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Niels Ernst-Williams's Profile


Area of responsibility


Significant outdoor qualifications

  • Winter ML
  • SPA
  • CWLA
  • UKCC/BCU Level 1
  • PGCE (Secondary Science)

Currently working towards MIA (assessment for September 2015) and IML (summer assessment August 2015).

Area of work at Plas y Brenin

On the 'Instructor Scheme' working to develop and broaden my experience of outdoor work, with a focus on mountaineering and rock climbing.

Sporting highlights

Any day that involves sun, adventures and a nice place is great - especially if the people are fun to be around. I'd choose the adventure over the grade, but sometimes doing harder stuff means having a more exciting time and it's always satisfying to claw your way to the top at the end of an onsight knowing that you pushed it exactly the right amount. Onsighting King Wad (E5 6b) ticks the box, but so does Fiesta de Los Biceps (7pitch f7a in Riglos) with circling vultures and a cloud inversion, the Cassin route on the Cima Piccolisima (VII-/E2) as a team of three - two of whom were suffering from hefty food poisoning, Fantan B (a very esoteric 200m HVS on the Lleyn) in the sun with nobody but my other half and an army of seals around, or even hanging out in a sunny Fontainbleau climbing nothing hard as a big team.

Favourite destination

Gogarth, Catalunya, Stanage and the Cromlech.


People who do cool things and have a conscience. Sun, views, interesting wildlife, keen partners and no midges.

Next Adventure

Some assessments and the Dolomites in July. Gogarth this afternoon.

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Adventure Sports
Coaching Conference

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Scottish Winter Courses 2018Starting January 2018, our Scottish Winter courses are timed to make the most of the incredible wint....


Winter WarmersAs the nights begin to draw in and the temperature starts to drop, Plas y Brenin are pleased to offe....


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BMC Women Outdoors Week 5-15 Aug 2017Come and get active for the BMC's Women Outdoors Week here at Plas y Brenin. We have talks, activiti....

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Adventure Sport
Summer Camps (Age 12-17)

Summmer Camps For Young People Aged 12-17Young climbers, mountaineers, paddlers and mtb riders aged 12-17. Develop your outdoor skills with our top coaches on one of our residential summer camps.

Enhanced Learning Credits

Enhanced Learning CreditsThe Enhanced Learning Credit Administration Service offers funding for armed forces personnel. Plas y Brenin is able to accept ELCAS funding for a few specific non residential courses.

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Working alongside UCLan
to educate
outdoor professionals

University Of Central LancashireFind out how we are working with one of the country's top universities to develop lasting careers in the outdoors.