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Daily Post - Go Below

We recently had another article published in the Daily Post. This one was about an underground adventure trip with Go Below. You can read the transcript  HERE

The Top Ten Adventure Activities In Snowdonia

 I was asked recently to come up with the top 10 Adventures to try before you die in North Wales for the Discover Snowdonia festival. This was not as easy as it sounds, where else  in this country or even Europe could you go from the top of a 3000ft mountain to some of the best sea kayaking in the world. From exploring a historic underground mine with thrilling abseils and subterranean ziplines to riding on world class mountain bike trails with great single-track, stunning views, killer climbs and super downhill, and you could do it all in the same day! No you would have to go a very long way to beat the diversity and quality that we have on offer in this stunning natural playground of North Wales!

 

  I have had to leave so many great river trips, climbs, walks and rides out that I could so easily have written a completely different top ten - Oh well there is always next year!

No 10 Canoe or Kayak - Afon Conwy

 

For a lot of canoeists and kayakers this would definitely be number1. One of the UK’s great white-water rivers offering some of the best and most varied paddling opportunities in the country. From challenging white-water runs to serene paddling past a nature reserve and a historic castle in beautiful surroundings the Afon Conwy has it all....

No 9 - Hill Walking, The Snowdon Horseshoe

 What Snowdon at 9, it should be No1!!’ - I got that a lot..

 

The reason Snowdon ranked so low was its popularity and for many outdoor adventurers the sheer number of people traipsing up and down the popular routes can spoil the fun.

 

The horseshoe offers a great day out even in the summer crowds, a lot of the time you will be walking alone. With the challenge of Crib Goch it is not for the unwary or inexperienced and definitely a Snowdonia must do!

 

No 8 Mountain Biking - The Marin Trail.

 North Wales is lucky to have some of the best mountain bike tracks you could ever wish for Coed Y Brennin, Llandegla..., Penmachno, the new uplift site in Blaenau Ffestiniog and my personal favorite the Marin Trail near Llanrwst. Mountain Bikers have been flocking to North Wales to make the most of these mostly free to use world class sites. Why do I favour the Marin Trail? The views are amazing overlooking Snowdonia, it has some lovely sections of single track and downhill, is regulary maintained, Easy to drop in and out of Llanrwst, Betws, Capel Curig and you can easily link up parts with forestry track to pick and choose as you wish. Local bike shops are Beics Betws or 1868 Racing in Llanrwst.

 

No 7 Climbing - Idwal Slabs.

 

For a lot of climbers their first multi pitch route will be on the slabs. A 15min walk round the glaciated valley, which was once voted the 7th natural wonder in Britain, takes you to the foot of the slabs, and some magical climbing to match the magical atmosphere of the Cwm.

 

 There are the classic routes Faith, Hope and Charity,2, 3 and 2 star climbs respectively and the Ordinary route first climbed in 1897. There are many other climbs and variations to choose from and the various walls. The views around the Cwm are spectacular. Take your time, you are in a special place, enjoy every minute of it!

 

No6 Gorge Walking - Snowdonia.

 

 Gorge Walking or Canyoning is basically following a mountain stream along its course up or down. You will be swimming, climbing, jumping and scrambling through various obstacles and having a great time along the way.

 

 North Wales has many gorges to suit all levels of experience and fitness, some are suitable for children and are just great fun and some are far more challenging and are more of an expedition. Give it a try, I bet you will really enjoy it.

 

No5 Hill Walking - The North Ridge of Tryfan.

 Of all the mountains of Snowdonia I think Tryfan most looks the part. Whichever way you choose to ascend it you have to scramble some of the way, you just cant walk it.

 

 The North Ridge is a grade 1 scramble and looks somewhat intimidating from the road, like scrambling up a knife edge or as I like to think of it, the back of a Stegosaurus. It is actually more of a rounded hill, you can make it more interesting by going straight up things rather than round! The Views on a fine day just cannot be beaten and when the hills and valley are covered in snow are out of this world.

No4 Mine Exploration - The Croesor Rhosydd though trip.

