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Performance Climbing Summer Camp For Young People

Course Overview

If you're an established young climber and you'd like to get more out of your climbing, this course could be the missing ingredient! Whether you'd like to improve your ropework or concentrate on your physical performance we'll develop your climbing. This course is designed to enhance your technique. Our experienced coaches will help you to discover new skills that in time will allow you to climb harder, longer and safer.

Experience Required

Confident climber or attended rock improvers course.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 12-17 years old to attend this course.

This course is designed for keen young climbers aged 12-17 years old to spend a week with like minded people. You will spend 5 days climbing under the guidance of our experienced instructors. Whilst climbing is a priority throughout, we aim to give your climbing direction and ambition, helping you to discover new skills which may allow you to tackle longer, more challenging multi-pitch routes.


Is it for me?


You should already be a confident climber or have attended a Young Persons Rock Improvers course. Weather permitting, we will spend all our time advancing your ropework skills and improving your route climbing ability.


What we cover


We will coach you on the boulders and crags, to develop your ability and efficiency in all aspects of climbing. By climbing on different rock types (North Wales has more than anywhere else in the world!), you will build experience and judgement and expand your repertoire of techniques. Traditional climbing in adventurous places will be a theme throughout.
In a bit more detail, the course may include some of the following:

  • Bouldering safely

  • Route selection

  • Single and multi pitch climbing

  • Advanced ropework

  • Getting yourself off the crag

  • Self reliance/ crag skills

  • Lead Climbing Safety

  • Problem solving

  • Training and improving movement skills

Also during the course you will learn about hazard awareness and problem avoidance in the different environments that you will climb in.


All our staff are qualified and experienced coaches with infectious enthusiasm for the activities. They are experienced in teaching at all levels and most importantly, they have lots of experience helping people choose the level of adventure right for them. Small groups allow us to give you individual attention.


Don't forget to return your Consent Form signed by your parent or guardian, available to download here.


If you are staying with us:


Arrival


Please aim to arrive between 5.30pm-8.00pm and get your parent or guardian to sign you in.


Our bar is open throughout the afternoon and will be serving bar meals from 5.00pm if you would like to enjoy a meal with your parent or guardian before the start of your week.

 

At 8.00pm Helen Barnard our Duty Instructor will welcome you, provide a familiarisation tour and fire safety information.  You will then receive your room key, meet your roommate and settle in.
If you are travelling by train then we will collect you from the station at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. Please arrange collection in advance by completing the relevant section on the parent/guardian form.  Try to get a train as close to these pick up times as possible so you don't have to spend time waiting around at the railway station. If you are being picked up from the station at 9.30pm we will arrange a separate welcome briefing on arrival at the centre.


Departure


On the final day of your course please arrange to be collected between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. Before you leave the centre, please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.


If you are travelling by train we will drop you off at the station after your course; an instructor will accompany you to your train. Please do not book a train that is leaving Llandudno Junction before 6.30pm as we cannot guarantee to be there in time for earlier trains.


Daily Routine


Breakfast is from 8.00am; packed lunches can be collected during this time. Please make sure that you are up and dressed ready for breakfast.


On the first day everyone will meet at 9.00am for a briefing with the Duty Instructor and to be introduced to your course director and instructors.


You will then be on activity for the rest of the day.


Dinner will be at 5:30pm and the evening activity sessions will commence at 6:30 to 8:30pm.  Once you have finished your evening activity session there will be time to get changed ready for some hot chocolate, toast, fruit and cereal at 9.00pm. 


The evening activity sessions will range from a choice of bouldering, paddling (canoe or kayak), climbing wall, stand up paddle boarding, tubing and table tennis. 


It is important that you have plenty of rest/sleep during your stay ready to make the most of the activities.  Therefore we want you into your bedrooms and lights out by 10:30pm.


Any problems day or night there is always someone at reception happy to help.



If you are coming in each day:


You will need to arrive at 8.45am so you have time to be signed in by your parent or guardian and then be ready to meet your instructor at 9.00am on the first morning and 9.15am for the rest of the week. You'll be back from activities by 5pm each day and can be collected by your parent or guardian then (please ensure they sign you out).


