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Alpine Preparation

Course Overview

If you're going to the Alps this year make this weekend in North Wales a part of your preparation. We've designed a two-day programme to fine tune the skills you need out there, from glacier travel, navigation and route planning to using huts, bivouac skills and access issues. You'll also cover essential alpine ropework, learn how to interpret alpine weather and recognise hazards before they become a problem.

Experience Required

some experience of climbing ropework.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Techniques used in Alpine climbing are quite different from those used in British climbing.  Over the course of a weekend spent in North Wales, we aim to introduce you to many of these techniques both in theory and in practice, as well as discussing safe movement in alpine terrain.



Is it for me?



This course is for people who have little or no alpine climbing experience - yet, but who are keen to find out how to get started without leaving the UK.  You must have some experience of the type of climbing ropework used on British crags.  



What we cover



This intensive course makes full use of the weekend, with a mixture of classroom based and outdoor practical sessions.  Course staff, who between them will have years of alpine experience, will guide you through the following areas:



  • Alpine areas, travel, guide books and maps.

  • Navigation & Route choice

  • Glacier travel and crevasse rescue

  • Alpine rope techniques

  • Alpine equipment, choice and use

  • Alpine weather

  • Hazards

  • Using Alpine huts

  • Lightweight bivouac skills

  • Alpine areas suitable to experience

We have our own grounds and classrooms, which we will be making use of this weekend.

Useful Books

  • Alpine Mountaineering by Bruce Goodlad
  • The Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe and Peter 
  • Extreme Alpinism by Mark Twight
  • Scotland's Winter Mountains by Martin Moran
  • High Mountains of The Alps by H. Dumler and W. Burkhardt
*See the excellent Alpine Essentials DVD from the BMC and MCofS*






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 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. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

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 OL17 Snowdon & Conwy Valley 1:25,000 (and OS OL15 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)

  • Harness

  • Karabiners, prussic loops, slings etc.

  • Helmet

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

  • Harness

  • Karabiners, prussic loops, slings etc.

  • Helmet







Customer Reviews For This Course

Great prep for the big peaks

Giles

I took this course as a refresher, having been on a skills and summits week in the Alps the previous year. With hind-sight I would have got more out of my time in the Alps if I'd done the courses the other way round. The Alps are big, and glaciers are a bit full on when first experienced, so I probably didn't take on board as much as I might have done if the key concepts were there already.

However, this course was a really good way to brush up what I'd learned, and cement core skills such as moving together and crevasse rescue (simulated) in a situation where it's possible to ask questions (it isn't when you're at 4000m). All this from a competent and helpful mountain guide. I now feel ready to go back to the Alps this year and try something easy without a guide.

Another great course from Plas y Brenin.


Great! Highly Recommended.

Dean

I booked on to the Apline Prep' course because I wanted skills for an upcoming trip to climb Mont Blanc. I felt this was the ideal weekend course to give me the confidence and skills to transition from UK Summer and winter hills and skills to the Alpine experience.. The course delivered everything! With only four of us on the course, it made for a great personal learning experience. Dave, our instructor, tailored the contents to suit our needs. His relaxed style, along with a wealth of experience had me enthused about alpine mountaineering from the first half hour! Topics covered were: essential rope work - coils, knots, moving together roped. Equipment. Prussiking, crevasse rescue / problem solving. Abseiling. Moving from glacier to climbing and protecting the route whilst moving through. Maps, huts, route and guide books / trip logistics. The learning was all hands- on practical in the Centre outdoor training area, then moving to the hills on day 2 to put the skills in to practice on our mini 'Idwal Alpine Expedition' This was great to see how the rope methods and moving together worked on the ground/ rock. - despite awful weather! Add to this, good, wholesome food; tea and cakes; great ensuite room- and you get an excellent value training package! All in all, A super course to make that next step towards the Alpine mountains. Thanks again Dave.


