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Intro to scrambling and mountaineering course

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Experiencing Grade 2 scrambling ground

Are you an hillwalker who is looking to get on more interesting and challenging terrain? Do you want to do it safely and efficiently? Are you ready to take your first steps as a mountaineer?

Spend either 2 or 4 days with our experienced instructors on our Intro to Scrambling and Mountaineering Course. We will introduce you to the delights of scrambling in the mountains of the Lake District or Snowdonia.

We believe strongly in tailored and bespoke courses for you as a mountaineer. This means that we will focus 100% on your ambitions, rapidly develop your skills and accelerate your scrambling career.

In addition to heading out and doing loads and loads of scrambling, an idea of the technical areas that we’d cover follows. In reality though we’d cover lots more!

  • Experience different grades and types of scramble and mountaineering routes in the safe hands of our instructors. Understand the difference between a Grade 1 and a Grade 3
  • Get coaching on movement skills to help you move quickly yet safely on technical terrain
  • Discover rope techniques to safeguard the tricky sections you encounter when scrambling
  • Find out how to abseil and descend safely
  • Learn about guidebook interpretation: choosing your line and reading the route.

The 2 day course covers as much as time allows (and we do cram it in!). To really develop your skills, 4 days gives us loads of scope for moving you on significantly as a scrambler and mountaineer.

This course can run from pretty much anywhere in the mountains of the Lake District, the Peak District or Snowdonia. Or in Scotland via our sister company Highland Ascents.

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Intro to Scrambling and Mountaineering above Coniston

Finally, we also offer a variety of other scrambling courses and mountaineering courses. These are:


Price and dates: Prices are in the table below. We run private courses at a time that suits you. If you are on your own and don’t want a 1:1 course, let us know and we’ll do our best to hook you up with other likeminded people.

Course length (private courses)Price per person
2-day introductory course

4-day comprehensive course
1 person (1:1) £420

2 people (1:2)£220

1 person (1:1) £795

2 people (1:2) £420

Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.

Ages and abilities: We can cater for all ages and abilities, from the beginner to those wanting to push into harder grades.

Group sizes and ratios: Your safety comes first so the maximum instructor:client ratio that we will work to is 1:4 – if your party is bigger than 4 people then there will be more than one instructor.

Venue: We will choose a venue that suits your aspirations and minimises the travelling that you need to do. There are loads of options in the Lakes, Snowdonia and in Scotland.

Kit: A kit list will be shared with you when you book, but all you really need are warm and waterproof ‘outdoor’ clothes and footwear. If needed we will lend you a harnesses, helmet and rock gear. We advise that you use your own kit if you have it so that you get familiar with it under expert tuition. We will provide all ropes.

Times: Generally we would look to meet at around 09.30 and be finished by around 16.30. However, we believe in bespoke, tailored days so we will always do our best to work around your other commitments and time constraints.

Guided ice & winter climbing