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Advanced Scrambling Course

Scrambling is the grey area of uncertainty between walking and climbing. Often this is the most dangerous ground to cover - it may be easy sometimes but a fall or slip could have high consequences. 

It is important to be able to judge the terrain and know how to protect it, and safeguard yourself and other members of your party - especially if you have to climb a steeper section of the route. 

On this course we will show you to use the rope, looking at when it should be used and what methods may be appropriate in different scenarios. 

This course is for people comfortable at grade 1 and 2 but looking to develop technical skills to safeguard themselves on grade 3 scrambles and easy climbing.

It would suit those looking to plan trips to places such as the Isle of Skye, scramble in areas such as the Glyderau, or independently climb Pillar Rock as examples. The course is designed to set you up to tackle these technical mountain summits.

Example itinerary​:

Day 1:

  1. Planning and preparation
  2. Clothing, gloves and gear

We will guide you on a grade 3 scramble looking at:

  1. Fundamental climbing skills
  2. Tying in, belaying
  3. Placing and removing gear
  4. Movement coaching and climbing styles

Day 2:

Complete a grade 2/3 scramble (independently)

  1. Learn how to take coils
  2. Discuss decision making around moving together and when to pitch
  3. Building solid belays
  4. Belaying direct, indirect, body belay and when each technique is appropriate
  5. Descent - lowers & abseils

This course is non-residential

The price of this course is inclusive of:

  1. A qualified Mountaineering Instructor affiliated with AMI
  2. Local & intimate knowledge of the venues
  3. Technical equipment 
  4. Professional coaching & instruction

What to bring

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Trousers

Fleece Mid Layer

Spare Warm Top

Hat & Gloves

Mountaineering Boots/Sturdy Walking Boots

30-35L Rucksack

Lunch & Snacks

1 litre water (Minimum)

Personal Medication


Equipment provided:





A hill walking background and an understanding of what scrambling entails

Preferably comfortable at Grade 1 and looking to progress


We will send a full course itinerary on booking - please look out for our email.

Group discount available

£380 for adults

Thu 22nd - Fri 23rd Sep
09:00 - 18:00 every day · 4 spaces left



Cancellation Policy


In the unlikely event we have to cancel, we will offer a full refund if an alternate date can't be offered.

We can also issue vouchers to be used on other events or sessions with us. 

If cancellation occurs within 30 days of the course or activity, we will retain 50% of the full price (your deposit).

If cancellation is within 14 days of the activity we will retain the full amount.

Winter course conditions: It may be necessary to change the outline of the courses to offer general mountaineering/mountain skills programmes with part refunds.


In the current COVID climate, here is our COVID stance and policy. 

Any booking that cannot go ahead due to Covid restrictions or national lockdowns will be given a full refund. 

In light of the successful vaccine roll out and easing of restrictions in England, we are not offering COVID refunds at this time. 

We take our health very seriously here at LDM, our instructors will wear face masks in close contact scenarios and we will regularly use hand sanitiser. Our instructors are double vaccinated and COVID aware, following all up to date information.

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Where we'll meet

The meeting location is decided on the day.

We will be in touch to discuss meeting locations and suitable venues for the course. We will make use of graded scrambles and technical terrain. All meeting locations will be outlined the itinerary forms we send out.

Lake District Mountaineering
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