In Alps this summer - used our skills

Liz Davies

We were very glad of the skills we gained from our Alpine Prep course we did with Dave Kenyon and Paul Warnock. Paul was very thorough and we used much of what we learned (apart from getting out of a crevasse - thankfully as we did not fall in one). The ropework when moving together was much better than last time we were there and our moving together on the glacier much slicker. We still in many ways are beginners but are feeling much more confident now. I can very much recommend it. The only aspect we could not practice on the course was actually building a snow belay. However I do recognise that in summer in Wales that is a difficult thing to achieve.


Pretty much 'on the nail'.

Trevor Brewster

We decided to join two friends on this course (Liz Davis/Pete Carter) as we'll probably be meeting in the Alps this year. I and my wife (Sue Fox) have done some scrambles and 4000ers before at lower grades and felt we needed to hone our skills. The guides (Dave and Paul) were excellent and split us into 'natural' groups. Paul who we worked with mainly was excellent both technically but also socially. I felt that he rapidly identified our strengths and weaknesses (eg that I am a very rusty climber and was glad of the top-rope). I felt that even on this short course there was no hiding place and that he had the dynamics of our two pairs sussed from the start. He was both challenging and supportive but also perceptive.
If there was any criticism (and I am nit-picking)it was that the 'plenary' sessions could have done with a little more managing. Some members of our party were more vocal than others and dominated the sessions. I felt a little sorry for the younger members of the course who didn't get much chance to speak and may have (wrongly) assumed that we were more experienced.
I (we) felt much clearer about some of our practices by the end of the course and from my point of view perhaps have a much more realistic view of my own abilities. I felt I had had a good value weekend both in terms of a learning experience but also good mountain days in good company.


Excellent advice for budding alpinists

David Blower

Tim and Matt really helped me prepare for this summer in the Alps. They took great pains to ensure that we were secure in our new skills and were full of relevant advice. All this was delivered at a pace which ensured that we covered the necessary ground and had all our questions answered. Excellent value for money!!!


The best trip preparation you can do!

Neil Miller

First class course, really boosted my enthusiasm to get out there and put the new skills into practise.


No Country for Old Sheep

Rob Thomas

Day 1
Breakfast conquered we head round to the lecture room for a short safety briefing & introduction to our guide for the next two days. We've been allocated Matt, who takes us off into the sunshine to get aquatinted. We have quick chat with Matt, he give us some tips on books for climbing the Alps, The 4,000 Peaks of the Alps, The Mont Blanc Masif & Alpine Mountaineering by Bruce Goodlad. The pleasantries over we head out onto the lawn for some rope work. Matt hands me a rope & tells me to tie a knot. I ask if a bow will do, Matt laughs, then it dawns on him this welk has absolutely no idea how to tie knots. So I learn to tie a figure of 8, over hand knot, clove hitch (at least my shoelaces will never come undone again). Anyhoo, we spend the first part tying knots, fastening our harness & feeding through rope. You might think it would be tedious but actually it was kinda interesting & of course essential if you don't want to fall to your death in the Alps.

Next follows some crevasse rescue on the crevasse strewn lawn. There is a heck of lot to learn, but the lawn is a dangerous place, glaciers even more so, so it may well be this saves our life one day. First Jo needs rescuing so I set the anchor, tie on my French Prussic, then my Clemheim which I slide down to my damsel in distress. I come up with a handy guide to remembering, the Prussic, being French can retreat along the rope, the Clemheim being German only advances. Anyhoo, I hook up this complex pulley system & Jo is safely back on solid ground. Jo returns the favour by saving my life a couple more times before lunch.

