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Rock Climbing

Rock climbing's special combination of mental and physical challenges make it a unique experience. Once you've tried it, you'..re hooked.
The intrinsic rewards that come from combining concentration, agility, balance, strength and judgement are unequalled in any other sport. Nothing heightens the senses more than the combination of delight and relief that comes from reaching the top of a demanding rock climbing route. Whatever standard you rock climb at, from novice to expert, these feelings remain the same. The key lies in seeking out new and exciting challenges.
That's where Plas y Brenin comes in to its own. Based in the heart of North Wales' Snowdonia weâ..re surrounded by some of the finest rock climbing routes in Britain, from the towering sea cliffs of Gogarth and exposed mountain crags of Cwm Silyn to the inviting slabs of Cwm Idwal and Tremadog. There'..s even a choice of rock to rock climb on too with limestone, rhyolite, quarzite, dolerite and slate all within easy reach.
This unique position in North Wales and teh Snowdonia national park not only allows us to conjure up great variety, it also means we can be flexible, adapting our rock climbing course location and content to suit both the weather pattern and your ability. Which ultimately means you get the most from your time on our rock climbing courses.
You'll find a full list of our courses below but befor eyou make a decision, why not take a look at what makes our rock climbing department so special in our new rock department page.

Get Started Rock Climbing (First Moves) - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseBecome a rock climber! This introductory course gives you the best foundation in the skills you need to become a safe rock climber. During the weekend you'll do lots of climbing outside, discover fund...........

Experience Required: none required.

Cost and Duration: £185 (2 Days)

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Get Started Rock Climbing - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseBecome a rock climber on this five-day version of 'First Moves'. The same content with much more time to consolidate all the new skills and techniques. This introductory course gives you the best fou...........

Experience Required: none required

Cost and Duration: £580 (5 Days)

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Introduction to Rock Climbing for Families - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseDesigned to specifically meet the needs of the family, In five days we will help you progress from never having climbed before to the possibility of leading your own climbs in a controlled and confide...........

Experience Required: none required

Cost and Duration: £580 (5 Days)

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Moving Out - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseIf you're experienced on the indoor wall but not too confident about the transition to outdoor climbing then this two day course is a perfect start. By the end of the weekend you'll be a competent sec...........

Experience Required: Some indoor climbing.

Cost and Duration: £240 (2 Days)

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Moving Out (Touching Stone) - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseThis is the five day version of our 'Moving Out' course. Designed specifically for the growing number of people who climb regularly on an indoor wall and are not sure how to develop their skills to he...........

Experience Required: some indoor climbing

Cost and Duration: £615 (5 Days)

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Rock Improver - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseIf you climb with a mate and it feels like they do absolutely everything, this could be just what you need. If you are not interested in leading yet, this weekend could turn you into a reliable and a...........

Experience Required: basic climbing skills

Cost and Duration: £260 (2 Days)

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Introduction to Leading (Discover Leading) - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseThis course is for climbers who already have the basic climbing skills and competent seconds who want to start lead climbing. You'll cover guidebook interpretation, route selection and grades, protec...........

Experience Required: must be a proficient second.

Cost and Duration: £325 (2 Days)

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Introduction To Leading - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseThis is the five day version of our 'Discover Leading' course. If you've started climbing and want to start leading, this is the ideal way to get the experience. Over five days you'll have more time ...........

Experience Required: must be a proficient second.

Cost and Duration: £650 (5 Days)

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Lead Climbing Developer - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseTwo days on the sharp end, consolidating and expanding your leading skills, under the watchful eye of our expert coaches. Get the tips, the techniques and learn from all their experience. Whether you ...........

Experience Required: some experience of leading ?trad? routes and have an understanding of the principles of leading.

Cost and Duration: £335 (2 Days)

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Sport Climbing (Discover Sport Climbing) - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseWelcome to the world of sport climbing. A two-day taste of sport climbing, learning the essential skills you need to know to head out and do it yourself. If you want to try sport climbing, you climb i...........

Experience Required: whether you climb indoors or out - bolted routes start in 'the 5's' so pop down to your local wall and make sure you can climb at least French grade 5 on a rope.

Cost and Duration: £240 (2 Days)

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Sport Climbing (Complete Sport Climber) - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseImmerse yourself into the world of sport climbing on the wide range of well bolted crags that are in easy reach of Plas y Brenin. This five day version of our 'Discover Sport Climbing' course will cov...........

Experience Required: whether you climb indoors or out, bolted routes start in 'the 5's' so pop down your local wall and make sure you can climb at least grade 5 on a rope.

Cost and Duration: £580 (5 Days)

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Performance Climbing - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseThis 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...........

Experience Required: leading at VS or above.

Cost and Duration: £335 (2 Days)

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Performance Climbing - 5 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseA five day version of our Performance Climbing Weekend this course allows much more time to practice the new skills and techniques. This week is ideal for competent lead climbers who would like to imp...........

