Garry Smith
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Topping out on 'Napes Arete'
Wasdale, Lake District, July 19.
Ruby cragging at Castell Helen
Gogarth, North Wales, Sept 19.
High on the final pitch of 'Outside Edge Route'
Cwm Silyn, North Wales, Aug 19.
Emma and Kath on 'Poor Man's Peutery'
Tremadog, North Wales, Sept 19.
Ben on the top pitch of 'Quartz Icicle'
Wen Zawn, Gogarth, June 19.

Scotland winter 2020  winter skills courses and winter climbing courses available from January to March. Have a look around the site to see what's on offer. And please feel free to get in contact for a no obligation chat about any winter training or guiding you'd like to arrange.

winter walking - come and learn the basic skills needed to get out in the winter mountains on your own. One day or multi-day courses can be arranged on request, for individuals or groups, throughout the winter. More info here.

winter climbing - daily instruction can be arranged on request and can be tailored for any level of winter climber. You can learn the basic rope skills required for grade II ridges and gullies, or acquire more advanced skills needed for tackling harder climbs, More info here

North Wales autumn 2019  if you'd like to improve your scrambling or rock climbing skills, I'm available throughout the autumn and can arrange instruction to cater for any level experience. The same goes if you'd like to improve your hill walking skills - I'm happy to arrange training, for individuals or groups, to give the confidence for taking on bigger mountain days. Available on a daily basis with all technical equipment included.

If you'd simply like a great day's climbing, or a day out enjoying classic mountain scrambles, or would like to be accompanied on a challenging hill walk, just give me a call or drop me an email. You'll find more info on scrambling here and info on prices can be found on the bookings page.

Scotland autumn 2019  autumn in the Scottish Highlands can be absolutely stunning; think magical light, deep colours and empty hills. If you'd like to arrange any climbing or scrambling in this special time of year, please get in touch for a no obligation chat to find out what's possible. I also provide a guiding service to help you get up any Munro or Corbett, on the mainland or on Skye, by whatever route you'd like to take. I'm always happy to accompany anyone across one of Scotland's iconic ridge traverses such as An Teallach or Liathach - just give me a call or drop me an email if any of this sounds attractive. I'll quote for whatever mountain itinerary you'd like to do.

guidebooks  having spent a fair amount of time in the mountains of Scotland and Wales I recently made a bold step (for me anyway) to put together a couple of guidebooks - there's a brief outline of the books below. I've taken the unusual route of self-publishing, even going as far as getting my head around my own typesetting and cartography (some long hours at the screen). If you'd like to find out more, you'll find further information and sample pages here. I've started working on a third book, a rock climbing guide and the biggest project so far.

-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  not really a guide in the conventional way of things but it is a guidebook of sorts. I'm confident it'll make total sense to anyone who loves the Scottish mountains and enjoys a bit of armchair mountaineering. Available now from good independent bookshops and outdoor shops, as well as online retailers such as the Guardian Bookshop and the BMC. It can also be purchased directly from me at Northern Edge Books.

-  North Wales Scrambles  a guide to 50 of the best mountain scrambles in North Wales, which should appeal to anyone who likes biffing around in the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations the first two print runs have sold out. Given that the guide has proved so popular, a newly printed 2nd edition has been made into something more substantial. As far as possible, the construction copies that of the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a traditional cloth-bound cover gives the book some strength. A thin polymer laminate over the cloth is a modern addition, to stop the white cover from picking up any shite.

The printing and binding were both done in Wales (keeping it local). However, the cloth came from Italy, in order to get a match on the weave used on the early guidebooks - total bookmaking geekery. Available in shops now and can also be purchased directly from me at Northern Edge Books.

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