John Dunne and Plas y Brenin: Outdoor Climbing For Indoor Climbersadded May/2009, see all Plas y Brenin news & reviews
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Available only to Manchester Climbing Centre members, the new courses are tailored specifically for competent indoor climbers, helping them to gather the technique and confidence to take full advantage of the UK's mountains, cliffs and crags under their own steam.
Manchester Climbing Centre's Managing Director John Dunne has been closely involved with Plas y Brenin for many years, working with them on various high profile climbing projects including technique development porgrammes, technical photo shoots, retail staff training projects for key outdoor brands and of course the infamous John Dunne Masterclasses, which ran successfully at Plas y Brenin for several years.
John's longstanding relationship with the National Mountain Centre has been a key factor in the development of the partnership and the new courses.
On announcing the new partnership John Dunne commented:
"Our members are adventurous people, that's why they come to us rather than pounding away on a treadmill at their local gym. They are always looking for a new challenge and after spending so much time and effort training indoors there is an obvious progression for them to climb outdoors.
It's important that we focus on our core work at the Manchester Climbing Centre, which is why we needed a serious partner to deliver our outdoor climbing programme. As a brand leader like us Plas y Brenin are committed in the same way to maintaining high standards and equipping climbers with the skill and judgement to climb on their own in a safe and responsible way. It was clear from the start that we shared the same values as climbers as well as businesses."
The partnership launches this month with a series of courses including advanced scrambling, multi-pitch mountain skills, and guided classic routes. They have even added a family adventure sports week to the menu where members can bring along the kids to try out all kinds of exciting new activities in the mountains.
As a further development to the partnership Plas y Brenin's instructors have also scheduled several staff training events at the Manchester Climbing Centre where the impressive range of facilities including several 20 metre lead walls will provide an unrivalled platform for developing their staff coaching skills.
In a series of 'return fixtures' Manchester Climbing Centre's Staff will visit Plas y Brenin for a wide range of staff training activities, events and courses.
Speaking at the official launch of the new partnership Martin Doyle, PYB's Chief Executive said:
"At Plas y Brenin we take care to ensure everything we offer is of the highest possible standard. We had no hesitation in welcoming Manchester Climbing Centre as our partner in the North West of England. It was obvious they held the same commitment to high standards. Like us, they are climbers themselves with a keen sense of what is right for the sport. Between us we'll be able to help more people discover climbing and give them the opportunity to continue to develop in the sport."
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