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Latest News / Blog 02.12.21: Yr Eifl & the Coastal Path


On the to-do list was those mountains we see in the far distance as we climb Snowdon via the Llanberis Path, known wrongly as "the Rivals" it was actually Yr Eifl that I went up. 

Accompanied on the day by flower & plant specialist Julia Miflin  we started at Trefor taking the stunning Coastal Path before heading across country to get to the summit.


This was my first visit to what was once the largest granite quarry in the world and the remaining buildings are of epic proportions and stand magnificently as a reminder of the past industry, well worth a visit.


Included in the photos below is a Carneddau pony taken on a visit to Crimpiau at the weekend.

Latest News / Blog 27.11.21


Saturday I delivered a workshop "A glimpse into the industrial past of Snowdon" to several Caru Eryri volunteers who had been working hard all over Snowdonia during the season. 

The weather was kind to us as we delved into the fascinating history of this special mountain and we had a great day out.

Latest News / Blog 07.11.21: Finally catching up!

After a nudge from Sue one of my friends and Blog readers I thought I had better update with news etc.  Needless to say it has been pretty manic here in Snowdonia and I have been out and about quite a bit on various walks and adventures, far too many to list of course but I will add a few pics at the bottom as usual.

The season has now finished for me with pre-booked work but I will still be out on the hills keeping the mountain legs active.

We have our end of season Volunteer Wardens quiz and refreshments at Steff's cafe but with lack of parking space most of us will be walking up that steep tarmac road to get there, and back!

I have agreed to put on a special guided walk "A glimpse into the industrial past of Snowdon" for some of the Caru Eryri Volunteers who have been very busy all season all around the National Park. 


My work has been vary varied over the past weeks, freelancing for various companies, mostly on Snowdon as that is where people want to go! I have met lots of interesting and lovely people and been out in varying weathers some resulting in abandoning walks before the summits. Lots of interesting stories now to be told for many years to come including those pesky lunch eating sheep at the summit!


I have now decided not to take on any more night walks or N3Peaks challenges as it plays havoc with my body time clock and at 70 I think I have done my fair share, could always be an exception for the right reason though:)


A few pics below of some of the outings during the past few weeks, some of them are of me getting a wetting whilst out on Warden duty, enjoy and will post again soon, Keith






latest News / Blog 20.09.21


Working for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon once again I had the pleasure in supporting Ayodele and his family over from Nigeria to celebrate his 53rd birthday on Snowdon. 

A tough challenge for them as they were new to the mountains and our wet, cold and windy weather conditions, we had a fantastic day out though with everybody making it to the summit.

Latest News / Blog: 03.09.21 Mad busy week here on Snowdon!


It has been a very busy week here for me with four Snowdon trips in five days but, what a five days!

Working for Glyn Peris B&B taking John & June up for their first Snowdon trip, a dodgy tummy made June's trip more of an adventure than she signed up for. But all was well and we had a great day out. 

That day was followed by a 2am morning start for a 3 Peaks challenge, busy roads saw a delay of four hours so a bit of a lie in for me. 


Next up was Clare and her two boys for their first Snowdon Adventure, travelling all the way from Watford we were also joined by trainee ML Andy who was consolidating his group management skills. What a fab fun filled day we had, the weather was kind although chilly at the top and I am sure they will all remember their day out.


Last outing saw me working for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon along with three other MLs supporting Greater Manchester Youth Network who were on a sponsored walk raising money for 42nd Street a charity raising funds for mental heath of young people in Manchester.


This was a really tough walk for this bunch taking the extended route through Maesgwm and onto the Ranger Path eleven and a half miles with nearly 4000' of climb. Everyone did it and we even managed to get back on time for a pre booked dinner at the famous Petes Eats in Llanberis.


Nearly forgot to mention I attended my Mountain First Aid Course 2 day refresher, these are mainly conducted outside on the sides of hills and woods etc to add realism to what we actually do on the hill, the bodies in the photographs are not real and are ready for placement in various scenarios!


I Have one day off now before a weekend supporting volunteers of the Caru Eryri Scheme working on and around the lower flanks of Snowdon. Roll on Christmas!





Latest News / Blog 28.08.21 Group walk September 1st.


There are a few places left on the Open group walk on Wednesday 1st of September £40pp


Txt, email or call me to book: 07720433680


Weather is looking good for the next few days!


Keith 


Latest news / Blog 17.08.21  Birthday  Snowdon Surprise for Jason !


Nephew Jason along with his son Brad was treated to a walk up our big hill as part of his 50th birthday celebrations, this was a surprise  for him right up to the night before when he thought he was going to have a few beers with family who were all stopping at the fabulous Gwydyr hotel in Betws y Coed.


