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Developing a Scrambler

Developing a Scrambler

The last couple of days saw me returning to the Hills of Snowdonia with a client who wanted to develop his Scrambling Skills. Which of course begs the question, how can you develop a scrambler? Whilst the answer to this question for me at least…

Authoring the New Slate Guide for Rockfax

Authoring the New Slate Guide for Rockfax

So over the last few weeks I have been busy working on a new slate guidebook for Rockfax after it appeared that groundup had decided not to reprint or re-work their previous guidebook. As such I have been combing my external harddrives for all the…

New Role as Coaching Columnist in Climber Magazine

New Role as Coaching Columnist in Climber Magazine

I was really please to found out that a proposal I submitted to Climber Magazine was accepted and I am now the Coaching Columnist for the only UK based climbing magazine, Climber. You can get the magazine easiest by subscribing to it for just £24 a year, which to me seems rediculously low for 6 magazine being delivered straight to your door for you read and enjoy. Although I see it in Smiths when I travel too and from the UK vioa UK airports.

CLIMBER magazine is bi-monthly with 6 issues per year. With the aim of bringing a bright magazine with inspirational articles throughout the year. In addition to the usual great content that we have given you over the years, you can look forward to stand-out features in the coming issues including:

  • A competition in each issue to win great prizes.
  • A stunning gallery of photographs from the best photographers
  • A new style crag feature focusing on easier routes for those starting out or transitioning from indoors to outdoors. This will include all the information you need to get you to a crag and start climbing.
  • A regular column from top climbing duo James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini.
  • More in depth articles on a variety of subjects that matter and are intrinsic to climbing and mountaineering.
  • Plus our renowned gear reviews get bigger, superb destination features, Ascent of Man, Around the Bloc bouldering, bigger interviews, coaching and more.
  • Coachng Articels by experienced instructor and climbing coach Mark Reeves.

 

Busman’s Holiday to Chulilla

Busman’s Holiday to Chulilla

So the last week has seen me meet up with my regular climbing partner Si and a colleague of his Dan to head to Chulilla rock climbing. We have been planning this rock climbing holiday for a while and have had it earmarked for ‘big…

Back in Costa Blanca

Back in Costa Blanca

So having spent another month back in the UK trying to avoid getting washed away in the rain or buried in the occasional snow has meant that I have most been climbing indoors. Over that time I managed to do some pretty good route at…

ITV – Top 100 Walks

ITV – Top 100 Walks

If you were lucky enough to catch ITV’s top 100 walks last night you will know that Snowdon narrowly missed out on being the number one walk in the UK. There is a full list on the OS website, or watch the 2.5 hour ITV program for the extra psyche.

We are proud to say we think that Snowdon was robbed of first place, as to us it is the best mountain in the world. Certainly on paper it s one of the busiest. 

We are really happy that we offer guiding on all the routes, below we gove their position in the top 100.

2 – Snowdon via all the major footpaths and scrambles to suit your needs 

6 – Tryfan via all major routes and scrambles.

31 – Cwm Bychan – Beddgellert Walk

32 – Anglesey Coastal Path

 

Back Home on the Range

Back Home on the Range

Well, this weekend I was out suffering in the name of Winter Skills at Plas Y Brenin. It was a typical welsh winter with double-figure temperatures, rain and strong winds. As a result, we spent some time on the infamous Plas Y Brenin Glacier, a…

Costa Blanca Christmas

Costa Blanca Christmas

So yet again I have been lucky enough to spend another 3 weeks rock climbing and generally hanging out with my partner and her family and friends in Costa Blanca. We have been holed up in a lovely villa near Moraira, just north of Calpe.…

App-guide to Spanish Rock Climbing

App-guide to Spanish Rock Climbing

So over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to climb across Spain as part of my job. As I do this I like to really get to know an area and as I do I collect data and images in order to make app-guide to Spanish Rock Climbing areas in particular to some lesser know rock climbing destinations. Two of these locations are where we base some of our hot rock climbing courses, so from today you can get mini-guides to Chodes and Madrid.

If you like to see some more photos then why not have a look at our hot rock courses destinations and see what you think. Chodes is an awesome venue for the 6th grade climber whilst Madrid offers both some awesome 6th grade sport and some lesser more run-out granite slab climbing.

The guys at rock fax also have a bunch of mini-guides to a variety of climbing areas across Spain and the rest of Europe.

 
Winter mountain day on Parsons Nose

Winter mountain day on Parsons Nose

A fantastic day out on Snowdon today. A quick solo of Parsons Nose and then along Crib Coch in really amazing still, crisp and clear conditions. I am so lucky to be able to do this in such amazing conditions, although much prefer those sunny…