01690 720214

Moving Out - 2 days

Course Overview

If you have already learnt the basics down at your local wall and want to make the transition to outdoor climbing then this is the perfect course for you. We'll show you how to decipher guidebooks, give you the skills to place protection, judge its quality and build solid anchors on top of the crag. We'll teach you efficient and safe ropework and can also give you some coaching on your climbing and movement techniques.

Experience Required

Some indoor climbing.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?

This course is designed to build on skills which you will have gained at a wall. No outside experience is required, but you should be able to put on a harness and tie in to the end of a rope, use a belay device and understand what lead climbing involves. You don't need to be a gymnast, just be keen to have some fun and do some climbing on real rock.

Course Content

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, but we will visit single pitch crags (less than one rope length high) on both days.

Over the two days, we intend to look at the following areas:

  • Lots of climbing!

  • Placing 'bomber' gear for anchors and runners

  • Rigging a bottom rope on a single pitch crag

  • Tying into anchors at the top of the crag

  • Good belaying skills

  • Principles of leading and a leader's rack

  • Setting up and managing an abseil

  • The BMC - services and clubs

  • Where do I go from here? - after the course

Useful Books

  • 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.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

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

follow this link for more details

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

  • Flask

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Lunch box/bag

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Notebook and pen

If you already have:

  • Rock boots

  • Chalk bag

  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • 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

  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • Belay device

  • Climbing rack

  • Day rucksack

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Customer Reviews For This Course

Moving on up


Pretty much what I had hoped for. The instructor - Bradley - took us through the basics of outdoor climbing. He rapidly worked out the capabilities of the group and the individuals and gave us climbs appropriately. The weekend gave me good practice belaying - proven by my more experienced climbing friends allowing me to belay them the following weekend. I particularly enjoyed climbing Fool's Gold (top roped). An excellent investment in all.

Great course

Ashley Harmsworth

I recently attended the 2 day moving out course to start climbing outdoors and get experience/knowledge in setting up anchors etc. The course was exactly what I wanted and the instructors were very flexible and tailored each day to the experience of the group. I would recommend this course for anyone looking to start climbing outdoors.


Elaine J Beesley

***FEEDBACK FORM FORMAT*** Age = 36 - 40 Course intended as Personal Development. Value For Money = Very Good Friendliness = Excellent Instruction = Excellent Food = Very Good Accommodation = Excellent Administration = Satisfactory Facilities = Excellent Cleanliness = Excellent I found out about Plas y Brenin by search engine from when I first did this course four years ago. I use Facebook and LinkedIn social media. 8/10 likely to recommend Plas y Brenin to a friend. WHAT DID YOU LIKE? In stark comparison to when I did this course four years ago, Will Nicholls, Chris and Lou (aka The Dream Team in my view) were knowledgeable, attentive to our learning requirements and patient but above all, they were professional. I felt very comfortable with everything I was learning and thoroughly enjoyed the practice sessions. WHAT CAN WE IMPROVE? Please stop charging £25 when people request to change courses...or at the very least, please don't charge so much. GENERAL COMMENTS Check-out time is 10 am and my room card stopped me from re-entering my room at around 9 am which necessitated the interruption of the housekeeping staff to let me back in my room (I was packing my stuff and taking it to the car and couldn't do it in one go). I was apprehensive about this course given my dissatisfaction the first time round four years ago as one of the instructors and I didn't 'gel' and it ruined the whole learning experience for me (waste of money essentially). I am so happy my experience second time round has been a positive and very beneficial one which will help me in my climbing....I don't doubt it. Thank you again to Will, Lou and Chris.

Great course!

Barbara Carnegie

Thoroughly enjoyed this 2 day course, lots of technical information explained thoroughly and expertly by the 3 leaders and plenty of time on the crags to put it all into practice. A very friendly group with all pretty much the same level of experience which with the leaders made for a really enjoyable weekend. The centre, it's setting and facilities are all excellent and the great weather was a bonus!

Fantastic Course


Had a great time, learnt loads and we will be back for more real rock.
Not too excited about going back into the wall now but I will look at it as training for the real thing.

