Rock Climbing Instructor award and sunny Pembs rock!

The new Rock Climbing Instructor award assessment in Pembrokeshire

Rock Climbing Instructor award assessment and more… In the last week we’ve run our first of the new Rock Climbing Instructor award assessments, and what weather we had for it! We also had some returning visitors for some sea cliff climbing, and got a couple of awesome personal climbs in – the weather has treated us well! Andy and son Igor, over from Geneva, came out for a days climbing, and despite some big swell … Continue reading

Spring so far….

Sina being looked after by two MIA trainees on the Parsons Arête..

Spring 2018 It’s been a hectic Spring so far, and I’ve been having too much fun to update the blog since Winter… So here’s a ‘quick’ round up of what I’ve been up to since heading south from the amazing Scottish Winter! Towards the end of March we had our first SPA training course of the year and the weather played ball – warm and sunny, gotta love Spring in Pembrokeshire! It was the last … Continue reading

Winter Climbing 2018

Winter climbing on Hells Lum, Cairngorms

Winter Climbing 2018 round up… I’ve been making an effort this season to do loads of winter climbing as I work towards my MIC award. As well as personal winter climbing I’ve been trying to line up “mock” clients, people that perhaps are summer climbers but want to learn about winter climbing. This isn’t paid work, as I’m still working towards the award, but it’s all proved amazing fun and led me to explore loads of … Continue reading

Scottish Winter

Don’t let the sun fool you - the weather was terrible! Julian in Coire an t Scneachda...

Scottish Winter Skills 2018 What a winter it’s been for the people on our Scottish Winter Skills Courses! I’ve tried to not work too much, instead focusing on personal climbing and other bits as I work towards my MIC award, but we’ve still had plenty going on! And wow has Scotland provided us with an amazing winter wonderland…. We started off with Luke and Max for a week, both of whom had done their SPA … Continue reading

Annapurna basecamp trek

Sunrise over Dhaulagiri, an 8000m peak you won’t see again on the Annapurna basecamp trek

Annapurna basecamp trek I’ve been lucky enough to have just spent 2 months in Nepal, and twice did the Annapurna basecamp trek. The first time we went in, it was a super quick blast over a few days as a stopping point to climb a peak above, and the second time it was the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trek when I was working with my World Challenge group. My initial trip was from the roadside at … Continue reading

Climbing Tharpu Chuli

Winding our way past some crevasses on the glacier on Tharpu Chuli

Climbing Tharpu Chuli Being lucky enough to spend a month away working for World Challenge in Nepal, we decided to tag a few weeks of personal climbing on before hand, and after a lot of thought and research we decided that climbing Tharpu Chuli, or Tent Peak as it’s commonly known, would be a good objective… It ‘s a mountain surrounded by giants, deep within the Annapurna range, but being just below the 5700m mark, … Continue reading

Mountain Training

Joey, one of the trainees took this selfie whilst I was explaining something to Louis during the Mountain Training SPA training course...

Mountain Training Courses The start of Autumn has been full of Mountain Training Courses for us. We provide Mountain Training SPA courses, but work on ML and other courses for different providers. It’s great fun working with so many people, and in different areas, and I think really important to do as it retains our currency and competence to a higher level. First up we were running an ML refresher in the Brecon Beacons. Anna … Continue reading

September

Learn to lead climb on the Pembrokeshire sea cliffs...

Summers over, September has flown by and now it’s Autumn! Wowzer the latter half of the summer went quick, September flew by and now here we are in October!!! Now thoughts are turning to our Autumn courses and a stint in Nepal. Below is a whistle stop tour of what we’ve been up to for the last month… The latter half of August saw me doing some freelance work for TYF, Dragon Activity Guides and … Continue reading

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