Rock Climbing CompanyAssociation of Mountaineering Instructors

Climbing, Abseiling and Outdoor Adventures
in Snowdonia & North Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion rock learning to climb

 

 

 

 

Climbing near Llanberis

 

 

 

 

Climbing taster course - start climbing in North Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Rock Climbing and Abseiling

in Snowdonia & North Wales

families and groups - taster sessions

 

Italan hitch in use

 

These climbing taster sessions are an ideal way of trying climbing and abseiling for the first time and they are very popular with families and groups of friends looking for an adventurous activity whilst on holiday in Snowdonia.

 

You will learn how to climb and abseil in an exciting, safe and informative environment with an experienced and qualified climbing instructor.The sessions can be run outside on a local crag or inside at a climbing wall -depending on your preferences- and it is a perfect adventure for an activity weekend. You will learn about the equipment you need for rock climbing and how to move smoothly and efficiently on rock. We customise every course to your requirements and adapt the technical content to suit you - if required, we can instruct you on all the key issues involved in climbing safely: rope work, knots, belays, placing protection and descending.

Our climbing instruction can cover a lot of options and we will do our very best to personalise each and every course to your requirements. We can arrange an adventurous day in the Welsh mountains for families with the emphasis on doing many fun climbs and abseils. Or we can construct a 1 or 2 day team building exercise where you and your colleagues will learn to interact more closely and build camaraderie whilst climbing. We can deliver these courses at all levels of experience, age and ability.

All the technical climbing equipment is provided; we always try to use premium climbing equipment from DMM who are based in Llanberis - this means you will be using the very latest climbing equipment.

 

Rates per person -full day & half day session-

full day session: 1 person: £180 - 2 people: £95 - 3 people: £75 - 4 people: £65

1/2 day session:1 person: £130 - 2 people: £65 - 3 people: £55 - 4 people: £45

 

Climbing leading course in SnowdoniaOur aim is to provide you with inspirational climbing instruction that progresses at a rate you are comfortable with, teaches you exactly what you want to know and gives you an adventurous experience that you will remember for a long time.

The dates, venues and duration of all our climbing courses can be totally customised to your needs. A full outline of the course is below and there is also a page with general course information. Please do not hesitate to call or email us and we'll try to construct a program that works for you.

 

 

Climbing & Abseiling in Snowdonia & North Wales

 

Abseiling in sunny Spain

This rock climbing and abseiling taster day can be run either as a stand alone activity or as part of a larger outdoor climbing course.

The climbing and abseiling session normally lasts between 4hrs( (half day) - and a full day (7 hours)

We supply all of the technical safety equipment.

We can look after parties of all sizes: individuals, couples, families and large groups.

Prior to the course starting, we will be in regular contact with our clients in order to ensure that the course meets their requirements - although the heading 'Beginners Climbing Course' might seem a bit generic, people have very different needs and expectations - some would like an adventurous experience for their family with the emphasis on fun and excitement, others will want to concentrate on the technical aspects of climbing --so that when they finish the course- they have the core skills needed to climb independently and safely.

 

Rates per person -full day & half day session-

full day session

1 person: £180 - 2 people: £95 - 3 people: £75 - 4 people: £65

 

1/2 day session

1 person: £130 - 2 people: £65 - 3 people: £55 - 4 people: £45

 

In order to book, you first need to contact us via email indicating your preferred date(s), level of experience and aspirations for the day. When we receive your enquiry we will get back to you to confirm our availability for the dates you request, the cost and the outline of the course together with the meeting arrangements.

You will then need to fill in a booking form and pay a 50% deposit (or the full fee), either by bank transfer -free of charge at our end- or via Paypal subject to a 4.5% fee.

Please make sure you contact us before and after submitting your booking form and payment so that we can email you all the details you will need and schedule your day in our diary.

 

What about the weather?


The night before the course starts we will check the weather and finalise a venue and a meeting place for the first day. One of the great things about Snowdonia is the number of micro climates - it can be rainy and windy in one valley and yet, 10 miles away in another venue, it can be dry and fairly still.