After a quick pitstop we're out to put our training to the test on the local mountains. It's a quick drive, quick trot & we're at the base looking up the near vertical rock face we're about to ascend. I say near vertical as its clearly not vertical so not too daunting, that is until we start our climb. It's pretty tricky, lots to remember as we each have jobs, belaying, retrieving anchor points from the rock face while pushing on up the increasingly serious climb. Funny how much more important a foothold is at 100m up as oppose to ground level. Quick rest at the halfway point before belaying Matt on the second pitch. We dutifully follow soon after & other than Jo's grunts reminiscent of our ice climb we make a pretty good fist of it. We carry on scrambling, climbing & a bit of rope work before summiting the peak. Views are spectacular as the day remains glorious. We make our way back down the path (I suppose we could have gone up the path & not bothered with all the climbing malarkey).

Day 2
Short drive to the already fairly busy parking area, then head off into the wilds. It's another absolutely glorious day, clear skies, brilliant sunshine & warm temperatures. I'm sure this is all pretty grim when the weather turns so we're going to make the most of this rarified heat wave. Trot along the path, by the side of the lake, then climb up to higher ground. The scenery really is stunning in every direction, dramatic & wild but green & pleasant at the same time. We're followed up the steep path by a couple of tourists thinking we could be good unofficial guides, that is until they see us climbing into our harness & tying up to our ropes & they head back down. We're off for a scramble first up, not too tricky but tricky enough to be glad you're attached to someone. After about 45 mins we reach the top & it opens out into a big grassy field, or rather a crevasse infested glacier as we practice for the Alpine, skipping across streams as we go. Next we come to a quite formidable rock face, giant slabs of granite jutting up from the hillside, so up we go. To be fair it's mostly a scramble, albeit a steep, high scramble. The climb ebbs & flows in difficulty & precariousness until we make it to the next grassy area where we enjoy a nice little walk before the final climb. This is a craggy escarpment with shards of sharp rock along a narrow ridge. We make a quite passable attempt at it & although none of us fell to our death, it was pretty hairy at times. Loose shingle, disappearing footholds & exposed ridges to climb prove quite a challenge to novices as ourselves. Matt on the other hand makes everything look ridiculously easy as his telescopic legs bound over sections that we're about to tremble over. However, we all make it to the peak in one piece, well three pieces actually

As we settle down to our packed lunch Matt breaks the news to us that this isn't actually the summit of this mini mountain, it's an hours trek along the ridge. Thing is we can trek to the summit but we'll have to head straight down, whereas if we head down now we can do some more crevasse rescue & abseiling, we opt for the latter. About half way down Matt sets us up with our pretend Alpine rescue, this time we're tucked down the bank to add to the realism. Fortunately Matt leaves it at that rather than breaking limbs & administering frostbite. We take it in turns to rescue each other, I'm down the back so long I begin to think that Jo & Matt have eloped but we both make it out alive, eventually. Next up its time for a spot of abseiling where Jo "I've done everything" Malster jumps at the chance to be first up & off our little 50m cliff. Both safely down it's time for a spot of afternoon tea & final chance to chat to our affable guide. Matt asks if there's anything we haven't covered, I suggest a spot of hang gliding wouldn't go amiss as I gaze towards the not inconsiderable trek back to the car. Alas no so we hike down the last couple of kms, which actually goes in no time as we chat along the way.


Of sheep & men

Joanna Thomas

Day 1
Breakfast conquered we head round to the lecture room for a short safety briefing & introduction to our guide for the next two days. We've been allocated Matt, who takes us off into the sunshine to get aquatinted. We have quick chat with Matt, he give us some tips on books for climbing the Alps, The 4,000 Peaks of the Alps, The Mont Blanc Masif & Alpine Mountaineering by Bruce Goodlad. The pleasantries over we head out onto the lawn for some rope work. Matt hands me a rope & tells me to tie a knot. I ask if a bow will do, Matt laughs, then it dawns on him this welk has absolutely no idea how to tie knots. So I learn to tie a figure of 8, over hand knot, clove hitch (at least my shoelaces will never come undone again). Anyhoo, we spend the first part tying knots, fastening our harness & feeding through rope. You might think it would be tedious but actually it was kinda interesting & of course essential if you don't want to fall to your death in the Alps.

