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intro to scrambling

For mountain walkers looking to progress on to grade I scrambles.  This course looks at the necessary skills for managing your safety in steep and exposed terrain, allowing you to take new and interesting lines to the summits. 

This is an unroped scrambling course at grade I.

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



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For mountain walkers looking to progress into grade I scrambles.  This course looks at the necessary skills for managing your safety in steep and exposed terrain, allowing you to take new and interesting lines to the summits. 
We will be looking at the fundamentals of scrambling movement and looking to build confidence to move over rocky steps, loose ground and steep scree.
Join us for an invigorating journey into the world of scrambling. This introduction to scrambling course will allow you to embark on a thrilling adventure that will expand your horizons from mountain walker to avid scrambler! 


Gear Introduction
Choosing footwear, guidebooks, ropes etc
Basic Scrambling Techniques
Footwork, Handholds, and Balance
Route Selection and Terrain Assessment
Route reading and what to look for on the move
Building Skills and Confidence
Face Climbing, Chimneys, and Gullies and other scrambling techniques
Safety Protocols and Communication
Using guidebooks and resources, planning a scramble, finding the route, calling for rescue


Fundamental walking, climbing & movement skills
Moving unroped in Grade I terrain
Guidebooks and gear
Route finding
Assessing risk and making judgement
Spotting and looking after team members
Safeguarding descent

Wasdale scrambles with Lake District Mountaineering
Langdale classic scrambles


Have covered the course content in a safe and enjoyable outdoor environment, 

Have scrambled on Grade I terrain for a good proportion of the day,

Be in a stronger position to find graded scrambles suitable to your experience level and be safe in this 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.

Real-World Application:

The course is designed to equip you with practical skills for scrambling adventures on grade I scrambles

Beautiful Locations:

Enjoy learning in some of the most scenic and challenging mountaineering environments in the Lake District.

Expert Instruction:

Learn from certified instructors with extensive scrambling and mountaineering experience.


5th May 2024

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30th July 2024

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8th September 2024

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These courses can be run bespoke for you on any date of your choosing in Spring, Summer and Autumn

Course Ratios

1:4 Ratio 

This is an open course designed for you to meet like minded individuals and learn to climb together  

An instructor can teach up to 4 people on this course - we can provide additional instructors adhering to a 1:4 ratio. 

Minimum of 2 for courses to run


16+ yrs to attend this course

Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian

Preferably, you are a competent mountain walker looking to expand your knowledge and gain experience towards tackling grade I scrambles. 



Helmets can be provided and will be necessary on the scramble

We will share kit lists with you during the booking stage

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and have good walking boots or approach shoes that are sticky on rock. 


The course is based In Langdale. 

We will meet for 9:00am on the day at the Stickle Ghyll, National Trust car park. 

The terrain in this valley is amazing for scrambling and we have lots of options here for quick and easy access to good scrambles, and there are some classics in the valley too. 

Hire our Lake District Mountaineering instructors for private and tailored programmes.

Suited to your goals & ambitions to make the most of YOUR time in the mountains. 

Day rates: 

1:1 £210

1:2 £240

Climbing in Langdale in the Lake District


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

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