Articles

I write quite a few climbing, scrambling, mountaineering and trip blogs, some of which might be useful, to make them more accessible I’ve organised the better ones into an indexed form here… Some are a bit old so there may be the occasional bit of dodgy formatting or missing photo. I always love to hear feedback so feel free to get in touch!

 

Black diamond creek rucksack

Black Diamond Creek Rucksack Review

“Say hello to my little friend!” This pack is a beast. If you’re looking for a lightweight pack for floating ...
Read More
chulilla beer after climbing

Two months Sport Climbing in Chulilla, Spain

I often see the hashtag “livingthedream” and this winter I’m pretty certain I lived mine. Two months sport climbing in ...
Read More
climbing improver course

Rock Climbing Instructor, the new Single Pitch Award

Rock Climbing Instructor, the new Single Pitch Award So the SPA has been around a long time, especially when you ...
Read More
mountain leader course

A week in the life of an ML assessor…

Working on ML training and assessment courses is flipping ace! My brother brought me to N Wales when I was ...
Read More
climbing improver course

Training for rock climbing

Looking out the window at the drizzle means one thing, no two. Firstly, no excuse not to go down the ...
Read More
Screen grab of me on my successful redpoint of Face Race, 7a+ on the Orme. Such a sharp hold on the crux

Sport Climbing: How to climb 7a

Grades are just arbitrary numbers and yet we get so hung up on them. I'll happily admit I'm motivated by ...
Read More
cenotaph corner guide cromlech

A classic day at the Cromlech

The Cromlech, it’s a special place that oozes history. From tales of Joe Brown dropping a peg hammer on his ...
Read More
sport climbing orme course

Hang on in there!

If you’ve worked in the outdoor industry for any length of time, you’ll have seen plenty of instructors come and ...
Read More
Mountain footwear boots shoes

Mountain Footwear

Whether it’s a mountain skills course, a scrambling course or an alpine preparation course there’s always chat about what we’ve ...
Read More
North Wales climbing guide

My favourite first multi pitch crag…

Living in North Wales I’m spoilt with crags on which to run learn to lead rock climbing courses, but Milestone ...
Read More
advanced scrambling course rack

Advanced Scrambling Kit

In my last blog I looked at what goes into my pack for a day in the mountains, which was ...
Read More
group shelter mountain skills wales

What’s in the bag?!

I think it was Brad Pitt in Seven who once said “What’s in the bag?!?!? Well, close… I’m always asked ...
Read More
single pitch award assessment cours

A day in the life of a Single Pitch Award assessor

Running a Single Pitch Award assessment isn't all about sitting around with a stern face...! The day actually starts the evening before ...
Read More
tryfan adam and eve scrambling course

The perfect intro to scrambling weekend in North Wales?

When I was a teenager I was lucky enough to be brought up to North Wales by my brother for ...
Read More
mountain leader scrambling course wales

Moving on from Hill Walking to Scrambling…

Spending any time in the hills is brilliant but have you ever looked over at those rocky ridges and buttresses ...
Read More
rock climbing llanberis pass wales

How to become a Mountaineering Instructor and what does it take?

Whilst I was still at school I sent a letter off to Mountain Training requesting the scheme booklets for the ...
Read More
cragging in the llanberis pass after work

A return to the Ruckle

A Return to Boulder Ruckle, Swanage My climbing has been going really well lately, I'm loving it and getting some ...
Read More
snowdonia camping, campcraft mountain course

Kit Testing – OEX Stretch Jacket & Lynx Tent

I was recently sent a couple of bits of kit to test, a jacket and a tent by a relatively ...
Read More
sea cliff climbing course gogarth dream guiding

From Acorn Adventure to Guiding A Dream of White Horses

I was at school when I got in to climbing and mountaineering, when I was 16 - 17 my parents ...
Read More
goarth sea cliff

Route of the week: A rematch with The Strand

The Strand at Gogarth has been a route I've wanted to do for a long time, it's a well known ...
Read More
winter skills course scotland

Winter Mountain Leader

I was quite looking forward to my Winter Mountain Leader assessment course, I was super well prepared and I do ...
Read More
falling off rock climbing slate wales

The fine line of failure and success: Heading the Shot 7a+

Heading the Shot is a route that I've wanted to do for a couple of years, the trouble is it's ...
Read More

Route of the week number 9

Route of the week number 9 I've had an amazing couple of weeks back in the UK, the weather, after ...
Read More

My top five bits of kit for work, Jez Brown – Mountaineering Instructor.

Whilst I'm really enjoying my six weeks working in Kurdistan, we work every day and even when we have a ...
Read More

Route of the Week Number 8

It's been a while, but I couldn't not do a ROTW piece after climbing Scavenger on the Main Cliff at ...
Read More

Lion Rock & Union Rock Llanberis Topo

I've put together a topo for Lion Rock and Union Rock in Llanberis, follow the link to get it... These ...
Read More

Winter Mountain Leader Training

It's been a while since I've been on a training course towards another qualification and having been registered for the ...
Read More

Rock Climbing Instructor / Single Pitch Award Review Document

I've updated a document I pass on to clients when they've been on an Rock Climbing Instructor (new SPA!) course ...
Read More

Route of the Week Number 7

My first trip to Bwlch y Moch at Tremadog, many years ago was fairly unsuccessful... We couldn't find the route ...
Read More

Route of the Week Number 6

Seamstress and Seams the Same, Serengeti, Llanberis Slate Quarries Winter is approaching and it's becoming harder and harder to find ...
Read More

Mountain Leader Assessment Top Tips

I've been running a number of Mountain Leader Courses (click here for our ML courses) over the last few months ...
Read More

Mountain Leader Assessment

I've just returned from assessing a Mountain Leader assessment... I had three strong candidates with me and we started in ...
Read More

Route of the Week Number 5

Kirkus's Route VS 4c, Cwm Silyn Number 5 has been a long time coming! This was my first climb in ...
Read More

Seismic Mountaineering in Kurdistan

You know it's going to be an interesting job when it starts with a flight from Heathrow that lands in ...
Read More

Route of the Week No.4

Lighthouse Arete Direct VS 4c, Castell Helen, South Stack on Anglesey This must be a lot of peoples first acquaintance with “proper” ...
Read More

Route of the Week No. 3

The Gauntlet HVS 5a, Upper Tier at Gogarth To the seaside this week! The forecast was good the day before, ...
Read More

Rock Climbing in Paklenica, Croatia

Holidays with me and Heather need to be a compromise. She enjoys climbing but I'm obsessive about it. She loves ...
Read More

Route of the Week No.2

Two for the price of one this week! Flying Buttress V Diff and Spiral Stairs V Diff on Dinas Cromlech ...
Read More