...ROCK CLIMBING, SCRAMBLING, MOUNTAINEERING AND HILLWALKING IN NORTH WALES...GUIDING, COACHING AND INSTRUCTION
November 23, 2017
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
Course Start Dates:
April 4, 2020
NB: We can arrange course dates to meet your requirements.
Josh Douglas on the incredible Looning the Tube, a HVS/E1 slab and crack that really sets the bar for classic slate routes.
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.
Learning how to haul with mechanical advantage and pulleys. The same lessons run on our how to big wall and rope rescue courses.
Snowdonia Mountain Guides owner Mark Reeves on the First Free Ascent of Pitch 3 of Passage to Freedom, one of Leo Houlding's first attempts at free climbing El Cap (cicra 2000). The party atmosphere capture by his miniDisc player an speaker blaring techno all over the cliff as we climbed, how times have changed!
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.
Learning Hauling Systems
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.