Exploring the Chalamain Gap in snow

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Being an early riser, I was up first and although somewhat prepared for it, I was still shocked to see that all, I mean all, of the snow was gone. A powerful warm front had come in over the night. The strong winds from yesterday were a pretty good indicator of this. As it happened, we were looking to have a shorter day today anyway, as we had 5am wake up for the long drive home the following day. We had been chatting about our options, these were – heading to the mountain’s vs being out of the wind, which […]

Cairngorm: into the white unknown…

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An early 6:30 start wasn’t appreciated by everyone to say the least. But if the weather report was to be believed and all went well and summiting Ben Macdui, the early start would soon all be forgotten. Myself and three others were up first, cooking breakfast for the rest of the gang while they slowly awoke from their slumber. Gearing up for the day ahead it was my turn to drive from Granton-on-spey to the Ski Resort where we would be leaving the vehicles. It was a colder day and the weather was on the turn making our time window […]

Exploring a White Cairngorms: Day 1

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The Drive… Being asked to help out with a university trip to Cairngorms in December, was a trip that I couldn’t turn down for several reasons. Having a minimal amount of practical winter mountaineering experience, it was the prefect opportunity to change this. The date was set for, just before Christmas and with 14 others, we would be spending 3 days in Cairngorms National Park. Having recently pass my summer Mountain Leader Assessment, I’ve been reading a lot of mountaineering books, mainly Mountaincraft and Leadership as prep. Within them was, also, a theoretical knowledge of winter mountaineering, so this was […]

Dartmoor’s vivid History

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Spending a weekend out on Dartmoor is always incredible, even if it’s foggy and you can only see around 5 metres ahead of you. I had organised for sever al people to come together to go camping, do a bit of a night walk and then a longer walk the following day. The plan was to walk around 20 miles over the duration of the entire trip, while camping at a pub overnight. The weather forecast for the weekend was not great at all, with visibility being all but none existent, with rain and a slight chill in the air […]

First time wild camping

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There is nothing better than going outdoors in the sun, it is better still getting home and being able to write the blog about the trip in the sun. On Saturday I took my younger brother on his first outing to Dartmoor camping and hiking. We started out by looking for some bluebells over by Hound Tor, which you read about below. The adventure really started from Combestone Tor a beautiful place much like the rest of the moor.. We had been blessed with glorious weather although, it was quite windy which did take the edge off a little bit. […]

Brecon Brecons – Stairway to Heaven, Fan Y big

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Sunday 31st March, after yet another cold night in Cwn Llwch and the clocks changing depriving us of our sleep. Not that it mattered to us as well were all in bed by about 9 and up 9 so still a good night sleep. After an amazing breakfast of chocolate bread and bacon cooked Trangia style. We were also bless with lovely weather yet again, making our short drive over to Tal-y-Bont Resivour very pleasant. We arrived at the bottom of was is know as the “Stairway to Heaven”, which from having walked up 2 years ago for my Gold Duke […]

Brecon Beacons – Pen Y Fan, Cribyn and Corn Du

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Saturday 30th March, after a freezing cold night, it must have been about -2 or -3, in a sleeping bag that is only just suitable for camping out in the summer. I woke up around 08:00 to glorious sun shine, although it was still bitterly cold. After getting a brew on and having grub, Me and Cameroon woken Drew from his sleep. From our camp site Modrydd farm (which I posted about earlier on), we started by following the river up the valley of Cwn Llwch. The further we ascended the more snow we encountered for obvious reasons, we enter […]

Modrydd Campsite

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Friday 29th March, leaving Teignmouth to head up to the Brecon Beacons for the Easter weekend. It was a challenge just getting there as my car is not very big and with four days worth of kit and three people it was pretty interesting with the suspension taking a beating. After a 3 hour drive we arrived at the camp site; a field owned by the Powell Family which is in the valley of the horseshoe ridge of Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and Cefn Cwn Llwch. The camp site itself is amazing if you are willing to wild camp […]

Dartmoor Camp Out

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Last Saturday night was pretty mad, I went up to Dartmoor to assist with the camping of a Ten Tors team after they had walked for approximately 25km during that day in lovely weather – I think not! They had all seasons in one day, hail, thunder and lightening, monsoon rain and thick fog just to make things fun. Despite all of this when I got out to them at Nuns Cross Farm (SX 606 698) around 18:00 they where in very high spirits. After talking to the teams I retired with the other leaders to one of our tents […]