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Below are over 100 links to useful sites which are not part of the CHAmois web-site (they will be opened in a new window).

NOTE: The CHAmois Mountaineering Club does not take
responsibility for the content of external sites. This website recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

A55 Traffic Control Centre
This site is funded by the National Assembly for Wales and contains information about travel in North Wales. It has the latest information on the A55 as well as 18 different webcams from Holyhead to Deeside. There are also plenty of links for other forms of transport such as rail and the National Cycleway. A really useful website to plan your journey with.

Adventure Centre Ltd.
A specialist outdoor camping/climbing shop based in Warrington. Their website offers a "huge range of stock at very cheap prices". They also give group discounts for outdoor groups.

Association of British Climbing Centres
The website of the trade association for the climbing wall industry.

Everything you need to know about Aviemore - from accommodation to shopping and there is even a virtual tour of the area.

The Beacon Climbing Wall
The Beacon is just off the road from Llanrug to Caernarfon, about 10 minutes drive from the CMC. Why not have a look at a 360o picture of the inside of The Beacon. To be able to see them you will need to have the Quicktime 3 plugin.

The Big Green Guide to Responsible Camping

The Bike Van mobile bike repairs
The Bike Van mobile bike repair, maintenance and second hand bike sales service covers the area in North Wales near the Hut and also has a repair workshop at Talysarn in the Nantlle valley. Tel 07805 957402.

Brathay Exploration Group
For over 50 years the Brathay Exploration Group has sent over 10,000 people on expeditions around the world.

The British Antartic Survey
This is the home page for the British Antartic Survey. It contains loads of information about what the Survey do and there is even a jobs section!

The British Mountaineering Council

Bus Timetables North Wales
Get timetables for the Gwynedd Bus Service here, & other local transport info.

Bus Timetables - Sherpa
Bus Timetables - Other Local N Wales
Bus Timetables - Anglesey
Bus Timetables - Mid Wales

Chris Bonnington's Site
This site is the best place to find out about Chris' expeditions.

Countryside Council for Wales
- in Welsh and English!

Countrywide Holidays Web-Site
Countrywide Holidays is a specialist UK walking holiday company with over 100 years of experience in looking after guests.

Go Climbing
A set of beginners guides on various aspects of rock climbing.

Guidepost is an on-line shop and mail order business, selling maps (Ordnance Survey and Harvey) and walking books at discounted prices.

The Happy Hiker
The purpose of this Happy Hiker website is to provide simple to follow directions for various walking routes, including GPS downloads and to give basic advice on a variety of walking issues.

High Trek Snowdonia
Guided & self guided trekking holidays in North Wales (week-long luggage transported). Long weekend Courses & breaks in climbing, scrambling, navigation, Welsh 3000's, hill walking, mountain adventure, winter skills etc..
They also show you How To Set a Compass and have a Virtual Tour of their centre.

Ireland, The Mountaineering Council of
This Site features a list of all known hillwalking and mountaineering websites in Ireland, current MCI information and discussions on issues such as Bridges and Mobile Phones.

Irish Climbing On-Line
"The definitive website for Rock Climbing in Ireland"

Lake District National Park
The official site of the Lake District National Park Authority. This site has all the facts and figures/history as well as tourist information, and a current weather forecast. There are also some great pictures of The Lakes.

Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association
This is the web-site of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

The Longest Place name in Europe. This page tells you how to say it!

Mountain Bothies Association
The Mountain Bothies Association is a charity which looks after about 100 unlocked shelters in some of the remoter parts of the UK.

Mountain Leisure Perth UK
Best prices online for outdoor clothing including mens and womens outdoor jackets, rab and paramo clothing. Get cheap vango tents and camping equipment.

The National Trust
For places of historic interest, or natural beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
This is very good for free general 1-7 day forecasts for Wales N England etc, quite detailed outlooks for month/Christmas/winter period etc.

The New Zealand Handbook
This is an on-line version of a guidebook by Jane King. It has quite a lot of information about the countryside, 'tramping', mountaineering and some good photos too.

North York Moors National Park
This site introduces you to the North York Moors and the work the National Park Authority carries out to care for the area.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation
The site of Ogwen Mountain Rescue team. Includes some pictures & webcams of the Ogwen Valley.

Ordnance Survey Web-Site
This is the official Ordnance Survey Web-Site. From this page you can find information on Ordnance Survey Maps eg Landranger and the Outdoor Leisure Series. You can even download an OS Screensaver. Unfortunately this page can be a bit slow in loading as there are a lot of graphics.

Peak District National Park
Situated in the heart of England, the Peak District National Park lies at the southern end of the Pennines between Sheffield and Manchester. It was the first Park to be set up in Britain in 1951 and covers parts of six counties.

Pete's Eats
Following the improvements to Pete's Eats, the website is now back and is bigger and better than before. As well as the most important things such as opening times/menu/price list there is now a section for the new Information Centre upstairs. You can even search through their list of new climbing routes in North Wales.

This is an online magazine with up to date news, events diary, reviews, and a strong UK bias. There are regular feature articles and competitions on the site. (PlanetFear was formerly

Plas y Brenin
Situated in the heart of Snowdonia, the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre is managed by the Mountain Training Trust (MTT) - a registered charity set up by the British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader Training Board and United Kingdom Mountain Training Board

Ramblers' Association
The Ramblers' Association is a registered charity (no 306089) which promotes rambling, protects rights of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the beauty of the countryside.

Scottish Avalanche Information Service
Daily forecasts of the avalanche and climbing conditions at 5 climbing areas of Scotland. There is a daily forecast over the winter.

