Pembrokeshire Climbing Challenge – 50 in a day…

Soloing Dreamboat Annie at Porth Clais, Pembrokeshire, my 42nd climb of the day..

Pembrokeshire Climbing challenge – 50 in a day on the sea cliffs… I love climbing long rock routes, Big Walls and Alpine faces, but we don’t have any of those here for Pembrokeshire climbing fans. (Aside from girdle traverses, of which we have some huge ones – future projects..!) Big days out can still be had if you are inventive and put the effort in. I’d had an idea for quite a while to see … Continue reading

Kilimanjaro

Sunrise from near the summit of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro For the last few weeks I have been in Africa, guiding groups on Kilimanjaro. The highest mountain in Africa, standing 5895m above sea level, is also the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. The Africans are rightly very proud of their mountain, and alongside safaris and the beaches, it’s their main tourist draw. This trip I was working for World Challenge, there purely to be a summit leader on Kilimanjaro. The students had their regular … Continue reading

School groups and more, climbing in Pembrokeshire

Max wanted a tandem abseil to boost his confidence! Awesome effort!

School Groups etc… A busy few weeks have passed in Pembrokeshire, summer is in full flow and we have been treated to some amazing weather (with the odd tougher day thrown in!) School groups, private clients, CPD workshops, SPA courses and Technical Advisor days – great that work is so varied, with variety being the spice of life and all that! Pembrokeshire is a popular place for schools to come for their multi-activity residential trips, with … Continue reading

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Learning some vital skills for sea-cliff climbing in Pembrokeshire

Sea-Cliff Climbing in Pembrokeshire It’s been a busy spring so far, with lots of people coming climbing in Pembrokeshire, and this last week has been no exception, with it being half term… We started off on Sunday running workshops on the BMC Pembrokeshire Climbing Festival. Mini workshops on sea-cliff skills such as abseiling in to hanging belays, ascending the rope and hoisting stuck climbers was the order of the day. With a great bunch of … Continue reading

school groups

School Groups residentials in Pembrokeshire It’s been the first busy week of school groups on residential adventure activity trips here in Pembrokeshire, where I’ve been working for TYF. With a few different schools in, and literally hundreds of students, we’ve had a pretty decent week! A local school and some from further afield, without exception all of them were lovely children! I spent a few days with Prendergast primary, at a variety of different crags … Continue reading

Sea Cliff Climbing Skills in Pembrokeshire

Big swell hitting as Rachel is rescued from Porth Clais.

Sea Cliff Climbing Skills The weekend just gone I had Hazel back with me, looking at gaining a host of new sea cliff climbing skills. She’d spent a weekend with me in North Wales already, and is prepping for some upcoming trips with her climbing club, the FRCC, over the summer. Keen to be able to lead others and look after people in serious terrain, she wanted to learn new skills! We spent the first … Continue reading

Technical Advice

Technical Advice in the Outdoor Industry This week has been mostly spent going to the different Outdoor Centres I am Technical Advisor for and giving them “Technical Advice”.  What is Technical Advice though!?! Many places may need an experienced eye to help them write their Risk Assessments, Operating Procedures, carry out “PPE” equipment checks and conduct staff training, amongst many other things. What makes a Technical Advisor? Well it’s someone with the highest level of … Continue reading

SPA assessment in Pembrokeshire

SPA assessment Pembrokeshire This weekend just gone we’ve been running an SPA assessment here in Pembrokeshire. On the weekend we had 4 candidates who had travelled down to Pembrokeshire from as far afield as Nottingham! Over the 2 days we assess peoples personal climbing and abseiling, group set ups for climbs and abseils and problem solving, as well as their knowledge on kit, fauna/flora and general climbing knowledge and much more… Obviously we’re mainly interested in … Continue reading

Treader Tube

The almighty hail storm! More like Scotland in winter than Pembrokeshire!

Treader Tube Cliff Camping in Pembrokeshire… These last couple of days I’ve been out Cliff Camping with the guys from Treader Tube. Tom runs a YouTube channel that aims at documenting adventurous and innovative stuff, making it interesting and engaging viewing for the audience. They’ve climbed, trekked, snow holed and dog sledded their way around the world, and this week they came to Pembrokeshire to experience sleeping on a Portaledge! I’d gone on to YouTube … Continue reading

Walking and Climbing, Brecon & Snowdonia

Taking in the view on Pen y Fan during the Gold DofE training expedition...

Walking and Climbing We’ve had a super busy week both walking and climbing. First up I was working on a Gold Duke of Edinburgh training expedition, walking in the Brecon Beacons and then a weekend coaching lead Climbing in Snowdonia. Fun but looking forward to a day off! We have a pretty exciting couple of days coming up filming our Portaledge Cliff Camping with the guys from Treader Tube – if only the forecast was … Continue reading