What is SheClimbs?

As a National Outdoor Centre, one of our aims is to encourage more women to get active in the outdoors. SheClimbs is a weekend event here at Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig to bring together women who are beginners and intermediates from all over the UK.

We are inviting those with an interest in climbing who wish to improve or enhance their skills with like-minded individuals. This exciting event will consist of climbing workshops, short films, inspiring speakers, brands, and more, to get you immersed in the climbing world and help you develop your skills!

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What Does the Weekend Involve?

SheClimbs begins on the evening of Friday 16th August and we're kicking the event off with the Brit Rock Film Tour! The film tour will offer a stunning lineup of the best climbing and adventure films from the UK.

Saturday 17th will see a day of exciting climbing courses with our expert instructors and freelancers. Courses will take place in a variety of beautiful locations throughout North Wales, plus in climbing walls including Plas y Brenin, Indy and Beacon. Saturday will give you the opportunity to get social with a range of cool brands, followed by dinner, inspiring talks and the chance to wind down in our bar area.

Sunday 18th will see a day of more climbing, concluded with a talk here at the centre and a raffle!

The full event schedule and brand/speaker information will be available soon...

Take up climbing or develop your skills

Mix with climbing professionals and brands

Meet other women in the climbing community

What Courses Are On Offer?

Over the course of the weekend, we have a range of Plas y Brenin instructors and freelancers to show you the ropes! We have multiple courses in climbing and mountaineering for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

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Two-Day Climbing Courses

9 am Saturday – 5 pm Sunday

Introduction to Multi-Pitch Climbing

1:2 Ratio     Intermediate     Offsite

Learn to multi-pitch climb on classic North Wales crags! In this introductory course you will learn how to belay a lead climber, how to become a competent second, learn what to do at stance, explore route finding, and learn crag descents. 

Learn to Lead Climb

1:2 Ratio     Advanced     Offsite 

Are you a competent second and want to take the next step? Learn the intricacies of gear placements, belaying, and managing ropes. You’ll also learn about rope finding and crag descents.   

Improvised Rescue

1:4 Ratio     Intermediate/Advanced     Offsite

Solve potential problems while climbing! In this course you will cover useful skills such as tying of a belay plate, simple hoists to help stuck climbers, prussiking and escaping the system.

Indoor to Outside Climber

1:6 Ratio     Beginner/Intermediate     Offsite  

Are you a regular indoor climber who wants to progress outdoors? This one’s for you! Apply your indoor skills to the outdoors crag and learn about gear and rope set ups to become independent at single pitch crags. 

Introduction to Sea Cliff Climbing

1:2 Ratio     Intermediate     Offsite

Want to experience the beauty and challenges of a new environment, climbing above the sea? In this course we’ll be covering ways to approach sea cliffs, identifying routes from above, setting up from the top, abseiling in, understanding tides and other hazards e.g. swell. Climbing cool routes is a definite! 

Introduction to Climbing

1:6 Ratio     Beginner     Offsite

Come and try rock climbing in a safe supportive and fun environment! We’ll cover all the foundation skills and knowledge for becoming a climber. You will learn to belay safely, tie knots, read the rock and have fun.  


Two-Day Mountaineering Courses

9 am Saturday – 5 pm Sunday

Introduction to Scrambling

1:6 Ratio     Beginner     Offsite

Are you a keen hillwalker that wants to take the next step into more challenging terrain? Learn how to move through the mountains on graded ground, gain confidence in route finding and grasp good foot work.

Advanced Scrambling

1:2 Ratio     Intermediate     Offsite

Take your scrambling up a level! Learn the skills to tackle grade 3 scrambles by understanding how to move safely in steeper terrain and using a rope when needed to give you the confidence to explore the mountains.   

Alpine Prep  

1: 2 Ratio     Advanced     Offsite

Thinking of heading to the alps. Want to gain confidence in rope techniques that will help you have an amazing and safe time in the alpine terrain. This course is for you.   


