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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 boots... and then you're off.

I have an intimate knowledge of the scrambles in Snowdonia and can take you on a day's scrambling journey through some beautiful mountain scenery. Journeys like these are by far the best and most enjoyable way to acquire the skills needed to go scrambling. With as little as a day's instruction you can grab the basics of route finding and hazard awareness, which are the most important skills you'll need to start scrambling.

If you'd like to take things further, and venture onto harder terrain, I can teach you some simple mountaineering skills to help you tackle the trickier sections of grade 2 & 3 scrambles - I'll show you how to how to 'pitch' difficult sections of rock, how to 'move together' over exposed scrambling ground and how to set up an abseil when faced with an awkward descent.


-  North Wales scrambling  guided scrambling can be arranged 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, covering grade 2 & 3 terrain, are possible for 2 people (3 at a push). 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 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 is without doubt the mother of all mountaineering journeys in Britain.

Guided trips of between 3 and 4 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 time to go is late April through to late June and in Sept; periods when the weather is 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 main 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.