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Rock Climbing Courses & Via Ferratas

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The Rock Climbing Company provides mountain skills, scrambling, rock climbing courses, climbing coaching, Via ferratas and guiding.

We operate in Snowdonia and North Wales and in Northern East and Southern Spain.

In southern and northern Spain, our usual locations are the cliffs and mountains surrounding Malaga, Marbella, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona and Asturias.

This Summer we are offering a new location: Picos de Europa

Our next climbing courses in these areas will run every weekend from 15th of June to 30th of November of 2019

Please contact us if you wish to receive information or reserve a place.

We specialise in creating climbing courses and holidays that are personalised to your exact requirements - just let us know what you would like to take away from the course, the amount of time that you have and we will try to arrange it for you.

We organise climbing instruction for parties of all levels of experience, ability and size. Our clients cover a very broad base from families and individuals who want an introduction to rock climbing whilst on holiday in Snowdonia oe in Spain, through climbers who have learnt to climb indoors on walls and now want to start climbing outdoors or lead climbing to experienced climbers who want specific advise on improving techniques or those who are simply short of time and want guiding on classic routes.

On the corporate side we provide team building adventure experiences and safety advice for film sets.

Courses in Spain run all year round as the weather is generally very stable and suitable for rock climbing, whilst in the UK we offer rock climbing courses, guiding and coaching in Snowdonia, North Wales generally run from early Spring until Autumn. However, we can run courses during the Winter too,


Rock Climbing Courses & Scrambling in North Wales


In the UK we are based near Betws y Coed and Llanberis in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and so have one of the country's best mountain areas on our doorstep. This incredibly diverse area allows us to offer a full range of guiding and climbing instruction that can be based in a variety of environments - everything from long mountain routes on Lliwedd, roadside cragging in the Llanberis Pass or sea cliff adventures at Gogarth.


Via Ferratas & Rock Climbing in Northern and Southern Spain

In Spain we offer Via Ferratas guiding scrambling and rock climbing courses, performance coaching and climbing holidays from three main areas; Malaga, Marbella and Granada, Valencia,Barcelona, Tarragona and Gerona the three eastern provinces of Catalunya and the Cantabric sea provinces in the Picos de Europa area.

In the south of Spain, our bases are in El Chorro and Villanueva del Rosario. This last one is only, 40km north of Malaga and 80km west of Granada . The town is situated in the hills and is surrounded by some great crags with traditional and sports climbing at all grades. Plus there is easy access to the excellent routes at El Cauche, San Anton, El Torcal, Loja and Archidona.

Clogwyn CyrauIn Catalunya, we can offer mountain activities around Barcelona area including the impressive conglomerate towers of Montserrat .

We also use two other main climbing areas: the amazing Sierra de Prades, located south of Barcelona in Tarragona province. The most well known venues in this region are Siurana and Margalef but it is huge area with many different crags which hosts all types of climbing.

The other areas we use for guiding and instruction are north of Barcelona. These are Montserrat and the Ripoll area, which is close to the Spanish Pyrenees.

We have also started to offer courses in Chulilla one hour drive inland from Valencia with amazing winter weather.

All these venues are great bases for via ferrata days and all types of mountain days: sport and traditional single and multi-pitch.

It is worth emphasizing that the dates, venues and duration of all our climbing, scrambling and mountain skills instruction are by arrangement and totally customizable. Simply call or email and we'll try to construct a program that works for you.

There is an overview of the courses in each region below and full details of every course are in the menu bar on the left.



Climbing Courses in Snowdonia & North Wales


Rainbow slab in the Dinorwig slate quarries

North Wales and Snowdonia have an amazingly rich and diverse concentration of climbs - long scrambles, classic mountaineering routes, adventurous sea cliffs, bolted sports routes plus single and multi-pitch cragging. Our climbing courses cover all these mountaineering and climbing activities and we can instruct these skills at all levels.

The climbing instruction we provide ranges from short taster sessions where you will have the opportunity to climb and abseil over the course of a day, through multi-day courses designed to help you lead your first rock climbs to performance climbing coaching for more experienced climbers looking to break through a physical or psychological barrier.

North Wales has so many different areas to visit and each venue offers not only a different environment, but the differing rock geology in each area makes specific physical and psychological demands on the climber

Thus one day you can be pinching quartzite flutings next to the sea at Gogarth, another roadside cragging at Tremadog on dolerite that demands confident footwork and the next doing a classic pitch high up in the Llanberis Pass on rugged, pocketed rhyolite.

An added benefit of the North Wales area is that many micro-climates exist, so whilst bad weather may be affecting the central Snowdonia area the outlying cliffs of Tremadog, Pen Trywn or Gogarth can be bathed in sun.

The following pages on this website will outline the variety of climbing instruction that we can offer, however these are just outlines and we are more than happy to build custom courses that meet your specific requirements. If you are unsure which course is the most appropriate for you or if you have a specific agenda in mind that you do not see advertised here, please get in contact and we will work out a suitable itinerary for you.

A precis of some of our most popular rock climbing courses is set out below - just follow the title links for full details.

Climbing Taster: A great introduction to rock climbing for the adventurous or a fast and effective method of learning the basic skills involved in climbing for those taking looking to start climbing. This is one of the shorter courses that we run and normally lasts between 4 and 8 hours.


Learn to Climb: A more comprehensive version of our Climbing Taster course. The Learn to Climb course is a complete introduction to climbing that will aim to give you the core skills and knowledge so that you can start climbing independently and safely.

Climbing Outside: Climbing instruction for those who have some indoor climbing experience and want to increase their skill set so that they can start climbing outdoors safely. The nice thing about our base in the Snowdonia National Park is that there are multi-pitch, sport and traditional routes within easy access. Thus this course can also teach you the skills needed to climb any type of route.

