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Latest News / Blog 27.11.21


Saturday I delivered a workshop "A glimpse into the industrial past of Snowdon" to several Caru Eryri volunteers who had been working hard all over Snowdonia during the season. 

The weather was kind to us as we delved into the fascinating history of this special mountain and we had a great day out.

Latest News / Blog 07.11.21: Finally catching up!

After a nudge from Sue one of my friends and Blog readers I thought I had better update with news etc.  Needless to say it has been pretty manic here in Snowdonia and I have been out and about quite a bit on various walks and adventures, far too many to list of course but I will add a few pics at the bottom as usual.

The season has now finished for me with pre-booked work but I will still be out on the hills keeping the mountain legs active.

We have our end of season Volunteer Wardens quiz and refreshments at Steff's cafe but with lack of parking space most of us will be walking up that steep tarmac road to get there, and back!

I have agreed to put on a special guided walk "A glimpse into the industrial past of Snowdon" for some of the Caru Eryri Volunteers who have been very busy all season all around the National Park. 


My work has been vary varied over the past weeks, freelancing for various companies, mostly on Snowdon as that is where people want to go! I have met lots of interesting and lovely people and been out in varying weathers some resulting in abandoning walks before the summits. Lots of interesting stories now to be told for many years to come including those pesky lunch eating sheep at the summit!


I have now decided not to take on any more night walks or N3Peaks challenges as it plays havoc with my body time clock and at 70 I think I have done my fair share, could always be an exception for the right reason though:)


A few pics below of some of the outings during the past few weeks, some of them are of me getting a wetting whilst out on Warden duty, enjoy and will post again soon, Keith






latest News / Blog 20.09.21


Working for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon once again I had the pleasure in supporting Ayodele and his family over from Nigeria to celebrate his 53rd birthday on Snowdon. 

A tough challenge for them as they were new to the mountains and our wet, cold and windy weather conditions, we had a fantastic day out though with everybody making it to the summit.

Latest News / Blog: 03.09.21 Mad busy week here on Snowdon!


It has been a very busy week here for me with four Snowdon trips in five days but, what a five days!

Working for Glyn Peris B&B taking John & June up for their first Snowdon trip, a dodgy tummy made June's trip more of an adventure than she signed up for. But all was well and we had a great day out. 

That day was followed by a 2am morning start for a 3 Peaks challenge, busy roads saw a delay of four hours so a bit of a lie in for me. 


Next up was Clare and her two boys for their first Snowdon Adventure, travelling all the way from Watford we were also joined by trainee ML Andy who was consolidating his group management skills. What a fab fun filled day we had, the weather was kind although chilly at the top and I am sure they will all remember their day out.


Last outing saw me working for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon along with three other MLs supporting Greater Manchester Youth Network who were on a sponsored walk raising money for 42nd Street a charity raising funds for mental heath of young people in Manchester.


This was a really tough walk for this bunch taking the extended route through Maesgwm and onto the Ranger Path eleven and a half miles with nearly 4000' of climb. Everyone did it and we even managed to get back on time for a pre booked dinner at the famous Petes Eats in Llanberis.


Nearly forgot to mention I attended my Mountain First Aid Course 2 day refresher, these are mainly conducted outside on the sides of hills and woods etc to add realism to what we actually do on the hill, the bodies in the photographs are not real and are ready for placement in various scenarios!


I Have one day off now before a weekend supporting volunteers of the Caru Eryri Scheme working on and around the lower flanks of Snowdon. Roll on Christmas!





Latest News / Blog 28.08.21 Group walk September 1st.


There are a few places left on the Open group walk on Wednesday 1st of September £40pp


Txt, email or call me to book: 07720433680


Weather is looking good for the next few days!


Keith 


Latest news / Blog 17.08.21  Birthday  Snowdon Surprise for Jason !


Nephew Jason along with his son Brad was treated to a walk up our big hill as part of his 50th birthday celebrations, this was a surprise  for him right up to the night before when he thought he was going to have a few beers with family who were all stopping at the fabulous Gwydyr hotel in Betws y Coed.


Both being members of the RAF, fitness was never going to be an issue and despite me bashing their ears on the way we still managed to get to the summit in just over two hours. Weather was decent although we lost the views at the top that didn't stop us having a great day on the hill.


Another surprise party waited for him on his return to the hotel where copious amounts of alcohol were downed along with celebration birthday cake! A perfect end to a great weekend.





Latest news / Blog 12.08.21: Bursting at the seams!



Wow there are a lot of people in Snowdonia at the moment even with the poor weather over the past few days the mountains have been really busy and so have I :)

Snowdon, Cader Idris, Aran Fawddwy and other locations have all been visited, Snowdon multiple times in all weathers!


