Mountaineering | Development | Snowdonia - North Wales

  • duration:
    3 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £350 - 595 PP

course info

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. During the course 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 numerous big days in the mountains, gained plenty of technical understanding and looked at the skills you need to lead independently in the mountains.


  • 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).
  • Movement skills on rock
  • Technical skills for leading (placing gear, lead belaying).
  • Building belays and belaying a second climber.
  • Lead climb coaching.
  • 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).

5 Day Course Option

The five-day option gives extra time to consolidate skills and move on to bigger objectives by the end of the week. We also go into more depth with technical skills looking at numerous methods for doing any one task so you have a greater depth of experience by the end of the course. 

The above itinerary gives you a good idea of what we will cover during the course but it's 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 our Mountaineering PDF with details on topics like what equipment to buy, ideal routes to attempt and any other important information. The final day normally concludes at 4:30 pm.

To book 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 it along with you on the day.

This course typically meets in Capel Curig in Snowdonia at 9 am. 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!

Private Bookings

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 number 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 and let us know the course you want to book and what month or dates are preferable. We will respond with our instructor's availability. This course is the same cost whether booked as a private or open course.


Our Instructors

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 will be both informative and enjoyable. #lookforthelogo

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information
Sam Elliot
Sam Elliot
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information
Dave Macintyre
Dave Macintyre
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

Private Instruction

Can't find what you're looking for? Why not hire an instructor for the day on a date to suit you. Click below for more information.

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  • COURSE DATE 25-07-2022DAYS5 COST£595.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACESFULL BOOKING Waiting List
  • COURSE DATE 07-09-2022DAYS3 COST£360.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACESFULL BOOKING Waiting List
  • COURSE DATE 10-10-2022DAYS5 COST£595.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACES2 BOOKING book now
  • COURSE DATE 12-10-2022DAYS3 COST£360.00 LOCATIONSnowdonia PLACES2 BOOKING book now

Hiring one of our instructors privately is the perfect choice when you’ve got a specific aim in mind, whether it’s to improve your personal skills, have an unforgettable guided experience with a group of friends or tick off an objective you’ve had in your sights for a while.

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My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !


Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!


Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

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