Next follows some crevasse rescue on the crevasse strewn lawn. There is a heck of lot to learn, but the lawn is a dangerous place, glaciers even more so, so it may well be this saves our life one day. First Jo needs rescuing so I set the anchor, tie on my French Prussic, then my Clemheim which I slide down to my damsel in distress. I come up with a handy guide to remembering, the Prussic, being French can retreat along the rope, the Clemheim being German only advances. Anyhoo, I hook up this complex pulley system & Jo is safely back on solid ground. Jo returns the favour by saving my life a couple more times before lunch.

After a quick pitstop we're out to put our training to the test on the local mountains. It's a quick drive, quick trot & we're at the base looking up the near vertical rock face we're about to ascend. I say near vertical as its clearly not vertical so not too daunting, that is until we start our climb. It's pretty tricky, lots to remember as we each have jobs, belaying, retrieving anchor points from the rock face while pushing on up the increasingly serious climb. Funny how much more important a foothold is at 100m up as oppose to ground level. Quick rest at the halfway point before belaying Matt on the second pitch. We dutifully follow soon after & other than Jo's grunts reminiscent of our ice climb we make a pretty good fist of it. We carry on scrambling, climbing & a bit of rope work before summiting the peak. Views are spectacular as the day remains glorious. We make our way back down the path (I suppose we could have gone up the path & not bothered with all the climbing malarkey).

Day 2
Short drive to the already fairly busy parking area, then head off into the wilds. It's another absolutely glorious day, clear skies, brilliant sunshine & warm temperatures. I'm sure this is all pretty grim when the weather turns so we're going to make the most of this rarified heat wave. Trot along the path, by the side of the lake, then climb up to higher ground. The scenery really is stunning in every direction, dramatic & wild but green & pleasant at the same time. We're followed up the steep path by a couple of tourists thinking we could be good unofficial guides, that is until they see us climbing into our harness & tying up to our ropes & they head back down. We're off for a scramble first up, not too tricky but tricky enough to be glad you're attached to someone. After about 45 mins we reach the top & it opens out into a big grassy field, or rather a crevasse infested glacier as we practice for the Alpine, skipping across streams as we go. Next we come to a quite formidable rock face, giant slabs of granite jutting up from the hillside, so up we go. To be fair it's mostly a scramble, albeit a steep, high scramble. The climb ebbs & flows in difficulty & precariousness until we make it to the next grassy area where we enjoy a nice little walk before the final climb. This is a craggy escarpment with shards of sharp rock along a narrow ridge. We make a quite passable attempt at it & although none of us fell to our death, it was pretty hairy at times. Loose shingle, disappearing footholds & exposed ridges to climb prove quite a challenge to novices as ourselves. Matt on the other hand makes everything look ridiculously easy as his telescopic legs bound over sections that we're about to tremble over. However, we all make it to the peak in one piece, well three pieces actually

As we settle down to our packed lunch Matt breaks the news to us that this isn't actually the summit of this mini mountain, it's an hours trek along the ridge. Thing is we can trek to the summit but we'll have to head straight down, whereas if we head down now we can do some more crevasse rescue & abseiling, we opt for the latter. About half way down Matt sets us up with our pretend Alpine rescue, this time we're tucked down the bank to add to the realism. Fortunately Matt leaves it at that rather than breaking limbs & administering frostbite. We take it in turns to rescue each other, I'm down the back so long I begin to think that Jo & Matt have eloped but we both make it out alive, eventually. Next up its time for a spot of abseiling where Jo "I've done everything" Malster jumps at the chance to be first up & off our little 50m cliff. Both safely down it's time for a spot of afternoon tea & final chance to chat to our affable guide. Matt asks if there's anything we haven't covered, I suggest a spot of hang gliding wouldn't go amiss as I gaze towards the not inconsiderable trek back to the car. Alas no so we hike down the last couple of kms, which actually goes in no time as we chat along the way.


