Scramble

Discover interesting ways to the top

Scrambling is the middle ground between hill walking and climbing where you need to use your hands to aid progression and sometimes, depending on the seriousness of the terrain, the use of a rope may be required.

Scrambles are graded by difficulty, from 1 to 3 –

Grade 1 is usually short sections of easy climbing where you need to use your hands to aid progress but a rope is rarely needed.

Grade 2 usually has longer sections of easy to moderate climbing where the use of a rope may required to safeguard the more exposed sections.

Grade 3 usually has extended sections of graded rock climbing where the use of a rope and removable protection is essential.

From the classics to the obscure, Snowdonia offers some of the best scrambling in the UK and the courses here will teach you the skills required to independently and safely access these routes. These courses cover everything from route choice, reading conditions and  safeguarding more exposed sections with efficient use of ropes and protection. 

 Follow the links below for more information on course content and prices.

Introduction to
Scrambling

This Introduction to Scrambling course will show you how to find the most interesting way to the top of a mountain, a ridge or a gully. 

This course is aimed at those with some hill walking experience looking to learn how to safely negotiate more adventurous, steeper routes away from marked paths without the need for rope and equipment. If you are looking for a guided day on a particular route such as Crib Goch or Tryfan, check out my Guided Scrambles

Course Content

This course is delivered in the mountains of Snowdonia by myself or, depending on availability, another qualified Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor.

Depending on the weather, we will spend both days exploring classic scrambles on Snowdon, Y Glyderau or Tryfan. Content covered includes:

  • Route finding and guidebook use
  • Movement skills
  • Navigation
  • Emergency procedures/retreating

The day will start at 9:00 in a cafe in Llanberis to discuss the plans for the day before departing for a day of scrambling and learning, and will finish approx. 4pm.

Scrambling in Snowdonia Higher Climbing Wales

Prices

Due to the terrain involved this course is run on a maximum ratio of 4 participants to 1 instructor. 

1 Day – £180 flat rate

2 Days – £340 flat rate

3 + days – £ 150 per day

1 Day – £220 flat rate

2 Days – £400 flat rate

3+ Days – £ 160 per day

Advanced Scrambling

Gain confidence for harder scrambles

Advanced Scrambles courses are designed to give you the confidence to safely take on graded scrambles by showing you the ropework and movement skills required. 

You don’t need to have used a rope for scrambling before but proven experience on graded (grade 1 or 2) scrambles is essential to ensure you get the most out of this advanced scrambling course. 

To ensure maximum learning, this course is run on a ratio of 2 participants to 1 instructor. 

All the necessary safety equipment can be provided at no extra cost.

Course Content

This course is delivered in the mountains of Snowdonia either by myself or, depending on availability, another Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI).

Depending on the weather, we will spend our time exploring classic scrambles on Snowdon, Y Glyderau or Tryfan’s East face. 

This course will include instruction in: 

  • How to find information on a route
  • When to deploy the rope
  • Anchor selection and building belays
  • Belaying and safeguarding your partner
  • Emergency procedures, should you ever need to retreat or call for help

Equipment needed:

An equipment list will be sent up on booking and any specific safety equipment can be provided if you don’t have your own at no extra cost.

Depending on prior experience, I usually recommend a 2 day course so you can have 1 day learning and a day consolidating this knowledge on a different scramble.

Main-gully-scramble-snowdonia-mountaineering-scrambling-higher climbing

Prices

These courses are run on a max ratio of 1 instructor to 2 participants. 

1:1 – £180 

1:2 – £220

Equipment included if required

1 to 1 – £340

1 to 2 – £400

Extra days can be booked subject to availability for: 

1:1 – £160pd

1:2 – £180pd

Guided Scrambling

Let me show you the best routes

If you are looking for someone to show you the way up a particular route you’ve wanted to do, or to be taken on terrain you want to experience but don’t know where to start I can show you some of the best examples of scrambling Wales has to offer. 

All safety equipment will be provided but you will need a sturdy pair of boots or approach shoes. A full equipment list will be sent to you upon booking. 

Guided ascent of Cneifion arete Higher Climbing Wales

Prices

These courses are run on a max ratio of 1 instructor to 2 participants. 

1:1 – £180 

1:2 – £220

Equipment included if required

1 to 1 – £340

1 to 2 – £400

Extra days can be booked subject to availability for: 

1:1 – £160pd

1:2 – £180pd

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