Trad Skills Weekend. North Wales


29/04/2016 - 02/05/2016    
12:00 am


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Caseg Fraith
Caseg Fraith, Betws-y-coed, Conway, LL24 0EU

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This is set to be an amazing bank holiday weekend for all club members of all abilities. There will be buckets of single and multi-pitch climbing for experience trad climbers. Plus we’ve arranged some first class instruction at an amazing price; for those looking to make the move to outdoors trad climbing climb and for those wanting to improve their existing trad skills. We have 18 Spaces for the climbing course and a whopping 40 hut spaces in total!! Read more below.

TRAD SKILLS COURSE - Click for full info of this amazing deal

We are pleased to offer our members a heavily subsidized trad-climbing skills course!. Two days of Trad-Training from MIA trained / qualified instructors to turn you into a Trad Machine.
Course fee is £30 for both days of instruction.
The hut is an additional £30 for three nights, including food.
If you want to do the course and have somewhere to stay make sure you book on BOTH

Training paticulars

This is the overall content of the weekends teaching, you will receive most of this which will be tailored to your specific experience and ability, ensuring everyone develops their existing skills.

  • How to place trad gear
  • Building belay anchors
  • Using half ropes for trad climbing
  • Rope management
  • rigging abseils (improver’s group)
  • abseiling skills (improver’s group)

Ideal for everyone as we will have 18 spaces with 3 groups of 6. Groups will be split according to your previous experience therefore whether you have never trad climbed before or have but are looking to refine your skills, this is for you!

Prerequisite experience:

  • Happy with lead climbing indoors (grade does not matter)
  • Happy lead belaying
  • Ideally to have had some experience climbing on real rock (any style of ascent, bouldering, seconding, leading, sport/trad…
    Book now and get some practice in between now and the trip!
  • Improvers: Have lead or seconded a few trad climbs.

General Climbing & Accommodation - Click for details

The climbing: 

Trad climbing. Superb easy lab climbing at Little Tryfan or totally awesome multi-pitch trad climbing on Snowdon? one is truly spoiled for choice here. For those of you who have got to grips with single pitch lead climbing Snowdonia offers some truly exceptional easy multi-pitch routes – some routes are so epic you may want to take lunch at the 5th belay ledge!.

These world-class crags right next to the road, or two hours walk into the mountains – your call! The exact climbing locations will be decided on the nights before when we know what the weather will be like.

Wet weather fun:
If the weather is not obliging, Snowdonia has loads of great hiking, and there are plenty of gear shops and tearooms in Betws-y-Coed and tearooms etc. There is also a fantastic indoor climbing wall nearby.

Equipment for the Course:

For many of you this will be familiar but please ensure you bring the following:
– Climbing Shoes
– Harness
– Helmet (if you don’t own one SCC has a few)
– Belay device
– Warm hat + gloves
– Suitable footwear (Boots, approach shoes, trainers at a push!)
– Day rucksack (~40-50 Litres)
– Personal first aid kit + any medication you require
– Drinks bottle
– Waterproof jacket and trousers
– Lunch
– Sunscreen (yes even in Wales you can get burned!)
– Midge repellent (DEET based stuff is the most effective)
– Notebook and pen

Hut, ‘alpine style’ bunks. Please bring your, sleeping bag, pillow, and ear plugs if you need them. Price is £30 per person for 3 nights.
The hut has a gas cooker/oven, fridge, toilet bloc with shower, hot/cold water, wood burning stove.

You are more then welcome to make your own accommodation plans too and then join us for group climbing or the course days. If you’re doing this then please just email the club here to let us know and we’ll keep you in the loop of where we’re climbing each day.

A note on food:
Since this is a hut meet and space is limited we cook as a group.
By division of labour we will cook a delicious evening meal on Saturday and Sunday and a porridge breakfast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Food costs will be included. The club has several good chefs so its a pretty safe bet the food will be good!!

Guests (not u18’s due to close quarters nature of the hut) are welcome to come if accompanied by a responsible member. Please note however that spaces in the hut will be prioritised for members should this meet become oversubscribed.

All members are welcome!
Beginner climbers are welcome and are encouraged to join one of the course if you meet the prerequisite experience. In any case, there will be lots of opportunity to get belays, second routes, and top rope outdoor routes. Just ask –everyone will get to climb.

Works out to ~£11 per person based on 4 sharing a 50mpg car. Driver’s discretion.

Should the meet fill up, please contact us to be added on the reserve list, and we can explore with you possible alternative accommodation. Though not guaranteed, it may be possible to discreetly pitch 1 or 2 small tents or sleep on the floor.


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