 

To a lot of people the thought of going deep underground is a nightmare and it is true mines can be very dangerous places and you should never venture into one without an experienced guide. The Croesor Rhosydd Through Trip is well known for being extreme and should only be considered by experienced cavers.


Two big abseils, an underground zipline across a flooded cavern, an abseil into a dingy to pull yourself across an underground lake and the chamber of horrors traversing across ever decreasing rail lines and wires high in a cavern and an SRT out. It really is a top adventure for experienced mine explorers.

 

No3 Sea Kayaking - Angelsey.

 

  I have been lucky enough to visit many stunning places in this world but to my mind on a sunny day with some swell coming in, Anglesey can beat them all; the area around south stack in particular. The cliffs towering above you, the huge array of wildlife and the seabirds skimming past you, the opportunities for a bit of extreme rock hopping. I will never get bored of the views and adventures that are on offer here. Anglesey really is a world class sea kayaking destination with something to offer all. 

  For an easier journey the trip over to Puffin Island and a visit to the seal colonies is also highly recommended. The Wales Sea Kayak handbook is a great read (even if you don’t paddle) as it breaks down and highlights the whole of the Anglesey coast. No matter how many times you go out there you will always find something new.

 

No2 Coasteering or Sea Traversing - Angelsey.

 

 We are back on the Anglesey coastline for this high adrenaline, extreme fun activity. Coasteering is basically following the contour of the coastline and climbing, scrambling, swimming and Jumping as you go. If you don't fancy the 40ft Jump (or any of the Jumps) you can just go round, in fact most of the obstacles can be bypassed if you really want to, but why would you, ITS SO MUCH FUN!!

 

On a warm sunny day this adventure playground cannot be beaten, the warm rock and the turquoise water so inviting! It’s a geological playground millions of years in the making! I never tire of this journey and am looking forward to many more this summer.

 

No1 Climbing - Cenotaph Corner.

 

 Cenotaph Corner is one of the most famous climbs in the UK if not the most famous!

 Still high on every climbers wish list standing bold, high above the Llanberis Pass on Dinas Cromlech. First climbed in 1952 by Joe Brown it embodies the history and spirit of adventure in North Wales. Still drawing climbers from all over the world to come and gaze up its sheer walls.

 I hope this article has inspired a few of you to go and have an adventure in our amazing countryside. We who live in North Wales are lucky that we live in the adventure capital of the UK so make the most of it!!. Please remember that these activities can be extremely hazardous if you are not properly trained and equipped, do not attempt without expert advise and supervison.

See you on the hill

RM

 

Discover Snowdonia Festival - Weekly News 7/3/13

Discover Snowdonia outdoor activity festival planned for May 27

AN outdoor activity festival taking place in Betws-y-Coed this summer aims to make North Wales a premier destination for outdoor activity programmes

 

AN outdoor activity festival taking place in Betws-y-Coed this summer aims to make North Wales a premier destination for outdoor activity programmes.The Discover Snowdonia festival is the brainchild of newly formed North Wales Outdoor Activity Partnership. And the festival will take place on May 27.

 

Organiser Rob Murray explained: “North Wales Outdoor Activity Partnership was formed through a number of outdoor activity providers joining together to form a representative body with the aim of providing a unified voice for independent outdoor activity businesses.

“We will be promoting North Wales as a premier outdoor activity destination in the country and as a year round destination.” He added: “The partnership will act as the voice for its members on outdoor activities, and maintain an independent activity outlet and booking office in Betws-y-Coed at the Waterloo Hotel, which will be a one-stop shop to book all of the outdoor activities from the areas leading activity providers.

“At the festival we hope to raise awareness of the area as an year round outdoor activity destination and of the quality and diversity of outdoor opportunities here. “We are now working with our partners to manage the outdoor activity festival called Discover Snowdonia, which takes place on May 27. “We officially launched our group at the North Wales Outdoor forum on Tuesday and we can now announce we are working in partnership with the Royal Oak and the Waterloo Hotel, Betws Ymlaen and the Betws-y-Coed and District Tourist Association.