An Excellent Instructor

Zoe O'Connell

We booked a bespoke two days for three of us to get some essential skills in as we're planning on corssing the Marmolada Glacier in Italy later this year.

There was some trouble with the booking, in that the instructor did not receive the information about what we were after

Having said that, the instructor we had was first rate. The kit we had purchased, whilst suitable for the Italian Alps, was not heavyweight enough for a scottish winter so we were able to borrow the right equipment to avoid any problems early on.

Getting on the mountain, he knew exactly what skills we would likely need, was able to put them in context and then explain & demonstrate those skills at the right pace, making best use of our previous climbing, via ferrata and canyoneering experience.

It was a very educational and thoroughly enjoyable two dates and has definitely given me the incentive to do more winter mointaineering - not just in Italy, but in Scotland too!


Sunshine, Scrambling and Balvenie

Anna van Oordt

Despite an ominous forecast of torrential rain all weekend, we were blessed with glimmers of June sunshine and glorious views over Anglesey as we scrambled up a rock face near Tryfan - recreating the necessary rope skills needed in the Alps. Stu did a fantastic job of setting the scene as we walked across an "Alpine Glacier" although the sheep were a giveaway!

On the first day, when it did bucket it down, time was well spent practising crevasse rescue techniques inside, looking at the different types of carabiners used, talking about kit, knots, slings, ropes etc.

The course managed to pack in a lot of invaluable info in such a short time and being able to put the talking bit into practice on the last day was great. After a hearty meal and some warming whisky, I slept like a baby. The book recommended - Alpine Mountaineering - by Bruce Goodlad is well worth a read.


Hood Fun and Well Worth It

John

Excellent weekend with a small group of like minded participants. I wanted to understand crevasse rescue, in particular, which when demonstrated made so much more sense than reading the text books.

In addition, had an excellent scrambling day practising moving 'alpine style'.

Tim's knowledge and enthusiasm is second to none.

Thanks

John


Superb course and great value for money!

Chris Bunney

I was amazed how much we fitted in to two days! Tim is a very experienced climber and Alpinist and an excellent tutor - thanks Tim!

We covered all the practical background on day one at PyB and on the dry ski slope (interspersed with advice on Alpine logistics and tactics over tea and cake!) The alpine ropework and crevasse rescue was especially useful. Prussiking up a rope suspended from the "canopy" was also good fun!

We then put it all together on day two doing an alpine style traverse of Cneifion Arete. A very enjoyable day - even if it was cold, raining and misty!

The food and accommodation at PyB are superb and the staff are all super-friendly! This course is very good value for money! We feel ready for our first Alpine excursion in July now! Thanks!


Awesome!

Peter Golledge

Thank you PYB and Phil Dowthwaite for a fantastic prep to the Alpine environment. You nailed this on the head with great classroom discussion and practical teaching and demonstration with patience to deal with a slow learner! I never thought that a plastic ski slope could double as a heavily glaciated environment and the crevasse rescue whilst anchoring off a light fitting was awesome! Yearning for more, eager to get back to the Alps but even though my Kleimheist and French Prussiks are proificient I want to stay above those nasty crevasses! Thanks Phil and PYB for a top course. I will return!


A Wonderful Weekend!

Will Shaw

As someone who is actively going to the alps in the next couple of years I thought this course was an amazing introduction to the skills and thought processes involved for such a trip.

I had a wonderful weekend, the trainers, facilities and other applicants were amazing! I will be using plas y brenin for all my future courses.


Thanks for a great time everyone

Gabs

Hi All,

Just wanted to say that it was really good to meet you all and I really enjoyed the course. Thanks especially to Tim and Stu for being great guides.

I learnt a huge amount this weekend - coming from a purely sport climbing background, most of the rope work was new to me but it was taught in a a really good (and patient!) way. Lots of practise needed.

