Get Started Rock Climbing - 2 days
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Become a rock climber! This introductory course gives you the best foundation in the skills you need to become a safe rock climber. During the weekend you'll do lots of climbing outside, discover fundamental climbing techniques, take a close look at climbing equipment, and get to grips with ropework and safety skills.
This course gives you a taste of what rock climbing is all about. Using the excellent local cliffs our instructors will get you climbing, show you what gear you need and how to use it and put you on the right route to becoming a rock climber.
With MEALS & Accommodation:
NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £140
Black = Open for booking
Green = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)
Red = Course fully booked
13 - 14 May 2017
27 - 28 May 2017
10 - 11 Jun 2017
24 - 25 Jun 2017
08 - 09 Jul 2017
12 - 13 Aug 2017
09 - 10 Sep 2017
23 - 24 Sep 2017
Detailed Course Notes
You should be 18 years old to attend this course.
Who is it for?
The course is for anyone who wants a fun and educational introduction to rock climbing. You will look at the essential skills to get you started. You don’t need any previous experience, or need to be a gymnast, just be keen to have some fun and do some climbing.
We feel it is very important for you to progress at your own pace. Therefore we carefully select climbs that suit your aspirations and ability. Our high staff to student ratio allows us to do this. Each morning the course staff will decide on a venue which is best suited to the weather conditions and the group. Our programme is flexible and over the weekend we intend to look at the following areas:
- Bouldering (short climbs on boulders used to develop technique)
- Introduction to simple ropework
- Belaying (controlling the rope for the climber)
- Single pitch climbs
- Use of technical equipment
- Safe descents
- Joining the BMC
- Where do I go from here? - after the course
- Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)
- Sport Climbing+ - Rockfax publication by Adrian Berry
- Trad Climbing+ - Rockfax publication by Adrian Berry
- Classic Rock & Hard Rock by Ken Wilson
- Way Of the Rock Warrior & Espresso Lessons by Arno Ilgner
- 9 out of 10 Climbers Make The Same Mistakes by Dave MacCloud
- How To Climb Harder by Mark Reeves
- Masterclass Part 1 and 2 by Neil Gresham
- Get Out On Rock by Libby Peters and Neil Gresham
- Self Rescue For Climbers by Steve Long and Olly Sanders
- BMC Summit Magazine
- Climb Magazine
- Climber Magazine
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.
If you choose to stay with us, these items are also 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?
- Warm outdoor wear which is comfortable to climb in - at all times of year e.g. walking trousers (shorts in summer), thermal layers/base layers, fleeces which are comfortable to climb in
- Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat
- Trainers or approach shoes
- Day rucksack (approx. 40-50 Litres)
- Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)
- Small personal first aid kit
- Drinks bottle
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Lunch box/bag
- High factor sunscreen
- Midge repellant
- Notebook and pen
If you already have:
- Rock boots
- Chalk bag
- Belay device
- Climbing rack
The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores so you don't need to rush out to buy them. Ropes are always provided by Plas y Brenin.
- Rock boots
- Chalk bag
- Belay device
- Climbing rack
- Day rucksack
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
Customer Reviews For This Course
Got started and rock climbed...
Attended the 2 day 'Get started rock climbing' course as a refresher to some very rusty skills I learnt over 10 years ago. Excellent course, tuition, content & pace delivered by our instructors Ian & Dave who were extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and great guys all round. There was a group of 11 of us in total - 9 of which were complete novices - they were climbing competently and safely within the first hour of arriving at our first climbing location.
The facilities at PYB are also spot on. Could not fault anything. I will be returning as soon as possible to progress my skills and develop my climbing ability/knowledge on one of the follow on courses. Well done to all the staff at PYB - a quality weekend.
This course delivered exactly what I needed. I have done a little rock climbing 10 or so years ago but always as a follower with no teaching so what I wanted out of this course, along with climbing, was to get to grips with all the rope work that is involved. This course did precisely that, day one we headed out to the crags after breakfast having collected a hearty packed lunch and our gear where Mike, our instructor for the weekend, set up a couple of pitches for us. We were shown the correct method of belaying while also being able to get onto the rock straight away. As the day went on we progressed as more information was given both for climbing and the equally important belaying. Day two saw us heading to a second crag where we built on what we had learned on day one this time with us primarily placing the gear at the top of the routes. All in all this was a great course, Mike really knew his stuff (as expected) and was really chatty, friendly and always complimenting on a job well done. The facilities at the centre are excellent, the food is simple but wholesome and well cooked (oh and plenty of it). The rooms are again simple but well done and lets face it you are probably only going to fall asleep in there. A great place and I will be returning.
Fun, Informative and Inspiring
I don't think I could have gone anywhere better than PYB to get started rock climbing.
