Week 17 at Plas y Brenin


12th – 18th September

Highlights: 100mph gusts, Bivi-ing out on Moel Siabod, Phantom Rib (VS 4c**) in mountain boots, local orienteering event

Summary: Centre based for much of the week; orienteering, a spot of climbing, bivvying and plenty of films!

The reward for bivvying out

The reward for bivvying out

MondayΒ – Thursday

‘Staying local’ – admin, orienteering, and a visitor: Anthony from Nottingham. Admin complete, (‘UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport’ reg, rota, and calendar stuff), Lotte, Anthony, and I had a quick attempt at ascending Moel Siabod Monday afternoon – it was a no-go zone as we hit a mere 300m high with such powerful winds. Crazy! The back-end of Hurricane Katia’s existence apparently. A kitchen shift on Tuesday helped assist my finances, and a relax to some good old Ocean’s 12 and Van Helsing!

A bivi breakfast

A bivi breakfast

Wednesday and Thursday saw me embark on the first stages of orienteering course maintenance here around the Brenin’s fixed courses. There’s plenty to do and the orienteering ‘department’ is very much my project right now – I’m working hard to ensure the courses are brought up to scratch, and a few longer term strategies may be announced later in the year too :p Thanks to Lotte for her help on Thursday! Anthony and I also managed a wall session on Wednesday looking at top-roping and leading.

I had already packed a bivi-out rucksack for Thursday evening, but last minute the aspirant British Moutain Guides I was going to go out with pulled out 😦 So, I didn’t hang around too long before heading up the northern flanks of Moel Siabod on which I spent the night testing out a sleeping system of down jacket and some warm layers underneath inside a bivi-bag. Bit cold at 4am, but sleep for sure!

Bivvying Moel Siabod

Bivvying Moel Siabod


This morning I was out with the aspirant guides Matt and Tanja for some big boot climbing on Clogwyn y Grochan. We did Phantom Rib (VS 4c**) which in the sudden rain showers at around pitch 3 made for a slippy ascent! The rain was set in so climbing was closed for the afternoon 😦 Night shift that evening…


A day on reception proved very productive conjuring up some new ideas for things from guest arrival information to laminating. Honestly, it’s as exciting as it sounds πŸ˜‰ I escaped in the evening to The Heights in Llanberis to see old work colleagues from Cotswold Outdoor Royal Oak, which made for a pleasant evening out.

Evidence of the 100mph winds (and Autumn!)

Evidence of the 100mph winds (and Autumn!)


Braich Bryn Engan – orienteering with the Eryri Orienteers. Today I helped with the start before running the course myself. I came 3rd! Outrageously I would have easily won had I not spent 5 minutes looking for control 1… stupid. Alas, in the afternoon I attended a 3 hour British Orienteering Safety Workshop which was valuable, before settling in for an evening of Spooks! It’s back!

2 Responses to “Week 17 at Plas y Brenin”

  1. 1 THE8RAC3R

    Love the photos Tom. So nice to read a blog from someone who’s so enthusiastic. Keep up the good work fella!

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