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Rock Climbing Courses

How to Climb Harder’s author runs many rock climbing courses through his other business Snowdonia Mountain Guides Courses. Where he offers everything from beginners courses in Trad Climbing right the way through to Performance Climbing Coaching. However he also offers a two day How to Climb Harder course that looks holistically at all aspects of climbing from the mental, physical, tactical and technical challenges we all face.

The course is run by Mark Reeves who has over twenty years experience as a rock climbing instructor and coach. He holds the nationally recognised Mountain Instructor Award and has a Master degree in applied sport science in which he studied Effective Coaching, Sports Psychology and Performance Physiology. He has onsighted climbs up to E6 and 7b and still climbs and trains regularly.  He used all this experience to write How to Climb Harder and now is using it to deliver a unique course that will find and address your weaknesses and help you climb harder.

How To Climb Harder – Next Courses

Our Next course are available throughout the winter in Spain, see our Hot Rock Holidays. Alternative if there are two or more of you we can run a course to meet your needs at a date to suit you. Discounts available for larger groups.

Starting at the end of October at destinations to suit your needs.

Cost: £800 a week (Inc. Accommodation and Transport)- To Book visit Snowdonia Mountain Guides.

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Lead Climbing Coaching Courses – North Wales

1 Month UK Trad Climbing Tour

Costa Blanca Sports Climbing Coaching Holidays




Advance Climbing Technique

It’s time to combine and develop your techniques – to work your way up between places of rest and conserve as much energy as possible on the way. This section includes further exercises on technique, with the idea to hone your skills and increase efficiency.

There are also sections of the Tactic and Mental Approach to rock climbing. These are there to further develop your resilience to climbing harder.

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Climbing Fundamentals

Whilst there are simply hundreds of thousands of individual climbing movements. There are a few climbing fundamentals both in terms of climbing and training that will help give you a strong foundation when it comes to developing your climbing skill.

This section covers the most basic of those climbing fundamentals that will be key to you starting out climbing on the right foot. If you have already been  climbing a while you might find that you want to revisit these climbing fundamentals once in a while at the very least. However many good climbers now use some of the exercise here as part of their warm up to engage brain.

To set you off on the right path then we are going to cover the importance of warming up, stretching and those essential climbing fundamentals. With these key climbing skills you will be able to apply them to any facet of climbing. Be that Bouldering, Sport, Trad or indoor climbing.

Here Wez Hunter shows he has mastered the climbing fundamentals as he tip toes along a sloping ledge on the classic slate route Poetry Pink, E4 6a, Rainbow Slab
Here Wez Hunter shows he has mastered the climbing fundamentals as he tip toes along a sloping ledge on the classic slate route Poetry Pink, E4 6a, Rainbow Slab


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Basic Safety in Rock Climbing

This may seem like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs, but taking time to increase our awareness of risk and safety is often overlooked. It’s common sense, when you look at a hazard (like being high off the ground) and the risk (of falling) you will consider ways to reduce the risk.

Many of the dangers at the crag can affect the climber, the belayer and even bystanders. So it is important to keep an eye on the situation around you as it develops and adapt your plans to suit. The key to climbing safely at the beginning of your climbing career is to choose the right crag, grade and route.

Choosing the right climb may seem difficult. Guidebooks are a starting point but local knowledge can be invaluable, so talk to people you meet at the crag or wall, the sales assistant in an outdoor shop and instructors or outdoor centres, most will happily give advice on venues. Eventually you need to assess a crag or a route’s suitability for yourself. Often, just by being aware of a hazard will greatly reduce the risk of an accident.

Its the risks you don’t know you are taking that are likely to kill you.

We’ll consider a simple break-down of top roping, lead climbing and bouldering. The hazards, the likelihood of an accident, any measures we can take to reduce the risk and the residual risk after we’ve taken action. Many of these things are common sense.

You may find the technical side of climbing daunting, but by becoming more aware of risk, ropework and sound judgement you’ll become a safer climber. With regular practice, these skills will become second nature and your safety will increase. Spend time learning ropework and safety skills from a professional instructor or centre. This is one area of your climbing for which there is no substitute for informed instruction.

Learn to lead climb courses in North Wales with Snowdonia Mountain Guides

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