Some photos from the days: Leah at Aran Fawddwy, and day out on Snowdon for Raw Adventures.





Latest news / Blog 26.07.21


Great weather here for the past few days has meant it has been very busy and very hot! Out with the Snowdonia Society with Julia and Jane we picked up far too much rubbish on Snowdon but it seems we have the same problem all over the park, very sad.


i did manage to have a day off at the zoo with grandaughter Emelia who thought it was ace to try on my sun hat, bless her,


More or less all weekends are now fully booked but weekdays are available if you would like to come and walk on our fantastic mountains. Cheers

Latest News & Blog 18.07.21


Well what a couple of weeks for me, lots of walks working mainly for Raw Adventures/Climb Snowdon which gave me the privilege to walk alongside ten year old Toby and his family as he took on his Snowdon challenge. Toby is a four limb paraplegic he has Cerebral Palsy which means he cannot walk unaided.

With the use of a stick or a holding hand he made it to the summit in five and a half hours, such an incredible achievement!!!

On he way down as a special treat the Snowdon Mountain Railway accommodated Toby and his Mum for a trip down in the Guards van, the rest of us had to walk!.

A fantastic end to an emotional incredible day.  

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02.07.2021: Some photos from my day working for Raw Adventures/Climb Snowdon, Manni and his crew picked the right day as the weather was really good. Although a challenging walk everybody dug in and had a fab day out on the mountain. 


We continue to be very busy with most weekends until the end of August which means of course that the mountain will also be busy, weekdays are far quieter if you are able to come then.

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25.06.21: Big space since the last post mainly due to being very busy!  I have managed to get around the park quite a bit and it was nice to get onto Cader Idris for the first of many planned trips this year.

Snowdon of course is still the main target for anyone coming to Snowdonia and I have had plenty of trips up there with them!


This weekend sees me out on Saturday, Sunday & Monday with a couple of Snowdon trips and a day with Caru Eryri supporting a volunteer team on the Watkin Path and around Llyn Gwynant.


As its my 70th next week I have decided to keep away from the mountains at the weekend and will be chilling who knows where?


Couple of Photos from the past weeks:




08.06.21: The nice weather has arrived here along with the crowds!

Plenty of walks etc since my last blog, various trips on Snowdon and the Glyders with some Warden duty as well.


What is very noticeable are the number of people out here in Snowdonia, its staggering and quite frankly I don't think the area can cope. Trying to get food or refreshments always involves a lengthy queue, but we should not complain after the covid mponths!


I have a few available dates for anyone wanting to walk, weekends are very busy and if you can you should try to come on a week day if possible.


Photos below: Raw Climb Snowdon group, Snowdon Sunrise and Andy on one of our Glyder days out

19.05.2021: Another wet weekend in Snowdonia.

Saturday, the first work day for Raw Adventures Climb Snowdon turned out to be a soggy wet affair for the five guests I had. The original walk plan was changed to take an hour of ascent off due the to expected rain and possible thunder in the afternoon.

We still had a great day out and the sun came out (as it often does) on the way down.

Out again on the Sunday with the Warden team and yet another helping of Snowdonia's finest wet stuff to finish off the weekend. 

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06.05.21: The Snow is Back!


Gulshun and Geoff had an unexpected treat of walking in the snow for their first Snowdon adventure but that made the day even more memorable.




First group walk of the year with Natalie, Jamie, Chloe & Daniel. Weather was interesting to say the least but we had a fab day out!

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No Parking at the Pass at weekends

Posted on 29 July, 2020 at 10:10 Comments comments (2)

The parking at Pen y Pass at the weekends is now sorted - THERE IS NONE!So from 18.00hrs on Fridays the carpark is locked and shut untill 18.00 on the following Sunday, and I must say it is much better.


My mountain legs have returned with various walks completed (usually with a good wetting as well!) and now I am just hoping that visitors will once again be wanting to get back to our fab mountains.


Low level recce the other day with sister Linda and I intend to take the grandkids up onto the mountains tomorrow in order to get them disconnected from their gadgets!

Nice pool here for dipping their toes in tomorrow, couldnt get Linda to go in though!

 

its good to be back working!

Posted on 22 July, 2020 at 15:00 Comments comments (6)

Well it was always going to be a bit tough starting up those mountains again after 4 months off! but today it was Snowdon summit number 6 and all was well.


Working for Glyn Peris B&B today they allocated me to a 26 year old fitness instructor who wanted to do the Watkin Path and South Ridge, oh dear!


Apart from the weather which was wet, windy and cloudy we had a great walk completing the mission in just over five and a half hours.


