Monday, 17 June 2019

Irata assessment days.

Applus UK, have a great training centre at Grangemouth

The new IRATA dropped objects poster

I have spent the last couple of days IRATA assessing with Umbrella in Trichy, India, 


The four men holding the yellow certificates are proud to become level threes and are now very keen to join the IRATA instructors training programme. They all performed to a very good standard today.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Alpine Club Aspirant members meet

For the past few years now The Alpine club have been hosting a weekend meet in the Lake District where some experienced members and AC member IFMGA guides mentor and pass on Alpine Mountaineering tips to our aspirant club members. Last weekend we were in Patterdale in the Lake district doing just that. We were covering a range of Alpine skills such as roping up for glacier travel, taking coils, moving together, crevasse rescue and short roping skills. There were also evening talks and illustrated lectures.

A well deserved rest

Nick Kekus BMG/Mountain Guide giving some top tips

Z pulley assisted hoist

Our group outside the George Starkey hut, Patterdale.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Ariege, Junac

Le Eperon Alf climbing.



Chris and Jackie

Bob on a 6a with a 6b start!

Some ace rock climbing

Ariege rock climbing.

In Ariege climbing with my pal Alf and along the way we met Bob who is n this photo climbing on  on eof te lower pitches of GR4+ which is a multi pitch bolted climb ,5+,5 and 4+

Bob leading 
Bob again  on L'amie ser Fouette, 5, 5+,4, 5+


Bob (white climbing helmet) and Alf.

Monday, 29 April 2019

An IRATA first - Andira Landata

Congratulations to Andira Landaeta who today become the first lady from Venezuela to qualify as an IRATA technician.
Andira with her trainers and support crew


Happy to celebrate at the Eastav Glabal BBQ here in Medellin, Columbia

IRATA days

A good Irata assessment in Kathmandu with AIMS Nepal.


Busy times with Eastav Global, Columbia

Today's group of wonderful candidates.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Haute route 5 - ski traverse Chamonix to Zermatt

And finally, the end of our snaps!!!
A photo in Zermatt, on a clear day one can see the Matterhorn!

An electric cab

Yours truly!

Look closely,  James ski binding, I had to repair the binding with a small cord.... he did  so well being able so ski with it. We have renamed the manufacturer -" Dynafit" to dynash-t

All that alpine air and here we are casually merging back to reality at the bus station in Zermatt.