“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing."
Standing on top of Snowdon at 4:30am a queue had begun to form and people waited patiently, as only the British know how, to take a selfie on the summit. Recent figures by Sport England revealed that hillwalking and mountaineering now have more participants than cricket, football and rugby put together and its now the largest growth activity in the UK by far. Seeing how full Snowdonia National Park is now becoming is certainly backing those figures up and its very encouraging to see so many people heading into the outdoors.
This month we received the unfortunate news of the passing of IFMGA Guide Martin Moran, his 6 clients and an Indian liaison officer in the Nanda Devi region of the Indian Himalaya. Martin was an extremely experienced Mountain Guide and had made a name for himself as an expert in remote expeditions. His team were attempting a new route and were unfortunately killed when they were hit by a large avalanche. I only ever met Martin briefly in a ski lift in Switzerland but his books and blogs about Scottish winter mountaineering will continue to inspire me and his passing is a timely reminder that there will always be risks in the mountains, no matter how experienced you are!
On a lighter note this month has been absolutely stunning in the mountains and we have had some great days out on our Mountain Training Hill and Rock Skills courses in the Peak and guided walks and private sessions in North Wales. With such dry weather it’s a perfect time to get into climbing, learn some new skills or simply enjoy a day out in the hills. We have loads of courses running over the next few months so check out our website for a list of courses and events and don’t forget to email us if you’re looking for some private instruction or need some advice with an adventure you're planning.
This year we ran a very successful Jbel Mgoun expedition In Morocco and have decided to add it to our 2020 calendar alongside our annual Toubkal trek. Both trips offer a unique trekking experience and are ideal if you want to try your first 4000m peak as none of our routes require any climbing, just an adventurous spirit and some determination. Dates will be released end of July and we really hope you will join us. I will be offering an early bird discount for all bookings before December. Email me if you want to be added to the list!
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