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2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors - Be Inspired.

Course Overview

The 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors will revolve around the theme; 'Be Inspired'. Following feedback from the 2016 Symposium we are going to dedicate the whole two day event to inspiring you about different aspects of the mountain environment and run outdoor workshops aimed at helping you inspire the people you lead and instruct.

This two day workshop is eligible for 2 full CPD points with the Mountain Training Association, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, the Association of British International Mountain Leaders and the British Association of Mountain Guides.

Whilst aimed at those leading and instructing in the British hills and mountains this workshop is open to anyone with an interest in gaining more knowledge about the mountain environment and ways of inspiring others to appreciate and understand it more.

Experience Required

Open to anyone with an interest in gaining more knowledge about the mountain environment



Scheduled Dates

blackBlack = Open for booking

blackGreen = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)

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11 - 12 Dec 2017




Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.


Proposed Timetable

Day One


Our inspirational upland environment

  • 9.30. a.m. The Upland Environment, Archaeology (45 mins)


  • 10.15 Coffee



Our inspirational upland environment

  • 10.45 - 11.15 The Geology of Snowdonia, (20 mins plus 10 for questions)

  • 11.15 – 11.45 The Industrial History, (20 mins plus 10 for questions)

  • 11.45 – 12.15 The Arctic Alpines (20 mins plus 10 for questions)

  • 12.15 – 12.45 Hill Farming in Snowdonia, (20 mins questions 10 for questions)



  • 12.45 – 1.45 Lunch


  • 1.45 – 3.45 Two hours of practical workshops led by Mike Raine Senior Instructor at Plas y Brenin and Author of Nature of Snowdonia, Jim Langley of Natureswork, Louise Emslie of North Wales Wildlife Trust and Lou Tully of Freedom-Outdoors

  • 4.00 – 4.30 The landscape in Welsh, (20 mins plus 10 for questions)


  • 4.30 – 5.00 Plenary


  • 5.30 Snowdonia ‘Dark Skies’




Day Two



  • 9.30 – 10.15 Perspectives on the Snowdon Conundrum and the work of the Snowdon Partnerships so far.

  • 11.00 – 4.00 How to teach and inspire
    Practical outdoor workshops led by Jim Langley of Natureswork and Louise Emslie of North Wales Wildlife Trust with Plas y Brenin Staff including Mike Raine and Lou Tully also of Freedom-Outdoors


  • 4.00 – 5.00 A plenary session would then feedback the ideas from each workshop

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Warm outdoor wear - at all times of year e.g. walking trousers (shorts in summer), thermal layers/base layers, fleeces, good quality walking socks

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack (min 30 litres)

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch Bag/Box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Head torch (winter months)

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant (summer months)

  • Notebook and pen

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps - OS 17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley 1:25,000 (and OS 115 Snowdon 1:50,000 for navigation courses).Laminated maps are great as you don't need a map case and you can make notes, mark point etc. (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)


The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so you don't need to rush out to buy them.


  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Compass





Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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