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Costa Blanca Christmas

Costa Blanca Christmas

So yet again I have been lucky enough to spend another 3 weeks rock climbign and generally hanging out with my partner and her family and friends in Costa Blanca. We have been holed up in a lovely villa near Moraira, just north of Calpe. […]

App-guide to Spanish Rock Climbing

App-guide to Spanish Rock Climbing

So over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to climb across Spain as part of my job. As I do this I like to really get to know an area and as I do I collect data and images in order […]

Winter mountain day on Parsons Nose

Winter mountain day on Parsons Nose

A fantastic day out on Snowdon today. A quick solo of Parsons Nose and then along Crib Coch in really amazing still, crisp and clear conditions. I am so lucky to be able to do this in such amazing conditions, although much prefer those sunny sports crags in Spain.

Massive thanks to Simon for dragging me out. Really social up there today with a bunch of locals enjoying the perfect weekday conditions. Although the snow is not consolidated so gully will be not in nick yet!

   

Simon Lake on the amazing Parson's Nose, which brings you up to what is normally the end of the difficulties on Crib Y Drygsl, but it is best to head back down this and across Crib Coch and down the North Ridge of Crib COch, to make one of the best technical mountaineering horseshoes in Snowdonia if not the UK.
Simon Lake on the amazing Parsons Nose, which brings you up to what is normally the end of the difficulties on Crib Y Drygsl, but it is best to head back down this and across Crib Coch and down the North Ridge of Crib Coch, to make one of the best technical mountaineering horseshoes in Snowdonia if not the UK.

 

 
 
Rope Matters

Rope Matters

So I went to the Brenin last night and attended a lecture by Daniel Gebel on Rope Matters, this guy really is the ulimate geek when it comes to haning on a rope. His presetation was both  entertaining and eye opening. In aprticular I think […]

New website

New website

If you are here you have found the new website and the news section. Hopefully, over the coming months we will keep you up to date with what we are up to by posting our news here. At the moment we are full steam ahead […]

THE SNOWDONIA MOUNTAIN GUIDES TEAM

THE SNOWDONIA MOUNTAIN GUIDES TEAM

This section of the site is still under development. We have developed a strong team of instructors to help us deliver our courses.

Mark Reeves enjoying a day out at the Cromlech

MARK REEVES – OWNER AND HEAD COACH

Mark has the industry standard qualifications of Mountaineering Instructor and Winter Mountain Leader. However, he also has the added qualification of a postgraduate Masters Degree in Applied Sports Science in Effective Coaching, Sports Psychology and Performance Physiology.

On top of this Mark has over 20 years experience in the industry at many different levels. Including delivering governing body award and international qualifications in climbing coaching and guiding in the UK and across the world. In his spare time Mark climbs regularly up to E5 at present, mainly onsight trad climbing. In the past he has climb E6 and F7b, and can still do so when he manages to find the time to climb.

Mark pulls on all this experience to develop the courses Snowdonia Mountain Guides deliver. In order to make the courses as practical and relevant to what you desire. At our core in the notion that we run student centred courses.

He is also the author of:

  • North Wales Climbs
  • How to Climb Harder
  • Hanging By A Thread: The Science, History, Technology and Culture of Rock Climbing and Mountaineering
  • Effective Coaching for Rock Climbing Instructors

TERRY – CLIMBING COACH AND MOUNTAINEERING

Terry has his Mountain Instructor Award and a Ski coaching qualification. He uses these to offer fantastic climbing coaching that is aimed at developing students as individual.

Terry is only around for the summer as he moves to the Alp to coach skiing. During the summer he is mainly found either training in the Mill or at LPT on his latest redpoint project. In 2017 he climbed 8a!

ED – CLIMBING COACH AND MOUNTAINEERING

The head coach always sees Ed as a bit of a youngster, as he first met him when he was a teenager kid on a climbing course. He showed massive promise back then and today Ed steps in to provide climbing and mountaineering guiding and instruction.

Ed is one of the strongest climbers in the Snowdonia Mountain Guides team. Climbing routes up to E8 amd F8b. So if you need guiding up some classic E5, maybe Ed will be your man!

SIMON – MOUNTAINEERING

Simon is born and bred in Wales, he holds his MIA and specialises in Mountaineering courses for us. Delivering anything from a Snowdon Walks through to advance scrambling up some of Snowdonia’s most challenging peaks.

His day job is work to help develop local adventure tourism and help provide a pathway for local people to gain a footing in the Adventure Tourism Industry. As such we are really lucky to have Simon as part of our team.

SABBY – CLIMBING COACH AND MOUNTAINEERING

Sabby holds her MIA and works on many courses for us from rock climbing through to Mountaineering. She has only recently qualified as an instructor but has shown she is really capable instructor who bubbles with enthusiasm.

PAUL TERRY – SNOWDON GUIDE

Paul work’s locally but we first met him out surfing and have since got to know him well. This ended with us eventually employing him to do some of our Guided Walks.

Instructor Development

Instructor Development

Our head coach and instructor Mark Reeves has been involved with the long-term development of climbing coaches and instructors for over 15 years. Both in the UK and abroad. He is an expert in helping you discover your weaknesses and develop a plan to work on […]

Snowdon Walks

Snowdon Walks

We offer great guided walks up Snowdon. With our qualified and experienced instructors, we can find a solution to help get you to the top and back down safely. Give us a call and we can discuss how we can help you reach the highest […]

Rock Climbing Coaching

Rock Climbing Coaching

We specialise in rock climbing courses based in the heart of Snowdonia in North Wales. We have written a guidebook to the area and books on coaching climbing. You won’t find a better provider if you want to learn to climb or improve your climbing.

