Garry Smith
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The end of a surreal day's cragging
surrounded by snow capped peaks at Stone Valley,
North West Scotland.
On the steep sandstone groove of
'Clematis', Llanymynech quarries, Mid Wales.
Full stretch on 'Clutch' to place the gear,
Tremadog, North Wales.

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

where?  North Wales is the usual venue for climbing instruction. Snowdonia 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.

I'm also open to arranging rock climbing instruction in other climbing areas of Britain. There would be an additional travel cost (agreed up front before you book) 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 one of the best ways to kick-start a life of climbing. Whatever level you're at, I can help you on the path to becoming a self-reliant climber. If this simply means showing you how to put on a harness and tie onto a rope, and just giving climbing a try, that's fine. If you already have some experience, or you climb at an indoor wall, I can teach you how to set up top-ropes at a single-pitch crag or coach you through 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 to place good gear on awkward to protect pitches and how to improvise solid belays where it looks impossible. I can run through the safest methods for multiple abseil descents and show you 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. We'll climb some good routes too!

guided climbing if you'd just like to go climbing, the choice of hundreds of great routes is yours - you can still have a little instructional content thrown in if you like, or just enjoy the whole climbing experience in magnificent mountain and coastal scenery. Available on a daily basis.

-  North Wales  guiding is available on a daily basis from late March through to late November, when you can enjoy some of the best of Welsh rock - Grooved Arete (V Diff), Crackstone Rib (S), Christmas Curry (S), Main Wall (HS), Hawk's Nest Arete (VS), Dream of White Horses (HVS), Superdirect on Dinas Mot (E1), Vector (E2).

-  Scotland  fit and adventurous? 3 days of climbing classic Scottish mountain routes can be arranged in April, May or September - East Buttress on Beinn Eighe (Diff), Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis (Diff), Agag's Groove on Buachaille Etive Mor (S), Ardverikie Wall on Binnein Shaus (HS), Cioch West and Integrity on Skye's Cullin (HS). Please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

-  Old Man of Hoy  the esoteric journey to climb the Old Man of Hoy ranks as one of the coolest climbing trips 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.

emergency and rescue stuff  If you're planning a 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 climbing in the mountains.