How to Big Wall

How to Big Wall
Ever wonder how people climb a Big Wall, maybe you have dreamt of scaling El Cap but not sure how to go about it. This two-day how to big wall course covers all the basic skills you’ll need to make the first steps towards climbing Big Walls.  

Over the years Snowdonia Mountain Guides owner Mark Reeves has climbed a few Big Walls in both the USA and Canada. During those trips he learnt the hard way what additional skills that you need to scale the biggest cliff faces the world. What this course offers is a How to Big Wall Climb in a weekend.

The philosophy we have is to take your existing skills as a rock climber and build on them until you have all the necessary skills you will need to climb a big wall. What this course generally entails is one day in a climbing wall, which may seem very odd, but our experience is that an indoor wall allows us to change the tasks and skills very quickly, allowing us to cover more of the skills you need. On the second day we head outdoors and let you put the skills we have taught you on day one into practice on real rock.

This course covers the core additional skills you need to know how to do to climb a big wall, including.

 

  • Leading Skills – Free Climbing vs French Free vs Aid Climbing in ascent
  • Following Skills – Jumaring Fixed Ropes, Jumaring past deviations and Jumaring across a roof
  • Hauling Skills – 1 to 1, Counter-balance, Pulleys and mechanical advantage.
  • Big Wall Belays
  • Big Wall Ropework
  • Skills for Living in a vertical world

 

 
 
 
Prior Experience: Prior Trad Lead Climbing Experience
Duration: 2 Day
Cost: £300
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    Photos from Previous Courses

    Ben Bransby making a rapid ascent of Freeblast, the first third of Salathe, using minimal aid and mostly just pull or steeping on occasional bolts. He went back a free the whole route.

    Ben Bransby making a rapid ascent of Freeblast, the first third of Salathe, using minimal aid and mostly just pull or steeping on occasional bolts. He went back a free the whole route.

    Learning Hauling Systems

    Learning Hauling Systems

    Kyle Wood on a How to Big Wall Course. Here learning the basics of Aid Climbing

    Kyle Wood on a How to Big Wall Course. Here learning the basics of Aid Climbing

    The immaculate Cirque of the Unclimabables and the classic 17 pitch E1 The lotus FLower Tower.

    The immaculate Cirque of the Unclimabables and the classic 17 pitch E1 The lotus FLower Tower.

    A key skill in big wall climbing is lowering out whilst jumaring a pitch to clean it. This could be to get round horizontal traverse or roof.

    A key skill in big wall climbing is lowering out whilst jumaring a pitch to clean it. This could be to get round horizontal traverse or roof.

    Steve Sinfield climbing the initial damp grooves pitches on the amazing 17 pitch remote wall the Lotus Flower Tower in the Cirque of the Unclimbables. In order to fix a rope to allow a speedy blast off.

    Steve Sinfield climbing the initial damp grooves pitches on the amazing 17 pitch remote wall the Lotus Flower Tower in the Cirque of the Unclimbables. In order to fix a rope to allow a speedy blast off.

    The Kitchatna Spires a fine and remote range of mountains that is rarely visited.

    The Kitchatna Spires a fine and remote range of mountains that is rarely visited.

    Troll Wall, Europe's highest cliff and one that gave Snowdonia Mountain Guides head coach a stern lesson in learning the basic of big walling.

    Troll Wall, Europe's highest cliff and one that gave Snowdonia Mountain Guides head coach a stern lesson in learning the basic of big walling.


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