The Rock Climbing Company
Sometimes the people behind a company can inspire, and that may just be the case with The Rock Climbing Company. Along with being fully insured and qualified to Mountain Leader Training Board standards, the key players in this company have some interesting credentials. Company founder Silvi,a holds the accolade for British Female Indoor Climbing Champion for 1994, and also played her part in a British competitive climbing group from 1993 to 1995. She now looks after the Spanish arm of the company. Meanwhile Simon, who oversees courses in North Wales, has been involved in the production of a North Wales Rock Climbing Guide Book, and also works for a climbing equipment company
The North Wales base for their UK courses is near Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park. This base gives students and instructors access to a wide variety of climbing and walking environments, which offer great guiding and instruction opportunities. Courses run here from April to October and can attract all kinds of clients, from families looking for an outdoor holiday, to those with some indoor climbing experience, who are looking for new challenges.
The Rock Climbing Company can offer mountain walking courses that offer guidance to help you conquer specific mountains, or you can embark on skills training. Here you will learn about map and compass navigation, conservation and access, reading the weather, and other planning and preparation skills to help you stay safe in the mountains. All this, coupled with local knowledge means you’ll gain a lot in terms of mountain skills, the new and in some cases less frequented routes you’ll explore, and the knowledge you’ll pick up about the local environment. There are courses available running from 1 to 5 days, and there is a breakdown on the website of the kit requirements, prices, and what’s included in your course.
The company also runs courses aimed specifically at those wanting to develop their navigation skills at beginner or intermediate level. Starter courses spend time on basic map skills, grid references, and using a compass, while more experienced customers will learn about relocation skills in bad weather, advanced map interpretation, using GPS, and coping with steep ground and hostile conditions. Prospective mountain leaders haven’t been forgotten either, as there is a Mountain Leader Training Refresher Course available for booking.
You can find out more about all these courses and how they can be customised to meet your needs online at http://www.rockclimbingcompany.co.uk