Advanced Scrambling gets big air beneath you feet as you learn to tackle some of the most iconic scrambles in Snowdonia.
Individuals will develop their skills and confidence to cope with the more demanding Grade 2 and Grade 3 (Advanced) Scrambles. An Advanced Scrambling course is also a great way to learn or refresh the skills required for movement over alpine type terrain as a roped pair in preparation for a trip to Skye, the Alps or the Greater ranges.
Over the course of the two days you will move over 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 won’t rush off the hill and with the volume of high quality scrambles available – well we might just sneak another one in. 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.
Who is it for ?
This two day Advanced Scrambling course is for confident hillwalkers with some experience of either scrambling or climbing.
Advanced Scrambling – Course Format
The exact course itinerary is flexible but, we guarantee you won’t be spending much time with your hands in your pockets as we spend both days on Grade 2 or 3 terrain. During the course, you will cover the whole breadth of skills that are required for you to move safely on Grade 2 and 3 scrambles including:
- How to choose a route appropriate to your skill level and the weather conditions;
- How to navigate to and away from your chosen route;
- The black art of route finding;
- Basic rope work;
- Safe and efficient movement on the route;
- Abseiling and retreating from routes.
There are a huge variety of high quality routes available, some possible advanced scrambles are:
Chasm Face (Glyder Fach)
A Grade 3, three star route that combines airy scrambling with a touch of caving. Pack a torch and good humour for an epically memorable day out.
Dolmen Ridge (Glyder Fach)
Another Grade 3, three star scrambling route on Glyder Fach although without any caving!
Clogwyn y Person Arete
A Grade 2/3, three star route that encompasses excellent scrambling and a traverse of Crib Coch on the descent back into Llanberis pass.
- Location: Snowdonia
- Cost: £210 per person
- Duration: 2 days
- Ratio: 1:2
- Level: Intermediate
Bespoke Dates and Locations
If there are two or more of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of Advanced Scrambling, but there are no suitable dates available or you would prefer to Scramble of Grade 2 and Grade 3 routes in the Lake District or Scotland, Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.
The course will meet at 0900 in Capel Curig in Snowdonia.
A detailed equipment list is contained in the joining instructions. Essentially, you need to be self sufficient for a day in the mountains. We can 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 was Scrambles in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton. The latest edition of Scrambles in Snowdonia is the Aug 2017 version.
You don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and a good general fitness is quite sufficient.
Average overall fitness is required for Advanced scrambling and 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.
This Beyond the Edge course is 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.
How do I book ?
The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options above and then submit your booking and pay.
For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.
Does the course include accommodation ?
Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.
See the Accommodation options tab above for more details.
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