Garry Smith
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A brisk November day on the ridges of
Crib Goch and Crib-y-Ddysgl, North Wales.
An early morning scoot up 'Bristly Ridge'
Ogwen Valley, North Wales.
Reaching the top of 'Chasm Route' on Glyder Fach
Ogwen Valley, North Wales.

scrambling  an utterly amazing way to travel through the mountains. There's no technical gear required for easier scrambles, just a pair of approach shoes or lightweight hill walking boots... and then you're off.

I have an intimate knowledge of the scrambles in Snowdonia and can take you on a day's journey through some beautiful mountain terrain. This is by far the best and most enjoyable way to learn the art of scrambling. With as little as a day's instruction you can grab the basic skills of route finding and hazard awareness, which are all that's needed to get you started.

If you'd like to take things further, and venture onto harder terrain, I can teach you some simple rock climbing and mountaineering techniques, to help you tackle the trickier sections of grade 2 & 3 scrambles - how to 'pitch' technical rock, how to 'move together' on exposed ground and how to abseil steep descents.

-  North Wales scrambling  guided scrambling is available on a daily basis from April through to November. Easier scrambling journeys, on grade 1 terrain, can be organised for groups of up to 6 people. More challenging scrambling journeys, on alpine-type ground, are possible for 2 people. Prices and booking information can be found on the bookings page.

-  Skye scrambling  mountains, sea, great rock, magical light... Skye is unique and in our own backyard. There are countless deep corries and airy ridges to explore and the scrambling is as good as it gets anywhere... if not the best! And the traverse of the main Cullin ridge ranks as the mother of all British mountaineering journeys.

Guided trips of between 3 and 5 days can be organised for scrambling, climbing or a main ridge traverse, with some skills training along the way if you'd like it. The best times to go are in May, early June and in Sept, when the weather's usually more stable. I quote separately for guiding on Skye, so please get in touch for a no obligation chat.

-  Skye Munros  there are 11 Munros on the greater Cuillin ridge, including the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the most difficult of all Munros to climb. A 4 day itinerary allows you to climb all of Skye's Munros and return to your valley accommodation each evening. This is a fantastic way to experience the Cullin and gives the option of ascending a number of possible subsidiary ridges each day. The days are long but achievable for any fit hill walker.