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

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

climbing in pembrokeshire

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