Introduction to Scrambling
This two day course, in the Lake District, is ideal if you are a hill walker or an inexperienced scrambler and want to increase your skills and confidence to take on more adventurous routes. By the end of the two days you will have considerably increased your knowledge of scrambling and will have completed some classic Lake District scrambles. With such small group sizes we try to tailor every course to its participants so if there is an aspect of scrambling you would particularly like to learn about or a route you’ve always wanted to try please just let us know. This course is particularly suitable for runners looking to gain further experience for sky running events such as the Glen Coe Skyline or Pinnacle Ridge extreme race here in the Lake District. It would also make a great training weekend as preparation for an Alpine trip to climb peaks such as the Matterhorn.
The course is based in Langdale, one of the most scenic parts of the Lake District and only fifteen minutes by car or bus from Ambleside. Precise details of the meeting time and place will be emailed to you when you book.
On the Introduction to Scrambling course we will look at how to use a guidebook and how to navigate to the start of a route. Once on the scramble we will look at route choice, equipment selection, movement skills and how to gain the confidence to feel comfortable on steep and exposed ground.
This will all help to give you an understanding of scrambling grades and routes and how best to move on after this course. If appropriate we may also cover simple rope techniques and there may be an opportunity to try harder scrambles.
No prior experience is necessary for this course but you will need a reasonable level of fitness to be comfortable spending two full days on steep terrain. This course is also suitable for people who have done some scrambling at Grade one and would like to try harder scrambles.
There will be no more than three participants per instructor.
The day starts at 9:30 and finishes about 16:30.
The course is based in Langdale.
If you would like a scrambling course designed just for you then we would recommend booking one of our private courses. These could also be run in North Wales or Scotland climbing routes such as Ledge Route on Ben Nevis or Curved Ridge on Buchaille Etive More in Glen Coe.