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A select group of parcs in Europe (France, Italy, Austria & Spain) that make perfect bases for rock climbing holidays. There's great availability and keen pricing during the peak climbing months of May, June, Sept and Oct. Offering a wide range of comfortable, fully equipped accommodation, in superb locations.
| climbing/scrambling | France | Italy | Austria | Spain |
Picos Rock & Snow
based: Cantabria, Spain
Guided walking, trekking, scrambling, snowshoeing and ski touring holidays in the unspoilt Picos de Europa mountains of Northern Spain, with the Picos experts.
| climbing/scrambling | walk/trek/hike | ski mountaineering/touring | snowshoeing | off-piste skiing| Spain |
Rockbusters arrange sport climbing and bouldering holidays in Europe. Their main focus is their European Roadtrip, a 2-month climbing extravaganza which can also be taken in week-long blocks, they also run a number of sport climbing camps and a summer Czech sandstone course.
| climbing/scrambling | bouldering | UK | Spain | Germany | Czech Republic |
Alpinism & Ski
based: Wanaka, New Zealand
Mountain challenges in the Southern Alps of New Zealand; offering mountaineering courses, guided mountain ascents and ski and snowboard touring.
| ski mountaineering/touring | climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | New Zealand |
based: Wyoming, USA
Aconcagua, Alps, Antarctica, Bolivia, South America and Patagonia expedition guides and mountain climbing outfitters.
| mountaineering | mountain guides | walk/trek/hike | climbing/scrambling | ski mountaineering/touring | expeditions | Alaska | South America |
based: Otago, New Zealand
Ten day inclusive multi-activity and extreme sports adventure tours.
| bungee jumping | mountain biking | climbing/scrambling | white water rafting | parachuting/skydiving/parascending | New Zealand |
Dragon Mountain Skills
based: Gwynedd, Wales, UK
Friendly, professional instruction in mountaineering, climbing and adventure activities in North Wales.
| climbing/scrambling | winter skills | navigation/orienteering | Wales |
Earthworks Rock Climbing
based: California, USA
Rock climbing weekends for beginners through advanced level, including outdoor yoga and climbing instruction.
| climbing/scrambling | yoga | USA |
based: Sussex, UK
Climbing and outdoor pursuits in Sussex and the UK.
| climbing / scrambling | UK |
James Thacker Mountaineering
based: Derbyshire, UK
Climbing instruction and guiding in the Derbyshire Peak District and UK-wide.
| climbing/scrambling | ice climbing | UK |
Ryan Glass Mountaineering
based: Costa Blanca, Spain
Personalised rock climbing courses in Spain and winter mountaineering courses in Scotland.
| climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | Spain | Scotland |
Stuart Johnston Mountaineering
based: Perth, Scotland, UK
Professional instruction and guiding services, especially designed to cater for your particular needs and desires.
| climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | ice climbing | winter skills | Scotland | Spain |
Wanaka Rock Climbing & Abseil Adventures
based: South Island, New Zealand
Single and multi-day rock climbing courses for all abilities in spectacular surroundings.
| climbing/scrambling | abseiling | tailor made | New Zealand |
Climbing and scrambling, the definitions
This Travel-Quest category covers both rock climbing and scrambling holidays and courses, the difference between the two loosely depends on the steepness of the ground and the difficulty of the route, but there is some overlap between hard scrambling and the easier rock climbs.
Scrambling (sometimes referred to as 'Alpine scrambling') could be described easy rock climbing and covers the area between walking and climbing. It can be differentiated from walking by the use of hands for pulling up and balance. It's generally done without ropes and other technical equipment. Like rock climbing routes, scrambles are graded with a range that starts at Grade 1 ('Easy"), but which goes up to Grade 3 ('Difficult'), where some routes call for rock climbing skills and the security of a rope. Because it doesn't use the levels of protection used in rock climbing, scrambling at the higher grades can, in fact, be a more serious activity than low graded rock climbing.
Rock climbing courses
Scrambling becomes climbing as it get steeper and more difficult and once it involves the use of protection equipment like: ropes and harnesses, carabiners, belay and rappel devices (descenders), ascenders, slings, nuts etc. etc. – and where users wear rock shoes in warm conditions and climbing boots in the cold.
There are a number of different styles and types of climbing and we're listing most of these of these within this one category, which may cover: trad (traditional) climbing, sport climbing, top-roped, soloing, free climbing, indoor climbing-wall courses etc. But we also have separate sections for bouldering, ice climbing, Via Ferratas and canyoning – accessed from the main mountain index here.
UK: Wide choice of short climbing experiences
Want to try out rock climbing before you go in a longer course? This is a special entry focusing on an excellent range of exhilarating one-day and gift climbing opportunities that range from indoor rock climbing courses at four UK locations, to full day rock climbing and abseiling experiences at the well known Harrison's Rocks crag in East Sussex.
As well as this there are: kid's climbing and abseiling courses; ice climbing opportunities; coasteering, canyoning and gorge walking; mixed mountain multi-activity days; and high ropes adventures for all ages.
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