Excellent climbing weekend


I had a terrific time on this climbing weekend, which I went on with my boyfriend. It was my first time climbing outdoors, having only climbed indoors before, and we were amazed at what we achieved in two days. Chris, our instructor, was excellent, and his passion for climbing was infections. We felt that we learned a huge amount, and I conquered my fears at the same time! We climbed at three different locations, each one unique, and stunning in its own way. The last location involved abseiling down a cliff to the sea, and the climbing back up again - pretty cool.
Plas Y Brenin is a smoothly run outfit. The rooms are clean and comfortable; the food excellent. The bar is good fun, and there is an adventurous atmosphere. The weekend exceeded my expectations and I'd definitely go back to do another course.

A great introduction to

Andrew webster

Wow - what a fantastic two days
Really good quality instruction and top quality locations all properly thought out with the skill level of the group in mind.
Very good accomodation and food.
If you travel from London or siomilar consider booking an extra night at the end of the stay as the course is physically demanding and a long drive home isnt the best idea.
Very useful introduction to laying anchors and assessing safety - all delivered with a great sense of humour
I will be returning for more in the near future - the plastic of the climbing wall is much less attractive now!

Ideal weekend adventure

Mike Hoffman

Before going on this course I had been climbing indoors and had only been climbing outside once or twice. The two day course flew by and every evening I fell asleep exhausted having done lots of climbing, learnt lots and having had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Our instructor (Tim Neill) was awesome. He was a great teacher, really good fun, and he was particularly good at challenging each of us in the group despite different capabilities. By the end of the two days we had learnt about setting up anchors, rope types, different types of gear, grading of outdoor climbs, and I even got to do my first outdoor lead climb! I have every intention of coming back and would recommend this course to anyone looking to do some outdoor climbing. Thank you very much PYB!

Cannot fault.

Anthony Haigh

Dave, our instructor, has obviously been climbing a long time but never tired of showing us what must be to him something he has done a thousand times. The weather was rubbish and it could of easily been a washout but it was far from that, it was a bril weekend. The centre is more like a three star hotel and the food is a surprise as it's better than expected by far. I cannot fault anything.

Thoroughly enjoyed the course and time at PYB

John Burns

After some indoor climbing which I've been enjoying I wanted to know whether outdoor climbing might be for me, and what skills were required for the next stage, top rope climbing outdoors. This course perfectly fitted my requirements. It's not about coaching climbing moves, though the instructors were very encouraging on the climbs, but a course about getting the skills to safely develop your climbing ability outdoors.
Along with the scrambling essentials course I attended earlier in the year I would not hesitate to recommend this course.

Delivered exactly what I wanted

Andrew Johnson

I took this course having become fairly proficient at grade 5-6 indoor climbing, and having had some experience of outdoor climbing about 15 years ago. My objectives were to gain confidence on rock and learn some of the necessary technical skills. I feel that I was the kind of person the course was aimed at, and it more than fulfilled my objectives.
On the first day the instructors, Dave and Lou, look us to a crag in the Ogwen Valley where we got familiar with the crag environment (tip: bring a cloth to clean your rock boots) and climbing on rock with top ropes. Then we rigged our own anchor systems for more top roping. On the second day we went over to Anglesey to climb routes on sea cliffs, and learned the different technical skills required for belaying from the top of a route.
The instructors maintained a pace that was appropriate for the whole group, as well as helping individuals with different levels of ability to get the most from the weekend. I felt that they also made it fun and challenging while keeping us safe.
This isn't a course that'll teach you how to climb. We spent more time on anchor selection and evaluation, belay construction, rope handling, etc. than actually climbing. This perhaps surprised some members of the group, but was exactly what I wanted to learn.
Good company. Clean, comfortable rooms. Excellent meals and lots of good cake. Good beer in the bar. I highly recommend Plas y Brenin and this course.

Good instructor

Steven Williams

Thanks to Will for a great weekend of climbing. His high level of safety has set a good standard for me to follow when I'm rigging ropes for climbing and abseiling.
An added bonus was his knowledge of geology and local plants and flowers

Excellent two days of skill reinforcment


First off, my friend and I struck lucky with group size with it being just the two of us.