Snow Reports
This website is provided by the Ski Club of Great Gritain, & provides comprehensive reports on 250 resorts in Europe and North America.
Search for a map of virtually any place in Britain by postcode, street name, grid ref etc. The map data is taken from OS maps and is shown in blocks of 1000m square. You can enlarge the view as well as pan in any direction. Highly recommended by Roy Turner (a CHAmois Member).

Tide Tables for Climbing Areas in the UK
The Climbers-Club provides tables detailing the tide times for seven areas of the United Kingdom (Holyhead, Stackpole Quay, Ramsey, Lundy Island, Lizard Point, Penzance, St Ives). The tables cover about three months so are very large files (~100Kb)

Train Timetable - UK
Find out when the trains are with this interactive on-line timetable from UK Railways on the NetTM.

Walking Forum
A forum for discussing all aspects of country walking & hiking in the UK with boards for general chat, gear, photography, and all the popular UK walking destinations.

Wilderness First Aid Basics
These are important skills that can save your life or the lives of other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more and be better prepared for your next hiking or backpacking adventure.

Youth Hostel Association
The Youth Hostel Association's Web-Site which features information on Youth hostels around the country as well as other useful links and info. North Wales Youth Hostels page.


Apartment Sabu
Self catering chalet apartment for up to 6 in the Ecrins national park in the French Alps. 10% discount for Chamois club members.

Aughavannagh Cottage
Situated in the Wicklow Mountains (40 miles south of Dublin) it sleeps up to nine adults.

Campsites in Snowdonia
Links to at least 66 campsites in Snowdonia National Park

Capel Curig Accommodation Guide
Accommodation and Tourist Guide for Snowdonia National Park

Cru Chalets, Chamonix
Cru Chalets provide luxury catered and self-catered accommodation in Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

Devon Farms

Glencoe Hostel

Independent Hostel Guide
Details of budget accommodation in 191 hostels and bunkhouses in England, 108 in Scotland and 69 in Wales. No booking fees and direct links to the people you stay with.

Jack & Jill Holidays
A chalet in Morzine in the french alps. The chalet company offer walking holidays as well as many other outdoor activities. Chamois club members could qualify for a 20% reduction for a week's booking.

Pure Mountain Holidays
Chalet in Les Gets. 20% discount for Chamois members/friends.

Residence Whymper
This is a brand new complex of self-catering apartments just 45 minutes drive from Geneva airport, 10 mins from Chamonix and only 200m from Chamonix's "Les Houches - Bellevue" ski lift

Simply Morzine
Chalet accommodation in Morzine in the French Alps. Winter or summer; catered or self catering

Simply Salema
Villa accommodation in the Algarve

Flat to rent in Chamonix

Summer BandB/Ski BandB
Chalet in the Chamonix valley

Climbing Walls

Awesome Walls - (Stockport)
Beacon Climbing Centre - (near Llanberis)
Bristol Climbing Centre - (Bristol)
Castle Climbing Centre - (Stoke Newington, London)
The Edge - (Sheffield, South Yorks.)
Kendal - (Lake District)
The Leeds Wall - (Leeds, West Yorks.)
Peterborough Climbing Wall - (Peterborough)

Courses/Guides/Instructors - with their own comments!

Bremex Trust
Weekend Training Courses in Mountaineering related activities
Fassadventures specialises in Sports and Adventure Holidays in the Italian Dolomites. We are based in Val di Fassa and offer a wide choice of bespoke and individually tailored summer & winter holidays to suit your personal interests, skills and budget.

Stuart Johnston
"A top quality mountain course set in the most scenic areas of Scotland"

Undiscovered Alps
"Organise bespoke family activity holidays. They specialise in adventure and multi activity holidays in the beautiful and undiscovered parts of the Southern French Alps situated just on the edge of the Ecrins National Park "

Vive la Montagne Adventure Consultants
"Provide adventure sport activities and services for individuals, youth groups, independent and state schools, company groups and special needs groups."


Cairngorm Weather Station
The Automatic Weather Station is situated on the summit of Cairn Gorm, it provides temperature and wind data every half hour. The are also pictures which are provided by a camera looking up the hill.

Met Office Web-Site
This is the official Met Office Web-Site. You can find out the weather in your area (of the UK) over the next 24 hours as well as a UK Cities 3-day forecast. You can also get satellite pictures.

Mountain Weather Information Service
Provides three day forecast for mountain areas within the UK. Recommended by Roger and Jacky.

This is very good for free general 1-7 day forecasts for Wales N England etc, quite detailed outlooks for month/Christmas/winter period etc. Recommended by Grahame W.

Snowdon Weather Station
This site is hosted by First Hydro and has 4 webcams of Snowdon and the surrounding area. It also gives the current weather and pictures conditions on the summit.

Weather - British Isles
Originally hosted by Birmingham University, Ant Veal has moved this resource to it's own domain. It provides a link to all the forecasts currently available on the World Wide Web for individual locations throughout the British Isles as well as links to satellite images and webcams.

Cuillins, Skye
Snowdonia, North Wales
Ski resorts around the world


Useful Map Links:
UK Prominent Peaks (Interesting database of all UK peaks)
Geograph British Isles (Photos of every grid square in country)
1:25000 OS Maps through the UK
Aerial Maps of the UK
Guidepost UK Maps
London Underground Map
Ordnance Survey
Keys for OS Maps
Stone Circles of the UK location map

Map of the CMC provided by
Aerial Map of the CMC provided by

Railway Maps:


Note that none of these sites are endorsed by the CHAmois Mountaineering Club. Use them at your own risk!
Adventure Centre Ltd
Black Diamond
Cotswold Outdoor
Crag Hoppers
High Trek Snowdonia
Lowe Alpine
Mountain Spirit
Needle Sports
Outdoor Goods
Outdoor World Ltd.
Simply Hike
Sleeping Bags Outlet
Spike Outdoor Equipment
Sub Zero

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