"Climbing 350m in a day was a daunting prospect in the morning, but by 2pm Jack had already smashed it "

It can be incredibly rewarding knowing you've taken the 'hard' way to a summit and experience a more physical way of exploring the mountains. On this course, one of our experienced mountaineering instructors will guide and teach you the skills you need to head off and explore the steeper side of mountains. This course is also an excellent introduction to summer Alpine rope work.

What you'll learn...
  • Mountaineering Rope work
  • Moving together 
  • Route finding
  • Abseiling
  • Weather interpretation 
  • Mountain grading systems
Who's it for?

This course is for experienced and physically fit hikers looking to challenge themselves further in the hill or climbers looking to transfer already known skills into mountaineering. Some prior scrambling or climbing experience is desirable. Course is open to 16+ 

Kit Needed:

All climbing kit is provided, a full kit list will be sent prior to starting the course.


Our normal start time and meeting point is 9:00am at Ogwen Cottage in the Owgen Valley. Most of the crags are within walking distance, however occasionally we use some further away which are best suited for the course. Your own transport is advantageous however sharing lifts and car pooling can be arrange if we visit a slightly further away location. We will advise you if your instructor is planning on using a location further away before starting the course.

How to book:

Select the 'Book Privately' button below and we will run this course completely private and bespoke to you, on the date you request. The calendar shows all our availability, just simply selected the date and book in! Your course will run consecutively from that date. 

If there isn't a date available please don't hestitate to Contact us and im sure we can sort somthing out for you. We need a min of 2 people to run this course successfully! Therefore bookings are made for 2 people attending. 


We keep a very close eye on the weather at all times. If its just looking a little damp, overcast or showery the course will go ahead as normal and most of the time its never as bad as met office makes out! We are experts at finding dry and suitable areas to train you and our local knowledge is second to none. If however the weather is looking terrible for the duration of the course then you will be given the choice of re-booking onto another session later in the year and we will prioritise your booking over any new ones we receive.

We will supply you with all the necessary climbing equipment you need such as harness, helmets, rope and racks etc. You will need to bring suitable clothing for being in the mountains and a rucksack with food and water in. We will send you a full kit list once you've booked in. If you are struggling for anything please let us know as we can always help sort kit out!

Open Courses

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  • Saturday 27th July, 2024

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  • Saturday 24th August, 2024

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  • Saturday 21st September, 2024

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  • Saturday 19th October, 2024

Booking Options

  • Book Privately

    Click the button below to show our calendar of availability and have us all to yourself! If you can't find a date available just contact us! 


Instructors and insurance

All our staff are qualified and assessed by the Mountain Training Association and have years of coaching and instructing experience and all participants are covered for all activities via our public liability insurance.

Gift cards / Course bundles

Our Gift Vouchers make perfect presents to celebrate a birthday, Christmas and any other special occasion!

We also offer course bundles which allows you to Gift card more than one course to your loved one.

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How to Find Us

The Snowdonia National Park is a Mountaineer's and Multi-pitch climbers playground. We love being in the mountains and getting to share our experience with you in this stunning place is a privilege. We normally start this course in the Ogwen valley as we have access to a whole variety of amazing multi-pitch venues within a short walking distance from the main carpark.

01538 300174


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National Trust Bwthyn Ogwen, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda LL57 3LZ