Rock Climbing CompanyAssociation of Mountaineering Instructors

Rock Climbing Instruction, Guiding and Coaching
in North Wales and Spain

 

 

roca nariega via ferrata start of K3 section

Start of the section K3 in Via Ferrata Roca Narieda

 

 

wire bridge on Roca Nariega Via Ferrata

Wire bridge in Via ferrata Roca Narieda

 

 

Via Ferrata Roca Narieda spiral stairs

 

 

 

serra canal, via ferrata , Spanish Pyrenees area

Via Ferrata Serra- canals- vertical section

 

 

 

Serra Canals Via Ferrata descent on a narrow ridge

 

 

 

El Chamizo summit

Scrambling in the mountains of Andalucia

 

 

 

Rope work, rescues and problem solving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Ferratas in Spanish Pyrenees area- Oliana - Lleida

Via Ferrata Roca Narieda

 

 

Roca Nariega Via Ferrata traverse

This exciting and varied via ferrata is located in the province of Lleida, in the municipality of Figols i Alinya close to the towns of Oliana and Coll de Nargo. Manressa is the nearest big city. It can be divided in 2 sections: the first section is less difficult and it is appropriate for families and beginners and the continuation which is perfect for those looking for a challenging day. It is equipped with steps, chains and it has 2 bridges. You will enjoy some aerial sections with some real sense of exposure. The first part is almost 300 meters long and can be covered in approximately an hour. The second section is considerably more difficult and it is reached as a continuation of the previous part by using its exit path and veering off to the right. It comprises challenging vertical sections, traverses or side crossings and a Tibetan bridge. This second section takes you to the summit of Roca de Narieda with magnificent views. You can complete the whole activity: access, vertical climb and return to the car park in approximately 5 hours.

 

 

 

 

Wooden bridge on Via Ferrata Roca Narieda

 

 

 

 

 

Via Ferrata Serra de Canals - Oliana

 

This entertaining via ferrata has a short and easy approach from the car park and three very different sections: the first part which is suitable for families and beginners, the second part which is much steeper with exposed sections and leads to the summit and the third part, a 650 meters long atmospheric ridge walk equipped with cable and short stakes, making the descent an attractive and unusual feature in a via ferrata.

 

serra canals, via ferata in pyrenees area

 

 

 

Rates per person

1 person: €180 - 2 people: €95 - 3 people: €65 -

4 people: €60

 

Booking Process

In order to book, you first need to contact us via email, outlining your preferred dates, aspirations and the relevant details such as the number of participants, their ages and level of experience -if any-. When we receive your first enquiry, we will get back to you to confirm our availability for the dates you have requested as well as the course content, cost and meeting arrangements. Once we agree on all the details, you will need to send 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 course on the correct dates.

 

 

Rock Climbing Company - Climbing Instructors

 

The company and courses are run by Silvia Fitzpatrick and her team of qualified instructors based in Spain and North Wales. They all hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award and are full members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training Association. Silvia is an experienced climbing instructor who has worked for several outdoor pursuits centres in the UK including the Plas Y Brenin National Mountaineering Centre.

 

Silvia Fitzpatrick in andalauciaSilvia has climbed at a high level for over 30 years and over this time she has built up a CV that includes: North Face of the Eiger, 8b sport, E6 trad, British Climbing Champion and first female ascent of Cerro Fitzroy in Patagonia. At the same time, Silvia's training, experience and natural enthusiasm means she can help climbers to achieve their goals, whether they are just starting out or want to gain specific rock skills at an advanced level. Silvia is also a fully qualified Physical Education and Modern Languages teacher.

Rock Climbing and Mountain Skills Courses

We are very lucky to be able to base the our instruction and guiding in two fantastic countries; North Wales and Spain.

North Wales Locations

In North Wales we are based in Trefriw, just 5 miles from Betws y Coed in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Our usual teaching venues are Betws, Llanberis and Tremadog in Snowdonia, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno in the North Wales coast and the sea cliff area of Anglesey. We have the best mountains and crags on our doorstep and this allows us to offer rock climbing and mountain skills instruction where the weather conditions are better on the day.

Spanish Locations

Silvia and the Spanish team run via ferrata, rock climbing and scrambling courses in Andalucia, Southern Spain, Valencia and Barcelona the Eastern part of the country as well as the north of Spain in Asturias, Cantabria and the Vasque Country. The Spanish climbing holidays can also be arranged with a range of accommodation to suit your requirements.