The venues we have give us easy access to make all our courses full of classic climbs from Diff upwards. The area really does everything we need to deliver our courses on world-class trad and sports climbing. Couple this with Snowdonia Mountains Guides ethos of practical coaching in real-life situations and what you get are market leading rocking climbing courses from highly experienced and qualified climbing coaches and instructors.

Most of our climbing courses are directed by the owner Mark Reeves who has over twenty years climbing experience in North Wales, regularly climbs up to E5, has written a guidebook to the area and the coaching book How to Climb Harder. On top of this mark has been teaching climbing since 1997, has the converted Mountain Instructor Award and a Master Degree in Effective Coaching, Sport’s Psychology and Performance Physiology.

All of this accrued knowledge Mark uses to make his coaching courses as effective to each individual as possible. Doing this with an enthusiasm for the sport that is infectious. What we offer is an opening into the world of rock climbing through the eyes of a great coach and active rock climber who writes for national magazines and guidebook publishers.

So what are you waiting for come and join the fun and find out more about our rock climbing courses.

How to Climb Harder – 2 Day

Dream of pushing your grade and climbing harder? On our How to Climb Harder course we use a holistic approach to improve your technique, tactics, confidence and mental approach to climbing, to deliver repeatable results to your climbing. There is even a How to Climb Harder textbook to go with the course.

 

 

Duration: 2 Day Cost 250

Lead Climb Coaching – 2 day

Climbing the classic Boo Boo at Tremadog on one of our rock climbing courses

You can already lead climb but are stuck at a certain grade dreaming of climbing harder routes. Maybe you need to find a new edge or just want someone to give you the thumbs up and say you are fine to push on. This Lead Climb Coaching course is designed to offer bespoke coaching for you and your needs.

 

Duration: 2 Day Cost 300

Intro to Rock Climbing – 2 Day

Leading to Climb on the Classic Diff Boo Boo at Tremadog

Have you dreamt of climbing outside? Need a helping hand gaining the skills required to do so safely? This course will help make those first brave steps. We will take you through all the skill you need to be an independent climber. We will take you through all the skill you need to be an independent climber.

 

Duration: 2 Day Cost 300

Private Rock Climbing Guiding

Got a route you’ve always dreamt of climbing, an enchainment through the mountains of Wales or just want to rack up the rock climbing mileage, then our private rock climbing guiding is a highly recommended and enjoyable way to get the most out of a short trip to Wales or elsewhere.

 
 
 

Duration: 1 Day Cost 200

Intro to Rock Climbing – 5 Day

Leading to Climb on the Classic Diff Boo Boo at Tremadog

Have you dreamt of climbing outside? Need a helping hand gaining the skills required to do so safely? This course will help make those first brave steps. We will take you through all the skill you need to be an independent climber.

 

Duration: 5 Day Cost 600

Private Rock Climbing Coaching

Comes the Dervish (E3), one of the classic slate routes and one we have help people climb through our performance rock climbing coaching.

If you want to improve your climbing at any level then our personal coaching days will suit you. Whether it is a single day or a week. We are bound to be able to help you break new ground in terms of difficulty and commitment.

 

 
 

Duration: 1 Day Cost 200

Improvised Rescue for Rock Climbers

Could you rescue your climbing partner from this situation?

Have you ever wondered what to do if you, your climbing partner or someone else had an accident at the crag where you are climbing? This Improvised Rescue for Rock Climbers course should be essential for trad climbers and will give you the confidence to know what to do if the worst happens.

 


Duration: 2 Day Cost 300

How to Big Wall

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

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.

 


Duration: 2 Day Cost 300

Lead Climbing Coaching – 5 Day

Our lead climbing coaching courses use route like this one, Crackstone Rib in the Llanberis Pass.

You can already lead climb but are stuck at a certain grade dreaming of climbing harder routes. Maybe you need to find a new edge or just want someone to give you the thumbs up and say you are fine to push on. This lead climbing coaching course is designed to offer bespoke training for you and your specific needs.

 


Duration: 5 Day Cost 600

UK Trad Climbing Tour

Come on a month long climbing trip of a lifetime, as we clock up some serious mileage on the best UK trad climbs in the UK.

Want your climbing to improve rapidly? This month-long UK Trad climbing tour of the greatest climbing routes and destinations will make a real difference to your fitness and confidence.

 

Duration: 28 Day Cost 3400

Introduction to Sports Climbing

Want to climb harder? If so this course will look at all aspect of your climbing and help you improve your techniques, tactics, physical and psychological performances.

Across the whole of the UK there is a growing number of bolted sports climbs. If you want to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor sports climbing, then this introduction to sports climbing course will teach you all the essential skills to head out sports climbing anywhere.

 

 
 

Duration: 2 Day Cost 300
Winter In Costa Blanca

Winter In Costa Blanca

So last year I decided to spend the following winter in Spain. Mainly because I love it here and it allows me to focus on my passion for rock climbing. As depsite the winter qualifications I possess I much prefer rock climbing. I also reach […]