The Big Winter Climb (30 Nov-1 Dec)
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Don't Feel Like Fool's With Tools, Get Slick With Your Picks on our 'Big Winter Climb'.
We've teamed up with our old friends UKClimbing once again to bring you this unique winter weekend event.
Our Big Winter Climb weekend is made up of a series of opt-in workshops covering a diverse range of winter climbing and mountaineering skills and techniques, with something to suit absolutely everyone. It's a great way to consolidate your existing skills, develop your experience and boost your confidence for the coming rock climbing season.
The 'experts' sharing their knowledge and experience are all hand picked top UK climbers. But they won't be the only ones to learn from. Every minute is an opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas with other 'Big Winter Climbers'. This is a unique opportunity not only to be inspired but also to have the chance to question, learn from, drink with and chat to people who have been there and done that. Wherever you plan to climb, you?re sure to find someone who's been there and who is more than willing to share experiences and lessons learnt.
A programme of interactive workshops and inspirational lectures spans the entire weekend, allowing you to select what topics suit you best from a 'workshop menu', ensuring an individually tailored experience.
Supporting the workshops will be the 'Expert's Corner', where you will be able to quiz some of the country's most experienced climbers to make sure you get as much as you possibly can from the weekend.
Winter Climbing Legend and former PYB instructor Andy Turner is coming home! Andy will be running a technical workshop at The Big Winter Climb and giving an evening talk.
Previous Experience Required
No previous winter experience necessary
Cost: £ (2 days)
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Detailed Course Notes
Workshops To Choose From On The Big Winter Climb
Below is a list of workshops, you'll be able to choose what you attend and create an experience that's applicable to you during the Big Winter Climb. There's something for everyone, from the novice winter mountaineer to the experienced winter climber. So take a look, book your place then sign up for the workshops when you arrive.
Hooking & Tooling
Get to try modern axes and fine tune the subtle art of hooking, all whilst getting expert coaching from our experienced staff. Improve your winter mixed climbing skills by climbing on specially set routes on our 15m tower.
Winterise Your Belay
Ideal for those moving up to leading in winter. This is a chance to focus on building safe and effective belays and anchors in the winter environment. We will cover ice screws, hooks and pegs in addition to rock climbing equipment. Find out what to carry on your winter rack and how to use it!?
Whiteout Skills and Avalanche Awareness
A practical insight into how to navigate safely in the winter environment. Its not just about being able to climb but how to get to your chosen climb efficiently. And then later how to navigate safely back, whilst avoiding any potential avalanche threats.
Training for Technique and Fitness
You shouldn't miss the opportunity to use the latest aids for becoming a better winter climber. Find out how to rest and recover and try new techniques applicable to the winter climber, but all done on the indoor wall. Guaranteed to get you pumped!
Rescue and Retreat
Climbing in winter can be very serious and committing, but there are a whole bunch of top tips you can learn to make it safer and less daunting. How to escape from routes and belays along with systems to help stuck climbers. Invaluable skills for the budding winter climber.
Winter First Aid
In winter when an accident happens you might have to deal with it. This session covers skills to cope with emergencies you might come across. Delivered by climbers for climbers, this is a must for anyone operating in the hills in winter. Not just emergency procedures but also how to cope and avoid cold injuries and recognising them from the onset.
Learn the secrets of scratching, hooking, and digging on covered rock. How to get the best out of your crampons and axes, maybe trying leashless or lanyards along with how to make gear fit with a little help from your picks.
Crampon and Ice Axe Fundamentals
With the aid of Plas y Brenin's special 'glacier zone' we can help you develop your flat footing, front pointing and axe placements. All the skills you need to travel safely on snow and ice covered terrain as well as helpful advice and top tips on which boots, crampons and axes to choose for you.
The Winter Knowledge - Where to Go And When
Winter climbing is all about being on the right route, in right conditions at the right time! This workshop will improve your understanding of winter routes and conditions and how to make informed decisions and judgments. It will cover, how to predict conditions, use of weather forecasts, what areas to go to, what routes to climb and when, choosing routes to push your grade on and use of guide books and maps.
What's Included In The Price?
Accommodation For This Course / Holiday
Plas y Brenin Main House
Your accommodation for this course is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.
Your course fee includes accommodation 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 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.
All your meals are included - 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.
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
- Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)
- Drinks bottle
- Lunch Bag/Box
- Personal first aid kit
- Head torch (winter months)
- High factor sunscreen
- Midge repellant
- Notebook and pen
The following items are available for you to borrow free of charge from our equipment stores if you don't have your own.
- Walking boots
- Day rucksack
- Gaiters (optional)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
Customer Reviews For This Course / Holiday
Dry tooling fun
Excellent instruction on wide variety of topics relevant to winter climbing. Particularly enjoyed the dry tooling session. Also was very useful to try out the latest kit, including the more extreme climbing axes and monopoint crampons. Joining instructions could be improved (send the proposed schedule!).
An amazing winter atmosphere
I really enjoyed my time! Lots of knowledge, friendly staff, wide range of activities and lots of enthusiasm that created an amazing winter atmosphere.
I'm quite sad that is already Monday: time passed so quickly!
Hope to repeat my experience at Plas Y Brenin, well better on mountains, soon!
Great weekend, lots of positive psyche , instructors inspiring ,all in all,a great experience.
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