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 Courses in Snowdonia

Snowdonia scrambling

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
  • 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 course: £320 (for up to 4 people)

Scrambling in Snowdonia – Learning to Lead

scrambling on Ampitheatre Butress in Snowdonia

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 2 day course. The training aims to consolidate the lessons from the Improvers’ course 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

Price per course: £360 (for up to 2 people)

Further Reading

It’s all in a name – Welsh Mountain names
Five Grade 1 Scrambles to Get You Started 
UKH.com – SKILLS: 25 Tips for Safer Scrambling Without Ropes
The BMC: The 5 biggest pitfalls to avoid when scrambling