Tomorrow I am out doing two recces for HF Holidays who need new walks to run from their Craflwyn Hall house which opens in a couple of weeks, these will only be 6 mile events and not much ascent (I Hope!).


I will be posting photos and stuff in the next few days, anybody see the parking mayham over the weekend, really bad!


Happy walking

Keith 

Ready to go now

Posted on 2 July, 2020 at 5:15 Comments comments (1)

Having met the COVID 19 Industry standard we are now ready to get back to work from the 6th July, it will be great to welcome everybody back onto the mountains adhering to the safety requirements to keep us all safe. 



Snowdon summit cafe will not open in 2020

Posted on 27 June, 2020 at 5:40 Comments comments (1)

The Snowdon summit complex will not open at all in 2020 it has just been announced!


Trains will start running on the 12th July but only to Clogwyn Sation which is just over half way to the summit.


Please consider this information if you are planning a trip to the mountain this year!


Keith


 

Things are moving!

Posted on 23 June, 2020 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

The travel restrictions come to an end either on the 6th or 13th of July so we can move around the country, however:

The National Park Authority may not open all areas of the Park on those dates and with all probability mountains such as Snowdon and Tryfan may not open until August or September, I hope that I am wrong about that!


The Welsh Govenment has legally closed some paths in the Park until the 27th September which means that it is a criminal offence to trespass on those paths. A map of the paths concerned is available on the Park Website.


I have a meeting with the National Park on June 30th when I hope there will be some details of what the future plans are for the opening of Snowdon etc.


Okay then, I just now need to shed a few of the extra pounds I have put on ready to be able to get up thoses hills, see you there!


Keith

The "Virus" Update

Posted on 3 June, 2020 at 5:30 Comments comments (0)

Although we still have no official news on when the mountains will be fully open things are being talked about and meetings arranged!


I think that the start of July could see a gradual relaxing of the rules with exceptions for the hot spots of Snowdon and the Glyderau which would open shortly afterwards. (this is only my opinion!)

This would mean that August through to the end of the year could be very busy indeed! book early to reserve your walk dates.


Fingers crossed then

Keith


 

The "Virus Update"

Posted on 17 May, 2020 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, due to the continuing issues all pre-planned walks are now cancelled until and including the 30th June 2020.

These are very challenging times for all of us and our priority of course is to keep eveyone as safe as possible, hopefully there will be some relaxing of our lockdown towards the end of June.


This is of course a great time to book walks for later in the year as there will probably be a bit of a rush to get back onto the hills.

A small fully refunable deposit is all you need to book your walk date!


Keep safe out there,

Keith



The "Virus" update

Posted on 16 April, 2020 at 14:00 Comments comments (0)

Following todays news of an additionla three weeks lockdown, it looks like the whole of May will now be lost for organising walks etc.


The main priority for us all is to keep safe & stay at home, lets get through this, the mountains will still be there for us again.


Keith



Coranavirus update

Posted on 5 April, 2020 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone, due to the current situation all walks are postponed or cancelled up to May 9th, further updates will be posted during this month.


Keep safe out there


Keith



All pre-planned walks in April & May are now postponed.

Posted on 20 March, 2020 at 16:10 Comments comments (0)

Hi everybody,

Due to the current situation all pre-planned walks in April & May are now postponed, I will look at the situation again at the end of May.


We will get through this and hopefuly come out stronger on the other side.


I will still be walking on the mountains (alone) and will post updates as and when I can.


Keep safe and be strong

Keith

Back from the Lakes

Posted on 9 March, 2020 at 10:50 Comments comments (0)

Just arrived back from a good trip away to the Lakes, I did try to post a blog whilst there but tinternet problems did not allow!


I managed to get in some decent walking whist dodging the weather, based in Derwent Bank for four nights before heading on to Coniston for another three nights.

This was the first time I had ventured up Cat Bells (only been to the Lakes a million times!), what a nice little walk with great views, definately reccomended.

Coldale Horseshoe in the snow taking in Grisdale Pike and Causey Pike etc was another good day out with Skiddaw planned for the following day but, a touch of food poisoning put an end to that. 

Off to Coniston then, and on the way I headed up the Langdale Pikes, still a bit of snow up there, but the weather was clear Bonus! Another great iconic mountain range. Ducks were having a bad day on a frozen tarn below Pavey Ark


My last two days walking were spent on the flanks of Weatherlam and trudging across the moors in thick mist, wind & rain.  A  final trip was planned for the Old Man of Coniston, but high winds forced me a little lower going up to Levers Water instead with some exploring of the old copper mines.


Overall a pleasant trip meeting some very nice people with good accomodation and food coutesy of HF Holidays. 


