Climbing Courses in Snowdonia & North Wales
North Wales and Snowdonia have an amazingly rich and diverse concentration of climbs - long scrambles, classic mountaineering routes, adventurous sea cliffs, bolted sports routes plus single and multi-pitch cragging. Our climbing courses cover all these mountaineering and climbing activities and we can instruct these skills at all levels.
The climbing instruction we provide ranges from short taster sessions where you will have the opportunity to climb and abseil over the course of a day, through multi-day courses designed to help you lead your first rock climbs to performance climbing coaching for more experienced climbers looking to break through a physical or psychological barrier.
North Wales has so many different areas to visit and each venue offers not only a different environment, but the differing rock geology in each area makes specific physical and psychological demands on the climber
Thus one day you can be pinching quartzite flutings next to the sea at Gogarth, another roadside cragging at Tremadog on dolerite that demands confident footwork and the next doing a classic pitch high up in the Llanberis Pass on rugged, pocketed rhyolite.
An added benefit of the North Wales area is that many micro-climates exist, so whilst bad weather may be affecting the central Snowdonia area the outlying cliffs of Tremadog, Pen Trywn or Gogarth can be bathed in sun.
The following pages on this website will outline the variety of climbing instruction that we can offer, however these are just outlines and we are more than happy to build custom courses that meet your specific requirements. If you are unsure which course is the most appropriate for you or if you have a specific agenda in mind that you do not see advertised here, please get in contact and we will work out a suitable itinerary for you.
A precis of some of our most popular rock climbing courses is set out below - just follow the title links for full details.
Climbing Taster: A great introduction to rock climbing for the adventurous or a fast and effective method of learning the basic skills involved in climbing for those taking looking to start climbing. This is one of the shorter courses that we run and normally lasts between 4 and 8 hours.
Learn to Climb: A more comprehensive version of our Climbing Taster course. The Learn to Climb course is a complete introduction to climbing that will aim to give you the core skills and knowledge so that you can start climbing independently and safely.
Climbing Outside: Climbing instruction for those who have some indoor climbing experience and want to increase their skill set so that they can start climbing outdoors safely. The nice thing about our base in the Snowdonia National Park is that there are multi-pitch, sport and traditional routes within easy access. Thus this course can also teach you the skills needed to climb any type of route.
Learn to Lead: It often feels intimidating to make the transition from seconding to leading your own climbs, especially when you have mainly climbed indoors. This rock course will give you the skills and confidence to make that step in a safe environment, often with an instructor on a separate rope alongside you.
Sea Cliff Climbing: This course will give you the extra skills and confidence to overcome the extra objective difficulties that are likely to encountered when attempting sea cliff routes.
Guided Climbs : Guided rock climbing can be organized for virtually any climb or route in North Wales and Snowdonia - we can guide you to the best and most memorable climbs in the region and help you climb the routes that you have always wished to do.
Performance Climbing Coaching : This course focuses on movement, footwork and tactics for saving energy whilst climbing whether leading or seconding. It also covers the psychological aspects of climbing near your limit.
Advanced Rope Work and Self Rescue Techniques: Learn how to get yourself, your partner or even another team out of trouble safely and using just the kit you would normally carry.
Climbing Courses in Southern Spain
The Southern Spanish province of Andalucia is covered in amazing crags and the perfect location for a rock climbing holiday. El Chorro is justifiably famous, but there are many other crags worthy of attention; the sandstone cliffs of Tarifa, the stamina limestone routes of Grazelema, the pinnacles of Torcal and the caves of Archidona. Not to mention the extensive climbing at Loja, Villanueva del Rosario, Turon and Cahorros.
The Rock Climbing Company can offer personalized climbing instruction, performance coaching and guiding at all these sun rock holiday venues.
Our normal climbing bases are Villanueva del Rosario, and the world famous venue 'El Chorro'
Villanueva del Rosario lies in the hills 35km north of Malaga. This pretty mountain town hosts a vast range of crags with many routes of all grades from 3 to 9b+. Some crags are within walking distance and most of them are only a 10 min drive. Multi pitch, sport or trad - we have it all close by.
The area has an unusually long climbing season because of its position in the hills - too hot and you can head up high where there are north facing crags; too cold or cloudy and you can normally escape to the valley or sea level crags that are bathed in sun.
Excellent crags such as Archidona, Loja, El Torcal de Antequera are only 15 to 30 minutes drive. The popular El Chorro is about 40 km away. Some of these crags are relatively unknown to British climbers, they are partially featured in the Rockfax El Chorro guide and David Munilla Escalada en Andalucia.
The Rock Climbing Company offers the following services:
A variety of self-catering accommodation in the climbing areas we operate from: Andalucia, Catalunya and Picos de Europa.
Transport to and from the airport and to the crags
We can arrange equipment hire when it is available
Rock climbing instruction, coaching and guiding by arrangement. Silvia is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and holds the Mountain Instructor Award.
Spanish tuition. Silvia is a native Spanish Speaker and a qualified Modern Languages Teacher.
You can choose whatever suits your budget or particular needs.
A precis of some the most popular courses is set out below - follow the links for full details. There are no set course itineraries because everybody's requirements are different. We will try to offer you the tuition you want at the correct pace in the best environment.
Climbing Taster : A great way of trying climbing for the first time and perfect for families on holiday - we will show you how to use the core pieces of climbing equipment and then do lots of great climbs. We can also show you how to abseil.
Learn to Climb Courses: A comprehensive introduction to climbing for beginners that will cover all of the key skills and techniques needed to start climbing independently and safely. All the climbing areas where we teach in Spain and North Wales have sport, traditional and multi pitch climbing so that you can learn a full range of climbing skills.
Climbing Outside Courses: outdoor climbing for those who have some indoor climbing experience and want to learn the extra techniques necessary to start climbing outdoors safely. This course can also teach you the additional skills needed to climb multi-pitch routes. The advantage of doing this course in Spain is that the weather is normally drier, warmer and more reliable than the UK.
Learning to Lead Climb: it can feel intimidating to start leading your own climbs, especially when you have mainly climbed indoors. This rock climbing course will give you the skills and confidence to make that step in a safe environment with an instructor on a separate rope alongside you.
Performance Climbing Coaching : this climbing course looks at movement, footwork and tactics for saving energy whilst climbing - whether leading or seconding. It also covers the psychological aspects of climbing near your limit. The climbing on this course is normally on bolted sports routes.
Bouldering - Spain : this is a flexible course and can include equipment , transport and accommodation with or without coaching, guiding and spotting. We normally base this course at Villanueva del Rosario or El Albarracin. We have good quality mats for hire (old style BD Dropzone and DMM Highball)
Advanced Rope Work and Self Rescue Techniques: we will look at the techniques and skills necessary to get yourself, your partner or even another team out of trouble safely and using just the kit that you normally carry.
Climbing Courses in the North of Spain
The Rock Climbing Company has now a base in north of Spain
We can offer rock climbing, mountain days and adventure activity holidays with accommodation in a nice refugio.: Call de Merolla hut. This is located in south part of the Eastern Pyrenees and about 90km north of Barcelona
In this beautiful, unspoiled area of Catalunya you can discover and practice every rock climbing and mountaineering discipline; sport and trad climbing on single or multi pitch routes plus some excellent via ferrata. There is also loads of some great mountain biking and trekking.
The climbing is on both limestone and granite and there is a huge variety of settings, so whether you want an afternoon adventure activity with your friends and family or some long days in the mountains we can arrange an adventure for you.
Full details of the Coll de Merolla refugio can be found at their website here