Scrambling

Kendal Mountaineering Services offer scrambling courses in the Lake District, North Wales (Snowdonia National Park) and Scotland. KMS adventure scrambling courses fall into two categories - an introduction to leading scrambles (learn to scramble course) or guided scrambling days.

  • learn skills to keep you safe in the mountains
  • get more out of your hill days
  • push your limits in the hills

Scrambling Courses in the Lake District

Scrambling sits in between hill walking and rock climbing. It takes a hill walking day to another level by getting off the track and scrambling vertically up the side of a mountain or crag on ground that is steeper that a normal path but not so steep as to become a rock climb. Scrambling ranges from grade 1 (easy scrambles) through to grade 3 where the terrain get a little tougher, steeper and more exposed.

A scrambling course with Kendal Mountaineering Services can either be a guided scrambling day, on a scramble of your choice or you can choose a learn to scramble course; where we will teach you how to do it for yourself so you can go out and scramble as much as you want thus adding a new uphill dimension to your hill walking activities.

On a learn to scramble course KMS will teach you all the skills you need in order to go out safely into the mountains and tackle those classic scrambling routes for yourself.

You will learn basic ropework techniques such as tying on and short roping through to more technical skills for assessing and selecting suitable belays, placing running belays where needed and developing those judgement skills to decide when you can move together or pitch parts of the route.

Are you new to scrambling or unsure if you will be comfortable on the terrain but you want to experience an exciting day out in the mountains? Why not book on one of our guided scrambling days, have a route chosen for you by our experienced instructors and be safely guided on a route to have a memorable mountain adventure.

You’ve done some easy grades and you want to experience a higher grade scramble? Book a guided scrambling day and you can name the route or we can pick a route for you based on your previous experience and what you want to achieve.

Scrambling Courses & Guided Days

There are so many areas in the UK to choose from whether it be classic scrambling routes in North Wales, Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis, Pinnacle Ridge in the Lake District or a compete traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. We will provide you with a fantastic mountain day out that will allow you to explore the summit in a completely different and exhilarating way.

KMS provides helmets & harnesses and all other technical equipment for all scrambling courses we provide. You'll need to bring your own waterproofs, rucksack and boots.

The maximum instructor to client ratio is 1:3.

Prices for learning to scramble and guided scrambling days:
Lake District: 2 persons £160/per instructor per day 3 persons £180/per instructor per day
North Wales or Scotland: 2 persons £180/per instructor per day 3 persons £210/per instructor per day
(minimum of 2 consecutive days)

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Scrambling Courses and Activities are held in:
Raven Crag Llanberis Pass Cwm Idwal Pillar Rock Nitting Haws Cam Crag Base Brown Rib Pinnacle Ridge Tarn Crag Jacks Rake The Langdale Pikes Long Crag The Bell Low Water Beck Giant's Crawl (Dow Crag) Tryfan Ben Nevis & Aonach Mor

More About KMS

Iain Gallagher, Kendal Mountaineering ServicesKendal Mountaineering Services is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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