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International School of Mountaineering

UK Rock Climbing

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UK Rock Climbing

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).

Costs

We generally work with groups of one or two people but can also cater for larger groups. The rates charged (for instruction and use of all technical equipment) are as follows (please ring for larger groups):

WEEKDAYS - 1 person - £220 per day; team of two - £130 each per day.

WEEKENDS/BANK HOLIDAYS - 1 person - £240 per day; team of two - £140 each per day.

We are happy to suggest accommodation in local areas.

Testimonials For ISM

Please pass on my very, very sincere thanks to Thomas, Daniel & Christian. They are truly quality people! Patient, understanding, professional, and wonderful ambassadors for your company. I have experienced many guides over my 50 years in climbing and they rank right up there with the very best.

David Hughes
Mont Blanc Ascent

Thank for an amazing couple of weeks! Matt and Stu were fantastic. I learned so much but also had a lot of fun. I have come home feeling like a proper mountaineer, having made some great new friends and with some unforgettable memories. I plan to come back next year!

Tim

The course was excellent, lots of variety and provided me with a good range of skills. Loved reaching the summit of the Weissmeis, for such a nervous and unconfident novice like me, I gained a real sense of achievement from the ascent and the whole week. Huge thanks to Pat.

Jo Clark
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)

Team Spotlight

Max Cole

Max Cole

IFMGA British Mountain Guide

Max has been rock climbing, mountaineering and skiing for over forty years. He has climbed in New Zealand, Yosemite, Morocco, Norway and extensively throughout the European alps and within the U.K.

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