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Discover Rock Climbing for Families

Course Overview

Become 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 fundamental climbing techniques, take a close look at climbing equipment, and get to grips with ropework and safety skills.
This course gives you a taste of what rock climbing is all about. Using the excellent local cliffs our instructors will get you climbing, show you what gear you need and how to use it and put you on the right route to becoming a rock climber. We supply all the necessary technical equipment so all you need to bring with you is enthusiasm.Children from aged 8 and above with an adult.
Previous experience - none.

Children from aged 8 and above with an adult.

Previous Experience Required

none.

Cost per adult: £ 220

Cost per child: £ 180



Scheduled Dates

22 Jul - 23 Jul 2017

05 Aug - 06 Aug 2017

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2017




Detailed Course Notes

Children should be 8 years old or above to attend this course.

Who is it for?

The course is for anyone who wants a fun and educational introduction to rock climbing. You will look at the essential skills to get you started. You don’t need any previous experience, or need to be a gymnast, just be keen to have some fun and do some climbing.


Course Content



We feel it is very important for you to progress at your own pace. Therefore we carefully select climbs that suit your aspirations and ability. Our high staff to guest ratio allows us to do this. Each morning the course staff will decide on a venue which is best suited to the weather conditions and the group. Our programme is flexible and over the weekend we intend to look at the following areas:



  • Bouldering (short climbs on boulders used to develop technique)

  • Introduction to simple ropework

  • Belaying (controlling the rope for the climber)

  • Single pitch climbs

  • Abseiling

  • Use of technical equipment


  • Safe descents

  • Joining the BMC

  • Where do I go from here? - after the course



What's Included In The Price?

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch
    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free wifi access
    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


Accommodation For This Course / Holiday

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.

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 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

Please bring your child's car seat/booster seat with you for use in our minibuses, this is so not only is your child comfortable but safe during any journeys and ensures we comply with the law regarding seat belts.


All your meals are included but you may find that your child will need regular snacks in order to keep their energy levels up throughout the day, so we recommended bringing some of their favourite snacks with you.





Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides for 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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