Cheers and have a great Summer,

Gabs


Outstanding tutors and centre

Jonathan Ellis

I arrived at PYB with no pre conceptions. I had obviously researched a bit on the web but I was unsure of what to expect. I was hoping that the course would cover what I needed it to but was unsure as to how it would be covered comprehensively given the lack of ..Alpine. conditions. I was genuinely shocked at what fantastic value the whole experience was. I left feeling that I could not have chosen better course content that fitted my personal goals and experience. The facilities and catering were a lot nicer than I expected and I felt comfortable during the whole stay. The food in particular was really good.

I was also surprised at the quality of the hire kit and received some great help and advice both from the stores personnel and my instructors.

I will definitely be coming back to PYB for further courses and have enquired about lodging there for future trips to Snowdonia. I will highly recommend the course and PYB centre to anyone who asks.

Last but not least I would like to say a big thank you to both instructors, Simon and Rocio. Like all good teachers their knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious and they were always approachable to for questions. We spent most of our technical training with Rocio and the whole group agreed she was a fantastic guide and tutor. She was clear and concise in every instruction and was able to quickly apply all the theory to situations she had personally encountered. We all thought her ability to draw on her obvious experience and apply real life context made it a lot easier to understand the instruction and retain the knowledge learnt.

Great weekend. Thanks


Up a level

Stuart Elliott

This course enabled us to appreciate our 10 years of British mountain experience and gain some great expertise from the supreme skills of Plas y Brenin staff. We are now ready for the Alps and we know it!


Brilliant course

Alastair Cartwright

I thoroughly enjoyed the course....although i have several Alpine seasons under my belt I still felt I learnt a lot, unlearned some bad habits and gained some good ones!
The crevasse rescue practice was the most useful to me as although I had read it in books, I was quite aware that I wasn't entirely sure how it would work if one of my mates fell into a crevasse. Now I've practiced it I am confident I could rig something up should the worst happen!
Perfect combination of classroom and outdoor activities.
All of the instructors were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and a jolly nice bunch.
Would recommend the course to anyone and will happily come back for some further training - maybe big walls next!
Thanks for a great weekend.


If only all learning experiences could be like this!

Ian Cooper

As ever, the PyB experience was superb! I was there with two friends/climbing partners in preparation for a trip to a Arolla, also with PYB, in July.

The instructors - Simon, Paul and Andy - were brilliant (Simon, did I spell that right?). In particular, Paul, who took the three of us for all of our outdoor-based activities, was fantastic: knowledgeable, sympathetic to our ambitions and existing skills, open to discussion, keen to stretch us but easy to learn from. And we learned loads.

The food at PyB is legendary and continues to be so.

In short, we were well taught, well fed, well watered (particularly pleased to see an expanded range of single malts behind the bar!) and well fired up for our trip to the Alps. Thanks again.


Exceeded expectations!

Donna Falconer

I have just returned from the course and can honestly say I thought it was excellent. I not only learnt some invaluable skills, but also had great fun too.

It was a very good balance of practical teaching sessions, trying things out for real on the hill, and useful information sharing sessions, where I found it extremely useful to ask the tutors questions about their experience in the Alps.

Our guide Andy was excellent, and instilled a real confidence in me, and also the new knowledge and skills I have aquirred will also add to that confidence building no end.

I now feel very much more prepared and excited about my summer alpine holiday I have planned.

Finally I just want to say I thought all the guides/tutors were fantastic, full of knowledge, and fun to be around.

I may be back soon for another course!!

Thanks,
Donna




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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....



What's On In Our bar?

Our friendly and lively bar is open to the public. From talks and lectures to film nights and live music, there's always something going on. Find out what's coming up next here



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.




Weather Forecast, Tides and Surf Conditions

Find out what the weather's doing in North Wales over the next five days.



Adventure Map


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.