Scrambling bridges the gap between hillwalking and rock climbing
You’ll move swiftly through breathtaking terrain while enjoying the sensation of moving on rock.
Snowdonia has a wealth of famous scrambles of all difficulty levels such as Crib Goch, Tryfan’s North Ridge, and Cneifion Arete to name but a few. There are also many hidden gems to discover in the serene corners of the National Park.
How we run your scrambling course…
Contact before the course allows us to take previous experience and aspirations into account. We can then suggest a rough plan, wholly focused on your aims. It also allows us to consider which venues best lend themselves to addressing those aims.
We’ll most commonly develop personal movement, route finding skills, and hazard awareness. More experienced scramblers often have the aim of learning to use the rope in a mountaineering context. We can teach you the necessary rope work to look after yourself, your partner, and manage an unplanned retreat. We will tailor the course for you and the team.
The learning experience…
It’s all about getting out into the hills. Although everyone learns in a slightly different way, it’s experience that ultimately counts. Over the course we’ll do as much scrambling as possible, always striving to enhance the skills needed to progress towards your next adventure… whatever it may be!
What happens on the day – logistics.
Courses follow the rough timescale of meeting at 9am at a local cafe and generally being on the hill until 4.30pm. We’ve found this is the optimum amount of time before overload!
At the end of each day we’ll discuss how the day went, what’s been learnt, and ideas for the following day.
At the end of the course we’ll review all you’ve learnt, and suggest how to progress your scrambling career.
Three progressive courses to do…
Our Discover Scrambling course is pitched at those who have done some summer hill walking, and like the idea of venturing onto steeper, more challenging terrain. We’ll explore classic Grade 1 scrambles, and consider risk management, route choice, and personal movement skills.
The next course develops your scrambling skills on harder graded scrambles. It’s the grey area just before rock climbing starts! We’ll take in great Grade 2 and 3 scrambling routes. Trailblazing Scrambling. You’ll see how the rope is employed to keep you safe, and progress your mountaineering skills.
The Classics offers two days of concentrating on a guided experience of the best scrambles in North Wales. Classic. We’ll link classic Grade 2 and 3 scrambles together for an alpine experience.
Scrambling grades and venues…
We’ll head to a venue that lends itself to the day’s teaching plan, making best use of the weather. We like to include you in the decision-making process from the outset, from interpreting the weather forecast, to checking the guidebook. It ensures you leave with the full repertoire of skills needed to safely head into the hills independently.
Scrambles are graded by difficulty in a numerical order; 1 being the easiest, and 3 being the hardest, merging into rock climbing. As a rough guide, Grade 1 scrambles (such as Crib Goch, Tryfan’s North Ridge, Sharp Edge, and the CMD Arête) generally only require the use of the hands for balance. They’re technically straightforward, on good rock, and although exposed, don’t normally require the use of a rope.
Grade 2 scrambles (such as Main Gully Arete, Pinnacle Ridge, Cam Crag Ridge, and the Aonach Eagach) are more challenging. Tricky sections may be more sustained, route finding more difficult, and some moves may require the use of the arms to pull. A rope is normally used to protect the party.
Grade 3 scrambles (such as Cneifion Arete, Dolomen Ridge, Parsons Nose, Curved Ridge, and Skye’s Cuillin Ridge) require the use of both hands to pull, and are essentially easy rock climbing pitches. A rope will be used throughout.
We’re very fortunate in North Wales to have a wide range of easily accessible scrambles, which means you’ll spend more time scrambling, and less time walking in. Their accessibility also allows epic link-ups!
Is a Gaia Adventures scrambling course right for me?
As experienced mountaineers and coaches (and having been novices as well), we’ve been learning through experience for years, and love passing that knowledge on. We’re here to guide you through, teach the skills you need, and send you home having accomplished your goals and more.
Booking a bespoke course
If you’ve got a team of two or more already then booking a bespoke course can work well.
Prices for your bespoke scrambling course
We like to keep it personal and safe, with small groups. Even coming on your own can work really well too.
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