The Rock Climbing Company offers adventurous mountain activities in Snowdonia and Spain. The company and courses are run by climbing instructor Silvia Fitzpatrick and they are supported by Simon Marsh.
Silvia Fitzpatrick is a MIA qualified mountaineering and climbing Instructor who has been climbing all over the world at a high level for more than 22 years. Simon is SPA qualified and head of climbing at DMM. He is also a director of the Ground Up which researches and publishes rock climbing guidebooks.
Silvia is one of the relatively few female climbing instructors to hold the Mountain Instructor Award from the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and is a full member of both the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and the Mountain Leader Training Association; these are the representative bodies for professionally qualified mountaineering instructors in the British Isles. They are committed to promoting good practice in all mountaineering instruction.
Silvia is also qualified as a Physical Education and Modern Language Teacher and is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.
Silvia has an impressive climbing CV that includes:
• Several successful summits in Patagonia including the first female ascent of the amazing Cerro Fitz Roy. Many alpine classics such as the Bonatti Pillar (before it fell down!), the Walker Spur and the North Face of the Eiger. Silvia also made an early repeat of 'The Fish' in the Dolomites.
• In the UK her trad achievements include many classic E5s such as Right Wall, Positron and Hunger in North Wales; Black Magic and Darkinbad in North Devon; A Grey English Morning and Headhunter in Pembroke. In 2006 she pulled off her hardest leads on natural gear by doing Mammoth Direct (E5/6) and Alien (E6) on the Main Cliff of Gogarth.
• Silvia was the British Female Indoor Climbing Champion in 1994 and a member of the British Competition Climbing Team from 1993 to 1995.
• In sport climbing, she has climbed over forty routes graded 8a and above in locations throughout Europe, UK, Asia and Australia. She has recently red pointed her hardest sport route: El Oraculo (8b) in El Chorro, Spain. In the autumn Silvia migrates to Southern Spain, where she offers rock climbing instruction and guiding in sunny venues.
In June 1994 the Spanish magazine Desnivel published an article on Silvia when she put up a new 8a+ in the Pyrenees. It was at this time that the local climbers gave her the nickname Fanatic Patrick because of her enthusiastic determination to climb as much as possible.
The British climbing magazine 'Climber' printed a profile of Silvia in 2007 shortly after she red pointed El Oraculo (8b) on the amazing Makinodromo wall at El Chorro.
Silvia is sponsored by and gratefully acknowledges the assistance of:
DMM - very fine climbing equipment.
Mammut - great ropes + rock shoes