 

“Discover Snowdonia will be the first proper outdoor festival the area has seen and will be a real opportunity to showcase the area, which has some of the best and most diverse outdoor activity opportunities in the world, with some of the most experienced instructors. It is also the only area in the UK where you can experience spectacular coastline and mountains to exciting mountain bike trails and mine adventures or white-water rivers and peaceful lakes all in the same day!”

He added: “We hope this event will become a regular fixture on the calendar and that it will grow each year into a larger event held over a number of days.”

Activities at the May 27 festival will include a zip line and ropes traverse in the field at Cae Llan and taster sessions in climbing and abseiling will also be running, mine exploration, kayaking, gorge walking plus lots of family fun.

Businesses taking part in the festival include Outdoor Adventure Wales, Go Below, North Wales Active, Original Outdoors,1861 racing, Adventurous Ewe, Gone Swimming and more to be announced.

Article in the 2004 edition of the Welsh Canoe Association of our trip to the Spanish Pyrenees

 

Article in Ceufad on our adventures in beutifull and unspoilt Northern Portugal.

 

This is the Country Tracks program with Ben Fogle where we took him Gorge Walking for White Water Active.

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Tiger Balm Climbing Advert - I spent the day as ropework and saftey im sure he never went more than 3ft of the ground

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North Wales Weekly News 6th Sept  2012 Charity Fundraiser (A little inacurate but all the same!!

I will jump into the sea for Kyle

Sep 6 2012 by Ian Hughes, North Wales Weekly News

A RADIO DJ will jump 45ft into the sea to raise cash for Kyle Weaver.

Garrin Amies presents an unsigned show on Tudno FM and was offered the chance by Robin Murray who runs Outdoor Adventure Wales.

“It’s an Army adventure centre on Anglesey,” said Garrin. “I will be swimming around the coast and doing a bit of climbing and then at the end of the day I’ll be jumping 45ft into the water.

“I’m very nervous about it. It is a little strange for me as I don’t even go up ladders if I can help it.

“Robin, who runs the centre, came on the show and offered. I just had to say yes, I didn’t have much of a choice.”

So far Garrin has raised around £240 but hopes to raise more before his jump on September 19. You can donate and find out about further fundraising efforts at kylesmiraclewish.com

Couple of things to point out in this article. Firstly it is not an Army adventure centre but an outdoor activity provider, sometimes we tke military groups. Secondly  I think the big jump is around 55 - 60ft apart from that its all good and well done to Garrin for his efforts!!

North Wales Weekly News Dec 2008 Inland Flood Rescue

Dolgarrog based water rescue team leads the way for national rescue association

Dec 4 2008 by Samantha Castle, North Wales Weekly News

A LIFESAVING rescue team from the Conwy Valley is leading the way in the formation of a nationwide water safety body.

The Global Rescue Services Water Incident Team (GRWIT) based in Dolgarrog was one of the founder members of the innovative Inland Flood Rescue Association (IFRA), and team leader Robin Murray has been voted in as its chairman.

Keen kayaker Robin is an outdoor instructor and also a retained firefighter with the North Wales Fire Service and a member of the North Wales Cave Rescue Team.

“Last weekend water rescue teams from all over the country came together to discuss the formation of a national body to coordinate flood rescue by voluntary teams,” said Robin.

“This is a huge step forward for us and a groundbreaking achievement in water rescue. I will be seeking funding to develop and train more volunteer water rescue teams.”

Robin added: “IFRA will coordinate a huge resource in water rescue that is not currently being made the most of.

“Voluntary teams have a wealth of experience and in some cases are actually the guys who train the fire services. Global Rescue Services can work alone or support the fire service at flooding and in-shore water rescue incidents. We have several boats, a lot of equipment and some very experienced technicians.

“I hope we will be able to adopt some of the working procedures that have been developed at GRWIT as guidelines for IFRA teams,” he added.

IFRA now represents the largest in-shore water rescue capability after the RNLI and is seeking representation at a national level to further the interests of voluntary teams.

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