Scrambling is a fantastic way of exploring the mountains and is a logical stepping-stone for adventurous hillwalkers who want to get off the beaten track and into steeper and more spectacular terrain. Mountain scrambles can vary significantly in difficulty and character and are typically graded from 1 to 3+ (the latter being more difficult). Some guidebooks describe more difficult (grade 3/3+) scrambles as easy rock climbs.
The skills required to accurately assess the difficulties that are likely to be encountered and to tackle them safely are significant. We aim to tailor our courses to suit your ability and aspirations. The majority of our scrambling and mountaineering courses are run in the English Lake District, but courses can also be arranged in North Wales and Scotland. For some inspiration, route descriptions and personal accounts of various routes nationwide check out this website: UK Scrambles.
This course is aimed at experienced hillwalkers who want to take on classic scrambles such as Striding Edge, Sharp Edge, or Jacks Rake. Perhaps you feel confident doing them under your own steam but want to learn how to look after and safeguard other people?
Our Advanced Scrambling Course is geared towards people who are confident on easier scrambles and want to start tackling more difficult scrambles and perhaps even some easy rock climbs. Perhaps you have your sights set on one of the UK’s great ridges?
Some previous scrambling experience is desirable but not essential. Our Introduction to Scrambling Course is geared towards adventurous hillwalkers who want to find out what scrambling is all about. If you have some scrambling experience but want to learn how to safeguard others or want to approach more difficult scrambles with more confidence, then our Advanced Scrambling Course could be for you. We always strive to offer flexible, tailored instruction specific to your goals.
Both of our Scrambling courses work well on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis (instructor to participant), although up to 6 people can participate on our Introduction to Scrambling Scrambling Courses. Introduction to Scrambling courses are available for one or two days in duration, and Advanced Scrambling courses can be booked from one to three days.
Our pricing structure is based on a sliding scale with a reduced daily fee for every additional day booked. If you would like to reserve a contingency day around your preferred date/s in order to pick the best weather and conditions for your course or activity we may be able to arrange this for an additional fee. For more details, please see our pricing structure.
Please get in touch using the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details and a booking form for you to complete. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings and full payment prior to your course or activity commencing. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please use the contact form in the menu at the top of the page.
We can provide all of the safety equipment required for your course, including a helmet and harness. If you have any of your own equipment that you would like to use, we will encourage you to use it as long as it’s suitable. However, you will need to provide some of your own personal equipment including a rucksack, walking/scrambling boots, warm and waterproof clothing, and a packed lunch. Please see links to specific courses for a more comprehensive equipment list.