I love the mountains and I think you should too! Hire me as your mountain guide
and I'll take you up and around the Snowdon Range
Would you like to experience the buzz of spending a proper day (and even a night!) on the mountains but with the reassurance of having an expert lead the way? I now lead groups of up to 4 people on mountain adventures
. You should find some like-minded friends and get in touch with me today!
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Why Everyone Should Climb A Mountain
There are loads of reasons why someone should climb a mountain, especially if they've not done so before.
It Shows You What's Out There:
It's easy for someone like me to forget that not everyone is familiar with mountain walking and that for a lot of people it's like another world they weren't even aware of. Experiencing the Great Outdoors for the first time can be an amazing eye-opener, especially when you summit your first mountain, and will hopefully get you hooked!
It Clears Your Mind:
It's not just the fresh air which is good for your head, it's the being away from the humdrum of normal life and focusing on one thing - getting up and down a mountain. Phone reception is intermittent at best and there are no distractions from the task at hand. It's just you, the wind and rugged nature (and me).
You Get Exercise:
Pretty obvious, really. Walking up steep, rocky paths and ridges whilst carrying all your kit on your back definitely works your muscles in ways that you wouldn't get elsewhere. The aching you feel for a couple of days after being on the mountains is something to be embraced. That's the ache of victory right there!
It's Character Building:
If you look up at a huge mountain in front of you you might think "There's no way I can climb that thing". Once you're at the top and looking down at where you started you realise that you can in fact do a lot more than you think you can. And that's a good feeling. Mountain climbing isn't easy, which is a big part of what makes it so great.
It's Good To Rough It:
People need to be taken out of their comfort zones every now and then, to remind them what it feels like. Being clean, warm and dry are luxuries that most people take for granted. Sweating and aching on a mountain makes you appreciate home comforts -and life- a whole lot more. Trust me!
What's So Great About The Snowdon Range?
Check out this ace angle of the Snowdon Range, taken from Glyder Fach!
Snowdon and its surrounding peaks are in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK. The reason I love the Snowdon Range so much is because of the variety of routes and terrain that it has. Yes, there are a couple of easy, touristy routes for the masses (and there's even a railway, for goodness sake!), but there are also lots of lesser-trodden paths which avoid the crowds, and some which aren't even official paths and can allow you to have the mountain to yourself. There's everything from easy ascents to hardcore scrambles. Scree, boulders, lakes, waterfalls... Snowdon's got it all. And of course, the Snowdon Range includes the world famous knife-edge ridge that is Crib Goch.
Snowdon has something for everyone and is the perfect peak for introducing someone to the mountains.
Why Hire A Mountain Guide?
It's not as bad as it looks! I swear! I think that it's safe to say that these guys would have never done Crib Goch if I hadn't been leading them
Mountains are fantastic but they're not safe places to be unless you have the right kit and know what you're doing. So many things can go wrong, many of which you might not even be aware of. Bad weather, injuries, fatigue, getting lost, getting cold... any of these things are annoying at best and life-threatening at worst. Not everyone would be confident on a mountain by themselves.
Hiring a guide means that you have an expert to safely lead the way, plotting the routes and looking after the group with the knowledge of what to do if something unplanned happens. This leaves you to concentrate on having a great time.
Why Hire Me As Your Mountain Guide?
We won't be climbing in snow and ice but I included this picture anyway because it's cool.
As a quick browse around this website will show you, I am a big fan of hiking in Snowdonia. I have loads of experience being up on the Snowdonian peaks, in all sorts of weather conditions, and I know all the routes for getting up and down each mountain.
A key factor to staying safe in the mountains is knowing where you are and where you're headed. On the Snowdon Range I know exactly where I am, even at night or in the mist, which means that I can plan routes and, more importantly, alter the routes to adapt to changing circumstances. If the weather comes in suddenly, if someone gets injured or even if someone is just feeling more tired than expected then no matter where we are I can change the route to ensure everyone remains safe and has an enjoyable time.
Another good reason to hire me as your guide is that I won't just take you up the cliché and easy routes, like the Pyg Track or the Llanberis Path. As you may have gathered from this site I like a bit of an adventure and so our routes will be more off the beaten track, and they'll be designed to minimise the chances of passing other people, so it'll feel like we've got the mountain to ourselves.