Both being members of the RAF, fitness was never going to be an issue and despite me bashing their ears on the way we still managed to get to the summit in just over two hours. Weather was decent although we lost the views at the top that didn't stop us having a great day on the hill.


Another surprise party waited for him on his return to the hotel where copious amounts of alcohol were downed along with celebration birthday cake! A perfect end to a great weekend.





Latest news / Blog 12.08.21: Bursting at the seams!



Wow there are a lot of people in Snowdonia at the moment even with the poor weather over the past few days the mountains have been really busy and so have I :)

Snowdon, Cader Idris, Aran Fawddwy and other locations have all been visited, Snowdon multiple times in all weathers!


Some photos from the days: Leah at Aran Fawddwy, and day out on Snowdon for Raw Adventures.





Latest news / Blog 26.07.21


Great weather here for the past few days has meant it has been very busy and very hot! Out with the Snowdonia Society with Julia and Jane we picked up far too much rubbish on Snowdon but it seems we have the same problem all over the park, very sad.


i did manage to have a day off at the zoo with grandaughter Emelia who thought it was ace to try on my sun hat, bless her,


More or less all weekends are now fully booked but weekdays are available if you would like to come and walk on our fantastic mountains. Cheers

Latest News & Blog 18.07.21


Well what a couple of weeks for me, lots of walks working mainly for Raw Adventures/Climb Snowdon which gave me the privilege to walk alongside ten year old Toby and his family as he took on his Snowdon challenge. Toby is a four limb paraplegic he has Cerebral Palsy which means he cannot walk unaided.

With the use of a stick or a holding hand he made it to the summit in five and a half hours, such an incredible achievement!!!

On he way down as a special treat the Snowdon Mountain Railway accommodated Toby and his Mum for a trip down in the Guards van, the rest of us had to walk!.

A fantastic end to an emotional incredible day.  

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02.07.2021: Some photos from my day working for Raw Adventures/Climb Snowdon, Manni and his crew picked the right day as the weather was really good. Although a challenging walk everybody dug in and had a fab day out on the mountain. 


We continue to be very busy with most weekends until the end of August which means of course that the mountain will also be busy, weekdays are far quieter if you are able to come then.

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25.06.21: Big space since the last post mainly due to being very busy!  I have managed to get around the park quite a bit and it was nice to get onto Cader Idris for the first of many planned trips this year.

Snowdon of course is still the main target for anyone coming to Snowdonia and I have had plenty of trips up there with them!


This weekend sees me out on Saturday, Sunday & Monday with a couple of Snowdon trips and a day with Caru Eryri supporting a volunteer team on the Watkin Path and around Llyn Gwynant.


As its my 70th next week I have decided to keep away from the mountains at the weekend and will be chilling who knows where?


Couple of Photos from the past weeks:




08.06.21: The nice weather has arrived here along with the crowds!

Plenty of walks etc since my last blog, various trips on Snowdon and the Glyders with some Warden duty as well.


What is very noticeable are the number of people out here in Snowdonia, its staggering and quite frankly I don't think the area can cope. Trying to get food or refreshments always involves a lengthy queue, but we should not complain after the covid mponths!


I have a few available dates for anyone wanting to walk, weekends are very busy and if you can you should try to come on a week day if possible.


Photos below: Raw Climb Snowdon group, Snowdon Sunrise and Andy on one of our Glyder days out

19.05.2021: Another wet weekend in Snowdonia.

Saturday, the first work day for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon turned out to be a soggy wet affair for the five guests I had. The original walk plan was changed to take an hour of ascent off due the to expected rain and possible thunder in the afternoon.

We still had a great day out and the sun came out (as it often does) on the way down.

Out again on the Sunday with the Warden team and yet another helping of Snowdonia's finest wet stuff to finish off the weekend. 

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06.05.21: The Snow is Back!


Gulshun and Geoff had an unexpected treat of walking in the snow for their first Snowdon adventure but that made the day even more memorable.




First group walk of the year with Natalie, Jamie, Chloe & Daniel. Weather was interesting to say the least but we had a fab day out!

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We are back on the mountains!

Posted on 8 April, 2021 at 14:20 Comments comments (654)

Fantastic to get out back onto the mountains, the weather is very changeable as normal for this time of year but it is just really good to get out there.


For the next few weeks I will be working for the Snowdonia Society looking after various volunteer teams on the mountains as they welcome back visitors to Snowdonia.

The warden teams have also started and I had avery pleasant day out with Paul on Easter Sunday. Moday the snow was back!


I will be updating the website over the coming days with more news.


Some photos from the weekend:

  

Yep, still here and waiting

Posted on 11 March, 2021 at 14:05 Comments comments (2)

Getting ready now for a return to the mountains hopefully in April, maybe May at the latest.


