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Course Overview

Experience Required

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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 8 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?
The course is for families who want 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 too gymnastic, just be keen to have some fun and do some climbing.

What we cover
We feel it is very important for you to progress at your own pace. Therefore we carefully select climbs that suit your families 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, but we tend to start on single pitch crags (less than one rope length high).
Later in the week, if appropriate, we split into smaller groups and tackle one of the larger multi pitch crags.

Over the week we intend to look at the following areas:
  • Bouldering techniques (climbing without ropes)
  • Introduction to simple ropework
  • Belaying (controlling the rope for the climber)
  • Single and multi pitch ascents
  • Abseiling
  • Use of technical equipment
  • Stance organisation (arranging everything on a ledge, part way up)
  • Safe descents
  • Understanding the principles of lead climbing
  • Joining the BMC
  • Where do I go from here? - after the course

Useful Books

Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe and Peter
Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official pub)
Sport Climbing - Rockfax publication by Adrian Berry
Trad Climbing- Rockfax publication by Adrian Berry

See also the excellent "Masterclass" DVDs by Neil Gresham.

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.

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Customer Reviews For This Course

Fab , stretching, occasionally scary but fun

Chris Simpson

This was our second visit to "the Brenin" in two years as a family and this time we split with my Son and I doing the Rock course with my partner and daughter kayaking. ( This is a structure that works really well as the activities at PYB revolve around the plentiful meal, and it gives you loads to catch up on).
We arrived at PYB in bright sunshine (my kids think its always sunny in North Wales)! . Jack and I were delighted to find that again we had Kath Bromfield as our course Director. We were also lucky to have a smallish group of 4 lads 9-13 and 3 Dads and one super Nan.
On days 1 and 2 location and climbs were very similar to adventure for families in the same locations but we pushed on a good deal from that content with the instructors spotting these opportunities quickly.
By the end of the week the group had progressed to setting our own equipment and building confidence and trust in each others safety on some much more challenging stuff with a multi pitch on the Final day. ( A side note on this due to an injury I couldnt climb this but Pete and Carl generously allowed me to kayak for the day which was very good of them).
The top things of the course /holiday were
1) The quality of instruction and coaching at PYB is simply outstanding , seriously do some climbing or kayak sessions with a local coach before coming and you will really see the gulf in class.
2)The dexterity with which Kath and Blair picked locations that had sunshine and were appropriately challenging.
3) The cake and ice cream stops.

The rooms at PYB are basic and not vast but mostly since you are tired and grubby yourself on return you are glad of this.
It would be good to make it easier to get your five a day in with the carb and protein welcome, more fresh fruit and veg would be a welcome addition.

What A week !!


This was our first time climbing outdoors and PYB exceeded all expectations. The instructors Cath, Chris and Helen (alphabetical order!!) Were all experienced knowledgeable instructors with years of experience yet as enthusiastic as new starters and fun to be with!

Unlike some family "activity weeks" ive been on this is a real opportunity to learn new skills. Under expert supervision all the rope work, knots etc required to climb safely are patiently explained with plenty of opportunity to practise the new skills. By the end of the week the girls (10 and 8) seconded a multi pitch climb. (something the smelly boys failed!)

The venue, food, reception (Lindsey) were all exceptional very helpful and good fun.

I would recommend this to any family wanting a fun, challenging and memorable week while developing skills to move tentatively to climbing the great outdoors.



However experienced or inexperienced you and your child are you cannot help but enjoy and benefit from this exceptional opportunity. You'll both be inspired and boosted confidence-wise by the sheer professionalism and enthusiasm of the instructors, and all the while having fun in some superb locations, before retreating to re-fuel in style amongst the welcoming hubub of the Brenin.

If you are not that experienced you will be amazed not only at what you are doing by the end of the week, but also by how competently (generally!) and effortlessly you are doing it. You wont want it to end ...

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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