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Rapid Development Clinic (Mountaineering)

Course Overview

If you've dreamt of conquering high mountain peaks and exploring the remote mountain wilderness, here's your chance to turn that dream into reality.
Spend two weeks with our mountaineering instructors enjoying the mountains of North Wales at their finest.
Over two five day blocks in the mountains, you'll cover evertything you need to know to turn you into a self sufficient mountaineer.
Discover how to navigate accuratly with a map and compass, even in a raging storm or complete darkness. Uncover the strategies behind complex ropework and the principles of hazard awareness as you progress to scambling and traversing many of North Wales most exposed rocky ridges. Find out how to make wild camping in the mountains more of a pleasure than a chore and feel your confidence soar as you as you move through your journey from mountain newcomer to seasoned veteran.

Experience Required

no experience required

With MEALS & Accommodation: £1420

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £1060



Scheduled Dates

blackBlack = Open for booking

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

blackRed = Course fully booked

 

14 - 25 Aug 2017




Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Who's it for?

This two week rapid development clinic is designed for anyone who is keen to get out walking in the mountains and would like to develop the skills to get out there and enjoy the mountains. The perfect way to kick start your mountaineering aspirations. No previous experience is required but basic fitness would be advantageous.


Course Content

Over the two weeks you'll receive close instruction and top level coaching from our experienced and highly qualified staff and we will cover the following areas:



  • Mountain navigation, including night navigation and GPS

  • Mountain weather and forecasting

  • Travelling over a variety of terrain including scrambling

  • Basic ropework

  • Planning a journey

  • Clothing and equipment

  • Hazard awareness and emergency procendures

  • Wild camping


The course will adapt according to the prevailing conditions to make the best of any weather.


Your course runs Monday to Friday each week with the weekend providing a welcome break, or a chance to do your own thing making use of the excellent facilities and lectures that come with "life at the Brenin".



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
    Instruction/coaching
    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 will be in a comfy single rooms either in the main house or in one of our cottages. All bed linen and towels are provided and tea and coffee making facilities are either in your room if in the main house or in the kitchen if you are in a cottage. If you are accommodated in the main house your room will have an ensuite bathroom, if you are in a cottage you will have a shared bathroom.

Your course fee includes accommodation 7 days a week starting the night before your course begins and will be available from 6pm. On the last day of your course you will need to vacate your room by 5pm. 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.

There is free WiFi access in the bar and dinning room which you are welcome to use during your stay.




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 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

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Head torch (winter months)

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • 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)

  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat

  • Expedition rucksack (around 50 litres)

  • Stove (plus fuel), pans, cutlery, mug

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

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Compass

  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat

  • Expedition rucksack (around 50 litres)

  • Stove (including fuel) & pans







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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