Bookings are starting to come in and with the current situation about overseas holidays I do expect it to be very busy in Snowdonia, so if you need accomodation I would suggest you book early to get the dates you would like.

I have updated the diary on the website and at the moment there are plenty of free days to come and have a walk in the mountains and hills of the National Park, likewise I would book early to get the dates you would like to walk with us.


Happy walking

Keith

We are still here and waiting!

Posted on 22 January, 2021 at 6:55 Comments comments (54)

Just to let everyone know that we are still here and taking bookings for later in the year.


I will be posting new photos and information at the start of February when, hopefully we will have an idea of how and when we can start getting back out onto the hills.


Keep safe

Keith



2021 Calendar uploaded

Posted on 17 December, 2020 at 6:35 Comments comments (4)

Hi everyone,


Just to let you know that the 2021 Calendar has now been uploaded, lets hope we get a chance to actually do some walking!


Little walk around Betws y Coed the other day


Snowdon, Siabod and the Glyders

Posted on 11 December, 2020 at 16:10 Comments comments (3)

Dodged the worst of the weather and managed to get three good days on the mountains, Snowdon was really good, working alongside Mike Raine delivering a workshop for qualified mountain leaders. A long day out coming off the hill in darkness but so much to talk about, this mountain packs it in!

Siabod was not a good day with howling winds and driving rain, that certainly swept away the cobwebs :(


Last week Myself and Andy did a Glyders traverse starting at Nant Peris taking the waterfall route up onto Y Garn and then following the ridgeline onto Elidir Fawr and then the very steep drop off back to NP.

This is a great day out and thankfully the weather held out for us although, the cloud was down on Elidir causing a slight nav error on the start of the  descent which meant an unpleasant short detour over the boulder field, really important that you are able to nav in these conditions. The next day the snow came down hard and fast but typical I was unable to get out to play.


Some photos:



Roll on Christmas and the new year!

Posted on 19 November, 2020 at 7:55 Comments comments (0)

Well hopefully next year will not be any worse than this one and things will gradualy get back to some sort of normal.

The financial cost to everyone working in the outdoor sector is huge, I am down 75% on bookings compared to last year, not good! 


Back on the mountains next week for my last working day with Mike Raine on a Snowdon workshop and a day out somewhere nice, hopefully taking some nice photos for the next blog. 


Photos from a quick Watkin Path walk last week



End of the season?

Posted on 18 October, 2020 at 14:35 Comments comments (0)

Wow the end of the season seems to have sneaked up on me and with another Welsh National lockdown seemingly planned for the 23rd of October that will certainly finish the job!


Of course we will continue throughout the winter months if the ground conditions (and lockdowns) allow. There will be many great days that provide opportunities to get some good walking in so please do get in touch to see what is on offer.


The last couple of weekends I have been out working for "Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon" looking after their guests and we were lucky to have good weather for both trips, there was a definate chill in the air though.

 

First snow on Snowdon

Posted on 3 October, 2020 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)

Just returned from Craflwyn Hall and three days leading a variety of walks, highlight was a fab day up Snowdon with Paul, Rob, Jean & Susan, first timers on Snowdon and looking forward to the challenge.

Taking my favourite Rhyd Ddu path up to the summit and returning by the South Ridge always promises to be a great day and this was no exception, a bit of banter always helps the pain of those steep pulls along with a bit of ear bashing (educational input) and we were soon at the unusually quiet summit, bonus!

It was a tad cold and then a brief snow shower arrived to give us all the weather seasons in one day, Sun, rain, snow, wind and a rainbow!

We came across up a couple of young ladies who did not fancy a return back down the Watkin scree and guided them down the South ridge for a more relaxed return leaving us at Bwlch Cwm Llan. 


So another great day out on our fantastic mountain made very enjoyable by great company,.


Elio Ridge & Cwm Bychan days out in the sun!

Posted on 17 September, 2020 at 15:05 Comments comments (31)

Working for Raw Adventures looking after Annand & Sheila who were guests at Pale Hall in Bala we had two fab sunny days out in Snowdonia.

First day we took on the Elio ridgeline circuit and boy was it hot! p-leny of fluids the order of the day.

Second day was to be more relaxed and the choice was  Cwm Bychan and the fishermans path back to Beddgelert, a classic circuit and another sunny day for us.

Although this pair have tackled many high peaks in the Alps etc this was to be their first Northern Snowdonia trip and they want to come back for more, more, more! 


Catch up with Julia on Snowdon

Posted on 14 September, 2020 at 15:00 Comments comments (1)

It was great to Catch up with Julia who had travelled to Craflwyn Hall from Edingburgh for eight days of Snowdonia walking and what nice weathr overall she had.


The Watkin Path was the only one Julia had not tackled all the way to the summit so that was the route for the day with a great descent by way of Allt Maenderyn.

