I took this photo (left) on a fantastic day in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. We'd been walking in fog for most of the day, when the sun suddenley burst through and burned the fog away in a few minutes. A great set of hills to climb and walk in if you want a weekend with a difference. The granite is fantastic for rock climbing(even in damp conditions) and you can get reasonable friction and the Bearnagh slabs are a great place to start.
This photo (right) was taken on my International Mountain Leader Assessment course in Switzerland by my friend John Ball. I'm in the photo, although you won't recognise me! This is on the middle day of our assessment expedition when we were descending from the Cabanne de Moiry hut in the Valais Alps in Switzerland in June 2007. The weather got better and better all day with warm blue sky and brilliant views across the Swiss Alps.
I found these rocks on the Glyders in North Wales, whilst out on a mountain day with a group on their Mountain Leader Training course. It was a lovely day with the sunlight just pushing through at the right angle and being there at the right time for the photo to come out like it has. Capturing the moment is what being in the mountains can be all about.
Getting out and enjoying the wild flowers that emerge in spring and early summer make the British Hills that little bit different. We were walking on the Long Mynd recently and watching a bank vole scurrying around, when we came across this flower - the yellow pimpernel - it is a shade loving plant that thrives in damp conditions.
One of the pleasures about working in many different parts of the country is that I see new venues that I haven't used before, sometimes old ones not seen for a long time and others that I see changes to in a very short time. Here it's good to see groups enjoying the challenges that bouldering can offer in terms of individual expression and to see rules occasionally being ignored!!
Earlier this spring I ran a Single Pitch Award Assessment course and on the first day the group climbed at Railway Buttress, Trefor Rocks at Llangollen. The picture here is of one of the candidates leading a fine severe route in brilliant sunshine.
2009 was a great winter for North Wales - this is Cwm Idwal in lean conditions but the snow line came down later in the season and it got cold enough for the ice to form on the Devil's Kitchen crags in the picture.