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Top Tips From Plas y Brenin Instructors and Coaches

Hillwalking Top Tips

Identifying Wild Flowers

by Mike Raine

Identifying wild flowers can be very frustrating and is certainly not as easy as just taking a book with you and lying down in the grass for a while. .......

Using a compass in wet, windy or snowy weather

by Simon Colley

Navigating in very windy, snowy or wet conditions can make things more tricky. Here are a few tips I use to help our students improve their technique........

Using a GPS as a Navigational Aid

by Carlo Forte

A GPS should never be thought of as an alternative to a map and compass but they are an extremely useful additional tool. Here are a few points that a.......

Top Tips for International Trekkers

by Simon Hale

Senior Instructor Simon Hale offers a pile of invaluable tips for those planning on trekking in the high mountains of Europe........

Packing a Daysack

by Baggy Richards

A few simple, small and lightweight additions to your day pack could make your time in the mountains more pleasant, enjoyable and safe Here are some .......

Winter Navigation

by Carlo Forte

Even if you have good summer navigation skills, harsh winter conditions can bring unforeseen complications and complexities that make navigation trick.......

Tent Care

by Nikwax

If you've not had the tent out since the end of last summer, here are a few tips to get it ready for a summer of trouble-free camping, plus a few idea.......

Footwear Care Part Two

by Nikwax

Leather, suede or nubuck are all natural materials and need a bit of TLC. Regular cleaning, re-proofing & conditioning helps extend the life of your f.......

Footwear Care Part One

by Nikwax

Once a year or so give all your boots & outdoor footwear an overhaul to keep them in tip top condition, so they last for years. In part two, we'll.......

Cleaning & Reproofing Waterproof Clothing

by Nikwax

Modern waterproof clothing is both waterproof and breathable. It will either have a membrane (like Gore-Tex) or a coating (e.g. PU) on the inside of t.......

Managing Your Map

by Jen Parker

A map is your primary aid to navigation, yet half the time it gets left folded up in the sac - until you really need it! Taking time to prepare it so .......

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Environment Symposium For Mountain LeadersThe 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leaders and Mountaineering Instructors wil....


New Autumn Fast Track Instructor Scheme Option AddedWe've added another option to our Fast Track Instructor Scheme. Until now, the course has always run....


Fast Track Instructor Scheme<br/>Open DaysJoin us for a free information day on May 1st and find out how the Fast Track Instructor Scheme can ....


New Mountain Bike Courses LaunchedCheck out our new range of mountain bike courses designed to help you improve your skills fast.....


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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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