There will be more activities from 6.30pm-8.30pm which you are welcome to stay for, if you do please arrange for a parent or guardian to collect you at 8:30pm (again please ensure you are signed out). If you choose to stay for the evening activities you can either bring a packed tea or you can book and pay to have dinner in advance with reception.


Make sure you don't forget to bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink each day and if you are staying later a packed tea (or booked and paid for dinner).


Before you leave the centre each evening please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.


If there are any problems, there is always someone at reception happy to help.

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
    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 have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is will be in the main house in a comfy en-suite room which you will share with other young people of a similar age and on the same or a similar course. All bed linen and towels are provided, however if you are on a kayaking or mountain adventure course you will need to bring an extra towel with you.

During the week there is always a member of staff around during the day and overnight incase you have any problems.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be allocated after the welcome meeting on your arrival evening. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10.00am. Your bags will be stored securely until you depart and there will be showers available at the end of the day if you need them.

Also included if you have chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, three course evening meal and evening snack at 9pm. 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 5.00pm until 8.45pm.

If being dropped off at the centre by a parent or guardian on the evening of your arrival please aim to arrive between 5.30pm-8.00pm.

If you are travelling by train then we will collect you from the station at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. Please arrange collection in advance by completing the relevant section on the parent/guardian form. Try to get a train as close to these pick up times as possible so you don't have to spend time waiting around at the railway station.

On the last day of your summer camp please arrange to be collected at 5pm. If you are travelling by train we will drop you off at the station after your course; an instructor will accompany you to your train. Please do not book a train that is leaving Llandudno Junction before 6.30pm as we cannot guarantee to be there in time for earlier trains.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

By Road: Capel Curig is on the A5 (London to Holyhead Road) and the Centre is about 400 metres from the village along the A4086. From the North take the M56, A55, A5 or A470. Traffic congestion is sometimes heavy on the roads in holiday periods

By Train: You need to get to Llandudno Junction Railway Station. Many trains depart from London, with connections from other parts of the country at Crewe and Chester.

RAIL ENQUIRY NUMBER: 08457 484950

If you are coming in each day:

You will need to arrive at 8.45am so you have time to be signed in by your parent or guardian and then be ready to meet your instructor at 9.00am on the first morning and 9.15am for the rest of the week. You'll be back from activities by 5.00pm each day and can be collected by your parent or guardian then (please ensure they sign you out).

There will be more activities from 6.30pm-8.30pm which you are welcome to stay for, if you do please arrange for a parent or guardian to collect you at 8:30pm (again please ensure you are signed out). If you choose to stay for the evening activities you can either bring a packed tea or you can book and pay to have dinner in advance with reception.

Make sure you don't forget to bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink each day.

Before you leave the centre each evening please make sure your parent or guardian has signed to say they are collecting you.

If there are any problems, there is always someone at reception happy to help.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Essential Items


  • Warm outdoor clothing comfortable for climbing in such as

    • Tracksuit or walking trousers (not jeans or heavy cotton)

    • Tops - long and short-sleeved (ideally not cotton, poor insulation properties, thermal tops are ideal)

    • Fleeces/warm tops (not cotton)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Outdoor footwear (shoes you don't mind getting muddy)

  • Warm hat, gloves/mitts, sun hat/cap

  • Trainers and a set of clothes for evening activities that can get wet

  • Swimwear - you may get an opportunity to do a water based activity in the evening

  • Large towel

  • Drinks bottle - 1 litre

  • Lunch box/bag

  • High factor suncream (min factor 30)

  • Midge Repellant

  • Rucksack liner (3-4 bin bags is fine)

  • Sandals/flip flops or spare shoes for wearing around centre

Suggested Items


  • Flask

  • Torch (head-torch is best, don't forget batteries!)

  • Small amount of cash

  • Notebook and pen

  • Camera

  • Book, games etc. for the evenings when you're not on activities

If you already have these items please bring them however, all of these are available to borrow from our stores free of charge.


  • Harness

  • Rock shoes

  • Rucksack

  • Chalk bag

We have an excellent drying room, where clothes should dry overnight if wrung out and hung carefully, but do bring a few changes. Our shop stocks various items such as chocolates, sweets, books, rucksack liners and batteries.


If you are using this course for your Gold Residential for the Duke of Edinburgh's award, don't forget to bring your e-dofe number with you.



