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The summit plateau of Garbh Beinn
West Highlands, Scotland, Jan 20.
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 - availability  these are the remaining dates for this winter season. If you'd like to arrange a winter course or a guided day out, please get in touch. You can book a single day or multiple days. I'm happy to quote for anything, or if I can't help you myself I'll try and point you in the direction of somebody who can.

09/10/11/12/13/14/15 Mar

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, or clubs, throughout the winter. More info here.

winter mountaineering - daily instruction and guiding available on request, and for all abilities. You can learn the basics of route planning and winter scrambling, or acquire more advanced skills needed for tackling grade I/II ridges and gullies. More info here

winter climbing - daily instruction and guiding available on request. For any level of ability, from beginners to experienced winter climbers. More info here

guidebooks  having spent a fair amount of time in the mountains of Scotland and Wales I made a bold step (for me anyway) and produced a couple of guidebooks - there's a brief outline of the books below. You can find further information and some sample pages here. I've recently started work on a third book, a rock climbing guide this time. A collection of easy climbs in beautiful places is probably the best way to sum it up.

-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  a guidebook of sorts, but not in the conventional way. It will make total sense to anyone who loves Scotland's mountains and is perfect for 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 and a book for anyone who likes biffing around in the Welsh mountains.

Beyond all expectations a second print run of the book sold out. Given that the guide has been so popular, I've put together an updated 2nd edition. The book's construction has also been improved, making it into a proper old-school guide that feels solid in the hand. As far as possible, the binding process copies that of the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a cloth-bound cover gives the book strength and a traditional look. 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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