The intent of our Scrambling Skills Course is to give you the skills to safely climb the rockier peaks and routes and not put yourself at unnecessary risk. We focus on the most important elements of scrambling safety: route finding, hazard assessment and movement skills on loose steep terrain and on potentially snow and iced rock.
The course will focus on developing the movement and technical skills required for tackling scrambling type ground such as found on the main Reeks ridges, Crib Goch in North Wales and some of the classic Scottish ridges such as the Cuillin Ridge of Skye and Aonach Eagach of Glencoe. To get the most out of this course you need to have extensive summer hill walking experience. Some experience of scrambling would be useful but is not essential.
Note: the more advanced rope use and technical aspects of mountaineering are not covered on our Scrambling Skills Courses.
Confident and competent movement skills are key to scrambling. This course will focus on developing these core & sound movement skills coupled with efficient route finding and the technical skills to tackle scrambling type terrain confidently and will be tailored to suit everyone’s experience and aspirations, enabling us to plan the programme to cover the following main topics:
- Ascending scrambling routes whilst developing safe and confident movement over rocky terrain.
- Basic rope work and belaying using the rope alone, sling and crab.
- Selecting natural rock anchors and their use.
- Personal abseiling with the rope alone.
- Route choice and route finding and assessing when to use a rope.