64    4d    

A bit of a melancholy scramble this afternoon up Llechog Ridge; a grade 2 that rises from the Llanberis pass to meet the railway line that climbs snowdon. The climbing is fairly broken and there’s no obvious line; pick and choose obstacles at will. Nice rainbow as we descended a vague path back down towards Nant Peris. . #snowdonia #snowdon #llechog #scrambling #rockscrambling #crag #cliff #climbing #rockclimbing #rockclimber #mountains #mountain #ridge #ridgeline #rainbow #clouds #rainyday #llanberis #llanberispass #wheresthegold #mountainscape #landscape #landscapephotography #landscape_lovers #mountaineering #wales #mountains🗻 #mountaineer

 32    5d    

We got up early yesterday for a morning guide up Christmas Curry at Tremadog. Mark opted for the Micah Finish for a bit of added excitement and difficulty. The line takes the headwall direct up a thin crack to the airy arête at the top. The dry rock was drawing the crowds with about 12 people on the buttress! All good banter, and the sun came out, a good morning and a classic tick! . #snowdonia #northwales #tremadog #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #threesacrowd #rock #christmascurry #guiding #multipitch #sunsoutgunsout #partnerworkout

 74    6d    

Yesterday afternoon we had a trip round the Llanberis Slate Quarries following a route named Snakes and Ladders. It’s a fairly adventurous outing that takes you on a wild lap, climbing chains, ladders, exploring tunnels and abseiling between levels. Mega atmosphere up there, lots of swirling cloud and we couldn’t see much. Basically life was in monochrome! Here we are traversing back along the Fruitbat level in Australia. The quarries are vast. It’s difficult to get a true grasp of the work that went on here, the lives and the tales of the people that called this place home. . #llanberis #slate #slatequarry #slatequarries #dinorwig #dinorwic #dinorwicquarry #grey #monochrome #rock #adventure #exploration #underground #industrialarcheology #welshhistory #welshslate #timemachine

 35    1w    

Afternoon SUP from Porthmadog harbour up to Portmeirion for a well deserved coffee, ice cream and pick n mix! Tides with us, winds against us and now to head back. Should be easier, the wind seems to be the overriding force of nature! . #sup #paddleboarding #standuppaddle #portmeirion #porthmadog #estuary #dwyryd #harbour #slate #boats #sea #tide #river #portmeirionlovers #porthmadogharbour #portmadoc

 43    1w    

Intrepid adventurers this morning! We all got fully geared up and made the now muddy walk down to the river. We did a bit of a gorge/canyon mixed trip to try and keep everyone involved; from the small people to the big people! Thanks guys, hopefully you’re now nice and warm with some good memories of your adventure with Mr Sparks and the team. . #snowdonia #northwales #gorgescrambling #gorge #river #adventure #adventureteam #familyadventure #allthegear #labrador #adventuredog #labradorretriever #sparky #canyoning #holidays #easter #exploring

 43    1w    

Rachel had a nice trip down the Dwyryd Estuary with a couple of families staying in the @logcabinswales in Trawsfynydd. Good conditions with a outgoing tide and no wind, the sun even came out for a bit! Everyone did well to paddle the 3 mile river as it winds through the low mountains side, but we had one capsized boat today with a croc shoe still missing in action! . #porthmadog #dwyryd #dwyrydestuary #northwales #kayak #canoe #paddling #river #seakayak #familyadventure #mountains #landscape #kayaking #canoeing #snowdonia #reflection #mountainscape #pools #tidal #snowdoniaadventureactivities

 41    2w    

The enormous abandoned incline that used to serve the Wrysgan Slate mine. The mine initially used women to guide horses loaded with slate down the mountain to a loading dock on the edge of the Afon Dwyryd. These would then be transferred to barges, where they would be floated down the estuary to a large deep water dock in Portmadoc. In 1836 a gravity railway was built between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Porthmadog, giving the horses a new job of dragging the carriages back up the mountain. Fortunately the steam engine was invented in 1863, giving the horses a well deserved retirement plan! It’s a bit of a scramble to descend this but it’s exciting and the views are amazing. . #northwales #snowdonia #wrysgan #moelwyns #mountains #slate #rock #incline #abandoned #history #industrialarcheology #industrialarchitecture #industrialrevolution #cwmorthin #underground #adventure #explore #railway #ffestiniograilway #ffestiniog

 43    2w    

Ace crew this morning. Everyone gave it full commitment on our Canyon Xtreme trip and Steve the t-Rex successfully completed a freestyle solo version of the adventure 🦖 thanks for coming guys, hopefully it was a trip to remember! . #snowdonia #stag #adventure #exploring #canyon #canyoning #saturdayisfortheboys #teamplayer #stagparty #river #wales #hangovercure #hangovergone #cantswim #sparky #adventuredog #mountains

 56    2w    

Good trip exploring the abandoned Wrysgan slate mine yesterday. We had a look through all the various levels and learnt about the working conditions in the 1800s. Turns out the weren’t so good! After leaving the mill area we descended the massive disused incline that runs all the way down to a platform/station on the Ffestiniog railway. Great morning in a interesting and unusual place. . #blaenauffestiniog #tanygrisiau #wrysgan #cwmorthin #mine #snowdonia #slatemine #slate #exploring #underground #mountains #landscape #views #vista #danger #dontlookdown #longwaydown #northwalesslate #perygl

