Climbing in Snowdonia
Snowdonia, in North Wales, is one of the UK’s best rock climbing areas. There is a huge amount of climbing within a relatively small area, which means that there is easy access to every type of climbing, from rock climbing on mountain crags and sea cliffs, to long historic mountaineering scrambles, and short sport climbs or boulder problems. It is an excellent place to learn the skills of rock climbing, or mountaineering, or to be tested on some of the UK’s classic and famous climbs, so it’s perfect for beginnners and experts alike.
I can offer all types of rock climbing instruction and guided climbing, for anyone from complete beginners to experienced climbers looking for training or coaching in advanced skills. So, if you want to learn to climb, or be coached on your first lead climb, or simply be guided on a famous route, I should be able to help. The best time for rock climbing is from May through until the end of October. As the ratio for most of the rock climbing is 1:1 or 1:2 I normally just take private bookings on a daily rate basis. For groups I can offer single pitch climbing on smaller cliffs, or I can bring in other guides and intructors to help.
Scrambling is where mountain walking meets rock climbing. North Wales has many magnificent scrambling routes which often find a relatively easy way through steep, rock climbing terrain. Some scrambles need ropes, some do not, but they all provide adventure and atmosphere in abundance. As with rock climbing I can help you gain skills to discover these historic routes by yourself, or simply guide you on a ‘grand day out’! Scrambles also provide the best terrain to prepare for Alpine climbing. It’s possible to scramble almost all-year round.
In the winter months, from December through to March, the Snowdonia mountains often have some snow and ice. It’s an excellent place to learn winter skills, or try winter climbing for the first time, as the scale is small and the snow and ice is quick to get to. So if you have an eye on the forecast and fancy some winter mountaineering, or just a short break in the winter mountains, get in touch.