Mountain scrambling is an exhilarating way to ascend a mountain but attempted by the inexperienced it can be a dangerous choice of outdoor pursuit: the wrong choice of route on the wrong day can lead to disastrous consequences. Scrambling requires experienced route finding, navigational skills, judgement of the weather and sound technical skills when moving on steep ground. These courses aim to cover these areas whilst ticking off some wonderful mountain routes at the same time!

Scrambling improver’s course

Learn with the professionals how to safely plan and head on a day out scrambling in the mountains of the UK. This is a two day course for those of you who have tried scrambling before and now want to be able to navigate the easier grades for yourself learning about the hazards, how to select a route and how to interpret the guide book and follow a route.

Location: Grade 1 Scrambles in Snowdonia
Leader / client ratio: 1:4

Course content:

  • Planning and preparation for a day of scrambling
  • Interpretation of environmental factors
  • Interpretation of the guide book
  • Route finding
  • Navigational skills
  • Movement skills for steep ground
  • Guided ascents of classic routes including Tryfan’s North Ridge, Crib Goch, Bristly Ridge and the Llech Duu Spur

Price per person: £150

29/30 Apr 2017
8/9 June 2017
2/3 Sep 2017

Two or more of you who want to book this course now? Let us know when you want to do this and we’ll set it up for you!

Scrambling: Learn to Lead

For those of you bitten by the bug and looking to take the adventure further, we take the time to teach you the skills to tackle harder and more committing routes on this 3 day course. The training aims to consolidate the lessons from Scrambling Improvers and gain further mountain skills to get you started independently on all grades of route. Plus, at a leader to client ratio not exceeding 1:2 you’ll get to sample some fantastic high and airy grade 2 and 3 routes . . . bring it on!

Location: The Lake District & Snowdonia
Leader / client ratio: 1:2

Course content:

  • Further technique for climbing and movement on steep ground
  • Gear placement and removal
  • Basic rope skills for safeguarding short ascents and descents
  • Judgment and route finding
  • Hazard awareness and management
  • Interpreting guidebooks
  • Equipment review
  • Guided ascents of classic routes

The course is delivered over three days including 1 day at the rock face learning the principles of leader-placed protection and climbing. If you prefer, this course can be delivered in two parts with 1 day one week and the subsequent 2 days another week. Just let us know.

Price per person: £320

Dates of courses coming up:
27th – 29th May 2017
9th – 11th June 2017
26th – 28th Aug 2017

Two or more of you who want to book this course now? Let us know when you want to do this and we’ll set it up for you!

Further Training

Scrambling and good mountain navigation go hand in hand. Learn how to read a map and use a compass on one of our excellent navigation courses.

Taking responsibility for others on the hill or just by being in the mountains a lot means it’s only a matter of time before you’re faced with an emergency. Learn how to manage an incident in the outdoor environment on one of our Outdoor First Aid courses