Come climbing with us on the stunning mountain and sea cliffs of Snowdonia and North Wales.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, looking to progress from indoors to outdoor rock climbing, or wanting to push your grade, we’re looking forward to helping you progress.
All courses are tailored to you and the group you come with. Bespoke adventures in a small group keeps the focus on getting lots done. Importantly you get instruction and guidance in the areas of your climbing in which you want to progress.
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Getting Started Courses
Come and give it a go! No previous experience required.
Two days covering the essential skills of climbing, in beautiful North Wales.
The sensation of moving smoothly over rock, making subtle balance adjustments and being totally immersed in that moment is an exciting and gratifying experience.
One or two days of adventure to suit your family.
Intermediate level courses
Take your indoor skills out onto the rock. Two or three-day courses.
Move your climbing on quickly, consolidate key skills, and get some quality routes ticked. Two to five days.
Advanced climbing courses
The skills to become a safe, independent rock climber. Two to five days.
Fundamental big walling skills and tricks that will save you hours and days of pain. Two or three days.
The skills and knowledge to problem solve as ‘situations’ arise. One or two days.
Escape to the world class climbing destination of El Chorro, Andalusia, Spain.
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How we run the courses
Courses centred around what you want to achieve.
Contact before the course ensures that we take account of any previous experience, skills and aspirations. This enables us to select the ideal venues and instructors for your course.
The learning experience…
Very much ‘doing’ activities
The personal rewards that come with the challenges of outdoor rock climbing are massive! Through careful selection of itinerary and by creating a supportive, positive learning environment, you can take control and get the most out of your time.
You can do all this empowered with knowledge and skills from our instructors who are there every step of the way. Small teams allow each day to be tailored, ensuring a great learning experience and high levels of safety. We hope this means you can relax and have fun!
Rock climbing and mountaineering are hands-on activities. Although everyone learns in a slightly different way, it is experience that ultimately counts. We’ll do as much as we can.
Over the course we will cover as much rock as possible, but also focus on giving you the skills needed to progress towards your next adventure. For example, a student wishing to gain the skills required to make a traverse of the Cuillin Ridge will need a very different skill set from somebody wishing to learn to lead climb.
Is a Gaia Adventures climbing course right for me?
Yes- because we love tea and cake too!
Gaia offers instruction and coaching to all ages and abilities. From holidaying families to established climbers, we can provide what you’re looking for. Remember you’re on holiday and it’s not a hard man competition!
As experienced instructors and climbers (and having been novices as well), we know that starting to climb can be intimidating. A world of new equipment, an alien language of climbing calls and being high up can combine together to form a barrier into the sport. We’re here to guide you through, teach the skills you need and send you home having accomplished your aims and more.
What happens on the day – logistics
On the first day of the course we like to meet for a quick brew in a café, consider the weather forecast and involve you in the decision-making process. This means you leave with the full skill set to take on your own adventures.
All courses follow a rough timescale of meeting at 9.15am and climbing until 4.30pm. This gives plenty of scope for climbing, practicing skills and addressing goals. Any longer out each day tends to lead to overload!
At the end of each day, we’ll discuss what’s been learnt and the aims for following days.
At the end of the course we will review all that we’ve covered and suggest how to continue your climbing career. We love what we do and take a real interest in those we’ve coached; we really enjoy hearing what you’ve been up to and are always happy to pass on any advice after the course.
A world of venues to choose from…
With a plethora of venues to choose from, we’ll head to the crag that best suits the day’s teaching plan and weather. It could be roadside bolts, high in the mountains or even on the coast. Many microclimates exist in North Wales which means that even if it’s raining in the mountains, we’ll probably be able to escape the damp by heading to the coast or the often sun-drenched crags of Tremadog.