Introduction to Scrambling Course
£159 per person
This Introduction to Scrambling course is for summer hillwalkers who want to learn how to safely move over steeper terrain. No prior knowledge of rock climbing or scrambling is required.
Over the course of the two days you will learn how to scramble and cover some of the most iconic mountain terrain in the UK, developing your skills and confidence as you progress. As Beyond the Edge have a genuine passion for the mountains, if the weather is kind we don’t rush off the hill, so pop an extra snack in your bag and don’t book an early evening meal as we seek to get the most out of each day.
Sat 13 – Sun 14 April 2019
Fri 19 – Sat 20 April Easter Weekend Course full
Sat 11 – Sun 12 May
Sat 25 & Sun 26 May Bank holiday Course full
Sat 15 – Sun 16 June
Sat 6 – Sun 7 Jul Course full
Mon 15 – Tue 16 Jul
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug
Wed 18 – Thu 19 Sept
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Oct
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are two or more of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of scrambling in Snowdonia, but there are no suitable dates available, or you would like to do something similar in the Lake District, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
For Introduction to Scrambling, we meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig.
The exact course itinerary will be flexible to cope with weather conditions. During the course, you will cover the whole breadth of skills that are required for you to move safely on Grade 1 scrambles including:
- How to choose a scramble appropriate to your skill level and the weather conditions;
- How to navigate to and away from your chosen scramble;
- Safe and efficient movement on the scramble;
- Safety considerations.
Possible scrambles include:
Crib Coch (Snowdon)
Probably the best known scrambling route in Wales – its popularity is justifiable with exciting locations steeped in high mountain atmosphere.
Crib Lem (Lech Du Spur)
A hidden gem of a scramble in an unfrequented part of the Carneddau, giving some delightful scrambling with stunning views finishing close to the top of Carnedd Dafydd.
Tryfan N Ridge & Bristly ridge (Glyder Fach)
The jagged skyline ridge, prominent as you drive along the Ogwen valley, gives a great mountaineering day out. Classic Grade 1 scrambling with lots of variations if you want to make it harder lead via Cannon rock to the summit. Here, with a jump between Adam and Eve (two stone pillars) you can claim the freedom of the mountain. A short descent to Bwlch Tryfan and the option of continuing the classic scramble to the summit of Glyder Fach via Bristly ridge.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the mountains. We will provide all the necessary technical equipment.
As scrambling has become increasingly popular a number of guidebooks are now in print. The original and classic guide to Scrambling in Snowdonia was by Steve Ashton. The latest edition of Scrambles in Snowdonia is the Aug 2017 version.
All Beyond the Edge courses are non-residential to allow you to select between thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require.
There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Snowdonia from uber luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.
Popular options (apart from the club huts) nearby include The Rocks hostel and the Tyn y Coed Hotel in Capel Curig. Bryn Llewellyn Guest house in Betws-y-Coed. Youth Hostels in Ogwen, Betws y Coed, Pen-y-pass, Llanberis and Nant Gwynant and the Dol Gam camp site which benefits from being within walking distance of a pub.
If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and average fitness is quite sufficient. A small amount of upper body fitness is required but if you are pulling on your arms all day you are doing something wrong – we will teach you the correct techniques and its all about the footwork not the arms. Probably the biggest requirement, regardless of course is a reasonable head for heights. There is lots contained in the joining instructions to help you prepare and get the most out of the course.
After this course you will be eager to book onto the Advanced scrambling or savour the best of Snowdonia on a Scrambling Week.