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Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders is a classic and unforgettable journey around the Llanberis slate quarries. It's scale, proportions and epic qualities leave even the hardcore adventurer breathless and in awe. This route is not for the faint hearted but can be accomplished by a novice climber with a competent guide.  However – you need to go prepared. A competent leader is a must!!! The knowledge of abseiling - is a given and the ability to judge serious situations should not be over looked. Much of the information I had found in the past had been confusing and had been difficult to follow. I want this to be 'guide book style' information, for free – for others to follow. The topo will help link the description with what's on the ground. I hope that the following will shed some light and help those wanting an adventure, to go and take an amazing journey around Snakes and Ladders!! Here goes: Snakes and Ladders Parking Spot Snakes and Ladders Description From the car park at Dinorwig walk towards the main slate quarries on the large track. Go past the large disused building on your left and take the gate on the left hand side leading towards the long staircase going up hill. The main track now bends around to the right – follow this and on your left there is a quarry with a pool at the bottom – Dali's Hole. Head into Dali's Hole and head across to the large tunnel visible on the other side. Walk through the tunnel via a tricky step around a boulder to a path, right around another quarry. Head through the next tunnel. This leads to [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Pembroke Coast Path

Pembrokeshire Coast Path Run Pembroke Coast Path - I never really liked running when I was younger.  I did it but that was mainly to get away from something or someone. As I've gotten older and I can put on weight just by looking at a chocolate bar then it seems that running is a good way of staying fit and trim....ish. . I've done more and more running and I've begun to realise my enjoyment of the sport. The ease of which you can grab your running shoes and head out the door on a micro adventure, is great.  Running it seems is a quick fix to break the day up and give my brain a sprig of fresh air. I love climbing, don't get me wrong but you do spend a lot of time hanging around... and waiting. Maybe it's why I've enjoyed climbing challenges (usually involving speed climbing) and mountaineering more so in recent years with the main focus being on continual movement rather than 'what's the smallest hold you can stick'. I have many loops and circuits that I know and run regularly around my local area and it was only about 4 years ago I went fell running in the Breacon Beacons and with some sense of amazement I realised I could do it. However the idea of journeying and embarking on an adventure still holds its draw and I am passionate about it. Attempting a challenge is magnificent, the hours spent planning (or not as the case maybe) and the great sense of reward one gets from finishing them - 'the bigger the challenge, the bigger reward' - perhaps. I ran my first ultra distance earlier in 2015 running [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Pembroke Coast Path

How To Fund A Charity Event

How To Fund A Charity Event Introduction As a charity you want and need to raise funds for the cause that you're supporting. In today's world there are so many ways of doing this. Having people walking around the streets and holding buckets is very much out of fashion. Holding buckets in the street still works but there are other ways that are far more creative and lead to more money raised, better marketing and lead onto other things. Challenges and adventure events are becoming more and more popular. People from all walks of life are getting involved. Charity events and challenges vary from single day, weekend and even longer adventures and challenges. Some people do it for personal reasons, others do it because the charity is dear to them in some way, others do it for the feeling of finishing a challenge and the sense of achievement gained. The bigger the challenge, the bigger reward..... Challenge events have therefore become more and more popular. Running marathons will always be popular but people have started to want that little bit extra from there time away from work. Climbing mountains, cycling from city to city, obstacle races, crossing countries and some events combine all of these things in the same weekend or week. For the charity or company organising an event like this, it can seem like a duanting project and can put off the possible organiser of the event. We ran an event last year that made £70,000 for charity from a single day and didn't cost the charity anything - not even a penny. How is this possible? Your Options Explained Option One - Participant Funded This is my personal [...]

By | May 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Triglav

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 Mojstrana. [...]

By | February 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 | January 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 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 over looked but adds 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 asking 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 you together as this will work out cheaper per person. If you're a company or a charity and want to organise a charity abseil event then it's a very easy process for yourselves 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. This is another great way of adding an extra few people and [...]

By | December 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 | November 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 | October 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 | October 13th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments