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Gav reaching for the jug on the square-cut corner of 'German Schoolgirl'.
Dinorwig slate quarries. North Wales.
Luke laybacking up a clean quartzite corner at Holyhead Mountain, on a young persons' rock climbing course at Plas-y-Brenin.
The end of a surreal day's cragging
surrounded by snow capped peaks at Stone Valley,
North West Scotland.
Libby on the long, steep sandstone groove of 'Clematis', Llanymynech quarries, Wales.

rock climbing courses and climbing instruction  can be arranged for just yourself, with a partner or for a group. I can cater for all levels of ability, from beginners to climbers wishing to push their grade. Prices and booking information can be found on the bookings page.

North Wales is best known for its trad climbing, in particular the long mountain routes which formed a key part in the early history of British climbing. There are also numerous road-side crags, many of which are in mountain settings and are home to classic multi-pitch climbs of all grades. There are also numerous sheltered sea-level crags, such as those at Tremadog, which enjoy their own micro climate and are often sunny when the rest of the world is wet.

Climbing in North Wales is about much more than just multi-pitch climbing. Recent developments have lead to the bolting of numerous single-pitch limestone crags, and with an excellent new guidebook to accompany this too. Also, the nearby northern coastline of Anglesey offers a wealth of adventurous sea cliff climbing (climbing on the sea cliffs at Gogarth or Rhoscolyn is possible for anyone who has experience of seconding at a grade of 4b trad).

I'm also open to arranging rock climbing instruction anywhere in the UK. There would be an additional travel cost (agreed upfront with no hidden extras) and some locations may require a minimum booking period. For example, instruction on the gritstone edges of the Peak District would be a minimum of 2 days and anywhere in the Scottish Highlands or islands would be a minimum of 3 days. Please get in touch to discuss.

beginners climbing courses  a short introductory course is often the best way to ensure a safe start to your climbing career. If you have no previous experience of climbing, a beginners course can be just as much about giving climbing a try as it is about learning the basics. If you already climb on an indoor wall and are ready to venture outside, a course can be structured to make the transition as smooth (and exciting) as possible. You can learn how to set up top-ropes at a single-pitch crag or quickly progress to leading your first route on real rock, whether that's trad or sport.

improving your climbing  daily instruction can be arranged to improve your technical skills. This could include learning how to place good protection and construct bomb proof belays (where it looked impossible), being shown the safest methods for multiple abseil descents or how to use double ropes to their full advantage. Basically, there's technical help available for getting your climbing slick and efficient to fulfil just about any climbing ambition.

If you're planning a major climbing trip and would you like to know what to do when things don't go to plan, I can teach you how to improvise a rescue using only the gear you'd normally be carrying. Knowing some simple methods of how to get yourself and your partner back on the ground can give you the peace of mind to really enjoy the mountains.

guided climbing in North Wales if you'd just like to go climbing and enjoy some of the best of Welsh rock - Grooved Arete (V Diff), Crackstone Rib (S), Main Wall (HS), Mur-y-Niwl (VS), Dream of White Horses (HVS), Superdirect on Dinas Mot (E1), Cenotaph Corner (E1), Vector (E2) - the choice of hundreds of great routes is yours - you can still have a little coaching or instructional content thrown in, or just enjoy the whole climbing experience in magnificent mountain and coastal scenery. Even if you've never been climbing before, a 'taster day' can be arranged..

Old Man of Hoy  the esoteric journey to climb the Old Man of Hoy ranks as one of the coolest climbing adventures in Britain. This sandstone column stands 137m above the Atlantic at the most westerly point of the Orkneys. 4 days is advisable to allow time for ferry crossings and to keep a day in hand in case of poor weather. You'll need to be already seconding 5a/5b. If you'd like to cost-out a trip to climb the Old Man of Hoy, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

Mainland Sea Stacks  on the north west coast of the Highlands lie two other legendary sea stacks - the impressive Old Man of Stoer, and Am Buachaille (the herdsman) which stands alone in Sandwood bay, the mainland's most remote beach and a John Muir Trust property. A 3 day trip is enough for both climbs and to have a day in contingency (which if isn't used, can be spent cragging at the excellent sea cliffs at Reiff). You'll need to be already seconding 4c. If you'd like to cost-out a trip to climb either of these stacks, or both, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.