One-Day Courses

Saturday OR Sunday 9 am – 5 pm

Technique and Movement (Bouldering) with Emma Twyford and Dave Evans

1:4     Saturday     Outdoor bouldering / Beacon Climbing Wall (weather dependant)

A fantastic opportunity to be coached by a world-class climber. Looking at movement skills using bouldering indoors/outdoors. Emma Twyford has been climbing for 27 of her 34 years. From the age of 10 she enjoyed competing, became British Bouldering Champion and represented Team GB till the age of 24! Emma was the first British woman to redpoint 9a with an ascent of the Big Bang, she has also on-sighted numerous 8as. She is one of very few women to have head pointed E9 and has also flashed E8 on trad. In 2019 she turned to Alpine climbing making the first British ascent of Camilotto Pelissier(8a/+) in the Dolomites.

Technique and Movement (Bouldering) with Katherine Schirrmacher and Danielle Griffith

1:4     Sunday     Outdoor bouldering / Beacon Climbing Wall (weather dependant)

Here you will look at movement skills using bouldering indoors/outdoors. This is a fantastic opportunity to be coached by Katherine Shirrmacher who has 20 years of experience writing training plans for GB competition climbers and coaching people to their first E5s and helping people through injury. Katherine has also climbed sport 8a, bouldered 7c and trad E7. Danielle has coached the GB National Development Squad and Welsh Team. She is a really enthusiastic and dynamic coach, who is passionate about developing people’s climbing. What a great opportunity to be coached by two highly experienced coaches!

Mental Performance with Katherine Schirrmacher and Danielle Griffith

1:4     Saturday     Sport Climbing Venue

Want to improve your head game? A great opportunity to learn the tips and tricks that help you progress as a climber.  

Mental Performance with Emma Twyford and Dave Evans

1:4     Sunday     Sport Climbing Venue

Want to improve your head game? A great opportunity to learn the tips and tricks that help you progress as a climber.  

Guided Multi-Pitch with Lou Beetlestone

1:2    Saturday   

A great opportunity to climb some of Snowdonia’s classic multi-pitch rock climbs. 

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What’s included in my ticket?

We have two ticket options available: SheClimbs Residential Pass and SheClimbs Food Package (Non-Residential).

Both residential and non-residential passes include the below:

  • Access to the Brit Rock Film Tour on Friday night
  • Your choice of 2 one-day courses or 1 two-day course on Saturday and Sunday
  • A goodie bag from our partners and sponsors!
  • Access to our brand meet and greet and evening talks on Saturday evening
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Saturday), breakfast and lunch (Sunday), plus try the infamous Plas y Brenin cake!
  • Access to our onsite showers and drying facilities
  • Entry into our SheClimbs Raffle
  • Travel to and from your climbing courses if they’re offsite

As well as the above, your residential pass includes two nights’ accommodation onsite here at Plas y Brenin to make your stay convenient and comfortable.

How much does a ticket cost?

Residential Package (Single Room with Food) – £295

Residential Package (Twin Room with Food) – £255

Food Package (Non-Residential) – £230

Can we swap the workshops that we are booked onto?

We have a range of courses from beginners to advanced which you can choose from when booking, please choose carefully to ensure you are happy with the course choice. Once booked we are unable to offer any swaps, if you are unsure of which course is right for you please give us a call or email.

What’s included in the food package?

Both residential and non-residential tickets include food from Saturday breakfast through to Sunday coffee and cake. Please note that the food packages do NOT include food on the Friday evening, however our lounge area will be open if you wish to order anything.

Am I able to use kit from Plas y Brenin’s stores?

If you have your own rack and other climbing equipment please do bring it along. For those without their own kit, we can provide it from our stores free of charge.

What accommodation options are there?

At Plas y Brenin we have a range of onsite accommodation which can be found here. Please note you can choose your accommodation option when booking via Ticket Tailor.

We also have a 4 bed and a 3 bed family room available to select on Ticket Tailor. Please enquire separately if you wish to book a family ticket by emailing info@pyb.co.uk or calling 01690 720214.

Who is SheClimbs for?

SheClimbs is an event for women ranging from complete beginners through to those that are advanced. We welcome everyone who identifies as female or non-binary to take part.

Will there be a designated quiet space during the event?

During SheClimbs we will have a dedicated ‘quiet space’ for you to go to if you would like some time away during the Friday or Saturday evening.

If you have any access requirements or questions, please email our Bookings Team at info@pyb.co.uk.

What happens if I can no longer attend the event?

Terms and Conditions apply, please see our website for further details: https://pyb.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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