Learn to Lead: It often feels intimidating to make the transition from seconding to leading your own climbs, especially when you have mainly climbed indoors. This rock course will give you the skills and confidence to make that step in a safe environment, often with an instructor on a separate rope alongside you.

Sea Cliff Climbing: This course will give you the extra skills and confidence to overcome the extra objective difficulties that are likely to encountered when attempting sea cliff routes.

Guided Climbs : Guided rock climbing can be organized for virtually any climb or route in North Wales and Snowdonia - we can guide you to the best and most memorable climbs in the region and help you climb the routes that you have always wished to do.

Performance Climbing Coaching : This course focuses on movement, footwork and tactics for saving energy whilst climbing whether leading or seconding. It also covers the psychological aspects of climbing near your limit.

Advanced Rope Work and Self Rescue Techniques: Learn how to get yourself, your partner or even another team out of trouble safely and using just the kit you would normally carry.



Climbing Courses in southern, east and northen Spain

Climbing at Yugoslavia (Villanueva de Cauche) on the upper crag

The Southern Spanish province of Andalucia is covered in amazing crags and the perfect location for a rock climbing holiday. El Chorro is justifiably famous, but there are many other crags worthy of attention; the sandstone cliffs of Tarifa, the stamina limestone routes of Grazelema, the pinnacles of Torcal and the caves of Archidona. Not to mention the extensive climbing at Loja, Villanueva del Rosario, Turon and Cahorros.

The Rock Climbing Company can offer personalized climbing instruction, performance coaching and guiding at all these sun rock holiday venues.

Our normal climbing bases are Villanueva del Rosario, and the world famous venue 'El Chorro'

Villanueva del Rosario lies in the hills 35km north of Malaga. This pretty mountain town hosts a vast range of crags with many routes of all grades from 3 to 9b+. Some crags are within walking distance and most of them are only a 10 min drive. Multi pitch, sport or trad - we have it all close by.

The area has an unusually long climbing season because of its position in the hills - too hot and you can head up high where there are north facing crags; too cold or cloudy and you can normally escape to the valley or sea level crags that are bathed in sun.

Excellent crags such as Puerto Rico in Marbella, Alfacar in Granada, Archidona, Loja, El Torcal de Antequera are only 15 to 30 minutes drive. The popular El Chorro is about 40 km away. Some of these crags are relatively unknown to British climbers, they are partially featured in the Rockfax El Chorro guide and David Munilla Escalada en Andalucia.

The Rock Climbing Company offers the following services:

  • A variety of self-catering accommodation in the climbing areas we operate from: Andalucia, Catalunya and Picos de Europa.
  • Transport to and from the airport and to the crags
  • We can arrange equipment hire when it is available
  • Rock climbing instruction, coaching and guiding by arrangement. Silvia is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and holds the Mountain Instructor Award.
  • Spanish tuition. Silvia is a native Spanish Speaker and a qualified Modern Languages Teacher.

You can choose whatever suits your budget or particular needs.

A precis of some the most popular courses is set out below - follow the links for full details. There are no set course itineraries because everybody's requirements are different. We will try to offer you the tuition you want at the correct pace in the best environment.

Climbing Taster : A great way of trying climbing for the first time and perfect for families on holiday - we will show you how to use the core pieces of climbing equipment and then do lots of great climbs. We can also show you how to abseil.

Learn to Climb Courses: A comprehensive introduction to climbing for beginners that will cover all of the key skills and techniques needed to start climbing independently and safely. All the climbing areas where we teach in Spain and North Wales have sport, traditional and multi pitch climbing so that you can learn a full range of climbing skills. silvia Fitzpatrick clipping long slings on El Orucolo

Climbing Outside Courses: outdoor climbing for those who have some indoor climbing experience and want to learn the extra techniques necessary to start climbing outdoors safely. This course can also teach you the additional skills needed to climb multi-pitch routes. The advantage of doing this course in Spain is that the weather is normally drier, warmer and more reliable than the UK.

Learning to Lead Climb: it can feel intimidating to start leading your own climbs, especially when you have mainly climbed indoors. This rock climbing course will give you the skills and confidence to make that step in a safe environment with an instructor on a separate rope alongside you.

Performance Climbing Coaching : this climbing course looks at movement, footwork and tactics for saving energy whilst climbing - whether leading or seconding. It also covers the psychological aspects of climbing near your limit. The climbing on this course is normally on bolted sports routes.

Bouldering - Spain : this is a flexible course and can include equipment , transport and accommodation with or without coaching, guiding and spotting. We normally base this course at Villanueva del Rosario or El Albarracin. We have good quality mats for hire (old style BD Dropzone and DMM Highball)

Advanced Rope Work and Self Rescue Techniques: we will look at the techniques and skills necessary to get yourself, your partner or even another team out of trouble safely and using just the kit that you normally carry.




Climbing Courses in the North of Spain


Refugio at Col de MerollaThe Rock Climbing Company has now a base in north of Spain

We can offer rock climbing, mountain days and adventure activity holidays with accommodation in a nice refugio.: Call de Merolla hut. This is located in south part of the Eastern Pyrenees and about 90km north of Barcelona

In this beautiful, unspoiled area of Catalunya you can discover and practice every rock climbing and mountaineering discipline; sport and trad climbing on single or multi pitch routes plus some excellent via ferrata. There is also loads of some great mountain biking and trekking.

The climbing is on both limestone and granite and there is a huge variety of  settings, so whether you want an afternoon adventure activity with your friends and family or some long days in the mountains we can arrange an adventure for you.

Full details of the Coll de Merolla refugio can be found at their website here


Refugio Dining Room




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