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Learn to Lead Scrambling Courses


We offer a range of scrambling courses, including Learn to Lead Scrambling Courses, in Eryri (Snowdonia), the Lake District and the Scotland (usually Glencoe and Ben Nevis). Our courses cater for different levels of ability and experience.


We do not schedule courses in advance on specific dates, as we prefer to make each course bespoke for you.


If you have a fair amount of scrambling experience, and have done some ‘trad’ rock-climbing too, then you might want to learn the skills associated with leading Grade 2 and 3 scrambles in a safe but smooth and efficient manner. This course will teach you those skills, derived from Alpine mountaineering, which will allow you and your partner to move quickly but safely on the more difficult scrambles in the UK (and indeed in the Alps too).

Once you have learned some of the essential skills, then you will be ready to head off and have your own adventures.

Instructor:client ratio

On this course, there is usually a maximum ratio of 1:2, depending on the exact aims and routes chosen.

Other courses

If a learn to lead scrambling course is not what you are looking for, then take a look at some of our other courses:

…or see what our clients say about us.

Two climbers ascending the steep corner of the Dolmen Ridge on Glyder Fach

Course Details

Who is the course for?

This course is for those with prior experience of scrambling on Grade 2 and Grade 3 routes who wish to lead these sort of routes for themselves. They should also have some experience of seconding (or leading) ‘traditional’ rock-climbs and be familiar with belays and protection.  This course is also suitable for those preparing for a first Alpine season.

Where is it held?

Our learn to lead scrambling courses are generally held in the Lake District or Eryri (Snowdonia) and also on the west coast of Scotland, for example Glencoe and Ben Nevis.

How long is the course?

This course is a minimum of two days, but 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?

  • Personal movement on Grade 2 and Grade 3 scrambles
  • Managing the rope – using chest coils and hand coils
  • Placing protection
  • Direct and indirect belays
  • Using an Italian Hitch
  • Pitching, short-pitching and moving together
  • Retreating from a route (e.g. by abseil)
  • Judgement and decision-making – when to apply which technique

What equipment is included?

As an experienced mountaineer you are likely to have all your own equipment, including all clothing and a harness and helmet. However, we can provide a harness and helmet if necessary. You are also likely to posses some of your own climbing equipment and we encourage you to bring and use it.

We will:-

  • Provide ropes and all technical climbing hardware.
  • Discuss an appropriate kit list when you book.

What does it cost?

“Open” courses are shown in the Calendar along with their prices. A typical 2-day weekend course costs £260 per person (based on a 1:2 ratio).

“Private” bookings for one day start at £235 for one person; and £260 for two people (i.e. £130 per person) etc. From the 4th day, a discounted rate will apply.