Snowdon failed attempt and Bothy sleep over

Readers may know that I’ve been participating in the year of microadventure challenge. We started in January and somehow, despite very busy lives, I along with my brother (Lee) have managed to complete 1 microadventure per month. As December would mark the successful completion of the challenge we wanted to mark the occasion. We chose to visit Snowdon in Wales and to try out a bothy for the 1st time! For the uninitiated read what a bothy is here

As we were going to drive 2 and a half hours plus we chose to start the day early and make an attempt at the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon via the intimidating ridge of Crib Goch, not for the faint hearted. 

Arriving at the car park it was looking likely that we would have to re-think our route. The wind was getting very strong and it was not safe to try and cross the ridge, as a fall would be a very bad scenario. We took the pig track under Crib Goch and we managed to get 2 miles along the route before the weather started to deteriorate.  Very quickly winds whipped up to 80mph. We connected ourselves together with a rope for safety and at the time I thought Lee was getting a bit overzealous, I was wrong. A gust of wind hit our group and I saw Lee get blown off the path, I braced to catch him on the rope but before I knew what was happening I was following him down the bank of rocks! For a moment I thought we might be in some real trouble, but landing ontop of my brother I came to a stop. We gave a thumbs up to let a very nervous Joe, who was holding onto one end of the rope and still on the path, know we were both ok. After we stopped laughing like idiots we climbed back up to the path. This, you might think, was the point we turned back, it was not. We continued onwards like fools until the weather became much worse (rain was added to the mix) and looking at the path ahead, the risk was not worth taking.

After the hike, we headed to a bothy about 30miles south located in a forest. We parked the truck on a nearby access β€œroad” (read track) put on our sodden packs and headed into the pitch black forest, aided by head torches of which mine was next to useless, to find a place to sleep for the night. Finding the place didn’t take too long, we first spotted the roof of the building and as we came into the clearing we noticed a very disconcerting sight. Parked in front of the bothy was a 4x4, no keys but both doors wide open on one side. Normally nothing too usual but when you come across this site in the middle of a dark, quiet forest you start to think about every horror movie you’ve seen and the phrase β€œI’ve got a bad feeling about this”. We circled around to the front, Joe sheepishly opened the front doors and asked into the dark building β€œhello, is this the bothy?” A welsh voice replied β€œyes, you're in the right place.” We entered the front room to be greeted by a group of 2 tucking into some chilli and bread. They had brought a load of fire wood and had the wood burner on the go. The place was warm, dry and lit by the glow of the fire and candle lights that had been placed strategically around the room. At this point I knew I was going to like this bothying thing. 

We tucked into some beef stew provided by Lee, while chatting to our new friends. Then we took a room upstairs, laid out our sleeping mats and bags, hung out our wet gear to dry and spent the rest of the night drinking whisky and laughing about our close call on that mountain. I will never take the piss out of my brother again, thank god for that rope, safety 1st people.

Ok that’s the back story now on with the photo’s enjoy… 

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Thanks for stopping by, 

Graham

Yosemite Valley

We got married! 

Last week me and Lotti stood together and said "I do" in front of our friends and family. The day could not have gone any better. Then just 2 days later, before we could have a chance to let things sink in we were on a big metal bird heading to America on a trip we had dreamed of for a long time. The plan was to hit San Fransisco, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Death Valley, Vegas and finish in New York. As I write this, we are about half way through our adventure (currently in Death Valley). We had high expectations from the trip and they have been greatly exceeded. I have a ton of photo's that I'm itching to share with you guys...

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite wasn't our 1st destination but it is the place that has blown me away the most. It's a seriously impressive place and left me speechless from the moment we entered the park. I think this might be my most favourite place I have ever been, ever. Nearly all overnight visitors stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located smack bang in the middle of the valley making it the perfect jumping off point for all visitors from hard core climbers to happy snapper tourists who rarely leave the car.

This is the classic shot of the Yosemite Valley. Mac Users will recognise the shot but I promise I took this one. I even managed to get the golden light hitting the peaks at sunset. It was taken at a place called Tunnel View and it shows the valley in all it's glory. You can see the epic El Capitan on the left and the distinctive half dome in the distance. I have more shots coming that look a little different to the shots you might have seen. Until then enjoy this one...

Be sure to click on the image to see in full screen epicness! 

Please keep an eye on the blog I have lots of awesome shots coming! 

Cheers

Graham

Pendle Hill Microadventure

Word up party people. 

I'm back from another Microadventure. This time we chose to hike up the long side of Pendle Hill for 2hrs to hit the peak and make camp. Being a popular spot we arrive around 10pm at a car park and navigated in the dark to our destination. 

As we neared the top we started to see names and messages written in laid out rocks. It was this moment we remember what Pendle Hill was famous for... Witches! 

Surprisingly the night was not a spooky one but it was hard work. It took 3 variations of pitches to the tarp set up before we were happy. Once we were we snuggled down into out bags and made some hot chocolate with a nip of JD honey to help send us to the land of nod.

I chose not to take my camera out, that was a big mistake! The sunrise was awesome exactly the kind I've been wanting to shoot. So here's the photo's I managed to take with my iPhone 6. 

Enjoy... 

It was mega windy at the top making it feel cold but we were ready. We set up a tarp to act as a wind break, worked a treat

Top tip though, don't make camp in a patch of dirt even if it does help with sheltering from the wind. That sh*t gets everywhere! 

So this makes make no 10 of my microadventure challenge! wow, there's been times I didn't think we would make it. Sorry I've not managed to blog every trip. Even though I've not finished this years challenge I'm already starting to think about next year and to think about how I want to share them with you guys along with developing the blog more. 

Keep watching we've got something a little special lined up for the final trip of the year in December it's gonna be fantastic! 

Thanks for stopping 

Graham