You may or may not know this but winters in Snowdonia can be very fickle things. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t – but when they do they are the most fantastic and exhilarating experiences. The mountains and valleys are transformed into a winter wonderland of opportunities such as winter mountaineering and snow and ice climbing using equipment such as ice axes and crampons. You may like to visit my gallery for some inspiring winter photos - click here.
Good winter conditions can occur in Snowdonia in less than a week, therefore, it is difficult to arrange things in advance unless you are willing to change the nature of the activities to take account of the conditions. Because of the unpredictable nature of winter we accept last minute bookings to take advantage of those sudden changes to the weather.
I offer winter guided walks as well as more challenging climbing on steep snow and ice gullies and ridges. Because of the nature of winter walking and mountaineering I would ask that you have some experience of walking in summer conditions before venturing into the mountains in winter and if you are interested in the steeper more technical stuff then some rock climbing experience would be useful.
If you would like more predictable conditions I can organise a course for you up in Scotland.
Ratios for winter walking depend on the day but are between 1:6 and 1:8. Snow and ice climbing is usually 1:2 but as you become more adventurous a 1:1 ratio would be more appropriate.
As a trainer and assessor of winter Mountain Leader (ML) and Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC) courses in the past, I can offer you an opportunity to brush up on your winter skills as well as preparing you for your ML and MIC assessment.