Project Description

Intro to Scrambling Course in Snowdonia

An intro to scrambling course based in the mountains of Snowdonia.
Price: £145 per person
Ratio: 1:4
Length: 2 days

Who is the course suitable for?

As a summer hillwalker you enjoy the mountain environment and now want to begin to tackle some of the fine ridges and gullies that they have to offer. To gain the confidence to stroll along airy ridges with stunning views dropping away on either side is to open up a whole new playground! If you are feeling confident as a summer hillwalker, and would like to explore steeper ground then this intro to scrambling course is the one for you.

Scrambling over Crib Goch with Andrew Price for ITV Wales

What does the intro to scrambling course cover?

We will traverse some of the classic rocky ridges in Snowdonia and show you how to travel safely and how to protect yourself and your scrambling partner on rock steps, descents, gullies and pinnacles. You will need previous summer hillwalking experience to get the most from this course. Topics that we cover include:

Route Finding on steep ground
Understanding and using the scrambling guidebooks and grading system
Movement skills on steep ground
Safeguarding rock steps, descents, gullies and pinnacles

Venues are chosen on the day to suit the weather and the group but can include Tryfan, The Glyders, Y Lliwedd, Snowdon, Crib Goch (in perfect weather with an experienced group) and some of the less known rocky ridges dependant upon the weather. We run the course on a 1:4 ratio to ensure you get maximum learning and safety. Snowdonia is an ideal base as it offers a wide range of scrambles from gullies to exposed ridges and many finish on or close to summits to give a true mountain experience. Having the ability to follow the scrambling routes also means you will often avoid the crowds on the main paths – a definite bonus!

Taking Barry McGuigan scrambling on the Gribin Ridge

Taking Barry McGuigan scrambling on the Gribin Ridge

Why choose us?

On my sixteenth birthday my Dad took me along Crib Goch, over Snowdon and Lliwedd to complete the Snowdon Horseshoe. Although I had done some scrambling before with him this felt like a milestone, a transition from hillwalker to mountaineer! Since then the mountains have become my full time obsession, whether working or playing. I aim to capture this freedom and excitement and pass it on so that you can enjoy the mountains in the same way. My qualification as an MIC (the highest instructional qualification in the UK), together with my passion for the mountains and my experience as a volunteer mountain rescue team member on Snowdon combine to create a course that should inspire you to do more and give you the skills to do it safely.
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. Even in poor weather there are still lots of low level or sheltered options where we can get a good day out.

Where is the course held?

We run the intro to scrambling course in Snowdonia and try to ensure that all of the learning takes place as part of a mountain journey.

Lliwedd on the Snowdon Horseshoe

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.

Who runs the course?

Huw and I run the majority of courses ourselves. We hold the highest instructional qualifications in the UK (the MIC), we are monthly contributors to Trail Magazine on all things mountains, I am a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team  and we each have more than 20 years of happy scrambling experience behind us. You can read more about us here.

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.

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.

When does this course run?

You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.

Other Questions

If you have any questions that you can’t find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Book this Course

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.

View Diary
Book This Course

Watch some videos before you join us

Hi Rob, how you doing? Enjoying your well deserved day off I hope?

I can’t really express my gratitude to you in words for the past couple of days. It was one of the best experiences of my life, right up there with being at the births of my kids!

I don’t want to sound all weird, but I somehow feel enlightened. I really can’t explain it. I feel like a new me! I can only describe it as being akin to a religous experience. I feel I have so much more confidence throughout all aspects of my life, but my legs are a bit tender, haha.

I couldn’t say this to my eldest daughter as she’d accuse me of blasphemy, but after that experience, I feel as if walking is my religion, and the mountains my church!

As I said to Kevin before I left the cafe, I sincerely cannot think of two people that I would rather have shared the experience with.

Thank you for the photos too, they put a whole new perspective on it all.

I’ll definitely keep in touch (not in a stalkery way) although I kept the signed copy of the scrambling book under my pillow last night………. (didn’t really)………. and I look forward to booking myself on another course when I can.

Steve, Intro to Scrambling
Thanks Rob
Thoroughly enjoyed it and will defiantly look to do some other courses with you.
Please send my thanks to Huw and Rob for all of their help.
Best regards.
Michael, Intro to Scrambling - May 2016
Hi Rob, how you doing? Enjoying your well deserved day off I hope?

I can’t really express my gratitude to you in words for the past couple of days. It was one of the best experiences of my life, right up there with being at the births of my kids!

I don’t want to sound all weird, but I somehow feel enlightened. I really can’t explain it. I feel like a new me! I can only describe it as being akin to a religous experience. I feel I have so much more confidence throughout all aspects of my life, but my legs are a bit tender, haha.

I couldn’t say this to my eldest daughter as she’d accuse me of blasphemy, but after that experience, I feel as if walking is my religion, and the mountains my church!

As I said to Kevin before I left the cafe, I sincerely cannot think of two people that I would rather have shared the experience with.

Thank you for the photos too, they put a whole new perspective on it all.

I’ll definitely keep in touch (not in a stalkery way) although I kept the signed copy of the scrambling book under my pillow last night………. (didn’t really)………. and I look forward to booking myself on another course when I can.

Steve, Intro to Scrambling
Thanks Rob
Thoroughly enjoyed it and will defiantly look to do some other courses with you.
Please send my thanks to Huw and Rob for all of their help.
Best regards.
Michael, Intro to Scrambling - May 2016