The high early season demand has largely been for mountain scrambling courses from experienced hill walkers who are keen to tackle more adventurous terrain and want to learn the skills necessary to move safely on steep, mountainous terrain.
This increased demand for adventurous activities is exemplified by the demand for courses to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, by the exposed Crib Goch ridge. It is no longer enough for many people to climb Snowdon via the normal walking routes (Pyg Track and Miners Track), instead they want to get to the summit via the difficult and dramatic scramble along the rocky Crib Goch ridge (http://rockclimbingcompany.co.uk/
The demand for scrambling courses has been backed up with a steady demand for rock climbing courses from people who want to know how to climb outside after learning to climb inside on climbing walls.
The weather this weekend was perfect for the first courses of the year in North Wales. The alpine backdrop of snow on the high mountains contrasted strongly with the warmth of the sun on lower ground and allowed all the courses to run perfectly.
Silvia Fitzpatrick, owner of the Rock Climbing Company (http://rockclimbingcompany.co.uk/
The strong start to the season coincided with a meeting of the core mountaineering organisations in Cardiff with members of the Welsh Assembly Government to champion the importance of adventure activity tourism to the North Wales economy.
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