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Way back in time before the onset of adulthood I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills of Yorkshire with nothing more than a squashed sandwich & youthful sense for adventure! Despite long past youthful and work commitments keeping me in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the UK I have also enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca’s Tramuntana, Andorran & French Pyrenees, Morocco’s High Atlas, Tanzania’s Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro, Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia and winter expeditions to Norway’s Hardangervidda. Since gaining the ML I have also gained the SINGLE PITCH AWARD, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD. I am now enjoying working in a freelance role whilst trying to get out climbing as much as possible.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Quick Change!

 With the long spell of fine late Winter/early Spring weather continuing we took the chance to get some early climbing routes under our belt.
Tuesday and myself, Dan, Josh and Rob went to the slate quarries that tower over Llanberis in North Wales and into Australia quarry for my first sport climbing on slate.
Starting off steadily on a couple of grade 5's, we soon got a little more involved and made our way successfully (though tentatively in my case!) up
a couple of more challenging 6a & 6a+ routes, before finishing on a couple of VS4C routes.
 Wednesday and the weather was fine again. We decided on an afternoon of Trad climbing and went to Clogwn Cyrau above  Betws Y Coed, a real sun trap.
 Again my purpose was entirely to get climbs under the belt with intention of pushing my grade later in the summer (finger crossed!).

Monday, 14 March 2016

I Am The Passenger!

 Last week I made my last trip of the winter season to Scotland to meet up with Rob and John, as I recently gained the Winter Mountain Leader Award I was purely along as a passenger.
Tuesday I met up with Rob and John who are on the Winter Mountain Leader Training Scheme.
I joined them on a route they had chosen which would take us up the Western flank of Aonach Mor, across the summit to Aonach Beag and down into Glen Nevis.
 With a strong wind, low cloud and spindrift the crossing of Aonach Mor summit was entertaining and it was good to leave the winds behind when heading up Aonach Beag. We then made our way into Glen Nevis in somewhat 'moist' conditions.

Wednesday and the forecast was excellent so we headed North from Fort William and for Glen Shiel and the Forcan Ridge.
 I think the photos say enough - a stunning Scottish winter day!