Our Lake District Scramble and Climb Course will enable confident mountain walkers to transition from mountain walker to mountain climber. Suitable for those with experience of walking and scrambling over more exposed terrain, such as Striding Edge or Crib Goch. We will combine scrambling with ropes on some classic Lake District ridges and scrambling routes with some of the easier classic multi pitch rock climbing routes. No previous climbing experience needed but you should be happy with mountain exposure.
Mountain scrambling is an adventurous and challenging way of reaching your favourite summits in the Lake District. Following rocky ridges, impressive buttresses and exciting spurs, scrambling is the fluid area between conventional walking and more formal rock climbing. Over the course of 3 or 5 days we will instruct you in the techniques to enable you to move quickly, confidently and safely over steep and rocky ground, progressing on to the essential rope work and route choice skills needed to develop your rock climbing skills.
The severity of the scrambles and climbs undertaken will be tailored to your ability, from the classic Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark to Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag. Some of the classic rock climbing routes may include climbs on Shepherd’s Crag and Troutdale Pinnacle.
The Lake District Scramble and Climb course is great just for the experience or to start your preparation for a more technical expedition such as Carstensz Pyramid, Ama Dablam or Mount Kenya. It is also ideal training for Alpine ascents involving climbing on more vertical ground, for example the Matterhorn or Eiger.
You should have experience of 3 season hill walking and be happy on the classic walkers ridges such as Striding Edge or Sharp Edge, indicating you have a good head for heights and steeper terrain and a reasonable level of fitness.
Accommodation – the inclusive cost is based on a bed and breakfast basis in a twin or double room. Packed lunches and evening meals are not included but are available from the hotel or you can make the short journey into Keswick for a wider choice.
Please note accommodation is subject to availability (please book early). Please select from the following options:
The Mary Mount Country House
Set in 5 acres of woodland gardens on the shores of Derwentwater, this friendly family-run hotel offers wonderful countryside views. Rooms are en suite with tea and coffee facilities. There is also a restaurant and free WiFi throughout. Free parking is available.
The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa (4****)
Overlooking picturesque Lake Derwentwater, the 4-star Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa is set in 40 acres of tranquil land with a waterfall and a lakeshore.Views across the lakes or mountains feature in many of the rooms at Lodore Falls. Free Wi-Fi is provided, and the elegant rooms also feature tea and coffee facilities.
The Falls Spa offers a thermal suite with 12 different heat experiences, 5 treatment rooms, an exclusive Champagne bar and an outdoor infinity-edge vitality pool, with neck jets, underwater loungers and stunning views. Spa access is complimentary for guests staying in a Deluxe Spa Suite, for other rooms the Spa can be accessed for an additional fee.
Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant serves a selection of Japanese, Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes, freshly prepared from the finest ingredients with a Lake District twist. Alternatively, the 2 AA Rosette award-winning Lake View Restaurant has a varied menu of local produce and fine cuisine, serving light meals and afternoon teas.
Alternatively, you can select no accommodation if you prefer to obtain your own.
You will need a few key pieces of equipment (* these items can be hired):
- Hiking boots*
- Climbing helmet*
- Rock climbing shoes*
- Waterproof jacket*
- Waterproof over trousers*
- 30L rucksack*
- Trekking poles*
- Walking trousers
- Fleece/warm jacket
- Wicking top base layers (short & long sleeved)
A full kit list will be supplied on booking.