Archive for 'Hill Walking' Category

A tragic sledging incident and other risky activities

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

It is interesting to speculate whether the decision, made partially on safety grounds, to shut schools in many areas of the UK may have exposed children to more risks. For example, yesterday I went sledging with a group of children, who had a great time hurtling down a hill and tumbling into snow. However, this […]

Snowdon and the sun

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, November 3, 2008

On Saturday I took the opportunity to nip up Snowdon with my friend Christopher, and got some great shots of the peak covered in snow. Unfortunately the summit was encased in a freezing cloud, but the view as we left down one of the southern ridges was staggeringly beautiful. The ridge was also much more […]

Cnicht – the Welsh Matterhorn

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, May 4, 2008

In February, a friend and I nipped up Cnicht in North Wales, also known as the Welsh Matterhorn. I’d never done it before, and we had picked a great day. It was lovely and warm, but the ground was hard frozen, thus allowing fast progress over normally boggy areas. We also walked up Moelwyn Mawr, […]

Snowdon: Teashop closed

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2008

Y Lliwedd, taken on the way down as the clouds lifted. On Friday I made a quick ascent of Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass using the easy Miners track, before a conference at Bangor University. I had the choice of mountain biking in the rain, or walking in snow about 550m. The second seemed the drier option, […]

Death on Scafell

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 18, 2008

The sad news of the death of an experienced hillwalker on Scafell, after slipping on ice near the notorious Broad Stand, reminds me of Edward Whymper’s quote: “There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind […]

Death on Nantlle Ridge

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, December 4, 2006

The Nantlle Ridge, which I recently walked, didn’t seem quite as serious as one or two of the guidebooks had described it. Still here’s a reminder that one should always remember Edward Whymper’s advice to those who venture into the mountains: “Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think […]

Tryfan – first snows of winter

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, November 19, 2006

On the summit of Tryfan, a man stands on Adam contemplating the leap. Today I had a quick jaunt up Tryfan with my brother. There was already snow on the ground from about 400 meters upwards, and at about eleven am it started to intermittently hail, snow, sleet and rain with some strong gusts of […]

The Nantlle Ridge

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, November 17, 2006

Here’s a video I made of a recent walk along the Nantlle Ridge in Snowdonia. It’s a classic mountain walk according to this route guide, and I have to agree. We did that route in reverse. That way you get to finish in a pub.

In memory of Snowdon Cafe

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The last time I saw the Snowdon Mountain Cafe was on a traverse of Crib Goch to burn off some calories in the Christmas period. It was closed. “Now Mr Bond, we will unleash our virus upon the world!” Despite the fact that the mountain railway and cafe attract some people who have absolutely no […]