Scrambling (Introduction & Advanced)
We offer courses in scrambling at Introduction and Advanced levels. Scrambling, defined as an activity somewhere between hillwalking and rock climbing, is a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges. It is often distinguished from hillwalking by defining a scramble as a route where hands must be used in the ascent. Easy climbs are sometimes referred to as difficult scrambles.
At Introduction level we look at some of the more straightforward scrambles with the intention of giving people an idea of the kind of terrain that scramblers seek, what to expect, what risks and hazards to look out for, what equipment is appropriate and how to use it. This course is run with a guide client ratio of 1:4. Completion of this course prepares you for some easy to moderate scrambling.
At Advanced level we tackle more difficult terrain, often at the upper end of what is considered scrambling. At this level, use of a rope is customary and is run with a guide client ratio of 1:2. Some experience of scrambling is essential prior to embarking on more demanding routes and we are always subject to having suitable weather conditions.
From a skills and progression point of view, the two-day courses are best. However, one-day and longer multi-day scrambles can be arranged. Courses are usually run in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks as this is where the best range and variety of scrambles can be found, but other options can be considered. Complimentary tea and coffee with use of hot shower facilities are available at the Mountain Lodge following the scramble.