Rock Climbing Company - About
The Rock Climbing Company offers adventurous mountain activities in Snowdonia and Spain. The company and courses are run by climbing instructor Silvia Fitzpatrick.
Silvia still runs many of the climbing courses herself together with help from a small team of fully qualified climbing and mountaineering instructors. The instructors we use on our climbing courses are all active climbers we have known and worked with for a long time. We are all fully qualified to the appropriate level by the Mountain Leader Training board and are all fully insured.
Silvia and the majority of the instructor team hold the Mountain Instructor Award along with a couple of SPA and MIC qualified instructors.
Silvia now spends a lot of time in Spain running the Spanish climbing courses whilst co-ordinating and supervising the team in North Wales.
Silvia herself is a mountaineering and climbing Instructor who has been climbing all over the world at a high level for more than 22 years. Simon has also been climbing over 25 years, is SPA qualified and a director of climbing equipment manufacturers DMM. He is also a director of the Ground Up which researches and publishes rock climbing guidebooks. This depth of knowledge gives us a really solid base to build instructional courses from.
In Spain Silvia works with a small group of instructors - Andy McVittie is her right hand. An experienced climber, fell runner and climbing instructor who moved to Spain with his family last year in the nearby town of Colmenar. He has over 20 years of climbing experience in many areas of Europe including the French Alps and has instructed for 10 years. Silvia also works with other local instructors including Luis. and Silvia (another one!).
Silvia is one of the relatively few female climbing instructors to hold the Mountain Instructor Award (Award Number 1369) from the Mountain Leader Training Board and belongs to both the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and the Mountain Leader Training Association; these are the representative bodies for professionally qualified mountaineering instructors in the British Isles and promote good practice in mountaineering instruction. It is not fast or easy becoming a climbing instructor - if you want more details there is a breakdown on the time and effort needed at "How to become a Climbing Instructor" .
Silvia is also qualified as a Physical Education and Modern Language Teacher and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.
Silvia's climbing CV includes:
• Several successful summits in Patagonia including the first female ascent of the amazing Cerro Fitz Roy. Many alpine classics such as the Bonatti Pillar (before it fell down!), the Walker Spur and the North Face of the Eiger. Silvia also made an early repeat of 'The Fish' in the Dolomites.
• In the UK her trad achievements include many classic E5s such as Right Wall, Positron and Hunger in North Wales; Black Magic and Darkinbad in North Devon; A Grey English Morning and Headhunter in Pembroke. In 2006 she pulled off her hardest leads on natural gear by doing Mammoth Direct (E5/6) and Alien (E6) on the Main Cliff of Gogarth.
• Silvia was the British Female Indoor Climbing Champion in 1994 and a member of the British Competition Climbing Team from 1993 to 1995.
• In sport climbing, she has climbed over forty routes graded 8a and above in locations throughout Europe, UK, Asia and Australia. She has recently red pointed her hardest sport routes: El Oraculo (8b) in El Chorro, Spain and Golpe de Calor (6b) in the Chilam Balam cave in Villanueva del Rosario, Spain.
In June 1994 the Spanish magazine Desnivel published an article on Silvia when she put up a new 8a+ in the Pyrenees. It was at this time that the local climbers gave her the nickname Fanatic Patrick because of her enthusiastic determination to climb as much as possible.
The British climbing magazine 'Climber' printed a profile of Silvia in 2007 shortly after she red pointed El Oraculo (8b) on the amazing Makinodromo wall at El Chorro.
PDF of Climber Magazine Profile of Silvia
Silvia is sponsored by and gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:
DMM - very fine climbing equipment.
Mammut - great ropes
As a director of the Ground Up guide book company Simon researched and wrote parts of the North Wales select guide and has written the Main Cliff section for the new Gogarth North climbing guide.
The company holds both Public Liability Insurance and Employers Liability Insurance through Royal and Sun Alliance for the protection of both our clients and our instructors.