #adventure #winterwonderland #valley #colours #lake #snowbunny #iceaxe #icicle #stream #landscapephotography #landscapelovers #tryfan

 81    2m    

Out of the frying pan and in to the freezer! We’ve been lucky enough during our week in Snowdonia to get some winter conditions up in the mountains. We had 4 or 5 days of subzero temperatures and a couple of days of snow so we decided to have an explore up to Cwm Lloer under Pen yr Ole Wen in the Carneddau range. Some of the gullies are the first to come in to condition, being high (above 750m) and they collect snow. We climbed Broad Gully, grade I in 4 pitches. We then walked round to Carnedd Dafydd and descended the big snow meadow in whiteout conditions back in to the valley. A pleasant day out! . #snowdonia #winter #snow #mountains #ice #winterclimbing #iceclimbing #blizzard #whiteout #northwales #carneddau #ogwenvalley #snowy #exploring #adventure #lake #froZen #sun #landscape #landscapephotography #iceaxe #crampons #gully

 26    2m    

It’s not 12pm yet but Mr Sparks couldn’t wait. I think she’s as excited about Christmas as I am! Don’t think Sparks has ever had doggy beer before, could be a bed by 5pm job today... Merry Christmas 🎄 . #dog #beer #dogstagram #doggy #labrador #christmas #beerbeforenoon #labradoroftheday #dogoftheday #labradorsofinsta #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #labradorpuppy #adventuredog #boozehound #dogbeer #neverbeenonabigjob #fire #cantstopwontstop

 23    2m    

🐶🎄Sparky the king of adventure says “Merry Christmas”! We’ve had a amazing year and we’re enjoying a nice social Christmas week in North Wales. Unfortunately we’ve missed the snow though ⛄️ have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are! From George, Rachel, Charlie and Sparky 🐾 - the Team at Snowdonia Adventure Activities . #merrychristmas #dog #dogstragram #dogsofinstagram #sparky #adventuredog #snowdonia #holidays #labrador #labradore #mansbestfriend #christmasdog #doglovers #doglife #🐶

 49    2m    

Although there was some dodgy weather forecast, it was, as usual, another sunny day in Costa Blanca. We stopped by Peña Roja, a nice roadside crag with single pitch stamina walls. It was hard last time and it was hard this time. We climbed a 6c, 7a and a 7a+ as well as this incredible sustained wall, Sullaco 7a+. Mega thin cruxes between every bolt. Just enough holds to shake out and decide on a plan to continue, JUST! Intricate and absorbing, one of the best routes at the crag so far! . #costablanca #climb #peñaroja #rockclimbing #lliber #sportclimbing #onsight #climbingtrip #cliff #climbing #crag #wall #cliff #sunsout #summerfun #adventure #dontstop #spain #exploring #sunsoutgunsout💪

 17    2m    

If some of your Christmas shopping has been left until last minute, fear not! It’s still possible to buy gift vouchers online for our adventure activities. The voucher is emailed directly; within 10 minutes your problem has been solved! Just visit our website and click the ‘book online’ button (link in our bio). . Merry Christmas everybody, stay safe if you’re in the mountains, and have a brilliant 2018!!! . #christmas #voucher #adventure #activities #northwales #snowdonia #canyoning #exploring #lastminute #gettinglate #gift #present #merrychristmas #happynewyear

 62    2m    

Thursday was a potential rest day, the only other day this month we’ve not actually done any climbing! It was supposed to rain but on the coast, it was scorching! We scoped out the Serra Gelada sea cliffs in between Benidorm and Alfa’s Del Pi. Developed by Rowland and Mark Edwards (an infamous pair!), there did appear to be some interesting looking routes and we checked out quite a few sectors; some sport, some trad, some traddy sport. There were even tiny graffiti climbers to show you the way! We were going to go and grab the gear after the recce, but decided on an ice cream in Benidorm instead! 🍦 🏖 ☀️ . #benidorm #serragelada #seacliff #tradclimbing #costablanca #boat #fishing #sea #city #metropolis #climbing #exploring #adventure #icecream #noclimbingtoday #restday #sun #mountains #ocean #mediterraneansea #bluesky #graffiti #art #rowlandbanksy

 75    2m    

Another big day on the mountain. With a good forecast we decided to have a look at “Gorillas en la Roca” a 6 pitch 6c+ on the Ponoch. The route features sustained climbing, old/spaced bolts and loooong pitches, it was a fairly adventurous day. No one else in sight, we had the valley to ourselves. The only downside was the 6 abseil descent. Not mega dangerous but you’ve got to be very careful; one wrong move. At least i#it didn’t take us too long and we managed to avoid rockfall and rope jamming; always good! Another Top50 route in the bag! . #ponoch #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #mountains #cliff #multipitch #adventure #rock #costablanca #panorama #abseil #rope #bigclimb #girlswhoclimb #climblikeagirl #climbinggirls #sportclimbing #views #landscape #desert #lostandfound #top50 #bigday #sunbathing #sunsoutgunsout #sunsoutbunsout