Our instructor was happy to listen to what we were after and help us achieve this, whilst offering improvements or alternatives.

We walked away after two days of constant climbing with reinforced skills on how to set belays at the top or mid point of a climb, how to escape safely should you need to and finally how to play with leading gear.

Our instructor (Sam) was friendly and easy to get along with making it feel like three friends rather than 2 + 1. There was a good feeling of constant observation and her knowing when to step in and point out a correction or error but first allowing us to have our turns and use our memory. At no point did we ever feel unsafe or out of our depth.

The room (2 people sharing) was clean and tidy with a large spacious bathroom, TV and kettle with regular amenities. Downside the ceiling was low, but that is a building feature and one that only annoyed you in the morning when you stood up and stretched out having forgotten.

Food, not here for the food but as it keeps us going I'll comment. The breakfast was adequate. The portion size was ok with my as I rarely eat breakfast, however for most it probably needed an extra rasher of bacon/egg etc. You may have been able to ask for seconds, but I didn't try this.
Lunch was plentiful, with a range of sandwich options, I just didn't think the quality of those sandwiches was up to much, but with fruit and flapjacks on offer I wasn't too fussed.
Dinner, best of the bunch, 3 courses should you wish with a good range of options given the mass catering nature of the canteen.

My only real gripe of the weekend was that the drying room didn't even touch the sides of my kit and after a wet Saturday putting on wet climbing shoes was not overly appealing. The kit would have done better in the room.

Moving Out 2- Day 26-27th July 2014

Harry McGhie

Luckily we had four people on our course, more or less the ideal number. We also had very fine weather on Sat 26th, when we visited Willy's Crag nr Little Tryfan and when it looked threatening the following day, we found excellent sunshine once more at Pant Ifan Upper Tier,Tremadog.

Our instructor was Harry McGhie, and we all found him most impressive. He started by asking us what we wanted from the course and establishing what our previous experience was of climbing inside & out.

He gave us a wide selection of instruction, from setting up belays and anchors to the actual process and techniques of climbing on rock. We also did some abseiling and a memorable 90 minutes'bouldering at the RAC rocks on the first evening, something which at least 3 out of the 4 of us had not done before and which we found most entertaining.

Harry worked us pretty hard- at least, there wasn't much standing around, but although the emphasis was very much on safety,he made it first and foremost a fun experience so that we learnt techniques and picked up information without much effort. Since the course, we have managed to 'take it outside' and have climbed on limestone in our NE Wales home range, so Thanks,Harry,you did get through to us!

Plas-y-Brenin itself is an extraordinary place, with excellent solid food and a good bar, but the accommodation can be rather a compromise- when the success of your course depends a lot on getting a good night's sleep, it is ludicrous to have bedrooms without adequate ventilation and windows overlooking kitchen extractor fans which apparently bellow 20 hours out of the 24! Overall, though, an excellent weekend and one which you would not hesitate to recommmend.


Good intro to climbing outdoors


I am a seasoned indoor climbing, however I've only climbing outdoors a few times. This course eased me in gradually by looking at climbing techniques through the use of some outdoor bouldering. The course also taught how to set up the equipment for outdoor climbing and gave us a chance for hands on experience.
The instructor was very knowledgeable about outdoor climbing giving us tips on researching elements related to outdoor climbing such as where to buy equipment and places to go.

Very good course


Great course. The max four to one instructor ratio worked very well and they tailored the course to our ability. Location is awesome with some really beautiful climbing. Instruction was very clear and there was lots of opportunity to practice setting up top ropes and making safe anchor points. Also lots of great climbing on different rock types. Felt like great value for money, all meals are included and there is a lot of good food. Highly recommended!

A great weekend that does exactly what it claims...

