Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu Ridge

On Saturday My Brother Chris and I decided to tackle Moel Siabod, one of the Eastern most peaks in Snowdonia (872 m/2,861 ft). There was no real reasoning behind why we decided to take on Moel Siabod, just that we read on UK Hill walking forums that the mountain was classed as a strenuous walk yet offered some impressive views and little in the way of traffic. After finishing breakfast from the famed Moel Siabod Cafe at around 10.30am we got ourselves prepared and set off. It wasn't long before we had tailed off route (neither of us are that talented when it comes to navigation!) and without a map we decided to switch on our GPS and check our position, we were at had headed to far Read more

Walking up Moel Famau

Today, Clare and myself decided to walk up Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range at the boundary of Flintshire. Although Moel Famau is the highest point in the Clwydian range it isn't technically a mountain as it only stands at 555 metres.   We set off at around 1.30pm unaware of the time it would take to get to the Jubilee tower or where it even was and what path to take for that matter - This is a very easy walk however and the large hill (as its not a mountain) has waypoints and colour coded paths to the summit. Beginning from Moel Famau car park on the small road just outside of Loggerheads, you need to follow the Purple arrows, with an easier option being marked by a purple Read more

Climbing at Penmaen Head, North Wales

Climbing at Penmaen Head Over the past couple of weeks Chris and myself have mainly spent our weekends practicing towards our SPA Assessment, this weekend however we decided to ditch our weekly routine and head east down the A55 and get back to basics with some good old sport climbing. Firstly we headed to Penmaen head. It's somewhere neither of us had climbed before and according to our guidebooks the grades looked ideal for the both of us, hovering around the f6's. For those who haven't been to the crag before, access is super easy and it's literally a 5 minute drive from Castle Inn. We warmed up on a route called Steak Slice, a short but enjoyable f5a. Climbing the route also put Read more

SPA Assessment Practice

Earlier this month my Brother and I finally bit the bullet and booked our SPA Assessments for mid February with JB Mountain Skills (http://www.jbmountainskills.co.uk/index.html). Although we have more than enough experience and logged climbs between us, booking the assessment has given us an extra kick up the backside to get out and really concentrate on the SPA Award syllabus and ensure we leave nothing to chance on the day. Rock Climbing at Clogwyn Cyrau   On Saturday, Chris and myself took Clare and our younger cousin Nick out to Cloggy Crag (Clogwyn Cyrau) with the idea of setting up a top rope and practicing our releasable abseils. Unfortunately we left it a bit too Read more

Bouldering at the Roaches

The final climb of the year! On December the 31st 2014, 4 of us headed west down the M56 for a day out at the Roaches. It was a chance to make use of my Christmas presents that I received from my beautiful girlfriend, Clare (Said gifts was a GoPro Hero 3+ and a Moon bouldering mat amongst many other things!). Although the weather was slightly wet and damp in Runcorn we decided to head out nevertheless and the BBC weather guide seemed promising, stating a dry yet cloudy day. The drive there was interesting, although I've been before (Climbing at the Roaches) I rely too heavily on my sat nav and before I knew it had entered the wrong postcode and ended up 45 minutes from the crag, in Macclesfield. We Read more

My New Years Resolutions

Last year my new years resolutions for my climbing was to climb a f7a outdoors. I didn't manage the task but I did accomplish many more things in 2014 than I had imagined on January 1st. 2014 seen me climb my first trad routes at Windgather, I'm now SPA trained and hopefully within the next 6 months I'll have completed and passed my assessment. I flashed a font 7b+ boulder problem and formed plenty of strong friendships with those I climb with. 2015 already looks to be an incredible year, we're in the early stages of planning a trip to Fontainebleau at the end of February/early March and we now have a van coupled with wanderlust. The aim of this post was to list my climbing aspirations Read more

Climbing at Rokt in Brighouse

Yesterday Mike, Craig and myself headed out to Rokt Climbing Wall in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. It was the first time both Mike and myself had been to Rokt Climbing Wall and it was good to be going with somebody with such experience as Craig as naturally, climbing with much better climbers also pushes your own efforts. It was round 3 of the Rokt Winter Bouldering League, yet to our surprise the walls were very quiet which meant we got to climb any routes we fancied without the hassle of waiting around, unlike the WBL that takes place in Liverpool's Climbing Hangar. For those of you who haven't been to Rokt Climbing Walls before, the layout of the building is almost maze like, there Read more