The most popular destinations in south of Spain are: Villanueva del Rosario, El Chorro, Marbella Granada and Ronda.

In the North east of Spain,Chulilla, Montserrat and Siurana are surrounded by fantastic crags, hills and mountains with easy access.

In the Summer, most of our instruction takes place in the north of Spain where it is often much cooler but with dry conditions. Teverga and Quiros in Asturias are two fantastic areas with climbing for all levels of experience.

The dates, venues and duration of all our via ferrata, rock climbing and scrambling instruction is by arrangement and totally customisable. Simply email us and we will get back to you with a suitable plan

 

 

About Us

 

Silvia Fitzpatrick, who runs the Rock Climbing Company, was born in Argentina and learnt to climb in Patagonia. Silvia spent a lot of time at Bariloche and Frey, living in and around the the Frey Refugio in Bariloche whilst climbing most of the classic routes in the area, many of them solo. Silvia won the Frey Rock Masters competition in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Based at the mountain hut of Frey she traveled further south to El Bolson and El Chalten where teamed up with the talented Eduardo Brenner, they climbed climbs Cerro Fitzroy ( first female ascent to this emblematic mountain) and attempeted also Cerro Torre.

Silvia is more than happy to offer guiding services to climbers and trekkers who wishes to visit Patagonia.

Silvia Fitzpatrick and eduardo Brenner in Patagonia

An overview of Silvia's early life as a climber in Patagonia is on the Argentine site Alborde.com

Photo courtesy of Alborde.com

 

As climbers we are fully aware of our changing environment and how our actions affect it. The UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) is the main representative body for climbers worldwide.

We fully accept the UIAA decree that we must always do our best to minimise the impact we have on the environment. We must recycle rubbish and take it with us when we leave the mountain, we must not pollute water sources where we camp and we must organise transport to minimise pollution.

We also support the UIAA's statement on responsible access which states:

"We believe the freedom to practice mountaineering and climbing is a right, but with it comes a responsibility to nature and local communities. We respect that in some areas it is necessary with restrictions and regulations, such as on holy mountains, or in areas where wildlife is endangered. Access should then be agreed between climbers, nature conservation organisations and local communities. We support eco friendly facilities and always try our best to leave the mountains like we found them, so that new generations of mountaineers, climbers and local people can enjoy them in the future".

The economies of many mountain communities are almost totally dependent on those who come seeking fun and adventure. Therefore, we as visitors must support our hosts to achieve sustainable development. We should buy local products and use local services, creating livelihoods for families instead of giving our money to foreign companies. We must be careful not to overuse valuable resources such as water or firewood needed by locals.

 

 

The Rock Climbing Company offers a variety of flexible mountaineering and rockclimbing courses that can easily be adapted to your own personal requirements. We tailor every course specifically to the clients needs. The pages on this website will outline the variety of climbing instruction that we can offer along with descriptions of the most commonly requested topics.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, please get in touch and we will work out a suitable itinerary.

Course lengths.

The Climbing Taster sessions normally last between 0.5 and 2 days, whilst all other instruction can be any length from 1 to 5 days. Many clients find that there is a great benefit in having at least 2 days of instruction because it allows us to re-inforce all the new learned skills allowing time to enjoy the adventure.

Guiding.

We can help you climb your dream routes whether it be a classic scramble in the Glyders or a famous line such as Left Wall on Dinas Cromlech. Guiding and instruction are easily combined. If you would like to learn new skills whilst climbing classic routes, that can easily be arranged.

Mountaineering Qualifications.

We are an independent company coordinated by Silvia Fitzpatrick and delivering high quality bespoke courses with the helps of her team of instructors based in Spain and North Wales.

Silvia holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Award and is a full member of both the Association of Mountaineering Instructors reg number 24350 and Mountain Training Association reg number 53114.

In the event that Silvia is unable to personally instruct the course, we offer an alternative instructor; all our associate instructors are professionally qualified to the relevant national qualification. In addition, we only use instructors who we know and share our passion for the mountains.

Pricing and Instructor/Client Ratios.

Instructor/client ratios are kept low to increase safety and maximise contact time for learning. Maximum instructor-client ratios can be found in each course section. Prices can be found here

Equipment.

All specialist equipment will be provided by the Rock Climbing Company. You are responsible for providing your own suitable clothing, footwear and rucksack. Further detailed info can be found in the specific course sections and the Booking Info section.

 

 

The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers. The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking 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.

 

 

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