I had some previous experience on indoor walls but having the opportunity to climb on some great crags out in the country with great views at the top, I'll find it hard to go climbing indoors again.
Our instructor was brilliant, very patient and explained everything in detail. He took us to some great crags and really gave me the confidence and knowledge to be able to go out and go climbing with my friends.
"The weighted foot will never slip"
Never been climbing, bit scared of heights? Don't let that stop you.....
The forecast was for amazing weather and I fancied a bit of a challenge, so I looked on the last minute discount page, saw the 'get started rock climbing' and signed up last minute on a bit of a whim. I took 'no experience necessary' literally... I'd never been on an indoor wall and, with the exception of a few trees, I'd never done any outdoor climbing either. Oh, and I'm not that great with heights either, but I figured we'd get tied to something and I'd be facing the rock most of the time, so it's not like I'd have to look down....
I was the novice amongst the novices, but everyone, not just the instructor, was really encouraging. Our instructor Dave had been climbing pretty much since he could walk, and his passion for the sport was evident. For me, being taught by somebody that loves what they do is a big part of the experience - their enthusiasm rubs off on you too - but as a complete novice you also want to trust the person that is teaching you. Dave was constantly checking our knots and devices and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. I may have struggled more with the actual climbing than everyone else, but within two days I lowered myself over the top of a 25m cliff, climbed to the top on several 15m pitches and even took in the view half way up a rock face! In terms of knot tying, belaying, set-up and safety, I was just as good as everyone else by the end of the two days. I loved the bouldering session - a really useful part of the course that allowed us to practice foot placement and attempt fun challenges whilst only a few inches off the ground. Much of the challenge of rock climbing for me was psychological - trusting the tiniest bump as a foot-hold a few inches above the ground is far easier than trusting it several metres up - but I still managed much more than I thought I would. I think we all ached at the end of the course, but it was totally worth it - I've already chatted to a couple of friends that climb about going bouldering...
Hard work but totally worth it!
Fun two days spent at two different climbing locations. Day 1 was spent learning the basics of climbing and belaying and then Day 2 built on that but also added in how to tie the ropes and anchors safely. Dave our instructor was very knowledgeable and patient. He gave lots of useful tips (and little rhymes to help us help us remember those tips!) and was always reinforcing the safety aspect of everything we did. I now feel confident in venturing outside away from indoor rock climbing. I would definitely book again with pyb :) Especially if they can arrange the weather to be as sunny as this weekend!
The most fun you can have on a rope...
Frankly no need for words...if you fancy trying climbing, book the course. Whether you've given had a go climbing in the long and distant pass and fancy trying it again, or you've never tried on a harness, I would recommend this course.
Arrive a novice and leave with a ton of knowledge, great experiences and a smile from ear-to-ear, trying to decide how/when you can next escape to learn / practice some more.
Friendly, professional and understanding instruction from Harry, which he adapted to our small groups progress across the whole weekend. Plenty of time to try out the climbing, ropework, making belays, abseiling and playing with a myriad of kit, all whilst overlooking North Wales. All the basics covered and recovered until people are confident; one-handed double hitches now a doddle.
Ask any question and there is an answer and example: I mentioned I was thinking about ropework for scrambling and got advice a plenty...
All in all a great course, a great instructor at a great centre... 'nuf said.
Highly recommended for beginners
Great instructor. Well planned 2 days of rock climbing and abseiling.Easy and difficult climbs to suit all abilities.Learnt how to climb safely, to belay and abseil.Felt very safe.Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great value for money. Fee covered instruction, lone of kit, 2 nights B&B,evening meal on Saturday, and packed lunches. Very good accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Food was amazing. Met lots of new people with same interests. Very friendly environment. Highly recommended.
Excellent course, fantastic weather, amazing landscape.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days.
Good starter for those without any experience and for those needing a good refresher after many years out of practice. Highly recommendable.
Absolutely fantastic course, I learnt so much during the two days. I decided to do this course after having done a lot of scrambling around Snowdonia, so I decided that I needed to move on to rock climbing. The instructors, James and Lucy, were both fantastic and explained everything very clearly and helped me every step of the way, they had me doing things that I never thought I could do, there excellent guidance and instruction made the course and gave me confidence I never knew I had. The room that I stayed in was brilliant, it was very clean and a very comfortable place to stay. The meals were very nice as there was plenty of choice to choose from.
Overall an absolutely amazing experience which has truly inspired me and given me the knowledge to start rock climbing.
First Moves - 22/23.06.2013
Fantastic course. I was a little apprehensive about the level of the course although it said discover rock climbing.
Spike was an excellent tutor. The ratio was 1:6 which meant that he could pay close attention to each student.
3 students had done some kind of climbing. I was a novice.
I couldn't believe that so much was packed into the course but Spike took us on a fantastic journey.
