Rob Johnson
Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)
& International Mountain Leader
Photo: Advanced Scrambling on the Cneifion Arete (3)

Advanced Scrambling Course in Snowdonia

Location: Snowdonia
Price: £245 per person
Ratio: 1:2
Length: 2 days
Previous Experience Required: Grade 1 scrambling

Who is the course suitable for?
The grade 1 scrambles have now got you hooked, a day with your hands in your pockets just does not do it any more. You fancy tackling some of the bigger classics such as Aonach Eagach, Tower Ridge, The Cuillin and perhaps ultimately the Alps. What you really need is an introduction to the rope techniques and route finding skills to keep you safe. The course is taught using Robs progressive teaching model for scrambling and this will help you choose the right course for you. Click here

What does the course cover?
An introduction to the world of mountaineering looking at the skills that are required to tackle some of the finest mountain routes in the UK, including:

The Cneifion Arete - A magnificent Grade 3 scramble which is often compared to an Alpine Ridge. The route starts with a couple of pitches of Difficult grade climbing and then eases off to provide fantastic scrambling up a knife edge ridge. 

Dolmen ridge (Glyder Fach)
A grade 3, three star scramble, finishing a few metres from the summit of Gyder Fach.

Clogwyn y Person Arete
A grade 2, three star scramble. A beautiful alpine style ridge with a couple of pitches of rock climbing followed by exhilarating scrambling. The descent is normally by way of Crib Goch back down to the Llanberis Pass. 

Plus many, many more great routes to get you away from the crowds and onto jaw dropping terrain that would normally be the preserve of the rock climber. 

The course is run by Rob at a 1:2 ratio to ensure that you get the highest level of care and instruction. 

The course provides two days out on grade 2 and 3 ground to show you what is involved at this level of scrambling and to introduce you to the technical skills required.

At the end of the course you should be aware of the skills that you require to tackle your own objectives under your own steam. Rob will provide advice on how to progress those skills. If you wish to lead this grade of scramble for yourself you may like to progress onto our advanced scrambling learn to lead course.

The course is great preparation if you are planning your first trip to Skye or your first summer Alpine trip.

Where is the course held?
We run the course in Snowdonia. We have a wealth of historic mountain scrambles to choose from that are all easily accessable with relatively short walk-ins.

What about equipment?
We provide all of the specialist equipment such as ropes, harnesses, helmets and the climbing rack. If you have your own kit you are welcome to use it. We will provide you with a detailed kit list when you book on the course.

Whats included?
The course fee includes instruction and the use of any specialist equipment. You can read our "whats included" and kit list page here.

Course Video
The video below shows our classic scrambles course but the last two days are the same as our advanced scrambling course so will show you the types of routes we do and some great scenery.


This short video shows "Simply Hike" staff member Shaun on our course in autumn 2014. You can read his full article on the course here.

This page whos two videos that I have presented for the BMC and the AMI on advanced scrambling skills and equipment:

What about accommodation & transport?
We do not include accommodation with this course. For a variety of different accommodation options in Snowdonia, from camping to nice hotels, visit this link. The link also shows road and rail travel options to Snowdonia.

When does this course run?
You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.

Who runs the course?
The courses are run by myself and fellow instructor Huw. We both hold I hold the MIC qualifications (the highest instructional qualification in the UK) and have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. We also have a number of coaching qualifications between us and are approved providers and tutors for Mountain Training UK's Mountain Skils and Hill Skills Awards and ML Awards. On top of that we share a firm belief in learning by doing and in having fun in the process! You can read more about our qualifications and experience here.

Meeting Place & Time
Once you book we will send you a comprehensive set of course notes and a letter of confirmation, this will include a detailed kit list and details of where and when we meet. The first day normally starts at 9:30am in Capel Curig and finishes in the same place at about 4:00pm.


Book this Course

To book this course please choose a date from the diary page and then click on the Buy Now button below to complete our booking form and make payment via Paypal. We require full payment to secure your course space.

Course type Location Price Quantity  
Course type Location Price Quantity  
Advanced Scrambling   £245 per person


Useful Links

Trail Magazine join us on the Cneifion Arete



Check out conditions and where I am now with my Blog


Trail Magazine - Robs gear guide for scrambling


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Hi Rob,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the scrambling course.
Would you pass on a big thanks to Sam whose guiding and instruction skills were excellent.
Good company, brilliant tuition, stunning scenery, blue skies, sunshine and dry rock.... the best Snowdonia had to offer... What more could you ask for?
Hope to catch up very soon.
All the best Martin.

Advanced Scrambling 9-10 July 2015.

Hi Rob, Just a short note to thank you for the excellent 2 days scrambling on the recent Advanced Scrambling course. As ever, under your leadership and guidance it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the highlight was - of course - the ascent of the Cneifion Arete, which was both spicy and awesome! The great weather also played its' part and I'm wondering how different the second day would have been if the course had been scheduled for this week :) There are many of your courses I still want to join - pity work etc always gets in the way of having fun.
Anyway, I'm sure we'll meet again in the near future. Many thanks again for such a great experience... Best regards Keith - Advanced Scrambling March 2012

Hi Rob, Just to say thanks again for a great couple of days scrambling in Snowdonia last week. The course was pitched at just the right level, challenging without being being too hard. Also great fun, which is the point. Been looking at your blog, great photos. I was sorry to hear about Skye's injury and I hope she/he recovers very soon. I'll make a donation to SARDA via the site and decide when I can come scrambling again soon. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and a happy and successful New Year. Best wishes, John - Advanced Scrambling Dec 2011

Rob,Just to say I had an absolutely fantastic time over the last couple of days, learnt tonnes, some great banter and even the Welsh weather didn't dampen things, well not metaphorically anyhow!! Thanks again and see you the next time! John - Advanced Scrambling October 2011

Hi Rob - We hope you are well. Thanks for a fantastic experience and we are already discussing our next adventure! My preference is for the grade 3 you showed us on the Snowdon horseshoe, under your guidance of course! Look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future and hope the mountaineering is good - Mark and Dave, Advanced Scrambling June 2011

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