Project Description

Advanced Scrambling Course in Snowdonia

Location: Snowdonia
Price: £250 per person
Ratio: 1:2
Length: 2 days
Previous Experience Required: Grade 1 scrambling

Who is the Advanced Scrambling 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 advanced scrambling 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 advanced scrambling 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.

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.

Here are two videos that I have presented for the BMC and the AMI on advanced scrambling skills and equipment:

Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 1

Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 2


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, see our link on the top right of this page. The link also shows road and rail travel options to Snowdonia.

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.

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

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Hi Rob,
Thanks to you and Huw for a great couple of days excellent scrambling.
Stunning routes and scenery, brilliant company, informative instruction, dry rock and sunshine!
Thanks again and looking forward to next months learn to lead course .
Martin, Advanced Scrambling Course May 2016
Hello Rob,
As I sit here in the 30 degree London heat I’m thinking back to the novel sensation of being cold and wet as we started the Cneifion Arete on Friday…
Thanks for the excellent guiding, choice of routes and cracking company – exactly what I wanted and very helpful.  It’s reaffirmed my love of scrambling and made me itchy to get back up there and continue my solo explorations.
As I mentioned I’m up in early October with my partner Pam so I’ll hope to see you or Huw then
Freddie – Advanced Scrambling, July 2018