We occassionally may start the climbing course at the wall, but climbing in Snowdonia is all about climbing outside and so, most times, we will head straight for the crag. On the first day, we will go to a low level crag with relatively easy access so that people can concentrate on learning the core skills without feeling intimidated.

 

How does the session start?

Once at the crag, we will equip you with a helmet, a harness and climbing shoes.

We will show you the basic climbing equipment, the rope and the belay device or rope controller. We will look at how everything works together to create the safety system - Understanding well how secure and strong everything is, helps to build up confidence. It also keeps everyone involved in active learning whilst we set up the first 'top-rope'. All of the climbing on a beginners course is done on 'top rope'. This means that the learners are always protected by a rope above them and they can pause whenever they need or wish to. Simply by sitting back on the harness the rope becomes tight, fully supporting the climber's weight.

Once the rope is set-up, we will demonstrate the basic climbing movements and show how the route can be climbed.... then we'll start climbing ... initially, we will control the rope and demonstrate how the belay devices (rope brakes) work. Later on in the session, we will show you how to operate the belay devices and support your first belay operations safeguarding the rope.

A key thing at this stage is to get everyone to have confidence in the rope; at ground level, I often ask people to lean back on the tightened rope and commit their full body weight to it...once trust is installed then minds open up, learning becomes much easier and people move more fluidly.

 

How much can we cover?

Once we have done several climbs and the basics are covered, we'll then start moving the course in the direction that the clients want, at a pace that they are comfortable with. Thus for example, on a recent 2 day course, I had a 4 clients all with different skill levels and reasonably different aspirations. We set them different tasks appropriate to their needs and everybody came away from the course very happy. The couple who wanted to learn about the technical aspects of setting up anchors and placing climbing proteccion worked with one of our instructors at the top of the crag for part of the day looking at these skills in detail. The other couple, who were complete beginners, did loads of climbing, learnt to belay and tried abseiling.The group stayed together and shared some climbs but we differentiated some skills according to their level of experience and their preferences.

Above all this is an exciting, fun filled day to give you a taste of the world of climbing and hopefully it will inspire you on to join your local climbing wall or climbing club and gain more experience ... or you could come back and join us for the more advanced two day Learn to Climb Rock Course.

Dates, venues and duration of the courses are by arrangement and totally customisable. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

 

Becoming a Climbing Instructor

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1. Qualifications.

In the UK the Mountain Training Associamountain-training.orgtion (is the co-ordinating body for all mountain training schemes and awards in the UK.

The climbing qualifications available are:

i. Indoor Climbing Assistant - this qualification is for people who would like to help qualified instructors with indoor climbing sessions in an artificial structure that could be a bouldering venue or a climbing wall.

ii. Foundation Coach - this award focuses on learning how to coach the movement skills and candidates are likely to be assisting the Development coaches with a long term goal.

iii. Development Coach - this qualification is designed to asst on the development of individual climbers over a number of sessions.

iv. Climbing Wall Instructor - this award is for candidates who wish to gain the skills needed to supervise climbers in artificial structures, climbing walls and bouldering venues.

vi. Climbing Wall Development Instructor - this qualification enables candidates to teach climbers using artificial structures more advanced skills such as leading

vii. Rock Climbing instructor - this award trains and assess experienced climbers to take people climbing and abseiling outdoors on single pitch crags and indoors on artificial structures.

vii. Rock Climbing Development instructor - this award is for experienced instructors who wish to gain the skills needed to teach climbers outdoors on single pitch crags more advanced skills including lead climbing .They can also instruct on artificial structures such as climbing walls and towers and bouldering.

viii. Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Scheme - award holders can teach all aspects of summer rock climbing and mountaineering, the coaching of leading trad and sport as well as navigation and scrambling. Needs the Mountain Leader (Summer Award) as a pre-requisite to application. The MCI qualification and insurance allows holders to work in several European countries.

ix Mountain Instructor Certificate - fully qualified holders can teach all aspects of climbing and mountain skills in both summer and winter conditions. Needs the Mountain Leader (Summer) Award, MCI and Mountain Leader (Winter) Award as a pre-requisite to application. The award for those who want to teach both rock and ice climbing in the UK and often a spring board for those who want to work abroad as a British Mountain Guide.



x. British Mountain Guide
: a stand alone award run by the British Association of Mountain Guides that allows the holder to work internationally and covers all aspects of mountaineering, climbing and skiing. The award meets the standards laid down by the European Guides Commission (EGC) and is ratified by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), formerly referred to as the Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagne (UIAGM).