Else Jacobson & Nick Cleland

We thoroughly enjoyed this course. It does exactly what it says... gives you the skills & knowledge to move from climbing indoors to climbing outdoors on your own. We felt the instructors were very clear & thorough & went through safety aspects & correct techniques really well. We were very lucky in that we had a very high instructor to student ratio which really made the weekend. The instructors were fun & helpful & even put up with my fear of heights! We have used the skills we learnt and gone out and bought some of our own gear and have been climbing in the Peak District on our own. We felt safe & confident in what we had been taught & were able to apply it easily. Many thanks to our instructors & all the staff at PYB that made our stay so comfortable. The rooms were very comfortable and the food great. Thanks very much, we will be back!

a great course


I really enjoyed the course and the instructor was very good. I liked the fact that there were 2 assistants there so there was always someone to answer questions. The locations of the crags were really good too.

I would have liked to spend more time on placing gear and setting up anchors, maybe starting on the first day. But apart from that, it was a great course!

A significant improvment in skills

frank woodhead

A very good course - I'm probably regarded as an older participant but felt fully engaged in the course - our instructors - Andy and Jake were first class. Andy though appearing relaxed, but with a sharp eye for the important details - keeping us safe and on the right track - and Jake who could not have put more into his contribution to help us have a full experience.
I have genuinely come away with a feeling that I could implement 100% of what was being taught albeit limited to my own competence, an important caveat that was sensibly reinforced . Its rare in my view to pick up so much in such a short time. A testament to the quality of instruction and the balance of the course.
A very enjoyable experience.

Excellent Climbing for Beginners

John Edwards

Two days of excellent tuition. Course content covered beginners skills on selection of anchor points, tying on, belaying etc. Instructors had good teaching skills and encouraged confidence. They were very professional and thorough but also taught with a good sense of humour and people skills. Would definitely recommend this course for people new to outdoor climbing.

Does what it says on the tin!


Really good course, covered exactly what it said it would and even with a range of skills across the group, we covered everything and had plenty of time to ask questions, practice and most importantly climb.
Even with very mixed weather, Cath our intstructor managed to find good sheltered dry locations, even some sunshine.
Would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about the technical aspects of learning to climb outside, understanding better belaying techniques and the differences in belaying a lead on sport/trad, anchor points, abseil points and safety, placing and removing gear and then lots of practice.
Good fun, nice staff at PYB, interesting talk on the Saturday evening and great food.

Really good!

Dan Horgan

Really good!

Excellent Course

Keith Jones

The three of us on our weekend course in Snowdonia came with very different climbing backgrounds. One was a technically excellent indoor climber, one had some experience outdoors and I cam with a mix of indoor and winter climbing experience. Mo, our instructor, did a fantastic job of giving all of us top quality instruction but also challenging us and giving us experiences beyond the norm for this course. We spent the first morning at a crag looking at placing gear and then the afternoon at a slate quarry working from a top rope. We did some climbing and some anchor placement work. In the evening, we spent an hour on the abseil tower learning all the tricks about abseiling. On the Sunday, we drove to Holyhead mountain and spent the day on some quartzite single pitch routes. Anchors, belaying and also placing gear and leading climbs was accomplished by all of us at an appropriate level. We climbed S, VS and HVS routes depending on ability and it was beyond my expectations to have led a climb properly (but with Mo checking gear placements!) on this course. In addition, PYB and Mo organised perfect weather for us without a drop of rain and factor 30 suncream needed on the Saturday.

As ever, the quality of instructors defines courses such as these and the Brenin have some of the best there are; knowledgeable, great teachers, confidence-inspiring and good fun to be outdoors with.

Awesome 2 days

Dave Williams

Awesome 2 day course,really did teach me exactly what i was hoping to learn with regards to setting up belays and tying into anchors,our instructor Mr.John Orr (Ireland's best climber) was an inspiration to say the least(top 'o the' morning to ya john) it was brilliant that he was able to pass on all his experience and techniques,even to those on the course who maybe had not done as much climbing as others.
The course really does exactly what it says on the tin,the only criticism i have was that the course registration form failed to include a box for "Weather preference", will definitely be looking to come back on another course. Cheers John,for making it so enjoyable.

What a fanatastic way to spend weekend


What a great weekend!

