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Silvia Fitzpatrick - Rock Climbing Instructor













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Rock Climbing Company - About

Silvia Fitzpatrick on top of Archidona crag in Spain


The Rock Climbing Company offers mountain activities for people of all ages and level of experience. We run our courses in Snowdonia, North Wales and in many locations of Spain, such as Malaga, Barcelona, Asturias and Chulilla. The company and climbing courses are run by Silvia Fitzpatrick and her team of fully qualified instructors.

The mountain guides and rock climbing instructors teaching in our courses are all active climbers we have known and worked with for a long time. They are all fully insured and qualified to the appropriate level by the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and the Mountain Training Association in the UK.

Silvia and her team of instructors hold the MCI -Mountain and Climbing Instructor certificate along with ML -Mountain Leaders- RCI -Rock Climbing Instructor- and MIC qualified instructors.

Silvia spends several months in Spain running the Spanish climbing courses whilst co-ordinating and supervising the team in North Wales.

Silvia herself is a mountaineering and climbing Instructor who has been climbing all over the world at a high level for more than 30 years.

In Spain, Silvia works with a small group of instructors - James from the UK, Fran from Barcelona, Marina from Chulilla, Miguel from Seville, Rafa and Ursula from Malaga.

Silvia belongs to the Association of Mountaineering Instructors reg number-ID:24350and the Mountain Training Association, reg number--ID: 53114.These are the representative bodies for professionally qualified mountaineering instructors in the British Isles and promote good practice in mountaineering instruction. It is not fast or easy becoming a climbing instructor - if you want more details there is a breakdown on the time and effort needed at "How to become a Climbing Instructor" .

Silvia is also qualified as a Physical Education and Modern Language Teacher and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.

Silvia's climbing CV includes:

• Several successful summits in Patagonia including the first female ascent of the amazing Cerro Fitz Roy. Many alpine classics such as the Bonatti Pillar (before it fell down!), the Walker Spur and the North Face of the Eiger. Silvia also made an early repeat of 'The Fish' in the Dolomites.

• In the UK her trad achievements include many classic E5s such as Right Wall, Positron and Hunger in North Wales; Black Magic and Darkinbad in North Devon; A Grey English Morning and Headhunter in Pembroke. In 2006 she pulled off her hardest leads on natural gear by doing Mammoth Direct (E5/6) and Alien (E6) on the Main Cliff of Gogarth.

• Silvia was the south American champion in 1988Silvia was the British Female Indoor Climbing Champion in 1994 and a member of the British Competition Climbing Team from 1993 to 1995.

• In sport climbing, she has climbed over 50 routes graded 8a and above in locations throughout Europe, UK, Asia and Australia. She has recently red pointed her hardest sport routes: El Oraculo (8b) in El Chorro, Spain and Golpe de Calor (8a+) in the Chilam Balam cave in Villanueva del Rosario, Spain.

Silvia on cover on Desnivel

In June 1994 the Spanish magazine Desnivel published an article on Silvia when she put up a new 8a in the Pyrenees. It was at this time that the local climbers gave her the nickname' Fanatic Patrick because of her enthusiastic determination to climb as much as possible.

The British climbing magazine 'Climber' printed a profile of Silvia in 2007 shortly after she red pointed El Oraculo (8b) on the amazing Makinodromo wall at El Chorro.

PDF of Climber Magazine Profile of Silvia

Silvia is sponsored by and gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:

DMM - very fine climbing equipment and great ropes




Boulering at Rosario


Simon Marsh is the technical advisor and supports the Rock Climbing Company with the logistics. He has also been climbing over 30 years, is ML and RCI qualified and a director of climbing equipment manufacturers DMM and Helix Tactical in Llanberis, North Wales.

Simon is also a director of the Ground Up guidebooks, which researches and publishes rock climbing information and guides. This depth of knowledge gives us a really solid base to build instructional courses from. Simon researched and wrote parts of the North Wales select guide and has written the Main Cliff section for the Gogarth North climbing guide.


Silvia Fitzpatrick and Simon Marsh in the hidden bouldering area of Villanueva del Rosario in Andalucia

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