What's the difference between walking & scrambling and scrambling & rock climbing? It's a question I get asked all the time. OK, here goes. If you have to take your hands out of your pockets on a walk and scrabble up bits of rock you're scrambling. The difficulty of this scrambling and how much of it there is determines whether it comes within the scrambling grading system or climbing grading system, as scrambling gets harder and goes on for longer it becomes rock climbing.
The Lake District has superb scrambling at every grade: from the awesome setting of the relatively straightforward Striding Edge on Helvellyn or the well-loved Jake's Rake on Pavey Ark that Wainwright trembled his way up, all the way to the fabulous grade 3 Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag.
Scrambling in the Lake District is a great way of exploring more of the mountains, and getting to places that a walking route just wouldn't take you to. However, scrambling deliberately seeks out more difficult ground so is potentially more hazardous, but that's why we do it!
Snowdonia is a great place to get a feel for scrambling. Tryfan and the Glyders are a scrambler's paradise and were made to scramble (and rock climb) on. The awesome Crib Goch-the best ridge scramble south of the border? Cneifion arete is a brilliant grade 3 of miniature alp like proportions and the mighty Lliwedd has the long and fantastic ascent of the West Peak via the Bilberry Terrace. Whatever your level of expertise or aspirations there is something for everyone in Snowdonia.
Book 2 days and receive 10% discount
There are twenty one 3 star scrambles (not including gills) in the Cicerone Scrambles in the Lake District guides. This ambitious course will attempt to climb them all. Over the 7 days you'll experience the best that Lakeland has to offer from the classic Jake's Rake on Pavey Ark to Striding Edge on Helvellyn to the mighty South East face of Ill Crag. To achieve this some long days will be necessary and the itinerary could change because of weather conditions. Price includes guiding and use of all specialised equipment. 3 places available per course, 7 days of scrambling.
Every week in June, July and August 2017, Sunday to Saturday
Minimum booking of 2 days required for Snowdonia
This 5 day course takes you on the very best scrambles that Snowdonia has to offer: Crib Goch, Bristly Ridge, Shark Buttress, the Clogwyn y Person Arete or Chasm Route and Jammed Boulder Gully if you like a bit of a wriggle on your scrambles. Itinerary may change due to weather conditions. Price includes guiding and use of all specialised equipment. 3 places available per course, 5 days of scrambling.
Every week in June, July and August 2017, Monday to Friday
If you've never tried scrambling before I can introduce you to good scrambling technique and routes. If you've done a bit of scrambling before and want to move on to steeper and bigger things with the use of ropes, I can help you to achieve your scrambling goal.