We covered EVERYTHING that was listed on the course notes and possibly even more. Very nice transition from indoor to outdoor climbing, especially for those who get scared sometimes (like me).
Matt, our instructor, quickly spotted our strong and weak points and tailored the course according to our needs. We climbed a lot, learnt a lot and laughed a lot! On the first day we didn't make it on time for tea and cake, but Matt showed us a very nice Italian-Welsh ice-cream place. Mmmm... delicious!

The centre itself is a nice social place, full of great people from different courses. I stayed in a nice, single room with fantastic view. Food was good too! At the end of the course I used the shuttle service to the Llandudno Junction and made it on time for my train to London.

All in all, fantastic weekend. I would highly recommend it to everybody. I've already booked another course for July and am so much looking forward to it!


Trysha Hunt

Crazily I took up indoor rock climbing in my mid 60's and this course was the next step. Couldn't have made a better choice.
Matt, our excellent instructor, had to deal with three of us 'older' women and one lovely 24 year old woman.He assessed our abilities very quickly and tailored the two days exactly to our needs. The first day we learnt bouldering techniques on rhyolite rock -smearing, hand jamming, chimney work, etc and then moved onto roped climbing at Spotty Crags. Matt introduced us to his 'rack'....and how to use it!
The next day we went to Craig y Tonnau and climbed all day on the very quartzy rhyolite tuft rock. Brilliant to climb, tough on the hands girls! An awesome climbing day. I must have done about seven 15 metre climbs of different grades that day and loved every minute of it - even when a very cold wind joined us. (Matt lent me his superb jacket.)
During the two days we covered anchor selection, rope handling/belay techniques, abseilling, seconding and loads of other skills.
Matt is a great instructor - plenty of praise and encouragement - and easily understood instructions.
A completely awesome weekend.


Chris Wilkinson

The tuition, facilities, food, and kit provided were first class. The instructors were supportive, engaging and encouraging.

Having only been climbing indoors, this was a great course for learning right from the start how to safely climb outdoors. The tutor:student ratio was great - 2:3 on our course.

The venue is superb. All round a fantastic couple of days.

An interesting and enjoyable couple of days.

Ian Sydenham

The course lived up to expectations and included a lot of tuiition in a short space of time. The instructor was also very good; knowledgable and with a good teaching style.

Concentrated on learning how to set things up rather than climbing which was what I was hoping for but not a course to go on if you just want to do lots of climbing.

Excellent Course


Excellent Course, did what it said on the tin. The instructors were great and tailored the course to meet the groups needs. Would highly recommend to the indoor climber looking to make the move outside, the course delivers the skills and confidence to do so safely.

Fantastic learning experience

Dave Falcus

This course provided my first taste of climbing outdoors and it has left me craving for more. The instructors Dave, Guy and Blair were all brilliant and there was just the right balance of climbing under their guidance and explanation of what the different types of equipment are for. Blessed by superb weather we were able to sample crags near Tryfan, bouldering and sea cliffs on Anglesey. I'm not sure where exactly the sea cliffs are (the guys were keen on keeping the location secret) but they were a perfect introduction to this aspect of the sport in terms of height and difficulty. I went back to the indoor wall the day after and it seemed very tame in comparison!

This was my first visit to Plas y Brenin and I was most impressed with the set up. The food was excellent and the staff helpful. Ill definitely be back.

Moving Out, Moving Up!


The course was really excellent; here are my highlights:

> Very professional and inspiring staff
> Great food
> Learnt and applied many techniques over the week end
> Great food
> Lots of fun
> ..did I mention the great food?
> Would definitely use PYB again....infact I have already arranged my next visit!

P.S. The food is great as well........!

Spot on!

Chris Booth

The course ticked all the boxes for me, a sound foundation for me to build on thanks to our three fantastic instructors. Clear and precise information was given regarding gear,placements and rope-work such that I now feel totally confident in rigging my own safe systems.

Great accommodation, good food and brill bunch of course mates all added up to a superb weekend, worth every penny. The weather was quite good too! Oh and we got to climb aswell.

