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Pete and Amy climbing the superb 'Creag Dubh Wall'
Tremadog, North Wales, Nov 19.
Ruby cragging at Castell Helen
Gogarth, North Wales, Sept 19.
Ben on the top pitch of 'Quartz Icicle'
Wen Zawn, Gogarth, June 19.
Emma and Kath on 'Poor Man's Peutery'
Tremadog, North Wales, Sept 19.

North Wales - guiding and instruction available from the 13th of July  the current Covid-19 lockdown measures in Wales are being relaxed from the 13th of July (subject to a review on the 6th) - The Welsh Govt has said tourism can start again in Wales, with all travel restrictions being lifted and self catering accommodation being allowed to open. If you'd like to arrange a guided day out in Snowdonia's mountains, please get in touch.

I'm happy to arrange days out walking, scrambling, or climbing for individuals or groups from the same household or from within the same social bubble. There would obviously need to be changes to how these days are normally organised, so we can be socially responsible and minimise the risk of virus transmission to anybody else. I've outlined a few of these precautions on the bookings page and we can also chat through these things before you make any decision to book.


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 below. For further information and some sample pages, please visit Northern Edge Books, where you can also purchase both books directly from me.


-  Scotland's Winter Mountains with one axe  a guidebook of sorts, which I'm confident will make total sense to anyone who loves the Scotland's mountains. 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.


-  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. I've published a new edition, although to be honest there were only a handful of minor revisions needed. It's really a retro edition, still pocket-sized but now with a traditional hard back cover that feels robust and solid in the hand. As far as possible, I've copied the same binding technique used in the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s a cloth-bound cover gives the book strength and an old-school look. A thin polymer laminate over the cloth is a modern addition, to stop the white cover from picking up any shite when being used on the hill.

The book was printed and bound in Wales (keeping it local). However, the cloth on the cover came from Italy, in order to get a match on the weave used on the early guidebooks ( total bookmaking geekery). Available in shops now.


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nature and people - areas already purchased include Blà Bheinn, Quinag, Sandwood Bay and Knoydart.