Big Wall Climbing
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Big Wall Climbing

  • Climb
  • Advanced
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If you're a competent rock climber and are planning a big walling trip for the first time, or want to hone skills you've already learned, this weekend course is for you.

You'll get practical instruction and advice on aid climbing techniques, hanging stances, hauling and sleeping on the wall; delivered by our experts who are highly qualified climbing instructors experienced in big wall climbing. They will share their in-depth knowledge of big walling with you in the controlled environment of the climbing wall. You'll then progress to local crags where you'll put what you've learned into practice, ready to get the most from your trip. As they're so passionate about what they do, they'll add that personal touch too by helping you plan your trip using their first-hand experience, so you can get the most out of it.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

- We’ll cover all of the technical aspects of big wall climbing, from equipment to managing long traverses and crossing roofs.
- You’ll get a chance to pick the brains of a Plas y Brenin instructor about your big wall trip and have a chance to discuss your plans with an expert.
- You’ll have two days of practical learning both in the Plas y Brenin climbing wall and on any number of the great crags for which the area is famous.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

We'll begin in the controlled environment of the climbing wall, and progress to local crags once the basics have been mastered. We intend to cover the following areas

:Basic aid climbing techniques

Stance management, and fixing ropes

Jumaring - a variety of systems

Hauling systems

Pendulums and tension traverses

Pegging and de-pegging

Marginal gear - mashies, rurps, sky hooks, beaks

Bivouacking skills with and without portaledges

A review of Big Wall areas

Our staff will help you plan your trip, with first hand experience and advice. All our staff are dedicated climbers and have a great depth of knowledge of Big Walling. They're qualified and experienced in teaching climbing at all levels, and will be keen to pass on their knowledge to you.

Experience Required

You should be an experienced climber capable of leading VS or above. As the ropework is often complex, you should have a good understanding of basic ropework.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you to achieve your goals so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and home-cooked food are part of the deal if you've booked accommodation with us. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. What’s more, we have a wide range of specialist equipment that’s available for you to borrow if you don’t have your own.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

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*If your course is based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, residential prices include catering from the morning of your course start date and cover the duration of your course, accommodation starts on the night before your course commences to the morning of the last day of your booking.

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