Excellent tailored instruction and choices of crags

Ed Griffen

Dave did a very fine job on this course.
He paced the course just right coping with a mix of abilities and outside experience as well as actual climbing ability. He did a good job assessing our climbing ability at the beginning with simple balance exercises and bouldering, and then moved onto getting us to improve and to learn to set up rope systems.

Dave was confident to let us find and solve problems ourselves, not steppiing in early, but coaching and reflecting back what we had done and questioning us. Clearly local knowledge paid off as on both days despite the excellent weather and the Royal wedding weekend, Dave found very quiet crags for us to practice on.

Dave put the practice first and theory last - an example was we understood the relevance of the details of karabiner strength once we understood in real life how they might end up getting stressed.

At a loss to suggest anything to improve.
Dave is clearly a good climber and an excellent adult instructor.

an exhausting but fun weekend


This is an excellent first step from indoors to outdoors.

We were taught to try and lose the bad habits formed on an indoor wall, warm-ups, how to balance, how to use your feet more than your hands... Then we learnt how to safely find your route from above, the basics of setting up a belay system, good gear placement, what makes a good anchor... After some climbing we headed back to Plas y Brenin for tea and cake and then onto learning about the knots we would need to setup our own belays. That was day one.

For day two we went to a different crag were we went through the use of a guidebook and how to identify routes before we went on to setup our own belay systems before the excellent instructor, Dave, made sure we would be safe on them.

After a couple of climbs, we moved on to a more difficult crag to setup and climb.

There was hardly a time that we weren't learning something and Dave was more than happy to answer all questions that we had.

All in all, the instruction was first class. The food was also very good, the room was very comfortable with a new en-suite bathroom and the indoor climbing wall is air-conditioned.

I only had 2 complaints - most importantly, the peanut butter and jam butties were made with crunchy peanut butter and room 61 has noisy air conditioning fans, that switch off about 11pm, directly outside the windows. But that was only a problem on the Friday night. On Saturday night, I was asleep in seconds.

I will definitely take another course at Plas y Brenin, in fact, I've spent all morning trying to decide which one!

Great course, well managed

Jamie Robertson

I really enjoyed this course, the weather held up for the most part and our two instructors were great. Totally relaxed and highly exhilarating! Recommended.

Very Happy


I got exactly what I wanted from the Moving Out course. The instructors were very friendly and supportive. They took the time to find out what each person wanted from the course, and adapted accordingly. The course covered a lot of ground in two days, but never felt rushed. I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun too - perfect!

Excellent tuition

Steve Gray

Both trainers demonstrated considerable skill in delivery of this course. While there was a definition for the course Dave Percy made efforts to understand participants capabilities and structured the programme to maximise the learning potential.
Luke was clearly a very accomplished climber with an enthusiasm for the sport which inspired people to attain a lot in a very short space of time.
Good effort!

I can't believe they can pack so much into two days!


I only have few months of indoor climbing experience, but i was so keen to get outdoors that I booked onto this course.

The course was fab and i can't get over how much stuff we got through... some scrambling, bottom-roping, top-roping, seconding, setting up, abseiling... all in two days! The number of instructors to students definitely helped the high rate of learning.

On the two days we went to different locations - plenty of variety,

Our instructor, Dave, was brilliant - encouraging, engaging, knowledgeable, very funny, but knew when we needed a bit of firm encouragement to complete a climb. And he dealt really well with the different range of experience on the course (I had the least by quite a long way).

This wasn't the first time I've been on a PYB course, and the rooms, food and equipment were - as usual - excellent.



a perfect introduction to climbing outside.
Excellent coaching throughout the weekend - we felt safe and confident at every stage.
would highly recommend this course and certainly intend to follow it up with further courses at pyb.

fantastic learning experience


This course is perfect for those with indoor rock climbing experience wanting to be independent and safe climbing outdoors. We developed our existing climbing skills, as well as learning how to safely anchor to rock faces and to belay a climbing partner either ascending or descending a crag.