Customer Reviews For This Course

Superb Week

Max Taylor

Absolutely fantastic week. The thing that really makes the week is the experience of the instructors. We had Dave R as our instructor and he had so much knowledge of the area. The weather forecast looked grim for the week but Dave managed to find the areas of dry rock on every single day. We could also show him a picture of any climb in north wales, or point out a random bit of rock on the side of the road and he could tell us the name of the climb and how good it was to climb. If you are thinking of doing this course, then definitely do it! I am certainly coming back next year.


Absolutely Fantastic Week!

Amber Dijkhuizen-Sands

This was my thrid year at Plas y Brenin, and my second time on the performance climbing course. Even though i had been on the same course before the second time was not at all repetitive or boring. The courses are all tailored around you as one or two days in to the week you and your climbing partener are teamed with an instructor to do any level or style of climb you wish.

The instructors we had - Dave Evans, Dave Rudkin, Simon and Keith - played a massive part in making our week as great as it was! Unfortunately, Dave R had to leave half way through the week but nonetheless it was still very enjoyable and im sure i'll be seeing him next year as i'll definitely be going back for my fourth time!(:

The food, the activities, the rooms, the freedom and the people we met were all fantastic. On my course there were six girls and no guys, but we had loads of time to 'socialise' in the evenings!

We had brilliant weather all week except on thursday when it rained in the morning so all the rock was wet for the whole day. We climbed at Tremadog for a bit, but in the afternoon we went back to the brenin and we got to swim in lake;)

Anyone who is thinking on going on this course i would honest to god book it up every time! It could easily have been one of the best weeks of my life with all the action and all of the new friends i have made!


fab time

Connor Byrne

Had a fab time, thanks to the instructors Dave, Stew, and Ruth. Thanks for the help with hand jamming!!

I really think you need a hot chocolate machine.

The route I did were:-

Upper Pentrwyn -Mumbo Jumbo
Tears for Souveners

Idwal Slabs - Original Route

Gargarth Carstell Helen- Lighthouse Arete
Pel
Tremadog-Christmas Curry
Striptese

Castle Inn Quarry

But I am having trouble finding the routes I did e.g. can you tell me the grades and how long they were , And what the 4 routes I did at Castle Inn Quarry were especially the 6c (I think it was a 6c anyway) that I top roped.

see you all next year


Experience of PYB

Douglas Duncan

I attended the performance climbing course at PYB during my summer hoilday in 2008. It was my second time at PYB both times were amazing every day was fun dispite it raining almost everyday. The few days of outdoor climbing I got are amounst the best experiances in my life. If you are considering going to this course I urge you to. I was concerned that the course might be too easy and be bored or too hard and be unable to keep up but the instructors were able to teach at seemingly anyone regardless of their level of climbing.

I think that the best part of the course was the instructors. All of the adults working with my group were amazing. Their knowlage of nearby geography was awesome. if their is a patch of dry rock within 50 miles they will find it. I was particularly inpressed by the instructor Paul. He taught me and one other boy in my group. He was friendly and didn't speak down to us, that was a really big relief and made it far easier to learn from him. I hope he is my instructor next year also. After having him teach me I have taken steps to become a climbing instructor myself. Finally there's the people you will meet, everyone finds a group there was no exclusion all the groups easily mixed at night when we got a chance to just hang out in someone's room. I made friends at the place who I still talk too everyday and we all plan to go on the same week. I have no doubt that from this group I will find perminant climbing partners and friends.


I'd just like to say that I can't think of a single thing I would like to change about the place and the courses. It was without a doubt the best week of my life and I hope to be going every year until I am old enough to teach climbing to others and perhaps work there myself.


Carwyn Davies

Thoroughly enjoyed the week - as usual all the instruction was excellent. The only disappointment was the weather, but short of going to Spain that cant be helped! Food and accommodation was great, as was the amount of freedom - on a lot of courses I have been on elsewhere evening activities are more or less compulsory, which can be a bad thing. I think the best thing about the way the courses are run is that they can be at whatever level they need to be for the individual - especially with such great instructors.

There are a few of my random thoughts on the week, hope they are helpful!

See you at the crags,
Carwyn




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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