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FAQS – Frequently Asked Questions
Why take a guided tour?
Why indeed? Because you already know the best problems, the hidden gems, the routes that suit your ability… You already know where to go to escape the crowds, to find the most beautiful spots, and where to go if the weather turns… And you’re expert in how to avoid the long walk- or ride-ins, take sneaky shortcuts or seek out the best places for lunch breaks while learning about the mountain environment around you… Need we go on?
Are your mountain guides qualified?
Our guides hold the Mountaineering Instructor Award, the industry gold-standard for leading groups in outdoor activities. Backed by many years of outdoor experience, extensive local knowledge…and not to mention a little military background…you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.
Are your ride guides qualified?
Our guides have National Governing Body qualifications issued through the Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association (SMBLA) but more importantly are all Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) instructors. Therefore able to deliver local knowledge, flora and fauna, deliver navigation packages and generally get you out of any pickle the hills might throw at you!
What equipment do I need?
We provide all of the specialist equipment such as ropes and helmets. If you have your own kit you are welcome to use it. We will provide you with a detailed kit list when you book on the course.
We can provide all bouldering mats. Have your own? The more the merrier (the softer the landing)!
Do I need my own mountain bike?
We can provide bikes on novice and intermediate courses. Bring your own bike £30. Must have the ability to ride for 2-3 hrs. All mountain bike courses are suitable for over 18s only. A personal clothing list will be provided on booking.
Can I bring a Camera?
Yes, we recommend only bringing a waterproof disposal camera. With any other camera we cannot guarantee it will make it out in one piece. You’ll have some stunning pictures to show that you were not bluffing and prove that your feats are actually true!
Who can do the rock climbing courses?
The minimum age for all climbing activities is 18, or 13 if you have a parent or legal guardian taking part with you. There is no upper age limit, but bear in mind this is a physical activity.
- Intro to North Wales Rock Climbing requires no previous climbing experience, indoors or out
- Stepping Out is aimed at the already competent indoor climber – no previous outdoor experience needed
- Intermediate Climber and Rock Improver courses are for you if you have a good level of experience but want to advance your skills
- If you want to improve your ropework systems skills, Advanced Rope Work is aimed at you
- Lead Climbing Coaching is ideal if you have a good level of experience as a Lead climber and wish to improve their overall performance
- If you have a good level of experience as a second or bottom roping but now wish to experience the thrill of being on the sharp end – then The Sharp End is for you!
Who can do the scrambling courses?
The minimum age for scrambling is 18, or 13 if you have a parent or legal guardian taking part with you. There is no upper age limit, but please bear in mind this is quite a physical activity.
- The Walker to Scrambler course is ideal for anyone used to mountain hiking and wants to learn how to scramble safely on steeper rock
- If you have scrambling experience but want to learn more techniques, the Intermediate Scrambler course for you
- If you have scrambling and some rock climbing experience The Advanced Scrambler course will take your skills to even greater heights
Who are the mountaineering courses suitable for?
The minimum age for our mountaineering courses is 18, or 13 if you have a parent or legal guardian taking part with you. There is no upper age limit.
- The Mountaineering Skills Workshop is open to all levels of mountaineering experience. It’s all about getting out on the mountain, and safely enjoying a lot of fresh air and fun!
- The Mountain Leader Refresher Workshop is a refresher exercise if you’re about to take the Mountain Leader syllabus assessment
Who can do hiking, bouldering, coasteering and gorge walking?
The minimum age for the activity is 18 years, or 13 yrs if you have a parent or legal guardian taking part with you. There is no upper age limit, but please bear in mind this is quite a physical activity.
- Snowdonia’s Classics hiking and scrambling are aimed at all levels of mountain experience in either category
- Bouldering Coaching is aimed at those that wish to improve their overall bouldering performance
- The Bouldering Tour is aimed at those that wish for a guided experience of the best bouldering that North Wales has to offer
- For Coasteering you must be happy in water. We would usually recommend that nobody under the age of 16 tries the full day activity.
- Even non-swimmers can try Gorge Walking as we provide you with buoyancy aids, but you must be happy in water. It is normal to have people within a group who can’t swim. We would usually recommend that nobody under the age of 16 tries the full day activity.
How long is the Coasteering Adventure Session?
A session would normally last around 2 - 3 hours, depending on the size, nature of the group and the prevailing weather conditions.
How long is the Gorge Adventure Session?
This depends on the session that you select. As a guide, a session would normally last around 2 - 3 hours. A full day, depending on the size, nature of the group and the prevailing weather conditions is approximately 5 hours.
How do the coasteering/gorge walking sessions work?
We use the coasts of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula, and the gorges in the Conwy Valley. We meet at a pre-agreed location and escort you to the starting point. Here we get changed and your fully qualified instructor will provide a safety briefing and outline of the journey ahead. A few scratches and bruises are to be expected, but the activity is designed to be as safe and enjoyable as possible with a ratio of one instructor to just six adventurers.
Within each session we try to incorporate elements of fun, as well as learning new skills, going on a journey, the spirit of adventure and coaching. Each session will have one of these elements as its main focus, either because the activity naturally offers it, or to tailor the session to the group’s aims. Be sure to let us know if there is something you would like to learn, or have concerns about. We know that you are doing the activity as part of your time off, so your enjoyment will always be our priority.
What will I have to wear for my Coasteering or Gorge Walking Session?
We will provide you with a wet suit, cag, buoyancy aid and helmet. Your experienced guides carry safety equipment and ensure that you have a safe quality experience.
You will need a base layer/t-shirt and swimwear/shorts to wear under your wetsuit, some baggy shorts to wear over your wetsuit and shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Remember to bring a towel. Don’t worry; we will remind you of this kit list when you book.
What does your team-building deliver?
Eryri Mountaineering and Adventure Activities are great at development. We want to help you and your team to be your best by drawing on unparalleled and extensive experience gained in demanding personal performance, leadership and management roles in our careers. Please check out our personal profiles.
We offer choice and flexibility with our tailored training programmes, giving you appropriate solutions to your challenges in areas such as:
- Teambuilding and cohesion
- Problem solving and creative thinking
- Ability to deal with stress
- Coping mechanisms
- Forming new teams or developing existing teams/relationships
Back in the workplace you will improve individual and team performance, develop positive relationships enhance retention and increase productivity.
Who can do the Mountain Leader Training?
Mountain Leader Training UK strictly requires that all students be registered prior to commencing the course. The Board will not recognise completion of the course by non-registered participants. Copies of the guidance notes are available from the MLTUK. Bring your logbook to the course fully completed with your experience. You will benefit most from the course if you are fit and have experience of using a map and compass in the mountain environment.
Is there an age limit to ML training?
The minimum age for the scheme is 18 years. There is no upper age limit, but please bear in mind this is quite a physical activity.
What preparations do I need to make for ML Training?
For the NGB ML Summer assessment you must first prepare the following:
- Record of ML training course or evidence of exemption
- Presentable and up to date record of experience
- A minimum 40 “quality mountain days” in the UK or Ireland
- A minimum of 8 nights camping, at least 4 of which are “wild camping”
- Personal profile page completed by a referee
Check that your first aid certificate is current and acceptable to the MLTUK and BRING THIS WITH YOU TO THE ASSESSMENT
Do you provide accommodation?
We can recommend self-catering or other accommodation for your course duration. If you are attending as a group we can arrange specific accommodation suitable for your needs.