As an "Outdoor Professional" I have a high expectation on my gear to perform, to keep me comfortable in all UK weather conditions. On this basis I invest a lot of money on quality kit and like others I get annoyed when something happens that could potentially end its useful life prematurely! Small Rips and … Continue reading Repair, Reuse and not Landfill!
Visitorsin pursuit of dark skies, will not be disappointed when they come to Wales. On a clear night in our National Park Brecon Beacons, you can enjoy seeing major constellations, bright nebulas the Milky Way and even meteor showers. The Brecon Beacons National Park has a number of publicly accessible Dark Sky sites, which are excellent places to enjoy stargazing. Find out more here.
Our Park has some of the highest quality dark skies in the whole of the UK, making it the perfect destination for stargazers. We think that this is something worth shouting about, so we teamed up with the Brecon Beacons Park Society to apply to the International Dark Sky Association to make our entire National Park an International Dark Sky Reserve. In 2012, we became just the fifth destination in the world (and the first…
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Plan a hike???? Just put on your boots and get out there! Don't you? Planning a hike is instrumental to safely having a great day in the mountains and is covered within my Hill & Mountain Skills Courses. If you want to turn your days in the mountains to a great day in the mountains … Continue reading How to plan a Hike?
Learning the hard way I remember buying my first pair of walking boots long before the days of the internet. Armed with knowledge of the "best in test" from the latest walking magazine I headed out to a local outdoors shop and just bought them. I'm not a fool, I did try them on in … Continue reading Buying Footwear for Hiking
Probably the most important layer of clothing when hiking is the waterproof layer, it keeps you dry and comfortable when the weather turns against you. They normally perform really well when new but performance deteriorates as they get older. Hopefully this blog will explain why this is and what easy steps can be taken to … Continue reading Caring for your Waterproofs!
Over the last 5 weeks or so like many I have been keeping myself busy doing all those promised DIY jobs, catching up on admin, writing a Quiz for Mountain Training Association, doing a presentation on Brecon and Snowdon Hikes that I provide for Curious Kats Adventures and also getting out to exercise the body … Continue reading Amusing Myself During Lockdown!
Based on current UK and Welsh Government guidance I have suspended all my AirBnB/Eventbrite events and all Mountain Training Courses for the foreseeable future. I will continually review the UK and Welsh Government advice and make available events and courses to book when the all clear has been given. I have thought long and hard … Continue reading COVID-19
"Should I have a pair of walking poles?" is one of the most popular questions I get asked. My answer is always "yes they are a very important tool in the mountains when used correctly." Let's bust a myth to start, using walking poles is not a sign of weakness or that you're getting old! … Continue reading Walking Poles
The picture to the right is a poster displayed in a carpark at the bottom of one of the many paths up Snowdon. The message and picture being simple but powerful. The title of the Poster is "Plan Ahead" with the following text at the bottom "Half Wit - Around 20% of Mountain Rescue incidents … Continue reading What to Wear in the Mountains?
It has been a busy season supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award helping young people achieve their goals but an equally rewarding experience. Through my years in supporting DofE I have taken on many roles including but not limited to: Theory navigation training Practical navigation training Practical camp craft training Expedition support Expedition assessment Theory … Continue reading Duke of Edinburgh