The weather was great on the day which also attracted massive crowds at the summit once at the top Julia decided that she wanted to bag the peak of Garnedd Ugain as it was one she had not done before so off she set on her own while I waited at Bwlch Glas.


Its always nice to catch up with old friends and that made our day out on our fantastic mountain even better, safe journey home Julia.


Doncaster to Snowdon summit

Posted on 7 September, 2020 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

Returning for the second year Vinayak, Peter & Kris had another bash at Snowdon, this year taking the Llanberis Path for a leisurley  stroll to the summit. The weather held out for us, it was not the best but we didnt get wet and we had clear skies for our descent.


The guys were really interested in the history of Wales, the area and Snowdonl, its always nice to be able to pass on information and makes for a better day out on the hill.


Big shout out to Base Camp at Llanllyfni who hosted them the night before, they were very impressed with their stay.


Annabel & Cassius tackle the "Big One!"

Posted on 31 August, 2020 at 8:35 Comments comments (1)

Arriving in Llanberis the evening of Storm Francis was not the best start for Annabel and 11 year old son Casius who had travelled up from London for their Snowdon adventure.

 

Setting off on the Thursday I knew we only had a possible two hour window when the weather was forecasted to be clear and dry (hopefully). Taking the Sherpa to Pen y Pass for an ascent by the Pyg and then down by way of the Llanberis Path was our chosen route.

 

Rain and wind did not deter them both and we made good time to arrive at a cold and wet summit where we did not linger! As forecast the clouds lifted and the rain stopped as we dropped into Clogwyn for a well deserved refreshment stop and a chance to get into some dry clothes (Annabel was well prepared!).

 

It's a long old path down into Llanberis and as we eventually arrived the heavens opened just as I was getting back into the car, phew! Fantastic effort by them both especially Cassius in some very challenging conditions.



 

Wet disappointing day on Snowdon

Posted on 23 August, 2020 at 13:45 Comments comments (367)

Very disappointing Snowdon Warden day, lots of rain and lots of litter!


Despite the paths being cleared of rubbish by wardens yesterday we managed to pick up 6 very heavy bags today and, we only went halfway up!


Our haul included, Nappies, beer bottles, red bull cans, underwear, socks, sweaters, bana skins, tissues, plastic bottles etc etc etc.,  


Without doubt we now have an influx of people on the mountain that would probably been usually been holidaying in a warmer climate with beaches and bars!

Its great that they are here but we need to have some outdoor repect to be shown. Rant over!



Quick trip up Hebog and back to Snowdon

Posted on 18 August, 2020 at 14:50 Comments comments (117)

Afetr a really tiring hot and humid trip up Hebog on Wednesday I decided that the Saturday work on Snowdon was going to have an early start to try and beat some of the heat. 

Working for Glyn Peris B&B once again, we managed to arrange a 07.30 start for Canadian Military Chaplain Lesley who was having her first visit to Snowdonia. The Ranger was the chosen route and she made short work of the ascent to reach the summit before 10.30 which meant no queues!


The weather was great with clear skies and sunshine, Lesley was blown away with the views and a return visit is definately on the cards for her.

As we made our way down the descision to start early was much appreciated as the temperature was rising rapidly and lots of sweaty people were making their way up.

All in all another great day out on our fantastic mountain.


  

Nicola's Snowdon adventure

Posted on 13 August, 2020 at 2:15 Comments comments (589)

Travelling from Birmingham I don't think Nicola could not have expected what an adventure she was in for.

Massive thunder storms, power cuts and unbearable heat during the night meant everybody was feeling a little worse for wear the next morning.

That was not going to deter Nicola and off we set for our Snowdon Adventure, the weather was hot with clear skies, a promise of storms later in the day meant we had to get on the mountain and back down as quickly as we could.

The heat was oppressive making the climb very difficult which meant lots of stops for water etc, but it was worth the effort and the views were great. Not sure how many pictures she took but it was lots!

Once we were down we headed to Llyn Dinas for a picnic by the lake and to get in some more fab views.

Well done Nicola on a very challenging day out on our fantastic mountain.



 

Legs have finally come good!

Posted on 10 August, 2020 at 14:20 Comments comments (0)

Well after 6 Snowdon climbs and a few lesser walks my fitness and mountain legs have returned!

It was good to be back working for Large Outdoors on Sunday with a splendid Sunrise walk, great group of people who thorougly enjoyed their adventue.


Tomorrow I am back up Snowdon followed by a Hebog trip on the Wednesday, nice to have a change before heading back up the big hill on Saturday.


The thunder and lightening has arrived and will hopefully clear overnight otherwise I wont be going anywhere tomorrow!


Group photo from the Sunrise walk and grandkids having an adventure.

 


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