Rock Climbing

Rock climbing in North Wales is an exciting challenge. It involves scaling the cliffs and crags that are located close to the centre and around North Wales. There are climbs of all difficulty suiting young people on their first climbing adventure or seasoned professionals who will travel far and wide for the ultimate challenge. We are fortunate to have a range of different rock types around Snowdonia, each giving a unique style of climbing and all located in beautiful settings.

Bouldering & Weaseling

A typical day climbing will start with bouldering. This involves playing on the rocks close to the ground, where fellow team members can keep each other safe through 'spotting'. Techniques are tried and challenges undertaken as the group explore movement on rock together.

Weaseling is another activity often incorporated into bouldering, which involves squeezing through gaps and holes in the rock and boulders. Various interconnected sqeezes create a mini caving expedition.

Roped Outdoor Rock Climbing

On to the main cliffs, when ropes and harnesses are used to allow safe, adventurous fun up to the top. The groups learn to look after each other through belaying, holding and managing the rope. With a tight rope above, the activity is perfectly safe, but still allows the rush of excitement as the groups climb into lofty positions.  To return to ground, the groups learn how to be lowered off, leaning back onto the rope while their teammates control the descent.

Multi-Pitch Climbing

For advanced groups multi-pitch climbing can also be offered. The bigger and more complex cliffs have to be done in stages allowing 200m+ climbs to be achieved. For those who love climbing this is the next step, you can't help but be impressed. Classic routes on Idwal Slabs in Ogwen, Llanberis Pass and Tremadog all offer a multitude of options at all grades. This has to be done at lower ratios with 1:2 being ideal although still possible at 1:4.


North Wales Rock Climbing Venues

We are located near Llanberis in North Wales, so within 10 minutes drive we have ideal beginner venues around Llyn Padarn, and more advanced climbs for all levels in the Llanberis Pass - the valley between Snowdon and the Glyder mountain range.  Popular slate climbing venues are based in the quarries overlooking Llanberis allowing for interesting exploration around the old quarry workings too.  A short drive to the ever sunny crags of Anglesey or Tremadog allow us to find dry Welsh rock even on those days when the mountains are shrouded in mist.  


As with our other activities rock climbing can be booked by private Adult or Family Groups. Prices start at £195 for two people with each additional person (up to a maximum group size of 10) adding £15 to the cost. Contact us for available dates.

Rock climbing is an integral part of most of our Schools and Youth courses at Arete. Example 5 day catered residetial from £235 per pupil.

Rock climbing could well be integrated into the multi-activity, and certainly forms the focus for the rock-based, Gold DofE Residentials or young persons' Summer Camps.

For those wishing to instruct others in rock climbing the SPA Award courses offer the appropriate professional training and assessment.