Alpine Preparation

Fine-tune the skills you need in the Alps so you’ll be fired up and ready to go when you arrive.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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So you’re planning a trip to the Alps this year? Why not have a weekend with us in North Wales with an IFMGA Mountain Guide as part of your preparation before you go? We’ll spend time in the mountains on similar terrain to that you’ll find out in the Alps (except glaciers!) to master essential skills like moving together. Aiming to give you the confidence to get out to the bigger Alpine mountains and enjoy it.

Who’s This Aimed At?

You should have some experience of mountaineering and, or climbing in the UK in summer and winter, where basic ropework and snowcraft has been learnt. Expect plenty of steep ascent and descent – being ‘mountain fit’ will help!

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What Your Course May Look Like

Every course is unique as we tailor each one to the team and the weather, but this should give a flavour of what you might get up to: 


  • Informal welcome chat with our staff and your course members;
  • Essential alpine ropework – taking and tying off coils;
  • Crevasse rescue – hauling a partner;
  • Prusiking up a rope (to escape a crevasse);
  • Glacier travel;
  • Planning; interpreting alpine weather, using huts, preparing for a bivvy;
  • Back to PYB for tea and cake!


  • Navigation and route choice on a scramble;
  • A mountain journey using various rope techniques; 
  • Consolidation of rope skills from previous day;
  • Back to PYB for more tea and cake, and a fond farewell!

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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Expert Tuition

You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.