UK Rock Climbing

ISM offers a very personalised and flexible programme of climbing and mountaineering courses based in the famous British climbing areas of North Wales and the Lake District (also other areas by arrangement).

Rather than running courses on set dates, we arrange activities for individuals and groups at mutually convenient times.

We find this fits in much better with people's work schedules, and there is no doubt that two or three short training/climbing sessions, properly spaced, can be much better preparation for an alpine holiday than a single course, as it allows time in between for specific training and working on weaker areas.

We have a ‘fast track’ approach: by tailoring the course to individual needs we can cover as much in 2 or 3 days as many centre-based courses cover in a week.

All courses are run by IFMGA mountain guides who are expert in all aspects of climbing and mountaineering.


North Wales and the Lake District offer every type of climbing from roadside crags to long mountain routes (which give perfect training for alpine peaks like the Matterhorn). Each area has its sheltered venues suitable for rock climbing through the winter months (the North Wales coastline being particularly good) and a hard winter gives opportunities for snow and ice climbing (with far shorter walk-ins than those typical in Scotland).


We generally work with groups of one, two, three or four people (depending on the level of course) however larger groups can be catered for. The rates charged (for instruction and use of all technical equipment) in 2014 are as follows:

WEEKDAYS - 1 person - £200 per day; team of two - £120 each per day; group of three - £85 each per day; group of four - £70 each per day.

WEEKENDS/BANK HOLIDAYS - 1 person - £220 per day; team of two - £125 each per day; group of three - £90 each per day; group of four - £75 each per day.

Course providers are happy to give advice on location and accommodation for any of areas we operate in.