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.

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. We have the right to roam in Snowdonia and so are not restricted to staying on footpaths and this helps develop our map to ground reading skills.

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?

I run the majority of courses myself. I hold the MIC and IML qualifications and have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. I am also assisted by other local Mountaineering Instructors who are good friends of mine so that you get a balanced view and some different opinions. My practical experience on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team also adds an additional element to the course. You can read more about my qualifications and experience 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!

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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.

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Dear Rob, I being recommended by my friend Keith on your teaching excellence , decided that I needed your expertise on how to scramble for an upcoming trek.                              With trepidation I came along you putting me at ease as soon as we met. I really learnt so much , you corrected my weaknesses fairly soon and gave me newly founded skills to enable me to scramble in a much safer manner, I being the weakest in the group of four you still managed to give individual attention to the others who had greater skills  on which you also added to these, and keeping us all working together as a group, and such a nice group🌞, after the course myself and Keith went over Crib Goch, I asked you before going if you thought I was able to do this, you saying yes and knowing if you thought otherwise you would have said.     We had a lovely day and yes I did it, I do know that this would not have been the case if I had not had your instruction and with it the skills I came away with and the  confidence you gave me doing this and my forth coming trip, So grateful to yourself Rob and to Keith for his recommendation.

On behalf of Keith and myself, a great time had by all.

With the very best regards .

Teresa Brooker and Keith Nicholson.

Hi Rob, I completed the intro to scrambling course on the 03/04th June with Tarquin Shipley. I thought the course was excellent and was really surprised/pleased with what we had the opportunity to do. I would like to add that Tarquin was a superb guide, knowledgeable and also knew when to let us off the leash so to speak. So much so the skills I have gained have given me the confidence to take on a solo scramble today.
I will finish by giving a big thumbs up to Tarquin, and would highly recommend expeditionguide.com.
Cheers Vaughan.

Hi Rob
Just wanted to say thank you so much for a super couple of days in Snowdonia doing the Intro to Scrambling course. All your advice and instruction was just what I had hoped for. Everyone in the group came away with increased confidence at the end of two days which is testament to your skills and knowledge as a mountain leader but also great people skills! I’ll definitely be back to do more courses with ExpeditionGuide – the Mountain Skills course in Scotland and some climbing next!
Cheers, Catherine

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