Wild Camping

When asked to write a piece about wild camping I was unsure whether to take it as a compliment or a slur. To many, it is a dirty word; something practised in the dark ages and akin to sleeping rough on the streets in our modern parlance. Personally, I think such folk need enlightenment and […]

Snowdon, the hard way

This article is more about Michaela Bray’s first time up a mountain of any distinction, and for this momentous occasion she chooses non other than Snowdon.  Well, actually, I chose it.  As it was me that convinced Allan, Sarah C and Michaela that Clogwyn Y Person Arète would be ‘a great day out’ and we […]

New kid on the rock

A breezy day in May that carries with it ozone from a restrained sea. I sit on a beach of pebbles feeling their shape and texture with my fingers while I look at the horizon. Distant walls of grey cliffs, dwarfed boats on a wide steel-blue sea, and the sweep of a million billion smooth […]

AMC Rabble Go To Scotland

So there was Rob the mountain goat, temporary resident; Jane the permanent escapee from Bristol, Richard the dentist -later to become know as ‘The Gutter slayer’- and me, innocent abroad. This rabble shared a Toblerone shaped chalet at Inchtree near the glamorous town of Fort William for a few days in the final week of […]

North Wales Trip

Last weekend saw the AMC head up to North Wales for a weekend of climbing, walking and generally good outdoor fun. A key mountain skill, often neglected, is that of a detailed route plan and succinct and efficient navigation. Whilst travelling up to the Ty Powdwr bunkhouse Paul received a number of calls asking just […]