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Multi-Pitch Climbing Introduction

Location:

Snowdonia

Cost:

£195 per person

Duration:

2 days

Max. Ratio:

1:2

A great opportunity for people with a little climbing experience to immerse themselves in climbing history and savour the views from the mountains as you discover climbing on longer routes i.e. multi pitch climbing!

On the course, you will learn the additional skills needed to be safe and enjoy the adventure of multi pitch climbing. Over the two days we will tackle some classic Snowdonia mountain routes at a grade suitable to you. Don’t worry if the weather is bad, as we have a few cunning places that are at a lower altitude and invariably escape the rain yet give awe inspiring climbing.

Course Dates

Sat 3 & Sun 4 Aug Course full
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sep

Bespoke Dates and Locations

If there are two or more of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of this course, but there are no suitable dates available or you would prefer the course in the Lake District, Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig,

Course Format

The course will be flexible to get the most learning out of the prevailing weather conditions. Below is a rough outline of the course.

Day 1

Introductions, us, you and the course before heading outside to a local crag.

  • Equipment and how to use it.
  • Basic skills recap.
  • Guidebooks, route selection and the magic arts of route finding.
  • Communication on the crag
  • Climbing a multi-pitch route.
  • Running belays and use of protection.
  • Environmental concerns.

17:00 Close

Day 2

9:00 Crag Venue 2

  • Carrying equipment on harnesses.
  • Head games and the psychology of fear
  • Anchoring to the rock face.
  • Stance management.
  • Retreating from routes – planned and unplanned!.
  • Double rope techniques
  • Protecting traverses

16:00 Debrief and Close

Equipment Required

The fee includes the use of ropes and all training materials. Whilst we encourage you to use your own gear if available, we are happy to loan any other equipment that you may need e.g. helmet, harness or boots, free of charge just let us know on your booking form. A suggested kit list together with handy tips and links to instructional videos is in the Joining Instructions.

Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!) We give some suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Introduction to Multi Pitch Climbing Joining Instructions.
The BMC booklet New Rock Climbers is highly recommended. It can be downloaded here

The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) for climbing schemes contains lots of useful information. It is:
Rock Climbing, essential skills & techniques. Libby Peter.

Accommodation Options

All Beyond the Edge courses are non-residential to allow you to select between thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Snowdonia and the Lake District from uber luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.

N Wales:

Popular options (apart from the club huts) close to Capel Curig include the the Tyn y Coed Hotel www.tyn-y-coed.co.uk/ in Capel Curig, Youth Hostels and the Dol Gam camp site www.dolgam-snowdonia.co.uk/ which benefits from being within walking distance of a pub.

Useful sources of other options are the Snowdonia Tourist Information www.snowdonia.org.uk or Betws-y-Coed tourist information www.betws-y-coed.co.uk

If you are struggling to find something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.

Fitness/Training

You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and a good general fitness is quite sufficient. If you are concerned, a small amount of upper body exercise prior to the course will allow you to focus more on the incredible views and learning than on willing tired arms onwards and upwards. This might be from general gym work or a few visits to the climbing wall.

Making a week of it

Many people ask if we run multi pitch climbing weeks. In simple terms, yes. Without a doubt this is the best way to experience the magnificent mountains that we are blessed with in the UK as it allows a variety of different styles of crag to be experienced, from quiet high mountain crags to café side test pieces. On our week courses, generally at least one day will be spent covering the skills and equipment required for harder scrambles. Please contact the office for more details.

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