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Hot Rock Climbing Holidays

Hot Rock Climbing Holidays

So I am heading out to Spain in order to do both some guidebook work and some Hot Rock Climbing Coaching. If you’d like to come out and join us for a friendly, fun week in the sun then check out what Hot Rock Courses […]

Mini Trad Tour of the South West

Mini Trad Tour of the South West

So I was approach by Emma who wants to get onto her RCI course and as such needed to get 15 trad leads in. She wanted a full UK Trad Tour but sadly I didn’t have the time so instead suggested a mini South West […]

Wendigo: My First and Last Red Walls route of the Year

Wendigo: My First and Last Red Walls route of the Year

So after a load of issues this year from heart opps, back opps and my best friend having a serious accident I have been rather lost when it comes to climbing for myself. However just before I headed south for spain I sneaked down to Red Wall with a friend Tasha for a quick ascent of Wendigo. Perhaps one of the finest and easiest routes on Red Wall at E2.

It was Tashas second sea cliff experience, as such I thought she did amazingly well to not ‘freak-out’. Thats for the belay Tash and look forward to seeing you in Spain in December.

Routecards on UKCHillwalking

Routecards on UKCHillwalking

I am starting to write a few route cards for UK Hillwalking, as a result I have been revisiting some old haunts down south as I re-walk some routes from my teenage years. So much fun remember the times when I was out walking as […]

Scrambling Week

Scrambling Week

I have just spent a great week working with Tom, who wanted to move into mountaineering terrain. So we did a day of rope work and rock climbing at the upper tier on Monday. Followed by the great Grade 1 Crib Lem spur on tuesday. […]

Sunnier Climbs Hot Rock Holidays

Sunnier Climbs Hot Rock Holidays

For the last few years Snowdonia Mountain Guides has been heading to Spain to coach climbers under the wonderful sunny skies of Spain’s winter sun. With winter fast approaching come join us on our new venture with Sunnier Climbs Hot Rock Coaching Holidays and Adventures. Escape the winter blues.

New Branding for our Hot Rock Holidays

New Branding for our Hot Rock Holidays

So whilst we are still offering the same great getaways to Spain and other fantastic hot rock holiday destinations we have made a little bit of a rebranding over to Sunnier Climbs, a website that is dedicated to offering winter sun, hot rock climbing and […]

….and Rest

….and Rest

So I was lucky enough to get all the books together just days before I ended up in the orthopaedic hospital having my back operated on. I have for many years suffered with a bad back and have prolapse my L4/L5 disc on several occasions […]

New Slate Guide and the White Cliff Imminent

New Slate Guide and the White Cliff Imminent

So for the last, 8 months I have been working on the latest Rockfax guidebook to climbing in the Slate Quarries around Llanberis. It has been a great opportunity to highlight some of the great new and classic routes in teh quarries, by developing a definitive guidebook to an area I fell in love with the first time I climbed there back in 1994. Ever since I have been drawn back time and again with friends and clients to explore the area and climb so many routes.

The last guide by Ground Up was a great book, with excellent historical articles, we could and would never be able to capture that, so instead focused on the visuals for the book we are producing. I have been going through some of the final PDFs before the book heads off to the printer. I cannot tell you how proud I am of this book and it would not have been possible without the amazing team at Rockfax and all the people I have ever shared a rope or a chat with about climbing in the quarries.

Check out Rockfax or UKClimbing to get a pre-order in for the august release date. 

The Slate guide from Rockfax, written by SMG owner Mark Reeves and the Rockfax team.
The Slate guide from Rockfax, written by SMG owner Mark Reeves and the Rockfax team.

I was also involved with another new book due for release in August, The White Cliff is edited by Grant Farquar, who has brought together over 100 climbers who have a love for all thing Gogarth and put together a collection of their writing on climbing at this great cliff. I can’t wait to get my copy and whilst it is going to be a rather niche book, the fact that so many people have been involved will mean there will probably be some amazing stories.

I wrote about how climbing at gogarth is a ying to my yang, helping to lift my spirits when I am down and re-focus my energies ina  more positive way. It is one of the most personal pieces of writing I have every dare write. I am filled again with a little dread as to how people will view it and mne once they read it. A proofreader did contact me and say it was a powerful piece. He probably doesn’t know it but it meant a lot to me to hear that, as I was aiming for some kind of reaction as I wrote it. 

The book will be available from cordee in august as well.

The White Cliff - A book about the climbing at Gogarth, with a contribution by SMG Owner Mark Reeves
The White Cliff – A book about the climbing at Gogarth, with a contribution by SMG Owner Mark Reeves

Both of these publications come at a time, when I am for a short period looking at focusing more on my writing, not because I don’t love the work I do here with my clients at Snowdonia Mountain Guides, but more just an exploration of something a little different for a short time. 

New Routes on Slate

New Routes on Slate

So as well as getting around climbing some great routes around North Wales, I have also had a eye out for new routes as I have been putting the slate guide together. I had always thought the Peppermint Tower deserved a route that didn’t make […]


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