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Paul on the steep main pitch of
'Royal Pardon' on Aonach Beag.
Pimp Hey approaching Bruach na Frithe,
on the Cullin Ridge, Skye.
Classic mixed climbing in perfect conditions,
Coire an t-Sneachda, Northern Cairngorms.

North Wales 2019  Rock climbing, scrambling or hill walking - I'm available for guided days out or daily instruction from the 18th of March onwards, and throughout the spring and summer. If you'd like to arrange something, just give me a call or drop me an email. You'll find prices on the bookings page.


Scotland spring 2019  If you'd like to arrange any guided climbing or scrambling on the Isle of Skye or the mainland Scottish mountains in late April or May please get in touch... Cullin Munros, classic rock routes or sea stacks. For a no obligation chat to find out what's possible, just give me a call or drop me an email.


Winter guidebook  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe - I'm hesitant to classify it but it's a guidebook of sorts, and I'm confident it'll make total sense to anyone who loves the Scottish mountains. Available now from good independent bookshops and outdoor shops, as well as online retailers such as the Guardian Bookshop and the BMC. Can also be purchased directly from me at Northern Edge Books.


Scrambles guidebook  My first attempt at producing a book. It's a guide to 50 of the best mountain scrambles in North Wales and should appeal to anyone who likes biffing around in the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations the current print run has sold out. Given that the guide is being well used, a new 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 and thick end papers give 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. The cloth came from Italy though, to get a match on the weave used on the early guidebooks - total bookmaking geekery. There's more information about the book at Northern Edge Books.


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