The instructors were patient, informative and very knowledgeable, as well as just being fun to be with for a whole weekend.
Despite grim weather forecasts, our guides were able to take us to crags where we didn't see rain all weekend.
We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the weekend and would definitely recommend Plas y Brenin to friends.

everything i wanted it to be and more and more and more.

patrick hannan

I must thank Ian and Steve who took our course for such a fantastic weekend as the first time out on real rock, they were very professional, relaxed, knowledgable and friendly. They were easy to understand and kept up to each of our teams different paces without anyone felling left behind.
The course itself was everything i expected when first trying outdoor climbs and more, I didnt realise how much technical work we would do and i never dreamed to come away from the course confident that i could set a safe top rope and climb by ourselevs.
The accomadation was better than expected for the cheap price, and the food was better than I have ever had at a camp type place. The meals were huge and the flavours were great. We almost made ourselves sick because we couldnt resist the cheesecake desert even when we were full!
there was a good talk on in the evening to keep us out of the bar, and everyone was very friendly and helpful.
The price was the best anywhere compared to similar courses, and i liked that it was a charity run place with real focus on sustainability and care for the environment we where climbing in.
I have since joined the BMC and am planning my next trip as soon as possible.
I will be reccomending you to all and sundrie for any of the courses.

Thanks for a great weekend and im sure to see you again.

A challenging and rewarding weekend


The Moving Out weekend was challenging and rewarding. As well as imparting technical knowledge, Dave and Andy were very supportive and encouraging throughout. As with previous PYB experiences, I went beyond what I thought I was capable of but always with a sense of controlled risk.
The first day was very much about the spirit of climbing with the emphasis on movement, balance and what is possible on rock with sticky shoes. We did a lot of climbing and it was a tiring but very satisfying day. Day two was more about the technical aspects of climbing such as setting up safe anchors and belays. It was good to end the day climbing on belays that we had set up ourselves. We covered a lot in the two days and, as a beginner, I felt that I made a lot of progress in a short time. It was also great fun!

Moving out 6th/7th Sept '08


An excellent weekend by all accounts even with the less than ideal weather! Smaller group size than I was expecting (6) which really enabled the instructor to get to know everyone reasonably easily quickly. Very informative instruction with a good emphasis on actually getting out there and doing it yourself.

Exactly what I needed for my first experience of outdoor climbing. Highly recommended for anyone who has only ever climbed indoors and wants to get to grips with the real thing for the first time. Does exactly what it says on the tin in a very friendly, organised and fun environment.

Sheila was the mentor for this outdoor partnership course

Catrin E Williams

This certainly was a 5 Star rating course.
1) All equipment provided for hire, if required, and no problem if you needed to change sizes etc. they would offer advise in store or Sheila would explain kit stuff and prices to us.

2) We had an opportunity to discuss where to go and how to stay away from poor climbing weather i.e. go to the slate when it hasn't been raining, go to Betws crag when it is raining etc.

3) Mentor got us to identify the limitations and dangers of the crag and access to crag.

4) Gave us girls an opportuity to improve our climing confidence and skill without having any male pressures (not that I can claim to know what they would be!). The group size was ideal and we could all offer assistance in learning skills if some were more advance/confident.

Would never have thought that I would be climbing and enjoying it so much that I've gone and bought some rock shoes! You see the landscape in a different light when your right up to rock face or being lowered into the sea off Ynys Mon!

Would like to thank Sheila for her professionalism and capability for keeping us safe and giving us all her time to improve confidence, skill and understanding. THANKS HUGE!

thoroughly recommended


We (my wife and I) booked a moving out course on a 2 :1 ration. It was our first time at PYB, although we've driven past it numerous times over the years. Centre was very clean, tidy and well run / organised. The rooms were simple, functional, clean and with the best shower I've come across in the numerous places we've stayed in N wales.
Our instructor was a yound lad called Dave (don't know his surname, but he was from Manchester). Despite my wife and I being at different levels Dave managed to ensure we both got a lot out of the course. The way he took us through the various skills was effortless and the time really flew by. Dave and all the staff at the centre came across as very enthusiastic and genuine.

We'll be booking another course for later this summer and would recommend pyb to anyone and everyone.

Emer O'Connor

Really interesting and well thought out couse, instructors were very sound and very patient, catering for the most experienced and unexperienced of us equally. The weekend flew, despite the rain!

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