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cuillin ridge - preparation

Are you looking to consolidate your scrambling skills ahead of a trip to the Black Cuillin? Then we can help; two days with a guide taking in classic Lakes scrambles and covering lots of mileage in ascent and descent, helping to hone your skills, fitness and rope techniques. 

This course is delivered by a mountain professionals that are affiliated with the Association of Mountaineering Instructors




This course is for those people that are heading to the Isle of Skye for scrambling and mountaineering.  Skye offers stunning and challenging scrambling opportunities amid its rugged landscapes so it is recommended to be up to speed with all the techniques you will need ahead of your trip. 

This is a two day course offering you the opportunity to scramble some of the best routes in the Lake District and enchain some of the longest scrambles in the area to gain some mileage before heading off to Skye.  

It's two training days to work on skills, fitness and rope work. 


Guided Technical Scrambling

Supervised scrambles on challenging routes to apply relevant skills

Emphasis on route-finding, protection placement, and efficient movement.

Gear and Equipment

Gear selection for technical scrambling.

Proper fitting of helmets, harnesses, and specialised equipment.

Familiarisation with your kit and its uses. 

Advanced Scrambling Techniques

Focus on precise footwork, handholds, and body positioning on technical terrain.

Hone down climbing and abseiling skills.

Rope Work for Scramblers

Knots and hitches essential for efficient progress

Roped team movement on exposed terrain.

How to tie in and out of the rope efficiently. 

Build Physical Fitness

Mileage on rock; working on your core, legs, upper body and cardiovascular fitness. 


Technical gear and its application

Fundamental climbing skills

Tying in, belaying

Placing and removing gear

Movement coaching and climbing styles

Descent - lowers & abseils

Isle of Skye scrambling


Be more confident on technical scrambles, moving over rough ground such as scree and rock,

Be more confident in your ability on exposed terrain,

Be more confident in movement, body position and fundamental scrambling techniques,

Have gained sufficient time on rock and scrambles and feel more confident to head onto the Skye ridge.



Experienced Guides:

Our certified instructors are not only seasoned in scrambling techniques but are also passionate about sharing their expertise. They'll guide you through each step with safety and precision.

Real-World Application:

The course is designed to equip you with practical skills for independent mountaineering adventures.

Beautiful Locations:

Enjoy learning in some of the most scenic and challenging mountain environments.

Emphasis on Technique:

We focus on teaching sound scrambling techniques, including balance, walking skills and efficient movement over varied terrain.

Small Group Sizes:

Our low instructor-to-participant ratio ensures personalised attention and maximum learning opportunities.

Certified Instructors:

Our experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to your safety and skill development.

Course Ratios

1:2 Ratio

2 people per 1 instructor in technical terrain

4 spaces per course means we will supply up to 2 instructors for some of the course

This course is a bespoke and can be tailored around you, your skillset, your experience and your overall goals. 



You will have completed at least three grade I scrambles and have a head for heights (enjoyed the scrambling)


This course would suit those looking to plan trips to the Isle of Skye, or have a trip booked to take on the Skye Munro's such as the Inn Pinn. 


Harness, helmet, ropes & climbing hardware are available to use and included in the price

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have appropriate mountain footwear (boots).


These courses meet for day 1 in the Langdale Valley. We will meet at the Sticklebarn Tavern for course introductions at 9:00am 


Here we will discuss your aims and outline the course structure 

We use scrambles on Raven Crag, White Ghyll, Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle, Thorn Crag and Loft Crag, Dow Crag, Napes, Grey Crags.


This course is a bespoke and can be tailored around you, your skillset, your experience and your overall goals. 

Please get in touch to discuss your aims and dates and we will organise a course based on your availability (and ours).

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We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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