Rock | Problem Solving for Climbers and Mountaineers

  • duration:
    1 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:

  • booking cost:
    £80 PP

course info

Do you know what to do when things go a bit wrong at the crag? Do you know how to ascend a rope? Do you know how to escape the system if you need to go and get help? 

Our Problem Solving for Climbers Course will introduce you to the skills needed to solve common problems you will face as a climber and develop your technical understanding. You will learn how to ascend and descend the rope, how to lower a climber and how to escape the system. If time allows we can also add extra techniques so you get the most out of the course

Over the day we will show you the fundamental skills to self-rescue in a safe and engaging course allowing you to increase your knowledge and technical understanding. You will need some previous rock-climbing experience to ensure you make the most of this course. Ideally, you will be a trad lead climber and will understand the basics of placing protection and linking gear together with the rope or slings. If you are unsure about your experience just drop us an email and we will happily advise you.


Typical course content

  • Problem avoidance - How do we avoid problems in the first place.
  • Friction hitches and why we use them (Prusik, Klemheist and French Prusick) 
  • Tying off a belay plate and escaping the system.
  • Hoisting and lowering a climber
  • Abseiling 
  • Emergency equipment


Why choose The Mountaineering Company

If you’re looking for a business that truly cares about your development as a climber then look no further! We pride ourselves on offering high-quality instruction in fun and engaging sessions, ensuring your time with us is both educational and leaves you motivated to progress onto bigger plans. All our instructors hold the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualification (MCI) and have heaps of experience to go with it. We are also members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) ensuring that our instructors conduct regular professional development and stay on top of their game.

Ascending the rope!

2022 DATES


Saturday 8th January 2022Beacon Climbing Center, Caernarfon, North Wales
Saturday 19th February 2022Beacon Climbing Center, Caernarfon, North Wales
Saturday 5th November 2022Beacon Climbing Center, Caernarfon, North Wales
Saturday 10th December 2022Beacon Climbing Center, Caernarfon, North Wales


Saturday 2nd April 2022Capel Curig, Betws y Coed, North Wales
Saturday 11th June 2022Capel Curig, Betws y Coed, North Wales
Saturday 6th August 2022Capel Curig, Betws y Coed, North Wales
Saturday 24th SeptemberCapel Curig, Betws y Coed, North Wales


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

Private Instruction

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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.

Polly Hornby


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