Advanced Scrambling Course
£195 per person
This course is for confident hillwalkers with some experience of either scrambling or climbing who want to develop their skills and experiences to cope with more demanding scrambles. It 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.
Due to COVID 19, courses are cancelled until May at the earliest.
Sat 6 – Sun 7 June
Sat 11 – Sun 12 July
Sat 22 – Sun 23 Aug
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Sept
Bespoke Dates and locations
If there are two or more of you that want the challenge and exhilaration of this course, but there are no suitable dates available or you would prefer to do the course in the Lake District, Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary. This is especially the case if you want midweek dates.
The course will meet at 0900 in Capel Curig (Snowdonia).
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, possible 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 route on Glyder Fach although without any caving!
Clogwyn y Person Arete
A grade 2/3, three star scramble that encompasses excellent climbing and a traverse of Crib Coch on the descent back into Llanberis pass.
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 was Scrambles in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton. The latest edition of Scrambles in Snowdonia is the Aug 2017 version.
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.
You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this course, and a good general fitness is quite sufficient. Some upper body fitness is required for Advanced scrambling 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.
A climbing course would be the next step in the vertical realm, or if you just fancy more scrambling please contact the office and we will hatch a cunning plan.