North Wales, Europe

Alpine Skills Weekend - Snowdonia

If you are climbing in the Alps in the coming summer, it’s a great idea to participate in one of our training and warm up weekends in Snowdonia. This is a good way to gain the necessary skills, increase fitness and enjoy some great climbing. By making an early investment in your fitness and skill base you can enhance your forthcoming trip and ultimately increase your summit success.

Our weekends offer quality instruction from IFMGA guides and the opportunity to meet like-minded people in a splendid environment. We can offer valuable feedback on your level of fitness and advice about your personal training schedule. In addition, we can review your equipment and make sure it is just right before your trip starts.

The two day training weekends are recommended if you are booking onto the following courses:

  • Mont Blanc
  • Alpine Introduction
  • Monte Rosa
  • Saas 4000ers
  • Oberland 4000ers

 

No previous climbing or mountaineering experience is needed, however, you should be reasonably fit and have a good head for heights. You need to have your own mountaineering boots and weatherproof clothing. The trip is run on a 1:3 ratio and includes the use of all climbing hardware. This is a great trip for private groups and can be run at any time.

Price includes 2 full days guiding and instruction with IFMGA Alpine Mountain Guides, with a maximum of 1:3 ratio and use of all climbing hardware.

The listed price of £245 is for three people on a course only basis. We can arrange accommodation for you in a comfy B&B upon request. 

For more information about pricing for two people or passengers under 18 please click the Enquire button to right on this page.  

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  • This list contains our recommended clothing and equipment for our UK based Alpine Training Weekends.  It is ideal if you can have 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing. If you are uncertain or need further information, please contact us.

    • Base Layer Top and Bottoms
    • 1-2 thermal tops and 1 pair longjohns
    • 2 midweight fleece tops or 1 fleece and 1 lightweight duvet jacket
    • Lightweight trekking trousers
    • Walking shorts or pair of trousers with zip-off legs
    • Weather Layer Top
    • Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable jacket
    • Lightweight over-trousers with long side zips
    • Sun hat and warm hat
    • Light, thin gloves plus a pair of insulated gloves in case of cold weather
    • Gaiters - Good fitting pair of ankle gaiters to keep socks and boots dry
    • 2-3 pairs of good quality socks

    For these trips you need a B2 rated boot.

    B2 boots are the best option for most alpine mountaineering trips. These are semi-rigid boots available in either leather or plastic/composite options. Leather boots tend to be more comfortable and breathable whereas plastic/composite boots are warmer and more waterproof. They are compatible with C1 and C2 crampons.

    Key features of a good alpine mountaineering boot include vibram soles, a reversed leather upper (which protect the best side of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.

    Boots can be hired but to avoid discomfort it is strongly recommended that you have your own pair which need to be worn-in.

    These items are essential for all alpine mountaineering courses. All items can be hired from Mountain Tracks or from sports shops in the Alps. These items cost about £35-£45 each for 6-8 days hire payable in local currency in resort.

    • Ice Axe (Not Required in North Wales)
    • general mountaineering axe – 55-70cms long depending on your height (Not Required in North Wales)
    • Boot crampons with anti-balling plates - (Not Required in North Wales)
    • Climbing Harness with adjustable leg loops. Must be large enough to be worn over your outerwear
    • 2 Prussik loops, slings and karabiners
    • Rucksack - A simple and lightweight pack with a capacity of between 30-35 litres
    • Water bottle (at least 1 litre) or Thermos
    • Headlamp with batteries - this may not be required for UK weekends 
    • Penknife
    • Personal medications and first aid kit for blisters, sunburn and headaches (Note: Guides will have comprehensive first aid kits and are qualified in mountain first aid)
    • Adjustable trekking pole(s) - Optional
    • Sun Glasses
    • Sunscreen and Lip Protection
    • Snack food - fruit or crunchy bars are better than chocolate as a rule. Biscuits to take with afternoon tea are good too
    • Passport
    • Money

     

 

North Wales

North Wales and the Snowdonia National Parks is one of Britain’s most beautiful places and combines thrilling outdoor adventure possibilities with stunning mountain scenery with ancient culture and heritage.

Llanberis, where we run this trip from, is synonymous with outdoor activity and climbing. Its at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m. This is an ideal location for alpine climbing training with plenty of thrilling climbing and scrambling right on the doorstep.

  • Reasons for doing this course
    • You are a keen UK hiker / walker and intend to do some more advanced climbing / mountaineering
    • You want to learn more about the skills required for longer (alpine) trips
    • You want to do more hiking / scrambling in the UK and want to understand the risks and hazards (and how to avoid them)
    • You want to learn from some of most highly qualified mountain professionals: an IFMGA Mountain Guide would always lead this programme
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