Learning was great in ideal locations. He easily met every one's needs. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and taking myself out of my comfort zone.
I felt safe and secure all the time and was really impressed with the attention to safety.
Saturday was a full day which finished up with abseiling down a tower. We all finished on a high.
The following day was consolidation of everything we learnt and even more challenging.
The facilities and food are excellent. All the staff are welcoming and help in anyway they can.
I now need to put the skills taught into practice.
This is my second course at PYB. Just go for it, you will have no regrets.
A big thank you to Spike and the staff.
superb in every way
I have been rock climbing for a number of years, but only as a second. I was concerned that i might not learn as much as I wanted on this course. How wrong could i be!! 'Spike' the instructor taught us everything we needed to come away with a high degree of confidence in our new skills. He explained everything with humour, detail and made sure we were all safe and enjoying ourselves. This is a great course for complete novices or people with some knowledge and experience who want to start gaining more independence on the rock or in the mountains. The centre itself is just great. The food is excellent and the accommodation is hotel standard. A great place to spend time!!
Everything you need to start climbing
This Course was perfect as a very solid and practical base to begin climbing. I came back with a lot more knowledge, than I was expecting and this is down to the huge wealth of knowledge and expertise imparted by the Instructor. Pyb instructors are incredible and the more you ask the more you learn - seriously make use of their expertise. The course groups are relatively small and a great format to share the learning process, practice sessions and get to know and have a laugh with some good people along the way.
I can confidently say I am ready to go out set up and climb a crag after taking this course.
Great weekend of Climbing
What a great weekend of learning to climb in the Snowdonia National Park. With some previous indoor climbing experience over the last few years I hoped that this course would help me to move outside and show me the basic of keeping safe at a crag - the course didn't disappoint it was brilliant and now I feel that I can go climbing with more experienced friends and know what they are doing and talking about. Great weekend and the weather was good too...
A Thrilling Experience
I liked that Plas y Brenin provides all-inclusive course with food and accommodation. makes it a no stress holiday. Friendly staffs and coach. Good value for money!
All my life I had believed that I could never climb. Within 20 minutes, Kath, our instructor had turned from a complete novice into someone who believed they could do it. With her encouragement and confidence, by the end of the second day I was doing things I would have believed impossible. It was a brilliant course. I cannot speak too highly of it and I can't wait to return.
Just got back from a 250 mile drive from pyb by motorbike, but it was well worth it. I learned so much more than I thought, not just about knots, equipment and techniques, but about what I can achieve physically and mentally after just 2 days. The weather forecast wasn't great, but luckily the national park is a big place, and the instructors know where to go to get the driest weather. I am still having fun looking through the photos I took and fondly remembering the people and experience. I found the best part was developing a bond with my belay partner through a shared experience and trust. The only downside is that I now have to come back to normal life, so I'm sure I will be back for another dose of this.
A fun and challenging weekend
I recently attended the First Moves course and had a fantastic time. The weather wasn't the best, but our group was kept very busy with a variety of different climbing throughout the weekend. As a total novice climber I found myself challenged every step of the way, with many moments of thinking 'How on earth am I going to do that!' However, with the support of Tim and the rest of the group I consistently overcame all of the challenges presented (I'm still not entirely sure how in many cases), and felt the level of development I achieved from the weekend to be excellent.
Going forward I now intend to visit my local climbing wall, and feel confident that the skills I gained on the First Moves course should prepare me for many of the climbs on offer there.
A big thanks once again to Tim and the rest of the guys for a great weekend. I hope to return again later in the year.
Amazing intro course - recommended to aspiring climbers
Just got back from the discover rock climbing course at Pyb. It was really amazing, and even with absolutely no previous experience i quickly learned the basics and before i knew it was out on the rock.
We were only 2 people on the course which meant extra flexibility which was really great. Our guide was Ryan and he was very good, patient, and a great teacher.
We had awful weather but we really made the most of it! on the first day we started out at the RAC boulders getting used to our rock shoes and moving on rock. soon thereafter we drove to Serengetti to climb some slate. We tried out two cracks at VS and E1 level (!) and although we didnt succeed on the entire climbs (partly due to rain) we made some succesful moves and learned a lot. We finished the afternoon with some movement technique training at the indoor walls at PyB which was also great
Next day was multipitch climbing, and since the weather was awful we headed for Tremadog to find some good climbs. It was muddy and a bit messy but very enjoyable. I succesfully climbed Yogi, a two pitch VS climb and even a clean onsight of Boo Boo, a two pitch route of grade Severe. We finished the second day with a bit of bouldering on the indoor walls at PyB.
I cant imagine a better place to make your first moves on rock than PyB, the course was brilliant and i cant wait to get back there for another course!
Thanks a lot to Ryan and the rest of the crew at PyB for an amazing experience!
