Joining Instructions Snowdonia
Thanks for booking or enquiring about a course with Gibbon Adventures! Nice one! We can't wait to share an adventure with you. We'll send you these joining instructions by email and agree dates there. Please carefully read through the following information and let us know if you have any questions!
🌏Before you arrive
Here is a checklist of things to do before you arrive!
🎯 Each group member should fill out our participation form. (parents can do one on behalf of their under 18's).
🎯 Pay any outstanding balance for your course. PAY HERE.
🎯 Pack your bags, and check out the kit list below! KIT LIST
🎯 Get ready for some learning and adventure!
🎯 Don't forget to book some accommodation (see our recommendations below).
Amazing quality, world-class Traditional rock climbing, Scrambling.
Heaps of climbing at amenable grades.
Delicious local food, curious local legends.
Super experienced, friendly, qualified Instructors.
Low teaching ratio's.
North Wales is a mecca for British Rock Climbing. The Snowdonia national park offers a huge array of Rock climbing venues. There are 5 different major rock types, offering a variety of styles. With everything from long mountainous multi-pitches, Sea cliffs, Limestone sport climbing, roadside trad climbing, child-friendly single pitch, Scenic outdoor bouldering. With such an array of options, its often still possible to find dry rock, even with a poor forecast! This is why we will often decide upon the venue once we have met and discussed aims.
Let's meet at 9.15 am in Caban Cafe, (but it's your course so we're flexible, let us know should you wish to change the meeting time/location). We'll start the day with some brief introductions, over an (optional) brew, and clarify your previous experience, and course aims and come up with a plan for the day (factoring in the weather!)
Parking: There is limited free parking on the high street, and a pay and display next to the lake.
We'll start the day with some brief introductions, over an (optional) brew, and clarify your previous experience, and course aims and come up with a plan for the day (factoring in the weather!).
Approach walks to climbing venues can be between 1 minute to 1 hour depending on the venue. As we only do private guiding, we will tailor the venues and route choices to you & your group. This might mean Single or Multi-pitch, guiding or teaching. Perhaps you want to learn to lead? No problem. Perhaps you would like to have a big adventure. Maybe you want a fun introduction or advanced rescue skills, anything is possible. Snowdonia has great Sea Cliffs, Mountain Crags, Roadside venues, long ridges, easy scrambles and everything in-between! Please discuss your learning objectives with your instructor, and agree upon realistic goals and learning outcomes. We'll normally aim to be finished around 5 pm before dark so that you have time to enjoy a relaxed evening and sample a lovely Welsh pub, restaurant or similar.
🌏Paying for your course
You can pay the full amount or a 50% deposit for your course online HERE
The full amount is payable within 2 weeks of your course date.
Please check the price for your course on the individual course page. Contact us for alternative payment methods.
🌏Course Content / Syllabus
We will always tailor the course content to suit you/your group. You can find course example syllabuses on the course page.
Guiding, Coaching, and Instruction
A British Qualified mountaineering and Climbing instructor
High definition photographs, and video
All Technical climbing equipment, including shoes, helmet, harness, ropes, etc.
You should have already let us know your preferred dates. We have availability all year, please get in touch to arrange dates. We will do our best to accommodate a change of course dates when possible.
Gibbon Adventures is a small company, dedicated to inspiring adventures & quality educational climbing courses and adventures, run by James Monypenny. Normally James will be on hand to run your course, however, if not available, then we have a small team of highly experienced, qualified mountaineering instructors to run your course.
Here are our contact details in case you need to get in touch:
🌏 Where to Stay
There's a wide range of available places to stay. The course cost does not include accommodation. We recommend you to find accommodation to suit your own tastes, as there are many affordable options. The course location can be flexible to suit your location, however, if you would like to reduce driving times then we recommend finding somewhere closer to the meeting location (Brynrefail).
You'll find a wide range of options online (Air B&B, Booking.com are good places to start). Campsites: There are plenty of close-by campsites in Bryrefail, Llanberis and Nant Peris and Nant Gwynant.
It is possible to get to Llanberis (and the mountains by bus) but please contact us and we may be able to accommodate a meeting location that is more convenient for you!
🌏 How much previous experience should I have?
A: It doesn't really matter! Because we only accept private bookings, we'll tailor each course, climb and route to you / your group. You'll be fully guided by an experienced instructor who will teach you relevant skills and techniques, and coach you throughout.
Please consider offsetting your carbon for your Trip; it's easy to do, it only takes a moment.
All technical equipment, including rock shoes, can be provided/included
2 liters of water
Comfy climbing clothes: including a packable warm belay jacket (full arm/leg cover recommended).
Rucksack 20 - 40 liters
Approach shoes (preferable) or trainers
Walking boots with Ankle support may be more appropriate when going into the mountains, particularly those with less mountain experience or weak ankles.
Personal Climbing Equipment (harness, helmet, rock shoes, chalk bag, belay device etc). -all of which can be borrowed at no extra cost
Waterproof top and bottoms.
Collapsible Walking poles for those with bad knees - not a bad shout.
Lunch, and Snacks.
Please feel free to bring/use your own technical climbing equipment, should you wish to do so.
Check out our detailed Kit List here.
The weather isn't always sunny in North Wales, but it is often sunny somewhere in North Wales! And we'll often successfully find dry rock. On the wettest day it isn't always possible to completely avoid wet weather. If the day is looking like a wash-out then we could head to the indoor climbing center to learn some skills there. If you're still keen on an Outdoor Adventure then it may be possible to go Gorge Scrambling or Coasteering, or a Wet yet easy outdoor climb. Just communicate with us your thoughts and let's come up with a suitable plan together! Occasionally we might have availability to switch dates to a drier day.
🌏T & C's
Please find our full terms and conditions here
🌏15 % Discount at outdoor shops
Whilst we have our own professional indemnity insurance, you might like to have your own personal accident cover. The BMC and Snowcard are recommended. If joining us abroad on a hot rock holiday then please ensure that your insurance is appropriate for overseas adventures (i.e. includes technical rescue, medical and repatriation).
🌏 Questions & queries
Any questions then please fire away! You can also check out our FAQ page here.
You can contact us via email, phone, text, whatsapp, and facebook, or message through this site!
🌏 After your Course.....
🎯 We will send you any pictures from the day
🎯 Please let us know what you thought!
🎯 If you enjoyed the course I would be much obliged if you found the time to write a positive review on our TripAdvisor, Facebook and/or Google Account
🎯 If there is any way we could improve, then please let us know!
🎯 Be sure to tag us on social media @gibbonAdventures & recommend us to anyone you think might be interested!
💯Percent Satisfaction Guarantee! It is very important to us that you are satisfied! If you are not happy with your course, please let us know why, and provided your reasons are reasonable we will give you a 100% refund.