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Introduction to Scrambling Courses


We offer Introduction to Scrambling Courses (which are ideal for beginners) along with various other scrambling courses in the Lake DistrictEryri (Snowdonia), and the Scotland (usually Glencoe and Ben Nevis).


In general, we do not schedule these in advance, as we like to make each one bespoke. This is how we adapt them to cater for different levels of ability and experience. However, we do have a limited number of  ‘open’ courses which are available to book on. These are shown in our events calendar.


If you have never tried scrambling and are not sure what it is all about; or if you already know of some of the great easy scrambles around the country but have never not quite had the nerve to tackle them yourself – then come and try one of introduction to scrambling courses.

You will get a complete introduction to the activity aimed at giving you the skills and confidence to start exploring the mountains on more adventurous routes.

Instructor:client ratio

Depending on the exact activities and locations, we have a maximum ratio of 1:6.

Other courses

If an introduction to scrambling course is not what you are looking for, then look at some of our other courses:

…or see what our clients say about us.

A climber standing on one of the pinnacles on Bristly Ridge on Glyder Fach

Course Details

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone trying scrambling for the very first time. You might be an experienced mountain walker who has never ventured onto technical scrambling ground; or you might be a rock climber who has never ventured into the mountains before; or you may be neither, but just someone who is fit and active, with a reasonable head for heights, who wants to jump in at the deep end.

Where is it held?

Our introduction to scrambling courses are generally held in the Lake DistrictEryri (Snowdonia) or Scotland.

How long is the course?

This course is a minimum of one day long, but is often booked as a two-day weekend. We can also run the course for longer periods, perhaps separated by a few days to give time for you to reflect and practice, or run as a block of days to give you an intensive burst of learning and practical experience.

What does the course cover?

  • What is scrambling?
  • Benefits and risks associated with scrambling
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Using a scrambling guidebook
  • Route-finding during the scramble
  • Judgement and decision-making

What equipment is included?

You will need to provide: warm clothing including a waterproof jacket; mountaineering boots; and a rucksack of 30 litres or more. If you have your own helmet then you will probably be more comfortable wearing your own.

We will:-

  • Provide helmets.
  • Discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What does it cost?

“Open” courses are shown in the Calendar along with their prices.

“Private” bookings for one day start at start at £200 for one person; £220 for two people (i.e. £110 per person); £240 for three people (i.e. £80 per person); £260 for four people (i.e. £65 per person); etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.