Few photos from my Adventures:








Open group walk Sat May 2nd

Posted on 23 February, 2020 at 15:05 Comments comments (0)

Hi, the Open group walk on Saturday May 2nd is now taking the Rhyd Ddu Path and decending by the South Ridge, probably the best walk on Snowdon £40pp, places available.


I had a great day with a group from London raising monies for various projects. The weather was very cold (minus 10 at the summit) and windy but as we arrived the cloud lifted and the sun came out! temperature did not improve though.


Taken just before the cloud lifted, tooo cold to get my camera out again!


Snowdon Visit Specialist

Posted on 21 February, 2020 at 15:50 Comments comments (0)

Its now official: Snowdonia Walker is a National Park "Snowdon visit specialist" and I am very proud to be able to promote and help protect our very special mountain.

Yesterday, myself and several other mountain leadersI met with Large Outdoors owner Gareth Williams, this is an English based company that I have worked for and it was nice to get an insight on how they work and of course the ethos of the company.

I am looking forward to more adventures with them and bonus, we were treated to tea and buns at Cafe Siabod.


Today hopefully saw the last trip to hospital to have a naughty thing removed from my face, no doubts having so many stiches this time will not be improving my rugged good looks, ha,ha, Seriously though if you are out and about on the hills make sure you have sun protection otherwise be prepared to pay the painful price!


New logo pic 


 

Wet, Wet, Wet!

Posted on 18 February, 2020 at 6:35 Comments comments (0)

Goes without having to say that, its very wet in the hills and worse than that, the wind speeds seem to be constantly 40-60mph.

The snow has gone again but due back from Wednesday with promised downfalls through to Saturday so my walk with 30 or so students from London will not be going to the summit or anywhere near a high top!


So not too much walking on the hills but I have been out and about attending talks and meetings etc and of course planning future walks and adventures.

Begining of March I am off to the lakes for a week or so visiting the HF Houses at Derwent Water and Conniston, hoping to get some big walking days in if the weather allows. Then its back to Snowdonia when my season starts proper and I will be keeping you all updated on any adventures etc.


As from last week I am now offcially an accredited Snowdonia National Park Ambassador for Snowdon, a "Visit Specialist", just waiting for the logos to come through now!

The Snowdon workshop that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success and the April 24th workshop is nearly full, this is only for qualified mountain leaders to attend and its great that they are keen to get some in depth knowledge of the mountain and surrounding area.

Of course I will also be passing on some of the nearly researched information onto my guests that walk with me on the mountain.


Couple of Open Group Walks are being added to the diary: Pyg Track & Miners Path May2nd, Watkin Path & South Ridge June TBC. £40pp.


Some photos from the film shoots of two famous films shot here in Snowdonia.



Open Group walk Sat May 2nd

Posted on 6 February, 2020 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Quick catch up, as the season gets nearer I have put on the first Snowdon Open Group Walk on Saturday May 2nd cost is £40pp.


Its a case of battening down the hatches this weekend as yet another storm arrives, luckily the Rugby is on so I will spend Saturday in a local hostelry hopefully cheering on Wales to a win over Ireland, no doubts it will be close either way!


We still have ice and a scattering of snow on the high summits so please be careful if you are up the hills this weekend.

Happy walking

Keith

The photos belwo are the drowning of Capel Celyn to provide water for Liverpool in the 60's and the Remains of the DC3 plane "St. Kevin" which crashed into the remote coutryside East of Snowdon killing 23 people, this was in the early 50's. Some of the bodies have not been recovered to date. Plane photo courtesy of Rob Collister


Snowdon Workshop

Posted on 27 January, 2020 at 15:25 Comments comments (0)

The Snowdon workshop for Mountain Leaders that I delivered with Mike Raine was a great success, the weather held and we had a really good day on the mountain.

Aimed at  providing a wealth of indepth knowledge to a group of already knowlegable people can be a challenge and of course a full day of information can hurt you head!

Fortunately Snowdon is able to provide an abundance of really interesting information with topics diverging from the geology to the smelly septic tanks! as well as lots more of course. We hope to run one or two more courses later in the year. 




 

Llanddwyn Island day out & Snowdon

Posted on 22 January, 2020 at 0:35 Comments comments (48)

As the weather forecast was good for Sunday we got all the kids and grandkids together for a day out on Llanddwyn Island, the weather was great and we had a fab day along with the very many who also were visiting the island. 

Monday and it was back to Snowdon for a wintery day out with a couple of the boys from the fireservice, weather once again was great and we had a good bimble on the hill taking in a few different small peaks on the way down. 

Still a lot out with probably not the most suitable kit for ice and snow, Llanberis MRT had 2 call outs over the weekend with the helicopter taking some off Crib Goch after they followed people onto the ridge which was in full winter conditions.


Llanddwyn & Snowdon:




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