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The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge

Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge A fantastic weekend completing the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge with staff from Bristol Zoo. The Welsh 3 CPeaks challenge - simple, climb the highest mountains in Wales from each of the three main mountain areas. Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan are the mountains and you have 24 hours in which to climb them all. Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge I have done this challenge in the past and I had almost forgotten how good the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge is. I certainly prefer it to the national 3 peaks challenge, which i have done a few times and best experienced by push bike for the ultimate experience. These days the national 3 peaks challenge is overcrowded and the mountains have motorway footpaths to the summit which is necessary to stop erosion.  The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge however has Cadair Idris and that's the mountain that really feels remote and 'out there' compared with the others. We started walking in at 5 am in the dark and the rain. So Snowdon certainly felt 'out there' for the group - lets face it, unless you're an experienced climber operating in the alps or Scotland in winter, you don't often get up at 3:30am to make the most of the day but that's what you need to do to complete the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. Snowdon - 1085 m For this challenge I was working with Bristol Zoo and a total of 30 of there staff were trying to complete the welsh 3 peaks challenge over 24 hours. [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls Abseil Events Canonteign Falls is the highest waterfall in England and its set in spectacular grounds on the edge of Dartmoor. Abseiling off Canonteign Falls is a fantastic challenge and is used by charities to raise money for a great cause. More information on Canonteign Falls here. The grounds at Canonteign Falls has a beautiful lake, lots of fantastic walks for the family, a cafe serving home cooked food, cakes and ice creams. At the top of the waterfall is a stunning view across the surrounding countryside and large fern garden. There is plenty to do for children and makes a great day out for you and the family and therefore making it a great event location for a charity abseil. We have run abseil events there for the past five years with a 100 percent success rate for every abseiler coming down Canonteign Falls, which is a great achievement to all involved. The charities that we have worked with have raised as much as £13,000 per day on abseil events and we have run the whole day for them, with no costs to the charity. This is done by the abseil participants paying a registration fee and that covers our cost for the event meaning that all the money raised goes straight to charity. We provide wet suits for all participants, changing rooms and lots of skilled and helpful instructors at hand on all stages of the abseil process to help the day go smoothly. Below is a video of one of our Canonteign Falls abseil events for Children's Hospice South West. [...]

By | August 20th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Canonteign Falls

The 2nd Ascent of Morris Dancing on Ecstasy

Some times you got to get nicely nervous. That was the plan today. I went down to Snuff Mills today with Henry Castle from Climb Pembroke and did the 2nd ascent of 'Morris Dancing on Ecstasy' only moments before the 1st pitch got retro bolted. The route is well worth 3 stars and there is nothing like it for miles around. This is pure adventure climbing at its best but safe to, well, now the first pitch is bolted. The routes is 4 pitches long and we thought it went at HVS 5a, 5a, 5a, 4c. It's amazing climbing, in a superb position, funky moves, tree swinging, air beneath you and bolts from the sport routes every now and again to add to the experience. It somehow manages to feel really spooky but actually because of the trees and bolts, its safe but it feels like a big sea cliff adventure route. Amazing all the way. Pack your bags and get down there. Morris Dancing on Ecstasy - 3 stars Contact Us for your Rock Climbing Course - Contact Us

By | June 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Rock climbing near London

So you live in the London area and you're a rock climber?  You want to get out of the city and climb on some real rock? This Article will look at the options that you have if you're going for a day or a weekend away rock climbing somewhere outside of the City of London. The places I have described are close by so as to not break the bank or increase your carbon foot print too much. If you want to go to North Wales, go.  The same with Spain.  This article will look at the crags you can get to in a day if you're keen. London city - our nation's capital.  The big cheese, the smoke, the hustle and bustle of the business world and yes, now it's your day off and you want to escape - of course you do. If you're a rock climber who lives in the City of London then you know the battles of trying to get away and enjoy some time in the countryside, escaping the rat race for a day and freeing your mind from the grip of the office. It has a great effect. Having a car is the first thing that you will find very handy, or having a friend with a car, or stealing a car, borrowing a car, hiring a car, or just generally getting a car is helpful as a climber. A lot of the climbing spots in the UK are not best fed by public transport. A train will drop you off in the centre of a city but the crag you want to climb at is 11 miles south in the depths of the wilderness. Having a car is [...]

