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Beginner scrambling weekend 2021
Lake District based weekends, to boost your confidence & skills
Course overview

We operate these popular Lake District based weekends (can be operated on any 2 days for 3 people booking together), on a 1:3 ratio throughout, to develop unroped scrambling skills.
These weekends are ideal for those wanting to build skills to tackle challenging Lakeland classics, such as Striding or Sharp Edges, or Pavey Ark, where the distinction between walking and scrambling blurs.
These weekends are aimed at beginner scramblers, who wish to build confidence and skills on this type of terrain. This is unroped scrambling, though the instructor will carry a rope as a safety backup.

You will be guided by a local instructor, who knows the mountains and routes like the back of their hands, so will spend the day with a real expert who will design the day for you to achieve the most.

If you have an idea of a specific objective or route that you'd like to do, get in contact, and we'll match you with the most suitable instructor to make your ambitions come true.
Dates are sceduled, and also run on demand for this training, and we can offer them on any day of the year apart from on Christmas Day itself. Contact us to upload a bespoke date for you to book.
Outline itinerary

Meeting with your instructor at 09:00 in our Windermere Office for a quick briefing about the weather and a kit check, before setting off for the guiding. It is really important to check that you have all the right equipment, to ensure your comfort and safety in the mountains.

1st day: Drive to a suitable location, often in the Langdale or Coniston Fells, for a route to teach you the key skills. Popular choices include Raven Crag in Yewdale, Crinkle Crags in Langdale, or the Helvellyn Edges. The choice is based on your previous experience, the weather, and how wet (or dry) the rock is at the time. Some groups benefit from a shorter more technical route, whilst others prefer a higher easier route. Often the weather decides. At the end of the day, you descend to the vehicles, and return to Windermere.

2nd day: Typically the aim is a classic route, to build up your movement skills on it, and put yesterdays training into practice. You might opt for one of the uber classics, such as Striding or Sharp Edge, or possibly to ascend Pavey Ark via Jacks Rake. A decision is generally left right until the morning, to get the latest weather reports .There are also some lesser known great easy scrambling routes, where you can really avoid the crowds, such as on Wetherlam or Pike O'Blisco, via the lesser trod routes.

There is no such thing as a typical day in these weekend courses, as everyone has specific ambitions, be it a long classic scramble. There are a wide range of locations nearby, such as in the Langdale or Coniston Fells, to maximise your mountain time. Take a packed lunch / snacks each day, so that you can eat on the hill.
If you have a specific ambition, let us know at the point of booking, as the instructor will need to pack specific kit.

At the end of each day you descend and return to Windermere. We aim to end the trip by 17:00 to allow you time to travel home. You can have a feedback session with your instructor, before departing for home.
Course Prices
Standard course
2 full days guiding, 1:3 guide ratio
Price is per person, based on 2 sharing
£149
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Qualified instructor for two days of guiding in the Lake District fells, 2) Provision of group safety kit (e.g. group shelter, first aid kit, rope etc).
Exclusions: 1) Travel to & from the national park for the weekend, 2) Equipment hire such as boots or waterproofs, 3) Hill snacks, lunches and breakfast, laundry, telephone calls, 4) Any extra nights of accommodation either before or after the course, though we can advise if you require.
Notes: These weeks are based on 3 people sharing guiding. If 3 of you book together, it can be operated on any date. Get in touch, and we'll upload your bespoke date for you to book online. On the scheduled dates, you can book as a single. In the unlikely event no partner to match with you is found, you'll get a day of 1:1 guiding.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Beginner Scrambling
  • [5+] 7 - 8 Nov 2021
  • [ 4 ] 15 - 16 Jan 2022
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are three who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish
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Client feedback

Thanks for organising this weekend. The instructor was great, and put my nerves at ease. I gained a lot of confidence on the routes we did, and will see you again soon for more of the same!

Jo B , Beginner Scrambling

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Travel to this trip by train
Train to Windermere
Timings for this trip are such that you can arrive in the Lake District at Windermere just
after 9am on the first train from London or Manchester (on West Coast main line), and can depart in the afternoon the next day. This means that only 1 night of local accommodation is required.
Location data for this trip
The meeting point for these courses is at our office in Windermere in the Lake District National Park. There is easy access by car, and the train station is just 150m from the office door. From here there are a huge variety of mountain terrain to opt for, so we can cater for all weather and conditions.
Personal kit list
Personal 1st aid kit
Walking / mountain boots
Rucksack c.30l max
Gloves with a good grip
Waterproofs (jacket & trousers)
Spare clothes, gloves, hat, etc
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



Get in contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.


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