Scrambling or mountaineering is an activity somewhere between walking and rock climbing. Part of a mountain journey, you regularly employ a rope for safety, and you get to some amazing places. Join The Lakes Mountaineer to learn the skills to go scrambling independently or get guided up some of the scrambling classics of the Lake District.
Scrambling has three grades:
Grade 1: Think walking on steep rocks when you need your hands. You'll wear a helmet and harness, but won't use a rope all the time. Grade 2: You'll need you hands pretty much all the time, and we'll be roped up the whole scramble. Grade 3: As with grade 2, but includes short sections of rock climbing.
Family Scrambling Adventures
Mighty Mountains: Family rock day - half a day rock climbing then half a day scrambling grade 1 - best for older kids (11+) and groups. From £45 per person for a full day.
Mega-Mountains: Parent and child scrambling day: for the more adventurous, take on a harder scramble in the mountains - 2 people only due to the terrain involved. £190 total for 2 people.
Mini-Mountains: Abseiling and climbing in the morning, followed by a treasure hunt (navigation!) in the afternoon - for kids (7+), and groups. From £40 per person for a full day.
Grade 1 routes include Jack's Rake on Pavey Arc or Sharp Edge on Blencathra. Grade 3 is the top end, which might have very short sections of climbing as on Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday's Crag.
Grade 1: £160 for 1 person, plus £20 per person (max 6 people) Grade 2 or 3: £190 total for 1 or 2 people
Learn Scrambling Skills
Learn the skills to look after yourself and your party, such as anchor selection or how to move swiftly as a team. You can learn effectively with up to 4 people. In a day you can learn the basics, experiencing a scramble and trying a few techniques, but 2 or 3 days would allow real progression towards independence.
1 day: £200/day for 2 people + £20/extra person 2 days: £180/day for 2 people + £20/extra person 3+ days: £170/day for 2 people + £20/extra person Maximum number or people varies dependant upon objectives.