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North Wales Mountaineering Intro

This 3-day Mountaineering Introduction Course is a fun and friendly course to kickstart your mountaineering journey. This course is key to learning the skills you need to begin to scramble in the mountains using a rope on grade 2 and 3 scrambles. The course will be delivered by a qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) who will guide you through all the skills you need to scramble on steeper terrain. This is the perfect next step in terms of progression from all those hill walks.

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    Duration

    3 days

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    Start Location

    Capel Curig, North Wales

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    Date(s)

    Spring and Autumn

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    Price

    From €650.00

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Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This trip takes place in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Snowdonia is world renowned for its rugged landscape, Welsh culture and tons of amazing mountain terrain, including Wales’ highest mountain - Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). We'll be staying in the northern part near Capel Gurig.

During the 3 days we will cover the following topics.

How to plan a day out climbing in the mountains, what equipment you need and how to use it, maps, guidebooks and the grading system, techniques to move over rock, route finding and risk assessment, using a rope for ascent and descent, how to use climbing equipment, how to build a climbing belay and emergency procedures.

The skills and experiences you'll pick up from this trip will open your eyes to the wonderful world of mountain exploration. Whether this kicks off a new passion of rock climbing, a fascination of rope work, or just a general hunger for more mountain adventure, this trip will leave you grinning ear to ear and full of new inspiration.

If you think this might be a bit basic for you then check out our North Wales Alpine Prep Course here. Perfect for improving and preparing for big mountains like the Matterhorn or the Eiger.

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Introduction

To join this course you will need some hillwalking experience and the desire to push your comfort zones. Previous scrambling or climbing experience is useful but not essential, a good level of fitness will ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

This course is designed for those of you that have a desire to start your mountaineering journey and are not sure where or how to take the first steps. If you think this might be a bit basic for you then check out our North Wales Alpine Prep Course here. Perfect for improving and preparing for big mountains like the Matterhorn or the Eiger.

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    3 days

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    Start Location

    Capel Curig, North Wales

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    Date(s)

    Spring and Autumn

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    Guide Ratio

    1:2

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    From €650.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

Kit & equipment required for this adventure

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

Harness and helmet can be rented locally for £10 per item. For the full downloadable North Wales Mountaineering Intro kit list please click here.

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Finer Details

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

We always go through the plan for the course as well as the current weather and mountain conditions when you arrive. You will get the opportunity to meet your guides and you can ask any questions and go through your kit.

What's Included?

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What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

april 2023
1 Date
Depart

Fri 14 Apr, 2023

Return

Mon 17 Apr, 2023

Availability

1 spot available

may 2023
1 Date
Depart

Fri 12 May, 2023

Return

Mon 15 May, 2023

Availability

3 spots available

june 2023
1 Date
Depart

Fri 23 Jun, 2023

Return

Mon 26 Jun, 2023

Availability

4 spots available

september 2023
1 Date
Depart

Fri 15 Sep, 2023

Return

Mon 18 Sep, 2023

Availability

4 spots available

october 2023
1 Date
Depart

Fri 20 Oct, 2023

Return

Mon 23 Oct, 2023

Availability

4 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

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Our 5 star base

Set in the heart of the stunning Snowdonia National Park, this cosy, family run, 5 star hostel sits just off the A5, the main artery of Snowdonia. Nestled underneath Moel Siabod and peeking over the River Llugwy, it is quietly tucked away in the ancient mountain village of Capel Curig.

Super clean and cosy rooms, lounge areas and a big self-catering kitchen make this a perfect 'home from home'. Single rooms are subject to availability and need to be requested far in advance.

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    Duration

    3 Nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Shared Dormitory

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    Food

    Continental breakfast included

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Adventure Itinerary

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Arrive anytime today. If you're heading down to Snowdonia after work, no problem, we can accommodate late arrivals. Overnight in the Rocks Hostel.

  • Day 2:
    Let's get straight into it

    Get to know your instructor over a breakfast briefing before heading straight out into the mountains. Today might be your first taste of mountaineering, or it may be a refresher to revisit some previously learned skills. Either way, we'll be heading out for a full day where we will cover the specifics of mountain adventure; planning, using safety equipment, climbing techniques and skills, and what to do with technical climbing gear. Once tired out we'll retreat to our cosy base at the Rocks Hostel.

    Distance: 10-15km Elevation: 700 - 900m +- Time: 7-9 hours

  • Day 3:
    Progression day

    We'll meet at 9am and get cracking straight away. Today we'll take what we learned yesterday and look to move forwards. We'll focus on the basics of abseiling, speeding up our technical skills and progressing our overall climbing movements. By the end of this day you will have consolidated yesterdays skills and will feel like you understand more of the techniques needed to be a mountaineer. Back to the Rocks Hostel for a well earned rest.

    Distance: 10-15km Elevation: 700 - 900m +- Time: 7-9 hours

  • Day 4:
    Your best work

    Today we put the last two days into practice on a bigger route in the mountains. For this day we often head to a classic route like Cneifion Arete, East Ridge of Y Gran or Clogwyn y Person Arete and push your comfort zone while guiding you through all the necessary skills. The trip ends once we're back down in the afternoon and you can make your way back home or on to your next adventure. You should now feel ready to consider the Alpine Prep course and / or some alpine objectives like Mont Blanc for example.

    Distance: 10-15km Elevation: 700 - 900m +- Time: 7-9 hours

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Matt

UK Instructor

Matt is based in North Wales and holds the Mountaineering and Climbing instructor (MCI) qualification which is the highest qualification you can hold for summer mountaineering in the UK. He is also a full Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI). Matt has extensive experience mountaineering and climbing in the UK, Alps and Africa and always brings great energy to his courses filled with knowledge and clear instruction. Never a dull moment on Matt's courses!

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Sam

UK Instructor

Sam is based in North Wales and holds the Mountaineering and Climbing instructor (MCI) qualification which is the highest qualification you can hold for summer mountaineering in the UK. He is also a full Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This North Wales Mountaineering Intro trip is rated Level A, for beginners and newcomers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure.
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Usually less then a week in distance
  • No technical skills required
  • Basic level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing.
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments
  • Moderate fitness
  • Some basic skills

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You have a fair amount of experience climbing, hiking or skiing more technical terrain.
  • You’re comfortable on sustained adventures and you call yourself a ‘hardened’ adventurer.
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it there' attitude.
  • Fit & Strong

Level D

For the pros

  • Ready to test those learnt skills on the next challenge
  • Comfortable in most types of environments
  • Very fit
  • Some level of technical skills

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on more adventures than you've had hot dinners and you've built up a crafty skill set to tackle most challenges out there.
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Good experience
  • Very fit

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