 89    2m    

Yesterday was supposed to be, on the whole, a pretty steady day. We opted for “Linea Magica” a 7 pitch 6c+ on the Peñon. The sun was out and the first pitch, a 30m 6b wall in to a short trad 5+ crack, went alright. Rachel took the next pitch with a sustained section of aid climbing. This went much smoother than last time (it’s a shared section of Via Gómez Caño) and we had lunch above this in the big cave. P4 was outrageously exposed following a very overhanging groove out of the caves; airy with the sea 800ft below but not too difficult. P5 was where it started to go wrong. At around the 4th bolt rachel came across a snake (Montpelier Viper?); cue panic stations. The climbing above was also extremely runout with a bolt and a thread protecting almost 25m of climbing with enough suspect rock and unsure route finding to add to the tension. Pitch 6 was the crux through the roof, quite thin and powerful but not too bad really. Pitch 7, graded 5, 40m, not bolts! We had a handful of wires, not the best. It was nice to see the fishing boats come in and as always, the sunset was dazzling. We were too late for an ice cream though. . #costablanca #climb #climbing #seacliff #sportclimbing #aidclimbing #girlswhoclimb #instagirl #tradclimbing #sea #waves #sunset #fishing #boat #mountain #cliff #dontlookdown #climbinggirl #peñondeifach #calpe #adventure #multipitch #bigdayout #harbour #cliff #climbing_photos_of_instagram #girlsthatclimb #climblikeagirl #sun #panorama #mountains

 70    2m    

Today we went in search of the classic ‘The Magic Flute’ a 7b sport route on the flanks of the Bernia Ridge. Unfortunately neither of us were able to tick it, which means we’re going to have to come back. Quite an effort given the fact it’s at about 700m, the drive in is rough, and the walk in equally so. At least it’s quiet, the views beautiful and the bolts are good! The line follows pockets up and left to a thin and powerful low crux which gets you (tired) to the start of the soaring and slightly overhanging tufa, this is climbed to a rest at its top, and some bouldery moves lead to another semi-rest and easier climbing to the chains. Sounds ok on paper, not so in real life! . #sportclimbing #climb #tufa #berniaridge #magicflute #classicrock #girlswhoclimb #costablanca #rock #rockclimbing #wilderness #adventure #redpoint #tryharder #cliff #limestone #top50 #climbergirl #climbing #mountains #crag #seaview #panorama #nooneformiles #shutdown

 73    2m    

A real nice rest day crossing the Bernia Ridge alpine style. Amazing views out over the sea, continually interesting landscape and some scrambling and short roping along the way. Car to car in 4hrs 15. Since we had a bit of time, we called in at Piños (short steep crag) on the way home to tick 2 7a+ routes. Maybe not the full rest day we were after?! It’s supposed to rain a bit tomorrow, maybe the spa is calling... . #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #alpine #mountains #ridge #bernia #berniaridge #costablanca #scrambling #alpineclimbing #vista #panorama #landscape #sea #sun #fastandlight #longwaydown #wilderness #nooneformiles

 72    2m    

Looking out from near the top of the Peñon. This was picnic spot of the day. You can sea the Mediterranean sea, the Toix ridge in the foreground which leads to the 4km long Bernia Ridge on the right. In the distance, left of the paraglider, is the towering Puig De Campana weighing in at 1406m. There’s a lot of rock around here! I can see why it’s the most popular place to climb in Spain 🇪🇸 . #rockclimbing #sea #views #panorama #costablanca #mediterraneansea #calpe #peñondeifach #girlswhoclimb #lunchspot #viewpoint #mountains #mountainsandsea #berniaridge #sportclimbing #sealovers #bluesea #seaview #paraglider

 95    2m    

Amazing that the Calanques are so close to the bustling port of Marseille. With a solid 40 minute walk in, En Vau is certainly away from the sound of cars and traffic, but I can imagine this spot gets busy in the summer, it’s a beautiful area. We climbed the 5 pitch American route graded 6b+ and put up in 1963 by visiting all-star Royal Robins and friends. Another good tick! . #climb #climbing #marseille #callanques #cassis #envau #rockclimbing #sportclimbing #view #horizon #sea #cotedazur #blue #colours #boat #harbour #cliffs #panorama #mountains #landscape #summer #lagoon #paradise #lostparadise #sailing #multipitch #girlswhoclimb #seaside #ocean #meditarranean