Experience Required: Leading at VS or above

Cost and Duration: £680 (5 Days)

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Troubleshooting Techniques - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseSelf Rescue skills for climbers - the course that every rock climber should have been on.?This two-day course will teach you how to get out of those tricky situations that should never arise but all ...........

Experience Required: Some rock climbing outside

Cost and Duration: £250 (2 Days)

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Big Wall Climbing - 2 days

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseIf you're planning a Big Walling trip for the first time, or wanting to fine tune what you've already learnt on your first epic, this weekend is worth its weight in gold. The weekend course is crammed...........

Experience Required: competent multi-pitch climber.

Cost and Duration: £280 (2 Days)

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Rapid Development Clinic (Climbing)

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseNow's your chance to really make some progress as a climber. If you've climbed a little indoors or seen climbers from afar and admired their strength and confidence, this is your opportunity to join t...........

Experience Required: no experience required

Cost and Duration: £2500 (20 Days)

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Super Rapid Development Clinic - Climbing

improving rock climbing technique on a rock climbing courseThis year we had lots of comments and requests asking if we could run a rapid development clinic during the school/college/university holidays, so here it is. Sure, it's a little bit shorter, that's t...........

Experience Required: 

Cost and Duration: £1875 (15 Days)

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BMC discounted courses

 

Can't find what you want?

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 one of the courses listed above 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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Last Minute Discounts

Our Packed and Ready Discounts page always has some incredibe deals on offer. But you'll need act fast to take advantage of these bargains.

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Web-Only Offers

Holidays and Courses that are only available online.

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British Mountaineering Council Deals

Check out the latest rock climbing and hillwalking deals from our partner organisation The BMC.
Now includes a range of subsidised winter skills courses!!!!

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Events & Talks In Our Bar

liev music, talks, lectures and presentationsWe welcome non-residents in our bar and there's always something going on from live music and events to guest lectures and slideshows. Check out what's coming up next here

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BCU STUDENT SAFETY SEMINAR 18-19 OCT

BCU Student Safety Seminar 18-19 OctTwo days of information packed workshops, all you need to know to get your uni club out paddling.

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SUBSIDISED COURSES

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Subsidised CoursesCheck out the latest subsidised courses for DofE volunteers

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THE BIG CHRISTMAS WALK

The Big Christmas WalkAfter last years sell out success we've got another Big Christmas Walk planned for the 13-14 Dec.

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SUBSIDISED WINTER TRAINING

Subsidised Winter TrainingA great opportunity to gain some winter training through the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust

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ACCOMMODATION FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS IN SNOWDONIA

Accommodation For Clubs and Groups In SnowdoniaClimbing Clubs, Cycling Clubs, Canoe Clubs DofE groups or even just a gang of mates? Our handy self catering accommodation units make an ideal base for your adventures.

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THE BIG ACOUSTIC WALK 1-2 NOV 2014

The Big Acoustic Walk 1-2 Nov 2014Join us for another fabulous weekend of walking and live acoustic music.

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FREE OUTDOOR TRAINING

Free Outdoor TrainingWe need people to act as 'mock students' for our qualification courses. Find out more here.

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SUMMER TIME WHITE WATER?

Summer Time White Water?Check out these great summer time paddling venues in North Wales

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TOP TIPS ON LOWERING OFF A BOLTED ROUTE

Top Tips on Lowering off a Bolted RouteBen Lawes gives you his top tips on how to get down from the top of a bolted route.

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SAFETY TIPS FOR NOVICE CLIMBERS

Safety Tips For Novice ClimbersIn our Top Tips section Instructor Louise Thomas highlights some vital safety considerations for novice climbers

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PLAS Y BRENIN CENTRE ASSISTANT SCHEME

Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant SchemeFind out what's its like to be a Plas y Brenin Centre Assistant.

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HOW TO GET YOUR OPEN BOAT GOING

How to Get Your Open Boat GoingA few simple tips to help you get a canoe off the bloack neatly

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READY TO FACE THE MONSTER?

Ready to face The Monster?The Monster, our flagship Road Cycling weekend makes an ideal training platform for a sportif or etape.

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LOOK AFTER YOUR BOOTS

Look After Your BootsOur boots take a hammering so we asked the experts what we could do to look after them

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OUTSTANDING FACILITIES

Outstanding FacilitiesWe make sure everything at the National Mountain Centre is maintained at the highest standard. Check out our facilities page here.

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Up to 75% Funding For Outoor Training

Volunteer leaders can save up to 75% on training and assessment courses with our Future Leaders Fund. Ideal for Scout Leaders, Girlguiding volunteers, DofE leaders, youth workers and university club volunteers.

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Snowdonia Expedition Assessment Service

Plas y Brenin administers the Expedition Assesment Service for Cadair Idris, Rhinogs, Snowdon, Glyderau, Carneddau, Moelwyns and the Berwyns on behalf of DofE Wales.

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