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Triglav North Face

Triglav North Face I first saw the north face of Triglav in a book, 'The Big Walls' by Reinhold Messner, when I was about 19 years old. The mountain and the face has fascinated me ever since. In the book, it gave an account of the first ascent with a large colour photo of the mighty north face of Triglav. It quoted “Few climbs have left such a lasting impression on me as this one. Of the three biggest faces in the Eastern Alps, the Triglav Wall seems to me to be the most difficult.” - Ludwig Sinek. The grade given for this route however, is only IV+ (UK grade of around Hard Severe). So, with a rock wall as tall as El Cap in Yosemite but with a far more reasonable grade, it seemed like a very good idea to book some flights to go and check it out. The plane touched down into Slovenia's capital – Ljubljana. We hired a super cheap car and made the short drive to the picturesque town of Bled – where we were staying for a few days in order to attempt to climb Triglav via the north face. Bled is a tourist town, and rightly so – it's beautiful. The town is situated on a huge, crystal-clear lake, with steep limestone cliffs at its edges and castles rising from the rolling forests. It really is a fairy tale of a place. It's also cheaper than other European destinations. We were paying just 17 euros a night for our B and B; so it's a perfect base to start your adventure. On our first day, I drove with Robyn my climbing partner to the town of [...]

By |2018-03-21T11:01:22+00:00February 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Welsh 3000’s Challenge

Climb the Welsh 3000's challenge on the 6th and 7th August 2016. The Welsh 3000's challenge is a classic of the UK and of Snowdonia National Park. In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you are required to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales. Some people try and complete this in 24 hours and this is a serious and very long day out. A better way of doing it, is to complete it over a two day period – that is what we are doing. The length is about 26 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 32 miles in total. The walk is also known as "The 14 Peaks" (although there are officially 15 peaks, or possibly 16).There is more information on the challenge on these links - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_3000s and http://www.welsh3000s.co.uk/ CONTACT US FOR YOUR INFORMATION PACK Price - £125 pp The Mountains Snowdon - 3559 ft (1,085 m) Crib y Ddysgl - 494 ft (1,065 m) Crib Goch - 3028 ft (923 m) Elidir Fawr - 3031 ft (924 m) Y Garn - 3106 ft (947 m) Glyder Fawr - 3284 ft (1,001 m) Castell y Gwynt - 3188 ft (972m) — if included Glyder Fach - 3261 ft (994 m) Tryfan - 3011 ft (918 m) Pen yr Ole Wen - 3208 ft (978 m) Carnedd Dafydd - 3425 ft (1,044 m) Carnedd Llewelyn - 3490 ft (1,064 m) Yr Elen - 3156 ft (962 m) Foel Grach - 3202 ft (976 m) Garnedd Uchaf - 3038 ft (926 m) Foel-fras - [...]

By |2017-02-17T16:14:53+00:00January 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How to Organise a Charity Abseil Event

How to Organise a Charity Abseil Event How to organise a charity abseil event: If you're interested in running a charity abseil event, then this article will give you the information you need to set one up. A charity abseil event is a great way to raise money for charity. Usually making on average between £4,000 and £40,000 a day depending on the location and the number of participants abseiling. Not only is it a great way to raise money, a charity abseil event is also a fantastic way of marketing your company or charity and getting some media coverage. This is often forgotten about and overlooked but it does add massive value to the event. If you're an individual looking to organise a charity abseil event, then the best place to start is by contacting the charity that you wish to fund raise for and ask them if they want to get involved. If the charity wants to get involved, then they can help advertise the event and find extra participants. If the charity doesn't want to help or already has a full fundraising calendar, then consider getting a group of people together as this will work out cheaper per person overall. If you're a company or a charity and want to organise a charity abseil event, then it's a very easy process as you have access to many potential participants through the office you work in, social media or by advertising in the local area. Even on the day of the event, people watching the abseil take place will want to have a go and will often ask if they can participate. This is another great way of adding an extra few [...]

By |2017-09-25T21:26:35+00:00December 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Rock Climbing Trip – Helpful Links

So you want to book a rock climbing trip? Well the other day when a client said that they haven't heard of Skyscanner!! I was amazed but wanted to help and to educate, so here we go. Here is a list of helpful links to help you book your next rock climbing trip abroad. All of my rock climbing trips over the years I have done battle with the internet trying to cut the cost of the trip in some way. Cheaper flights, car hire, airport parking...the list goes on. The other day I managed to get car hire for 6 days for£7.99...... eight quid for car hire, get in!!! So here it is made easy for your next rock climbing trip. Here are all the links to all the sites you need to get away on the cheap. If you need a mountain guide however then get in touch, enjoy and I hope it helps. Flights http://www.skyscanner.net/ Hotels http://www.booking.com/ www.trivago.co.uk www.laterooms.com Car Hire http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/ http://www.travelsupermarket.com/ Airport Parking http://www.airport-parking.uk.com/ http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/ http://www.airparks.co.uk/

By |2017-02-17T16:14:53+00:00November 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Pembroke First Ascents on Disco Buttress

It's amazing what you can still find when out climbing in the UK. We found this crag from looking at the guide book....funny that. We were looking at the photo of the western face of Mother Careys Kitchen and noticed that it stops at the route 'The cruel sea', so it seemed worth a look what was around the corner. The look around the corner didn't disappoint and we ended up bagging the main lines of the crag on day one and 5 first ascents in total. The next day we headed back and did the obvious easier routes and had a go at the mega line of the crag that proved to hard for us on that day. We named the crag Disco Buttress as all day we had a radio at the bottom of the crag blaring out radio 6 all day. Ace. Descriptions Disco Buttress is situated in Mother Careys Kitchen between Great Wall and Blind Bay on the south facing buttress.  A mainly non-tidal crag with easy approaches, a mix of grades and on good rock. All the routes are less then 20 meters in lenght. Approach via abseil.    Route one - 'Sound and Rhythm', S 4a *. Follow steps up rightward on the face until below the groove. Layback up this to the top.   Route two - 'The Dreaded Disco', E1 5b *. Climb the rib to a large ledge on the face. Fiddle in some gear and traverse right to the arete. Climb the arete or traverse right again into the hanging groove which is followed to the top.   Route three - 'Disco Biscuit', [...]

By |2017-02-17T16:14:53+00:00October 18th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Sport Climbing – Tirpentwys

If your looking for a sport climbing course then this could be the best time of year. The weather has got colder the leaves are falling off the trees, ladies and gentlemen the autumn has arrived. Today we headed out to Tirpentwys in South Wales for some sport climbing action. The climbing at Tirpentwys is well bolted, on generally good holds and has lower grade routes in the sun making it a great place to go for a sports climbing course or for some rock climbing coaching. South Wales sport climbing has always left me a little confused. It does need a new guide book to iron some of the glitches in the last book and there are some great climbs that are hidden away. People keep popping up around the Bristol climbing scene and asking me if I've been here and there in South Wales, most of the time I have, or if i say 'I haven't', it's because I have tried to erase it from my mind. Tirpentwys, however is a great sports climbing venue, it's located in south Wales and pictured on the map below, a guide book topo can be found here - click here.  If you're interested in a rock climbing course or for any rock climbing coaching and top tips then get in touch. Prices start from £150 a day for two people and all kit provided. Tirpentwys in south Wales is one of the venues that we use on our sports climbing courses. Below is a shot video from today.

By |2017-02-17T16:14:53+00:00October 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

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 |2017-02-17T16:14:54+00:00September 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 |2017-02-17T16:14:54+00:00August 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 |2017-02-17T16:14:54+00:00June 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments