Are you excited about rock climbing? There’s something unique about the challenge of being on the rock face and it requires some unique skills. Learn these with Jez on some stunning crags in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Want to tackle some exciting Scrambles or get into Winter Mountaineering? Maybe embark on the Mountain Leader Training Scheme or just have a great week in the mountains learning new skills? What ever it is explore this section for ideas…
There are a number of Instructor Training Courses out there these days, but this one is very different to most. Instead of focusing on many different activities, we focus on what we know best – Rock Climbing and Mountaineering.
That might be an odd thing to say as it’s only November, but I’ve finished work for the year and have headed to Spain until Christmas time for some hopefully sunny sport climbing.
I’ve been really lucky this year to have done loads of great work, with loads of great people! Lots of teaching lead rock climbing, loads of teaching on Single Pitch Award courses and more Mountain Leader courses than ever before.
Thanks to all those that have been out with me this year, hopefully I’ll see you all for more courses or out and about using your new skills!
Whilst I dislike having to turn the bedroom light on in the mornings when I wake up, it’s quite exciting to notice a little chill in the air!
Although winter is a little way off yet, it’s hard not to start thinking of winter climbing and mountaineering. We are running a few courses up in Scotland this winter and I hope to get lots of personal stuff done too.
Whilst I was still at school I sent a letter off to Mountain Training requesting the scheme booklets for the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), I still have them in my mum and dad’s attic somewhere. These slightly confusingly named qualifications are the ones which qualify holders to teach pretty much all things climbing and mountain in the UK, in summer (Award) and winter (Certificate). To me at the age of 16 or so and really only just starting out climbing and hill walking, they seemed almost unobtainable and the people who had these tickets were like mountain gods or something. The instructors I met seemed to have so much experience, with tales and annecdotes to back up the things they were teaching me when I went on a couple of courses at Plas y Brenin, that it sounded like they would take me a lifetime to emulate.