Snowdonia Walking and Climbing is run by me, Richard 'Rusty' Bale, a fully qualified Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI), qualified to instruct all aspects of mountaineering and a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).

I started mountaineering in Scotland with the RAF Mountain Rescue Service over 20 years ago and since then I have walked and climbed throughout the UK and abroad. I have been a RAF Mountain Rescue Team Leader and was the Service's Chief Instructor for 5 years. My mountaineering has taken me all over the World including the Alps, Norway, Canada as well as the greater ranges of the Himalaya and Andes. In 2001 I was selected as a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service Everest North Ridge expedition and successfully reached the summit on the 22 May.

Closer to home I love climbing around North Wales and the rest of the UK and have also compleated the 'Munros'...all the Scottish mountains above 3000 feet.


I am a provider of Mountain Training  Mountain Leader Award, Hill and Mountain Skills and Lowland Leader Award schemes.


I provide guided days out in the mountains as well as courses in rock climbing, scrambling, mountain skills, navigation.  The courses I run can be tailor made to suit your individual needs.

North Face of Everest
Everest North Ridge, Rusty Bale
Rusty Bale on the summit of Everest, 22 May 2001