Our Mountaineering Development course is your key to learning all the skills you need to climb in the mountains and lead large routes in the UK and abroad. Over the three days you can expect to look at planning, equipment and climbing gear including receiving expert advice on how to lead your own climbing routes. By the end of the course you will have had three big days in the mountains, gained lots of technical understanding and looked at the skills you need to lead independently in the mountains.
Day 1 – Mountaineering Fundamental Skills
- Introductions (Meet your instructor and set out aims and objectives for the course).
- Planning (Weather, guidebooks, route choice).
- Clothing (Layering, gloves, insulation).
- Climbing gear (Placing gear, building belays).
- Climbing Skills.
Day 2 – Learn to lead day
- Technical skills for leading (placing gear, lead belaying).
- Building belays and belaying a second climber.
- Route reading.
- Lead climb coaching.
- Evening session (Abseiling).
Day 3 – Big Mountain Day
- Navigation (Navigating to and from a climb).
- Climbing big routes in the mountains (Route choice and planning).
- How to climb efficiently (How to reduce faff).
- Different methods for belaying (Guide plate, Italian hitch etc).
- Descending steep ground (Abseiling vs downclimbing).
The above itinerary gives you a good idea on what we will cover each day but its open to change by your instructor dependent on your previous experience and aspirations.
At the end of the course you will receive feedback and a personal development plan that outlines how you can progress to the next level. You will also receive and information booklet with details about important topics like what equipment to buy, ideal routes to attempt and any other important information. The final day normally concludes at 5pm.
To book onto this course simply choose a date from the drop-down box and follow the on screen instructions. Please ensure you only book onto this course if you have previous grade 1 experience or have attended one of our Introduction To Scrambling courses.
Kit list and meeting location.
Once your booking has been received, we will send you details about where to meet and what time to be there. We will also send you a comprehensive kit list which gives details of what to wear and any equipment you may need. All technical equipment like ropes, climbing rack, helmets and harness are included. If you have your own equipment please bring along with you on the day.
This course typically meets in Capel Curig in Snowdonia at 9am. This will be confirmed on booking.
Accommodation is not included in the price but luckily Snowdonia has a wide range of places to stay for all budgets. If you require information about places to stay or local campsites, please let us know!
If you can’t find a date that’s suitable why not contact us and arrange a date that suits you. We take a large amount of private bookings every year which guarantees you learn what you want on a date that works for you. To enquire about a private booking email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the course you want to book and what month or dates are preferable. We will respond with our instructor availability. This course is the same cost whether booked as a private or open course.
This course will be delivered by a qualified and experienced Mountaineering Instructor. All of our Mountaineering Instructors are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) which ensures they work at the highest level of professionalism and quality. Our instructors are also experts in delivering fun and engaging courses which ensures your time with us with be both informative and enjoyable. #lookforthelogo
You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.
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