By | June 24th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Rock climbing near London

Rock Climbing Around Bristol for New Climbers

This article is designed to help the new outdoor rock climber find the best place to go rock climbing around Bristol. Bristol is a great place to be based if you're a rock climber, with crags in the city itself and with great motorway links to other UK climbing spots and an international airport on its doorstep.  You can see why it's one of the best cities to live in for rock climbing. Bristol has Avon Gorge in the heart of the city and it's known as the best city crag in the world - if that doesn't get your juices flowing I don't know what will. However, Avon Gorge does take some time to settle into the climbing style - with its delicate and balancy moves. So don't go jumping onto an E2 at Main Wall just yet!  I know many hard visiting climbers that have admitted to being terrified at Avon Gorge. I wrote this article to whip around the local crags to give you a few options if you're starting out rock climbing around Bristol.  I hope that I share some of my experiences and knowledge in the process. I've not really focused on any of the sport climbing areas and will leave that for another article, so this is more aimed at those who want to do some trad. I've inserted links to the crags and routes mentioned so feel free to click the highlighted text to find out where the crag is and find out some more information. Myself trying to figure out how steep this wall is in Avon Gorge!! Goblin Comb When you start off rock climbing around Bristol most people are [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Wye Valley Rock Climbing

The Wye Valley Last weekend i was working in the Wye Valley rock climbing. Some of the best Wye Valley rock climbing can be found at Wintours Leap which is a magnificent crag. One hundred meters tall in parts and with trad routes and sports, both single and multi-pitch, with great views - its hard to beat. The road access is close by and you can park in picturesque village of Woodcroft meaning that the walk into Wintours Leap for Wye Valley rock climbing is only 5 minutes. Cliffs in the local area to rival Wintours Leap are Avon Gorge in Bristol and Cheddar gorge in Somerset. Both of these crags however have roads at the bottom which makes for even quicker access but you have the traffic noise interfering with your peace and rock climbing ambiance. I was working with Harry and Simon getting them in the Wye Valley rock climbing outside from indoor climbing. They hadn't done any lead climbing before and wanted to learn the skills to be able to climb outside and learn to lead sport climbs so they can use that skills indoors and outside. We started off at the top of fly wall getting the guys using there ropes to setup top ropes in order to allow them to climb outside on minimal kit and therefore cost in purchasing equipment. After we had climbed 4 routes in this manner we then moved over to some sport climbs, getting the guys leading and then stripping the routes. If your interested in learning the skills to go from indoor climbing to outdoor rock climbing then get in touch and we can make a course tailored to your needs. [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Climbing Coaching

Today i was rock climbing coaching in the Wye Valley working for the BMC. I had four young people from various youth squads that had booked a course with the BMC to learn to lead sports routes outdoors. None of the guys and girls had climbed outside before but had all lead before indoor and all climbed at a good level. So it was my job to do some good climbing coaching to get them up to speed and out on the crag.   The team pictured above were all super keen so we headed to Wyndcliffe Quarry to start off with, which is a great venue for climbing coaching. With two pairs climbing i put up two bottom ropes so i could watch the guys lead while a rope was above them the whole time. As they were indoor climbers i didn't give them the guide book or tell them the grades, they had to climb both routes and then let me know what grade they thought they were. To be fair to them they were very close to the grade - that doesn't normally happen so good effort team.   After that we did some climbing coaching on stripping anchors after leading a route, we did this on the ground and then moved onto the guys leading there own route and then stripping it themselves. This is impressive considering some of them were only 11 years old and it takes a lot of learning and putting into practice to get this nailed so well done guys. After everyone had lead a route we packed up and headed over to Wintours Leap on the other side of the river. We got everyone on a [...]

By | May 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Abseil in Avon Gorge

Cracking session this evening doing an abseil in Avon Gorge. The weather was perfect and all the boys went down the abseil, some even abseiled using a stick rather than the traditional figure of 8. If you fancy doing an abseil in Avon Gorge then get in touch. Avon Gorge is great venue for abseiling with lots of abseils all at different heights with great views of the Avon Gorge - awesome.    

By | May 20th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Group Climbing

Awesome little day today in Bristol. A long run this morning picking up a bit of shopping on the way through. Then down to meet Jon Gupta at Avon Gorge.  We headed up to Suspension Bridge Buttress and climbed - Suspense, Suspension Bridge Arete, Hell Gates and Clan Union. Just nice to get out on the rock again after climbing a few big peaks recently. After a spot of dinner i was back at the Avon Gorge for a group climbing session with Chandos House. Group Climbing sessions at Avon Gorge are always great fun and today it was perfect with the evening setting and warm temperatures and a group fully up for it - what a great day. Home at 9pm and in time for dinner Bring on tomorrow - although it looks like rain. If you fancy climbing at Avon Gorge on a group climbing session then get in touch.    

By | May 13th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Group Climbing

Wintours Leap

A quick blast rock climbing at Wintours Leap in the Wye Valley today. A little mission to tick a few routes that I've not done before which is always good fun, not very stared routes and not on most peoples tick lists but the crag classics I've done before. We started with Original Route - VD - no star - two pitches. This route was shit and i will not do it again with anyone so say away Wintours Leap climbers. Next we did John's Route - HS - one star - two pitches. A good route seemed about the same grade as the VD but on good rough rock and worthy of its star. Next we did Grey Wall - VS 5a - one star - a good route i thought with good gear and fun moves. Good one for people to push themselves on. Last we did Black Wall - HVS 5a - One star - I thought this was one of the best routes of its grade at Wintours Leap. Steep, good gear, good holds - although maybe a touch crumbly but i like that. What a great route, will put everyone i can on this bad boy - superb. Lets go rock climbing at Wintours Leap - get in touch.

By | May 12th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments