Advanced Scrambling

Learn techniques to take your mountaineering to the next level

Our Advanced Scrambling Course is designed for anyone with some climbing or basic scrambling experience and is looking to develop into a mountaineer.

Our 2 and 5 day packages will focus on movement skills, judgement of rock, ropework and different types of belays and anchors. All this will be taught in a realistic and practical mountaineering environment, which will help you gain confidence in a truly inspirational setting.

Since all our courses are delivered out on the hill, there will be plenty of opportunity to practice and refine your skills every day.

Who is this course for?

Our Advanced Scrambling Course is for anyone who has some scrambling experience on grade 1 routes (for example; Crib Goch, Striding Edge, Sharpe Edge, Tryfan, Beinn Alligin) and wishes to progress into a mountaineer. Alternatively, for those with climbing experience on single pitch routes who are looking to get out and enjoy bigger mountain adventures. You will be learning the various skills and techniques needed to progress confidently and safely on grade 2 and grade 3 scrambles. The aim of this course will be that you can then independently enjoy grade 2/3 scrambles throughout the UK. Examples of grade 2 and 3 scrambles include The Aonach Eagach Ridge, The Forcan Ridge and Curved Ridge.

Two v Five day course?

We offer both Two Day Advanced Scrambling Courses and Five Day Advanced Scrambling Courses.

Our five day courses can be considered the complete package. We will begin by looking at equipment, movement skills and refreshing your general mountain skills. Throughout the week will be developing and refining your knowledge, skills and ability. By the end of the course we will be consolidating everything you have learnt on a fantastic grade 2 or 3 route.

For those who have time constraints or less confidence to jump straight into our 5 day course, then a 2 day course is the perfect alternative. Our 2 Day courses offer you an excellent starting point on your way to becoming an independent mountaineer. We will still cover all the techniques listed in the itinerary below, however there will be much less chance to practice and refine these skills. With this strong foundation of knowledge you will be able to practice in your own time or come back to us to undertake a five day course in the future.

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Inspiring Location

Our Advanced Scrambling Courses take place in and around The Torridon Mountains. This really is a fantastic location and home to some classic scrambles including The Am Fasarinen Pinnacles on Liathach, The Black Carls on Beinn Eighe and The Horns of Alligin. Torridon has an amazing variety of mountain terrain, on both gentler and steeper ground. This allows us to really get out and practice the techniques needed in a varied and realistic environment. The largest village in the area is Gairloch, with excellent local facilities and amenities, including B&Bs, self catering, hotels, shops, pubs and takeaways.

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Itinerary

Day One:

We will start by looking at equipment and refreshing general mountain and navigation skills. Navigation is important because ultimately you will not be able to undertake the excellent scrambles if you cannot find them! We will then progress into movement techniques, spotting and some very basic ropework.

Day Two:

Today we will introduce a harness and various belaying techniques. We will be focusing on the judgement of rock and using rock spike anchors as well as good gear placement. Our ropework will soon progress and we will practice “taking coils”, the process of wrapping the rope around your body to ensure you can use it both efficiently and smoothly.

Day Three:

Today we will progress our ropework and technical skills further still. As well as refining them on steeper, grade 3, terrain. Focusing on using the most efficient belays, discussing both body belays and direct belays. As well as micro pitching and the advantages and disadvantages of pitch lengths. We will also be efficiently equalising anchors, with plenty of opportunity to practice all these skills.

Day Four:

Today we will go on an incredible mountain journey, doing one of the grade 2/3 classic scrambles in the area. This will give you plenty of opportunity to really practice and consolidate everything you have learnt so far in a realistic setting. Helping to grow your confidence so you can progress into an independent mountaineer. We will also cover escaping routes and problem solving.

Day Five:

Our final day together gives us the opportunity to relook at anything you need extra practice in. We will review any issues that were encountered in yesterday’s journey and offer you the chance to refine those skills. We can structure the day around your needs and so we might really focus on a particular skill set or we may undertake another long, exhilarating, classic route and just gain further practice as we go.

Ratios and Pricing

In order to provide the highest level of learning and safety we maintain low ratios for our courses. Below you can see the details. Small numbers allow us to make sure you get the tuition you need and the course is tailored around your aspirations.

Advanced Scrambling Two Day Course

Ratio Price
1:1 £500
1:2 £270 per person
1:3 £190 per person
1:4 £160 per person

Advanced Scrambling Five Day Course

Ratio Price
1:1 £1250
1:2 £675 per person
1:3 £475 per person
1:4 £400 per person

Course Highlights:

  • Qualified and Experienced Instructor
  • Choice of private instruction or small group instruction
  • 2 or 5 day Itinerary to suit you
  • Refreshing basic skills and navigation
  • Belaying and ropework
  • Gear Placement
  • Anchors
  • Gain independence as a mountaineer

What’s included:

All technical equipment including harnesses, helmets and ropes are included in the course fee