 


The advanced awards normally involve a training course, a period of consolidation/gaining further experience and then an assessment; thus gaining the higher awards takes a long time i.e. often between 3 and 5 years.

All of the awards place a lot of emphasis on gaining real-life experience and this can be quite demanding if you are holding a day job in the meantime.

All the advanced courses (MRI and MIC) have to be done at a national mountain centre (Plas Y Brenin in North Wales or Glenmore Lodge in Scotland) thus living close to one of these areas gives you a real advantage as you will have easy access to the areas in which you will be tested. Plus in this small world it is inevitable that you will start mixing with other instructors who will pass on invaluable information.


Full details can be found on the Mountain Training Association web site: mountain-training.org


The Mountain Leader (summer and winter courses) are awards that cover the core mountain skills such as navigation and safety on steep ground.

There is also the International Mountain Leader award that lets holders guide clients on non-glaciated terrain in the mountains. This also needs the Mountain Leader (Summer Award) as a pre-requisite to application.   


Routes into becoming a Climbing Instructor.

i. Part-time: hold down your day job and use (all) your leisure time to train and work up through the awards. Only viable up to MIA, but after this you should be able to find work reasonably easily.

ii. Go on an intensive course: this will fast track you through the basic awards/experience so that you are then employable by an centre/can start to freelance. The Plas Y Brenin offers fast track courses .Fast, but not cheap.

iii. Some larger centres offer placements whereby you work for them for a pittance, but in return get to work alongside the instructors.  A good way of learning a great deal and very fast.The Plas Y Brenin offer this type of placement each year, but the places are normally hotly contested.

iv. Outdoor Education Courses: there are several available - see Bluedome. Bangor University is also popular because of it's location to the Welsh Mountains and the Plas Y Brenin. You will need the access qualifications and, most likely, access to student grants/loans.

 

 

 

Equipment provided by the Rock Climbing Company: we will provide all technical equipment for this climbing course, including ropes, climbing equipment plus a helmet and harness for each client.

What you need to provide: you will need to provide suitable warm clothing for the time of year, a full set of waterproofs (top and trousers) and walking boots. We can arrange hire rock shoes if required. You will also need a rucksack (30 - 40 litre capacity) and food and drink for the day.

What is not included: prices do not include, transport, accommodation, meals or insurance. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate insurance cover (obtainable from Snowcard / 01327 262 805 or The British Mountaineering Council / 0870 010 4878).

Ratios and course sizes: a Climbing and Abseiling taster course can be arranged for groups of virtually all sizes - from couples to families and larger corporate parties.

 

Rates per person -full day & half day session-

full day session

1 person: £180 - 2 people: £95 - 3 people: £75 - 4 people: £65

 

1/2 day session

1 person: £130 - 2 people: £65 - 3 people: £55 - 4 people: £45

 

In order to book, you first need to contact us via email indicating your preferred date(s), level of experience and aspirations for the day. When we receive your enquiry we will get back to you to confirm our availability for the dates you request, the cost and general outline of the course together with the meeting arrangements.

You will then need to fill in a booking form and pay a 50% deposit (or the full fee), either by bank transfer -free of charge at our end- or via Paypal subject to a 4.5% fee.

Please make sure you contact us before and after submitting your booking form and payment so that we can email you all the details you will need and schedule your day in our diary.

 

 

 

Dates, venues and duration of all of the climbing courses are by arrangement and totally customisable. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

The full terms and conditions are on the booking page

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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