Passed my ML

After 2 and half years after my training and about 5 years of logging mountain days I have now passed my Mountain Leader Qualification.

The second weekend was a mixed bag. Friday started & ended in the rain. It was pouring at 11am when we headed out. Within Mins we were all soaked. After a couple of legs we got to our campsite next to a llyn. It was still pouring and the wind had picked up. The night Nav was really wet and tough.

Luckily the next morning the sun was out. We got the chance to dry out a bit before next days walking. With the day in the sun it was lovely. The next campsite was really nice next to a lake in the sun.

The third day bought a new set of weather, sun to start then rain, hail, followed by more rain.

4 Great Days in Wales

With the camper van now all fully functioning it is now time to use it to it’s fullest.

I drove up to Friday evening and got to the A55 at about 1am. I then bedded down in a lay-by.

In the morning I woke up and cooked up a nice breakfast, then shot along the A55 to the bottom of the rangers track. I have never explored this side of Snowdon so it was great to see the quieter side of Snowdon.

I started up the Rangers track till I turned off towards Moel Cynghorion. It was a hard slog up the misty hill but I soon hit the top.
Walking in the mist really tests the nav skills, so the map and compass was out at every turn.
I did not hang around and soon bagged Foel Gron & Moel Eilio too.

For a day in the mist it was really good to walk over rolling hills on the Snowdon range.

Taking Dax to the Lakes

This was my first weekend of freedom, so decided to get away to the Lake district. It was a long drive up after work and did not get to Keswick till 10.30pm. Really struggled to find a campsite so decided to sleep in the car. It was actually alright and got a good nights sleep.This really proved to me that a Van will be the best move. I would love the freedom to go where and when I want without having to book or worry about campsites. Saturday mThis was my first weekend of freedom, so decided to get away to the Lake district. It was a long drive up after work and did not get to Keswick till 10.30pm. Really struggled to find a campsite so decided to sleep in the car. It was actually alright and got a good nights sleep.This really proved to me that a Van will be the best move. I would love the freedom to go where and when I want without having to book or worry about campsites. Saturday morning I got into Castlerigg Farm campsite. It was a bit of squeeze but set up fine. Setting up camp is a struggle on your own with a 5 man tent. Van proven to be a good move again! Dax and myself when out for an afternoon walk across the fells the back of the campsite. In the evening we walked to Keswick there was a light and firework show, hundreds of people were sitting in the park watching the fire show in the lake. On Sunday morning we started our walk round to cat bells over the top the other side round the back of Derwent water and back into the campsite. We start at 10 am and didn’t finish until 4pm, little Dax struggle in parts but generally he was fine getting overall rocks. With sore legs on Monday morning we packed up camp and soon made our way back Milton Keynes.orning I got into Castlerigg Farm campsite. It was a bit of squeeze but set up fine. Setting up camp is a struggle on your own with a 5 man tent. Van proven to be a good move again! Dax and myself when out for an afternoon walk across the fells the back of the campsite. In the evening we walked to Keswick there was a light and firework show, hundreds of people were sitting in the park watching the fire show in the lake. On Sunday morning we started our walk round to cat bells over the top the other side round the back of Derwent water and back into the campsite. We start at 10 am and didn’t finish until 4pm, little Dax struggle in parts but generally he was fine getting overall rocks. With sore legs on Monday morning we packed up camp and soon made our way back Milton Keynes.

ML training

One of this years goals was to get a qualification. Choosing to go for my ML at the qualification is a bit of ask but doing my training will be a start.

The training was split over 3 weekends in North wales at Yr Haford. The first weekend was mainly navigation, the second was micro navigation and the third was the expedition which covered rope work, night nav and wild camping.

I was confident with all three weekends and got great feedback about my skills. I just need more mountain days before my assessment.

So more trips in to the mountains.

January Snowdonia trip

To start a year of mountain walking off well, Heather and myself headed up to Snowdonia for a weekend. We drove up early on Saturday morning and got to Owgen Valley for 11am.

We was soon on the mountain side heading for Ilyn ldwal. When we got to the lake we took a left turn and scrambled up towards Lyln Bochlwyd. During the scramble the wind was very strong and when we reached the top it nearly lifted us off our feet.

The weather was closing in so took the path down to the YHA.

The next day we started again this time taking the same path up that we took down the day before. The weather was a lot better but still windy. We had a much better pace this time. We carried on up to Bwich Tryfan.

As soon as as we were over Bwich Tryfan the wind calmed down and we were able to make it down to the road easily.

Glyders in Feb

Bonita and myself set off at 5am for a couple of days in north wales. We got to Ogwin vally at 10am and head straight out. We walked past Llyn Idwal and up to devils kitchen. The snow was light on the lower ground but as soon as we got to Glyder Fawr the snow was 12 inches deep, it was really good to walk in and great fun.

We trekked along to Glyder Fach and enjoyed a couple of photos on the Cantilever.Decending down the normally scree slope was easy in the snow. It was only another hour and we got back to Idwal Cottage, Youth hostel.