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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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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.


SCOTTISH WINTER COURSES 2018

Scottish Winter Courses 2018Starting January 2018, our Scottish Winter courses are timed to make the most of the incredible wint....



WINTER WARMERS

Winter WarmersAs the nights begin to draw in and the temperature starts to drop, Plas y Brenin are pleased to offe....



ENVIRONMENT SYMPOSIUM FOR MOUNTAIN LEADERS

Environment Symposium For Mountain LeadersTaking place on 11th-12th December, the 2017 Plas y Brenin Environment Symposium for Mountain Leader....



PEAK PERFORMANCE FOR PLAS Y BRENIN PADDLING TEAM

Peak Performance For Plas y Brenin Paddling TeamWe are delighted to announce that we've launched an exciting new partnership with kayak clothing man....



BMC WOMEN OUTDOORS WEEK 5-15 AUG 2017

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.



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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.