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Paddling and Mountaineering

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with the weather in wales alternating between heavy rain, light rain and snow. This has meant paddling and winter mountaineering have become the order of the day.

Conditions on the rivers seem so variable that I can’t believe paddlers can ever plan anything in wales. They were up and down like yoyo’s and lead to a memorable boat chasing expedition when my kayak got away from both me and Dan on a very pushy Lower Llugwy – luckily said kayak was recovered not too much worse the wear and I managed to test out my swimming. In other paddling news we did a trip the the Seiont which is a beautiful river journey into Caernarfon finishing with a view of the castle. This time the initial rapid went smoothly unlike my trouble-sum last attempt.

It’s not all been about the rivers though – amongst the paddling there’s been a bit of time getting out on the hill in the Snow. This included an evenings trip around the nameless coomb in a very dark whiteout – testing nav meant that Hidden Gully stayed hidden and instead we pottered up the back wall of the coomb to play around in the cornice. This was followed by a day on the perfect winter condition Crib Goch with Sid and two clients (one for each of us). Finally a bit of wintery rock with short rope practice on Ordinary Route and Cneifion Arete; Jen being my willing victim.

Thanks to everyone who I’ve been out with over this period – it’s been great fun. I’m looking forward to heading up to Scotland now for some more play in the white stuff.

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