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Single Pitch Award Training

Course Overview

A two day training course based on the SPA syllabus. You must be registered on the Single Pitch Award scheme with Mountain Training prior to attending this course and have the required experience.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites for the training course

Mountain Training (MT) strictly requires that all students are registered prior to commencing the course. They will not recognise completion of the course by non-registered participants. Ensure your DLOG (online logbook with Mountain Training) is fully completed with your experience. Before attending the training course you should have led at least 15 climbs outdoors, where the protection is leader placed.

Course content

The two day course closely follows the syllabus of the scheme. In particular it will look at practical skills and techniques required when leading and supervising groups in climbing at single pitch venues, concentrating on areas that the board feels it is difficult for candidates to learn on their own. The programme may be revised at short notice to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Single Pitch Award syllabus.

During the course, different crag locations will be visited, appropriate to the topics covered. In addition, there will be a number of local sessions using the excellent facilities of the centre and grounds to introduce new techniques.

The two days are generally split into the following areas:

  • Group management
  • Knots and their application
  • Anchors and how to attach to them
  • Handling the rope
  • Communication and organisation on the crag
  • Abseiling
  • Use of climbing walls
  • Personal climbing

In addition, there will be evening classroom or centre based sessions, covering some of the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus.

We intend to look at the following areas:

  • Access and Conservation
  • Professional Codes and Ethics
  • Historical issues

Useful Books

  • Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)
  • The Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe and Peters
  • Complete Guide to Rope Techniques by Nigel Shepherd

Reading magazines is also a good way to keep abreast of current issues in the climbing world. For further information, refer to the BMC - Summit magazine and website

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
    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

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal climbing clothing

  • Rockshoes

  • Harness

  • Belay device

  • Prussik loops

  • Helmet

  • Chalk bag

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Approach shoes or similar

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Rucksack

  • Personal first aid kit

  • MT Logbook and registration for award

Plus for SPA Training you will also need:

  • Climbing rack (or any hardwear you have)

  • Walking boots

Plas y Brenin will provide all ropes for use during the course. If you plan to climbing in your free time you will need your own ropes.

At this level we expect students to have most of their own equipment. It is possible to borrow the following items from our equipment stores:

  • Rockshoes

  • Harness

  • Belay device

  • Helmet

  • Chalk bag

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Rucksack

  • Walking boots

  • Climbing rack

Customer Reviews For This Course

Very good, inspirational course

Patrick Hanlon

Had an awesome weekend. I learned more than I thought I could over a weekend, and the enthusiasm of the instructors was infectious. I feel inspired to get out there and develop my own personal climbing, as well as develop the skills required to help others in there climbing experience's.

Good value

Luke Philbrooks

The course was extremely useful, the instructors, simon and dave were very professional but also very fun, and made the whole experience very enjoyable, i will definitely be doing my other mountain training at plas y brenin

A very good course

Richard Grimes

A very good course delivered well. Difficult with the weather but pitched at the right level. Many thanks.

Not found what you were looking for?

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 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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