Performance Rock Climbing

This course is designed for established young climbers (aged 12-17 years) who aim to climb harder, longer, and safer. We'll focus on improving your climbing skills, technique, and safety with highly qualified instructors.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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If you’re a young climber looking to up your game, this course is the missing ingredient you need. Whether you want to enhance your ropework or boost your physical performance, we’re here to help. Our experienced instructors will guide you on boulders, crags, and various rock types in North Wales, providing you with a diverse set of climbing skills and techniques. Working in small groups ensures you’ll receive personalized attention and assistance in choosing the right adventure level for you. We’re committed to pushing your climbing abilities, refining your technique, and ensuring your safety at the crag.

The Objectives

By the end of the course, you can expect to:

  • Safely navigate bouldering
  • Master route selection
  • Conquer single and multi-pitch climbing
  • Gain proficiency in advanced ropework
  • Learn to manage your descent from the crag
  • Develop self-reliance and essential crag skills
  • Understand lead climbing safety
  • Enhance problem-solving skills
  • Focus on training and improving movement skills
  • Acquire hazard awareness and problem avoidance expertise in diverse climbing environments.


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During this course, you can look forward to covering a wide range of skills and techniques. Some of the key areas we’ll explore include:

  • Bouldering Safely: We’ll teach you how to boulder safely, giving you the confidence to tackle challenging problems.
  • Route Selection: Learn the art of route selection, an essential skill for climbers.
  • Single and Multi-Pitch Climbing: Master the techniques for both single and multi-pitch climbing, extending your capabilities.
  • Advanced Ropework: Gain proficiency in advanced ropework, a crucial aspect of climbing safety.
  • Getting Yourself Off the Crag: Learn the techniques and strategies for safely descending from the crag.
  • Self-Reliance / Crag Skills: Develop self-reliance and essential crag skills to navigate various climbing situations.
  • Lead Climbing Safety: Understand the principles of lead climbing safety, a fundamental skill for advanced climbers.
  • Problem Solving: Hone your problem-solving skills to overcome challenges on the rock.
  • Training and Improving Movement Skills: Focus on training and improving your movement skills, which are essential for climbing efficiency.
  • Hazard Awareness: Develop a keen sense of hazard awareness and problem avoidance in different climbing environments.

Experience Required

You should already be a confident outdoor climber or have attended a Young Person’s Rock Improvers course.

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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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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.