• Scrambles • 1/2/3 days
Scrambling is that grey area between walking and climbing, and potentially one of the most serious aspects of summer mountaineering in the UK. These courses aim to introduce the hill walker into safely tackling some of the more exhilerating routes to the mountain tops. The skills and experience gained could provide an invaluable introduction to those considering visiting the Alps, or keen to tackle the rocky peaks on the Cuillin ridge, where some degree of scrambling is required to reach many of the summits.

Learn the skills:
* route finding
* guidebook interpretation and understanding grades
* the use of the rope
* equipment selection
* abseiling and safety in descent

The routes:
Courses are based in and around the Lochaber area. All the routes lead close to the summits of three of the most distinctive and distinguished mountains in the area. The particular ridges chosen are all striking natural features, having deservedly become well trodden 'classics' since their first pioneering ascents over a hundred years ago, back in the 1890's.

* Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe, including an ascent of the Crowberry Tower.

* Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis - at 2000 feet the longest recorded route in the country. This ascent is often combined with a traverse of Carn Mor Dearg Arete, affording stunning views of the North-East Face of Ben Nevis.

* Great Ridge, Garbh Bheinn, Ardgour - a magnificent approach to one of the finest scenic panoramas in Lochaber, more than making up for the long boggy approach up Coire an Iubhair.

* In addition, over in the east, the truly outstanding latter day classic Afterthought Arete, overlooking the idyllic Loch Avon on the south side of Cairn Gorm has also been included.