Advanced Scrambling Course Details

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Who is the course suitable for?

Our 2 day Advanced Scrambling Course suits those who have completed a number of grade 1 scrambles or anyone who has previously done our Introductory Scrambling Course.  We also get a number of people attending who may have some rock climbing experience but want to learn the additional skills needed to scramble safely in mountainous terrain.  The course is suitable for adults of all ages and we are happy to have participants as young as 16 although under 18’s need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  If you want us to arrange a similar event for groups under 16 please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

 

How fit do I need to be?

We will be operating in wilderness areas and travelling on open ground away from main footpaths so participants need to be physically able to cope with that.  As a general guide we will typically cover no more than 6-7 miles on each of the days which is a comfortable distance for most people if they hill walk reasonably regularly.  It is not necessary to have a background in climbing to attend this course but participants need a good head for heights and reasonable upper body strength as some scrambles at grade 2 and 3 include moves akin to easy grade rock climbs.  

 

What is the format of the day?

All our scheduled scrambling courses are based in Snowdonia and we will meet at 9.30am in the village of Capel Curig which is right in the heart of several great scrambling areas (full joining instructions will be sent with your booking confirmation).  We are very keen to help protect this precious natural environment (details of our Environment Policy are here) so if you don’t have a car we can collect you at the local train station and if you are travelling by bus we can also pick you up and drive you to the venue.  Once introductions are complete we’ll head out to one of the many world class venues around the park to get started.  After walking in to a suitable venue we’ll kit everyone up with safety equipment before heading on to steeper scrambling terrain.  Our intermediate level course involves extensive use of a rope.

We stay out for full days so be sure to bring plenty of food and drink to keep your fuel levels up.

During the 2 days you’ll try a selection of scrambles and also learn a ‘toolbox’ of essential techniques ready to progress your own scrambling adventures onto grade 2 and 3 ground.  We’ll also visit a variety of venues to give you a thorough taste of the amazing scrambling Snowdonia has to offer. The selection of techniques covered will include:

Choosing and the correct use of equipment

Understanding grading systems and the use of guidebooks

Route finding and locating scrambles in mountainous terrain

Dealing with problems and emergency procedures

Using rope skills to protect difficult sections and execute emergency retreats from scrambling routes

Use of rock climbing hard ware and techniques to protect scrambles.

Mountain navigation

Scrambling movement skills

Plenty of scrambling! 

Each day will end at about 4.30pm.

 

Who will be looking after me?

Peak Mountaineering prides itself on the quality of its instructors and our excellent reputation.  The instructor that leads your day will be fully qualified and fully insured.  They will be also be one of our close knit instructor team and personally known to us.  We only use instructors who know the area well so they can ensure you visit the best climbing venues and get the most from your day.  

Having said all that, we know that the views of past clients are probably your best guide to the quality of our provision.  Please take the time to read the independent reviews clients have left before you book.  

 

Where can I stay?

Snowdonia has a wealth of accommodation options to suit all budgets.  The course is centred around the village of Capel Curig but the nearby villages of Betws Y Coed and Llanberis are all ideally situated for the course.  There are plenty of ideas available on our accommodation guide here.

 

What do I need to bring?

We provide helmets and other technical equipment (although you are welcome to bring your own if you have one) so all you need is suitable clothing and lunch.  Long trousers that you can move in freely and warm upper layers are ideal.  Please also bring a set of waterproofs as the weather can change significantly over the course of a day and you’ll need a rucksack of around 30 litres to fit everything in. The best footwear is a pair of supportive and waterproof walking boots.  Your course joining instructions will include a detailed kit list.

 

Other benefits for Peak Mountaineering customers

We have negotiated some great discounts with a selection of great retailers for all course participants.  Full details will be sent with your booking information but you also can also have a look at what's available here.

A selection of other frequently asked questions can be found here and if you need any other information don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01433 620283 or click on the enquiry form tab to request places.