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Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Monday 12th January 2015 at 3:31 pm by Steve

For 2015 I am going to try and link everything to the Spirit of Adventure Facebook page. Don't worry you will still be able to catch up on the goings on via the Chiefs Ramblings via our website and Tweets. I am hoping that it will be easier to post comments about the Blog via Facebook and in doing so enable others to appreciate what is a fantastic read!!!

I think everyone has to be friends with us on Facebook so here is the link to follow Facebook   . I will look forward to your comments.

And into 2015

Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Wednesday 7th January 2015 at 2:50 pm by Steve

Weather closing in below Foel Goch

Summit of Y Garn

Perfect lunch time break on Tryfan

Looking out from Tryfan towards the Glyders

Happy 2015 to you all and I hope you all didn't over indulge with mince pies and Turkey. I know I did and as a result I headed off to North Wales to try and burn off a few calories. A few instructors and friends of Spirit of Adventure managed to snatch a long weekend in the mountains. We went prepared for full winter conditions but were only blessed with a light dusting of snow upon our arrival. The conditions on the summits were at times very wintry though. Our first outing was up to the summit of Foel Goch via a scramble over an area known as the "Mushroom Garden". From the shoulder of this route the weather closed in and by the time we made it to our final summit of Y Garn we had lost all our views. It was a quick descent down to Ogwen where a cafe stop was an essential welcomed break. Our second outing was a Snowdon classic. With no cloud, bright sunshine and a dusting of snow we headed up Tryfan via the north ridge. The light covering of snow made route choice a little tricky higher up, but the summit view was fantastic. There was no wind as we had our lunch stop below the blocks of "Adam and Eve". Dont get conditions like that on the summit even in the summer!!! We were hoping to head off up to the Glyders via Bristly Ridge  but the slow going on the north ridge meant that we would be running short of daylight hours. So a leisurely retreat via Bwlch Tryfan and the prospect of a curry in Llanberis meant we had a cracking hill day. Our last day was intended to be spent at Tremadog climbing. By now the weather had closed in so we took the easier and more enjoyable choice of climbing at the Beacon Climbing Centre. A great start to 2015.

I am thinking of running a Spirt of Adventure trip to the mountains later in the year. If you would be interested then contact myself or Martin to express an interest. I can then have a look at some dates, locations and accommodation depending on numbers. Just a thought!! 

Our new bunkhouse at the Dewerstone is now up and running and taking bookings. Contact Martin in our office for availability. It is a fantastic venue with great facilities. Ideal for large family outings or climbing clubs alike!!!

Take care and here's to a great 2015

Merry Christmas

Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 12:55 pm by Steve

We have just finished painting the floors in the Powdermills Bunkhouse (a nice festive red) along with refurbishing one of the bedrooms. Only a few bits of admin left in the office and a quick tidy up downstairs. I think a swift Christmas drink will then be in order before I need to head off for some last minute shopping. Call me Mr. Organised!!!!

Have great festive break and look out for some fantastic new posts in 2015. 

My first 100!!!

Posted in The Chief’s Ramblings on Friday 19th December 2014 at 8:56 am by Steve

Getting arty with the camera settings

Nice weather for a night nav

My weekend was spent running a Hill and Moorland Leader training course, and what a mixed bag of weather we had. On the Saturday it was clear and cold but there were signs of a change. With all their new knowledge of synoptic charts the weather changed as predicted. By the time we walked out on our night nav it was pretty foul. Would have been good assessment conditions!!!

Tuesday I was out walking again on the moor with Colin, who wanted a day refresher to brush up on his nav skills before an assessment. Wednesday was spent in Bellever Woods working with the FISH programme from St. Peters School near Lympstone. Shelters built, pancakes cooked and orienteering course completed. Fun day out.

I will shortly be travelling up to Bristol College to visit the staff who run their Princes Trust programme. Always nice to meet them at their team bases and to sit down and have a proper chat about developing our programme.

Last weekend before Christmas and as always I am still not organised. At least I still have a few days next week!!! 

Its a first!!!Managed to get to 100 pictures downloaded onto the blog in one year.


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