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Chasing Winter

by Dave Evans

Making the most of early Scottish Winter Climbing conditions........


Rise of the Rain Kings

by Jon 'Spike' Green

Sometimes it all just falls into place... A week of advanced WW needs two things - Water and a strong team! This week we had both. Ben, Ian, Keith and Mario (all the way over from Switzerland). Fit, keen and all paddling well and at a similar level.......


Pre-season preparation ideas for MIC Candidates

by Keith Ball

If you have an MIC assessment booked this winter, or are thinking of booking one, then making best use of your time is essential. Thinking and planning ahead, so that you arrive at your assessment feeling fit, confident and on top of your game is imp.......


Life as a Centre Assistant

by Tom Livingstone

The Centre Assistant's jobs are varied and boundless, which requires an open and enthusiastic approach. It may include working in the kitchens one evening and running a kayaking session the next, so versatility is important. However, the opportunitie.......


Summer Paddling in North Wales

by Jack Campion

Now winter is over and the UK paddling season has come to a close many of us are left twiddling our thumbs. Obviously there are still many sports to pursue as an outdoor enthusiast in North Wales, such as climbing, hill walking and of course sea kaya.......


Tandem Canoe - Welcome to the Divorce Boat (A Survival Guide)

by Karl Midlane

Paddling an open canoe as a tandem pair is a powerful and rewarding experience, just as manoeuvrable as a solo canoe but with vastly improved horse power available. Like a sports car with two engines, tandem canoeing is for paddlers with friends. St.......


Accommodation for Plas y Brenin Alps 2014

by Stuart MacAleese

To make sure your Alpine Mountaineering holiday really is one to remember we have stepped up our accommodation in the Alps. This year Yeti Lodge in Argentiere is the new base for our Alpine Mountaineering programme . Yeti Lodge chalets Brevent a.......


Discover Summer Alpine Climbing & Mountaineering

by Stuart MacAleese

We are getting excited about the alpine summer being just around the corner. Time we thought for an overview of our 2014 Alpine Programme in order to help you choose the best alpine experience for you and your friends........


How to Choose Your Scottish Winter Course

by Keith Ball

With snow on the ground in Scotland and lots of people already getting out on the mountains it's the time of year to be planning your visit up north. This winter we have a range of courses to suit everyone, in fact such a variety it may be hard to de.......


Keeping an Eye on Winter Conditions

by Dave Rudkin

As the first winter climbs of the season get ticked off, exciting thoughts of picks searching for cracks, edges, ice and turf blobs enter our minds, then our stomachs turn and get that sinking feeling with the thought of crampons scrabbling on vergla.......


'Alpine Essentials'

by Stuart MacAleese

This 3 day Alpine Essentials course is designed for climbers and mountaineers who are looking for some skills and knowledge to help contribute to being more independent in the Mountains of the Alps. The course is non-residential so it may suit those .......


Discovering the Source

by Ben Lawes

If you are reading this article it may be because you're wondering why your mates keep banging on about what they got up to last weekend when the rivers were up. Or, because you like the idea of canoeing down a river, enjoying the tranquillity the In.......


Supporting Yourself Through Kayaking

by Ben Lawes

The aim of this article is to provide you with a technique for keeping yourself upright and thus hopefully preventing a dunking. Developing a reliable support stroke not only increases your confidence but will improve your skill level as well. By r.......


Carving Turns

by Simon Colley

Try this. Push an empty kayak forwards away from the bank Now place a heavy weight on one side of the kayak seat so that it looks tipped or 'edged' and do the same. Do both again but this time watch how the kayak moves through the water and how it be.......


Ever Increasing Circles

by Ben Lawes

This article focuses on the potentially frustrating skill of paddling a kayak forwards, looking at the building blocks for developing a good technique right from the word go. The chances are that the kayaks you're using are designed to be highly man.......


Time to Open Up

by Pete Catterall

"The Open boat or canoe has been around for thousands of years from its historic roots in North America to cart wheeling at a play hole and running technical white water all over the world. The open boat has evolved into what could be described as th.......


'Rambling' in the Alps

by Martin Chester

Mention the Alps and it conjures up a chocolate box image of dramatic peaks, jumbled glaciers and rocky towers. But the Alps are not just for mountaineers with summit aspirations. If you want all the views, from the security of well worn trails, then.......


Alpine Glacier Travel

by Martin Chester

Cutting a swathe through the highest peaks, and the most dramatic scenery, the glaciers really are the highways of the Alps. A slow moving sea of ice, they can provide a relatively tranquil way to walk through the jagged chaos of alpine scenery. Of c.......


Getting the most from your paddling course!

by Pete Catterall

At Plas y Brenin we have learnt , over the last 50 years, that selecting the correct course is essential. Choosing the course can be crucial to the success of your time with us. These notes are aimed to help you select the appropriate level of a cour.......


A Day in the Life of a Winter Climbing Instructor

by Neil Johnson

On our 'Intro to Scottish Winter Climbing courses' we aim to get the most out of every single day. This always means an early start (following a hearty breakfast). I usually meet my team of clients about eight in the morning when we have a good chat .......


The Moving Stuff

by Neil Dickinson

You already know how to make carving turns on flat water with this mastered you have the perfect building blocks to progress onto the moving stuff. Being able to break in and out and cross the flow is an essential skill if you want to progress onto r.......


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