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.
Ben on the top pitch of 'Quartz Icicle'
Wen Zawn, Gogarth.

climbing instruction and guided climbing  can be arranged for just yourself, with a partner or for a group, and is available on a daily basis. I cater for most levels of ability, from beginners wanting to learn the basics through to experienced climbers wanting more skills or to push their grade. Prices and booking information can be found on the bookings page.

intro to 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 climbing experience, indoor or outside, I can go straight into teaching you how to set up top-ropes at a single-pitch crag or coach you through leading your first route on real rock.

improving your climbing  daily instruction is available to help improve your technical skills to make you a more competent and safer climber. I can show you how to place good protection on difficult or scary routes and how to improvise bombproof belays where it might look impossible. I can teach you how to use double ropes to their full advantage and take you through the safest methods for multiple abseil descents. I can also take you through tactics for dealing with steep and sustained pitches, and give you a whole host of handy tips for getting your climbing slick and efficient to fulfil just about any climbing ambition. We'll climb some good routes too!

emergency and rescue stuff  if you'd 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.

where?  climbing instruction usually takes place in Snowdonia, North Wales, an area best known for its traditional climbing; in particular the long mountain routes which formed a key part in the early history of British climbing. There are lots of easily accessible road-side crags too, many of which are in mountain settings and provide multi-pitch climbs of all grades. Snowdonia is also home to a number of excellent 'fair weather' 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 happy to arrange instruction in other climbing areas of Britain. There may be an additional travel cost (quoted up front before you book) and some locations may require a minimum booking period - for example, climbing in the Lake District or on the gritstone edges of the Peak District would be a minimum of 2 days. Please get in touch to discuss.

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 from April 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  guided climbing on classic easy Scottish mountain routes can be arranged from April through to October - 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 Cuillin (HS). Please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

-  Old Man of Hoy  the journey to Orkney 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 Orkney's remote islands. 4 days is advisable to allow time for ferry crossings and to keep a day in hand in case of poor weather. If you'd like to cost-out a trip to climb the Old Man of Hoy, or any other Scottish sea stack, please get in touch for a no obligation chat.