 109    2w    

Goats in the slate quarries. The creatures are wild to the North Wales mountains. They’ve descended from ancestors of domestic goats farmers kept during the Middle Ages. Some must have escaped at some point! This dude wasn’t too worried stood on the edge. . #snowdonia #goat #goats #widlife #snowdon #snow #quarries #slatequarries #dinorwig #lake #spring #horns #wildlifephotography #wildlife_vision #wildlife_seekers #northwales #llanberis #mountainanimals

 46    2w    

@danhale2530 pumped, tired and past his gear. “It’s ok, I’ve got an RP3, it’s bomber”. I kept telling him it’s a slab and you’ve got to use your feet. A valiant effort with many a whipper. Looks like Bella Lugosi is Dead e1 5b is petty safe. I did say before he started I don’t fully trust cams in slate and he managed to rip a gold Dragon out from a good looking slot! Patient belaying by @emmarebeccadaly . #snowdonia #slate #slatequarries #whipper #weekendwhipper #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #llanberis #rainbowwall #taketheride #flying #airtime #slategrey #spring

 55    2w    

We had a nice morning paddling on the Estuary. Good fun doing a one way journey up the Dwyryd, starting at Bont Briwat and finishing at the tidal line near the Pottery in Maentwrog. Almost no rain, we got some sun, rode the tide, minimal wind. Ideal really, especially for such a rubbish forecast. Loads of herons flying around, some Canadian geese, a few soaring buzzards and a flock of Teal (a duck). No one ended up swimming except Sparky! The girls had a laugh and managed the long paddle no worries. . #snowdonia #kayak #canoe #tandem #paddling #estuary #river #dwyryd #afon #tidalbasin #wildlife #birds #northwales #kayaking #canoeing #dog #labrador #dogsofinstagram #captaindog #sparky #adventure #exploring #familylife #mountains #sea #sunandclouds #dogslife #lifeguarddog #labradorsofinstagram

 28    3w    

Mr Sparks getting comfortable on the only souvenir of the ‘17/‘18 road trip. I bought this rug in the Anti Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It wasn’t cheap but it’s handmade and totally unique, all of the little embroidered shapes are different and they all have a particular meaning to the nomad tribe the carpet making lady belonged to. It’s not a dog bed though, Mr Sparks wasn’t on there long! . #rug #carpet #morroco #morrocco #handmade #camel #nomad #tribe #symbol #souvenir #antiatlas #tafraout #moroccancarpet #localcraft

 32    3w    

Great team of adventures this morning. The boys braved some chilly conditions in the gorge but got fully stuck in and managed the full trip including jumps, slides and some waterfalls. We passed the beaver dam 🌳 solved the mystery of the diamond toothed snail 🐌 found the dinosaur egg 🦕 🥚 saw loads of frog spawn 🐸 tried wild garlic 🍃 Loads of climbing about, exploring the pools. Nice one guys! . #northwales #gorgescrambling #easter #river #waterfall #adventure #exploring #familyfun #snowdonia #family #outdooractivities #wildlife #outdoors #beargrylls #gorge #climbing #swimming #wildswimming

 75    3w    

We went for a nice evening SUP last night. Sparks is always quick to strike a thoughtful pose. No wind, calm seas, high tide and a fiery sunset. Not such a bad start to the Easter. Snowdon looked pretty awesome after getting a new layer of snow, bathed in evening light. . #sunset #sea #beach #horizon #colours #harlech #llandanwg #dog #labrador #labradorretriever #labradorsofinstagram #labradors_are_awesome #SUP #sunset_stream #sunset_lovers #wales #cardiganbay #paddleboard

 37    4w    

Rachel making the crux overlap on Pincusion (e2 6a) look much easier than it felt for me! Rocking over on to nothing for the feet but good locks, not exactly a bombshelter of gear either (and the traverse getting to the roof is thin!). That plus we only had one half rope doubled up = hanging belay in the middle of the slab. Nice day back on the trad . #tremadog #climb #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #pantifan #craigpantifan #slab #roof #girlswhoclimb #leadclimbing #noholds #sunsoutgunsout #tradseason #climbergirl #northwales

 63    4w    

We were up near Llanberis today; it would have been rude not to call in at the slate! Roadside action at Vivian; Rachel led Psychotherapy e2 5c and I climbed Comes the Dervish e3 5c. Both mega classics. The Dervish was a bit scarier than I thought it was going to be with only a tiny #2 microwire protecting the 35ft slab above the overlap... . #llanberis #northwales #climbing #tradclimbing #slate #slatequarry #vivianquarry #sparky #adventuredog #labrador #girlswhoclimb #climbergirl #slab #quarry #archeology #industrialrevolution #rock

 72    4w    

We’re back home in North Wales now after an amazing winter exploring France, Spain and Morocco. You might think we’d be sad that the trips over but I always love coming back to Snowdonia in the Spring. The days are getting longer, the birds are out at dusk, the lambs have been born and the daffodils are in flower. The clocks go forward on Saturday, that’s how you really know the worst is behind us! It’s great to be home. . #wales #snowdonia #northwales #rhinogs #sunset #fields #lambs #mountains #clouds #moodygrams #sea #winter #spring #seasons #sunset_vision #cloudporn #landscape #landscapephotography #coast #colours #fierysky

 45    1m    

We woke up in the Pyrenees, drove through a massive empty tunnel (zombie apocalypse) and came out in to the snow. Pitstop 2hr walking tour of Bordeaux, saw some cool architecture, ate a local delicacy and rachel stood on a automated traffic bollard. We passed loads of vineyards and camped by the beach in La Rochelle. The road homes going ok. . #roadtrip #bordeaux #francs #vanlife #wayhome #theroad #church #cathedral #snow #pyrenees #vineyard #tourist #exploring #sun #river #camping #river