Rock Climbing In Snowdonia – Climbing Snowdon

Many people find climbing Snowdon to be a great combination of learning and enjoyment. From the very beginning you’ll be out on the crags that made Snowdonia so important in the climbing scene.

What To Look For In An Instructor

Firstly you want to make sure that you get a qualified instructor and whether you are a beginner or have climbed before, he (or she) will make sure that you thoroughly learn the ropes and have the best time possible. They should know which crags will be best suited to your abilities and the weather and will mix roadside locations which maximise climbing time with mountain routes which will let you enjoy the splendour of Snowdonia and avoid the crowds.


If you are having a climbing weekend you will probably be too tired at the end of the day to go shopping or mess around cooking so most people tend to get full board accommodation. We have selected the best properties in the area that offer both self catering and all inclusive options, use the service on this page to find a suitable place to stay, there is something for every budget.

Information For Beginners

Most climbing courses are for three days and you will get a good introduction to this the fastest growing sport in Britain. Apart from a few hours ropework practice the first evening, the whole course will usually be conducted on crags and outcrops. Your instructor will select appropriate routes starting with single pitch (one rope length) routes and moving to multi-pitch ones.

You’ll learn the basics of tying on, using a belay plate and the climbing calls (shouts used to tell your partner what you’re doing !). He’ll cover belay techniques (using the rope to protect), talk about the use and selection of equipment and advise on climbing moves. You’ll also learn to abseil.

Advanced Mountain Climbing Courses In Snowdonia

These courses are suitable either for those who have had experience climbing Snowdon before and want to progress to leading or for those who have climbed on indoor walls and want to “feel real rock” and master the necessary ropework.

Your instructor will be helping you place protection, set up belays and select and construct anchors. He’ll also be advising you on route choice, getting the most out of guidebooks and judging grades.