Ogwen Mountaineering Festival
Here is a summary of the line up for 2018:
6th October – 11th October we have guided walks, evening lectures and technical workshops as well as school visits.
7th October - Photography exhibition by Andy Teasdale of Mountain photography and festival launch to be held at Neuadd Ogwen from 7pm onwards. Tickets here
9th October - Free evening lecture by Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team held at Neuadd Ogwen from 7.30 onwards. Tickets here
12th October – PAT PARSONS evening lecture. Former Royal Marine Officer who has climbed in many parts of the world, suffered a terrible climbing accident, recovered and now pursues pastimes which are just as dangerous!! Sure to be a fantastic evening. Read more about Pat below:
The talk is entitled:
Mountains, Marines, Medics & Motorbikes
Pat Parsons’ life story is at the very least, interesting and full of adventure but delve deeper and you find a life full of challenges, adversity, hope, love, success and achievement.
Whilst following a full and varied military career in the Royal Marines, Pat seized every opportunity to climb and trek in wild places all over the world. He has led expeditions in Europe, North America, Africa, Antarctica and the Himalayas. Amongst his most significant achievements are organising and leading the first ascent by a British team of Gimmigela (7350m) in the Himalayas, and the award of a Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal. As a Royal Marines Officer he specialised as a Mountain Leader and commanded the Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre.
Since leaving the military Pat has trained teams travelling to the North Pole in winter survival techniques. He has also led an expedition to South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula which undertook a programme of adventurous and scientific activities including environmental surveys. In the winter Pat will be found in Norway where he teaches and leads groups ski-touring in the mountains. He is a BASI qualified Telemark and Nordic ski instructor, a rock climbing instructor and an International Mountain Leader.
Following a severe rock climbing accident which led to significant spinal cord damage, Pat had to learn to walk again and readjust his life. Progressing from wheelchair, to crutches, to sticks, his spinal injury was a permanent one which left his legs and feet partially paralysed. At the scene of the accident he was rescued by the Derby Mountain Rescue Team – an organisation he has subsequently trained for and joined as a fully operational member.
His climbing accident left Pat with a certain amount of pain in his feet, so his adventurous ‘inner rat’ is now fed mostly by ‘sitting down activities’ including sea kayaking, cycling and more recently Pat has delved into the world of motorcycling. To his surprise and delight this now offers a similar fulfilment as he found from mountaineering and he has just returned from a 6,000km ride across Australia.
His lecture will not only provide an insight into what the human body and mind can achieve through overcoming physical and mental challenges but also how humour, friendship and the pure enjoyment of life can sometimes prove to be the best medicine!
13th October – REBECCA COLES evening lecture. Rebecca lives in North Wales but has travelled and continues to travel on a shoestring to parts of the world most of us would think twice about! An accomplished mountaineer and active both summer and winter, her accomplishments are many. A fantastic opportunity to get to know more about a great person, a talented mountaineer and a true role model. Read more about Rebecca below:
Rebecca Coles is a mountaineer and expedition leader. She has travelled
on all 7 continents and over 75 countries in pursuit of remote places
and unclimbed mountains. Her journeys are made on a budget, often
staying with local people and centred around learning about mountain
environments and culture through physical challenge. She has travelled
in Afghanistan, returned from a mountaineering trip in Nepal overland
using local transport, has cycled solo through Zimbabwe and attempted
first ascents of 6000m peaks in Nepal and Tajikistan.
• 2018 Solo cycle through Zimbabwe
• 2016 First ascent of Lasarmula (6046m), Far west of Nepal
• 2015 Lead expedition in Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan
• 2014 First ascent expedition, Tajikistan, successful ascent of Peak
Lenin (7034m), Kyrgyzstan
• 2012 Solo cycle along Lake Malawi
• 2011 First ascent expedition in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Ascent of
Koh-e-Sauz (5500m) on Afghan/Pakistan border.
• 2011 Kathmandu to UK overland via public transport.
• 2002 Four first ascents in South Georgia, Antarctica
• 2002 Walked the John Muir Trail California
Led expedition on 7 summits mountains, Aconcagua (6959m), Elbrus,
Kilimanjaro, as well as expedition in Madagascar to Jordon, Peru to
After gaining a PhD in Glaciology Rebecca changed career paths to become
a mountaineering instructor. She is an ambassador for Lowe Alpine, Fori
bars and Cicerone Press. Whilst in the UK, she instructs rock climbing
and mountaineering skills. She recently becoming the 40th woman to
qualify as an MIC and works in Scotland instructing ice climbing and
winter skills. Climbing ice routes in the UK is her happy place, as well
as skiing, cycle touring and all forms of climbing.
On her travels Rebecca has been shot at in Indonesia, taken $22,000 of
cash across the border into Afghanistan and debated whether the chicken
or the egg came first in Turkmenistan. Some of the more unusual jobs
she’s had involved taking a honeymooning couple to Uganda and walking
the length of Hadrian’s walk with an Australian dressed in replica roman
armour. Rebecca has been published in a number of Adventure Travel and
climbing publications. Her knowledge of the cafes of North Wales and
their cake is unrivalled!!
As always we'll have great competitions with great prizes as well as the legendary lecture raffles!!!
Buy your tickets here
Keep an eye on the website and also our social media for more info!!