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Performance Climbing - 5 days

Course Overview

This course is for competent lead climbers who would like to improve their performance. If you would like to push your grade, improve your technique and climb more confidently then this is the course for you. The course embraces all aspects of rock climbing, from bouldering to sport trade. It looks at training and provides top level coaching. It's a tried and tested formula, just look at Britain's top level climbers.

Experience Required

Leading at VS or above

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?

This exciting course is designed for climbers who are already leading confidently at VS level or above, and feel that some professional input will help improve your all round crag skills, with an emphasis on lead climbing.

Course Content

Our 1:2 ratio throughout allows our most experienced coaches to tailor the course to your individual needs. Skills covered will help you climb harder, more efficiently and for longer, yet still as safely as possible.

Each morning the course staff will decide on a venue which is best suited to the weather conditions and the group.

Over the week we intend to look at the following areas:

  • Single and multi pitch climbing (including more adventurous venues and sea cliffs)

  • Coaching your climbing on a variety of rock

  • Advancing your rope-work skills

  • Falling off - taking (and holding) falls with greater confidence

  • Decision making at the sharp end (Risk assessment on route)

  • Mental Preparation

  • Successful bouldering

  • Training for climbing

  • What can the BMC do for us?

Weather permitting, we will spend the five days climbing on a variety of rock types to help build your repertoire of techniques.  Our staff are very experienced with vast local knowledge, so in partnership with you they'll structure each day towards your needs.

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

An amazing week

Andrew Martin

Just back from an amazing week at PyB on the Performance Climbing course. I was a bit anxious as the course got nearer. As a pretty confident VS climber, would I find it too hard? No need for anxiety. With a 1:2 ratio, and close attention to individual needs, we were able to influence the agenda throughout the week and the outcomes exceeded my expectations.
We spent the first two days seconding, focussing on the skills needed for harder routes, especially footwork. I got very good feedback. My tendency to power through when footholds are scarce would not be sustainable beyond VS! By the end of Tuesday, on Cemetary Gates (E1 5b), it was clear that this approach was paying off. By Wednesday, we were leading on easier stuff (S/HS) with a detailed focus on runner placement and setting up belays. Ian, our instructor, was in close attendance throughout on a separate rope. By Thursday, we were ready to push the grades. Three amazing routes at Holyhead Mountain including a "lead" of Breaking the Barrier" (E1 5b) placing gear with the security of a slack top rope. Friday was our only wet day, but it was good to finish at the Beacon Centre with its huge lead walls, finding rests on overhanging terrain and making good use of the new skills.
In our final debrief, Ian's feedback and suggestions were insightful and detailed, allowing me to come away knowing what the next steps need to be.
The whole PyB experience was a delight. Spending time with other climbers, scramblers, paddlers and trainee mountain leaders and instructors adds depth and puts your own activities into perspective. The accommodation and catering are set up to run like clockwork in the background, so that you don't need to worry about resting or where your next meal is coming from.
Many people there were on repeat visits, and I'd have no hesitation in going back again, knowing that the quality of instruction and care is excellent.

An excellent course

Liz Robinson

A really excellent course to develop climbing skills. Outstanding coaching homed skills throughout the week. We had plenty of leading opportunities and also seconded some classics such as Cemetery Gates (E1 5b). Great week at great venue


Mark Philipson

I had wanted to do this course for a few years, to fine tune my climbing skills and to gain confidence on the lead.
I expected lots of coaching and movement skills throughout the week and a gradual rise in leading harder grades.
Sadly 2 whole days were spent seconding the instructor who had lead the routes. Although I did experience some harder climbs than I can lead, I can easily put up a top rope to achieve this. Whilst the instructor was belaying 30 m + above, they could give no feedback on my climbing.
Time was also spent top roping and building belays, which again did not offer me the climbing coaching I wanted.
At the end of the week I had only led 3 pitches and tried a 4th. Not the total, I would have expected on a weeks intensive course.
Also sadly there were no training aids to watch/read in the evenings and no course notes.
Over all the course did fine tune some of my rope skills and iron out a few bad habits. My overall skills belaying and organizing multi-pitch belays probably have improved, but I feel the course offered poor value for money, considering what it seemed to offer and what I had expected to gain from it.

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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