Just what I wanted
.A rapid introduction with plenty of climbing & emphasis on safety.
I did far more than I expected. Tuition/leadin was excellent.
Really enjoyed it, and hope to do further courses.
What a great way to spend a weekend
This was a fantastic introduction to climbing outdoors. Saturday dawned with wet, cold weather so we started on the indoor wall, learning about basic techniques, gaining confidence and having fun.
After lunch we hit a fairly gentle crag for a single pitch climb, which gave us a chance to put some of the morning's skills into action, like climbinig up one-handed. The early evening session on rope work was a revelation. Things that look unfathomable in a text book began to make sense.
Matt's lecture on climbing in Patagonia on Sat evening was really cool.
Sunday was the best day, with a multi-pitch climb, great weather and a 2:1 ratio with a great instructor (thanks Mark ;-) Looking back at my photos I can hardly believe what we achieved.
I couln't say what my favourite bit was - it was all great.
The worst bit? Going home, of course.
Its two weeks since the course, so post reflection, what did I think?
Course kicked off post breakfast Saturday, we met our fellow attendees Lou and Pia, then off to a brief get to know you session, pick up some gear and to the wall as the weather was doing what you would expect raining. A good run down and refresh of technique then out to top rope climb real rock overlooking Padarn lake in Llanberis. Jack Geldard was a fantastic leader/teacher, letting us progress, as we gained confidence, but ensuring we were aware of risk and how to ensure we were safe at all times, great afternoon climbing.
Next day all of us were anxious as we got to Tremadog, we climbed poor man's peutery and yogi (think that was the name) again, encouragement and risks covered, even as it rained. Fantastic sense of achievement and knowledge gained in an enjoyable manner.
I was attending the course with my nephew, whose confidence soared as he realised what he had achieved, luckily his talking kept me awake on the long long drive home. Look forward to bringing my sons next ( albeit will have to wait a few years as they are 2 & 4.
Brilliant couple of days not to forget
Brilliant couple of days spent doing something new and exciting, which I really recommend if you're looking for a challenge. The first day involved a lot of single-pitch climbing up a fairly large rock edge. Combined with the wet and windy conditions, this was a challenge but very good fun! We finished the day with a useful ropeworks session that prepped us for what was to follow the next day - multi pitching. The multi-pitch work was the highlight for me, climbing up an entire rock cliff in several intervals, and giving much more variance in the type of rock formations to ascend. Much more challenging in places but also more satisfying when you reach the top.
I felt totally safe the entire time, which aside from the safety equipment, was down to the excellent instructors we had. They made us feel as ease & relaxed, gave tips as and when needed, and were a great laugh too.
Aside from that, the food and accomodation were excellent, we were fed well and slept perfect.
I will definately be back to PYB although with so many courses on offer, I have decided what to do just yet.
Michael P Jones
A good course and a valuable introduction.
Day one was single pitch and day two was multi-pitch. The accomodation and food were fine and I am glad to have completed the course.
The only small point was that we had two different teachers, one on the first day and another on the second. The positive of this is that you get to know different styles but there is also a positive to having the same instructor over both days who could encourage you to work on the weak points that become apparent on the first day.
I would be very happy to use the centre again.
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Rajinder (Roger) Mander
Excellent course, only wish it could have lasted longer (forever)
James, Course Leader was/ is excellent and hope can do next course with him again. probably would be Intro to Leading
I really did it!
I decided to do this course as although I have been a keen walker for many years and have climbed a little on an indoor wall, I have never climbed outdoors, and if I'm honest, the prospect of doing so made me quite anxious. I am also working on my ML, having completed the training course at PYB in May, and realised I needed to gain more confidence on steep ground.
The now typical monsoon climate of the UK in August meant that on the Saturday we were mostly confined to the two climbing walls at PYB, which was a little disapointing for me as the whole idea of taking the course was to get outdoors. However, if you'd seen the rain hacking down for most of the day you would have also concluded that staying indoors was the best option. This actually gave us the opportunity to focus quite intensively on equipment useage, such as anchoring a belay, and also on climbing technique, gaining balance, wedging, etc.
Sunday morning there was still a little rain around but by the time we arrived at Tremadog it was clearing up nicely. This was a baptism of fire with a four pitch climb up "Christmas Curry", which I subsequently found out was a Severe. No way I would have imagined doing this before, but the training on the Saturday really paid off and with the one-to-one help of Carlo (instructor) on the final two pitches (really exposed) I actually did it!
Needless to say I am now hooked. I was back in my local climbing wall (Warrington) on the Monday and climbed a HS!
Great facilities at PYB.
2:1 climber:instructor ratio means you get lots of individual tuition at your level. Friendly, encouraging instructors who are good fun and very patient.
Even in a weekend, lots of tuition with evening session at the wall to top it off! Loved it.
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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.