Welcome to Snowdonia Mountain Guides
We have lived and breathed rock climbing and mountaineering in Snowdonia for the last twenty-five years. It is the last thing we think about at night and the first thing that crosses our minds when we wake up. We have lived what can only be described as a dream lifestyle where the mountains and adventure are right on our doorstep. In doing so have come to know mountains and cliffs of North Wales intimately. What we offer isn’t just a course in how to climb, navigate or ascend a mountain, instead we offer something more. An adventure into the unknown.
An experience that we hope will help define you and your future enjoyment of the mountains of Wales and beyond. We handpick routes to take you to your mental and physical limits under the watchful eye of our coaches and guides. In the process, we will give you one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life. We don’t sell holidays, we sell mountain adventures.
So after a two months in Spain in through September and October working on a book project, I got back the UK in time for one of the worst spells of bad weather I have encountered since the long wet winter of 2005 (this maybe wrong, maybe it was ’01). Either way I was bored of driving to the climbing wall and back in the rain and not seeing the sun so I jumped at the opportunity to head back to Spain and stay with a friend for a month around Llieda.
The climbing is generally hard, although mainly because we are picking crags with routes to redpoint. It was a rude awakening to have to warm up on 7a! But after a disastrous start of putting my blackout on the ing drive south, I have managed to get back to a reasonable level with quick reappoints of 7a, 7a+ and 7b, and even an insight of a 7b.
We have spent a lot of time at Oliana where I have witness the legend that is Chris Sharma on the La Blonde Project. Which is mental. I am flailing about trying to redpoint 7c/8a, and my climbing partner has reappointed 8c. The gap between his climbing and mine is arguably as great between my partner and Chris on what must be a 9b(+) project. Which is totally mind bending, as 8c used to be considered cutting edge within my climbing career!
I remember the film Buoux when it was all about 8b now 9a is barely even worldclass.« Cold Days on the Slate