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Spain, Spain and more Spain

Spain, Spain and more Spain

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…

Cold Days on the Slate

Cold Days on the Slate

Spent a couple of Cold days in the Slate Quarries climbing with James McHaffie, who as ever is on fire, even if the weather is not. He did a couple of tough E5s whilst we were out, both of which I failed to get even…

Scrambling the Knife Edge: Crib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe

Scrambling the Knife Edge: Crib Goch and the Snowdon Horseshoe

Join scrambler, Mark Reeves, as he takes a break from guiding tourists to reconnect with the mountains and savour the circular route of the Snowdon Horseshoe. Images by Eilir Davies-Highes.

The Snowdon Horseshoe is one of the most sought after Grade 1 scrambles in the UK, both long and sustained, the route offers some of the most exposed scrambling in the British Isles along the mind-blowing knife-edge ridge of Crib Goch. It is one of my favourite mountain routes, which I get to share with many people in the course of my work. 

The path rises gently at first allowing you to ease into the day, however it soon rears up into a long flight of steps. It is here we meet the typical log jam on the PYG track, as a team of 30 plus guided walkers are brought to a near stop by the effort of this first steep section; the reality of climbing the highest mountain in England and Wales starts to dawn on them, and they are barely 500m from the car park.

Making our way through the congestion and up to Bwlch Y Moch we pass another large group of walkers who are also catching their breath. Here our route diverts away from the hustle and bustle of the PYG track and heads up and right towards the base of the East Ridge of Crib Goch. 

As we head up from the col the alpine grandeur of the mountains start to hit you, with views out across Llyn Llydaw to Lliwedd and Snowdon. Above us rises the triangular buttress of the East Ridge of Crib Goch; for most people the trepidation of heading up here will build with each approaching step. Having done the route many times before I am just filled with excitement, because for me, this is where the fun begins as we start…

Continue the ascension and read the full article on the Mammut website: https://www.mammut.com/uk/en/stories/crib-goch-and-the-snowdon-horseshoe-scrambling-the-knife-edge/

 

Back in the Costa Blanca Hot Rock Climbing

Back in the Costa Blanca Hot Rock Climbing

So I have headed down from Northern Spain and I am back in the Costa Blanca soaking up the sun and climbing some of the great sport climbs in the area. It is alway nice to avoid a bit of the welsh/english winter and escape…

Riglos Climbing

Riglos Climbing

So I had an amazing few days Climbing in Riglos, I am looking to run some courses here next year. So if you like multi pitch adventure sport climbing, then the climbing in Riglos will not disappoint. Check out sunnier climbs.com to see when we…

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 we are offering at Sunnier Climbs, especially our Costa Blanca coaching and climbing holidays. We also go to Chodes, Chulilla and the Madrid Area to suit your needs.

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…

Routecards on UKHillwalking

Routecards on UKHillwalking

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 a school kid prepping for some big multi-day walking challenges like the Ten Tors on Dartmoor.

 

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.…