Summer Scrambling & Mountaineering

Course Overview

These courses provide the adventurous hillwalker with a chance to go a step further onto steeper ground. No previous roped experience is required, however a head for heights would be a distinct advantage and a wish to try simple scrambles and rock climbs. Also good experience for people considering visiting the Alps and needing to learn roped 'moving together' techniques.

The areas visited provide the very best ridge scrambling anywhere in the British Isles. The courses meet on Saturday (pm) and finish on Thursday (pm), five days of exciting adventure.

Ben Nevis & Glen Coe

During this week attempts will be made on Curved Ridge and the Aonach Eagach in Glen Coe, as well as Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis. Time will be spent on lower lying crags in Glen Nevis (Poll Dubh) and Glen Coe (Aonach Dubh) learning the basics of rope-work, belaying, abseiling and simple climbing. As with all the courses, equipment is provided (ropes, helmet, climbing belt/harness). Course members should provide their own clothing, boots and rucksack. No special footwear is required other than a good robust hillwalking boot with high ankle support and well maintained 'Vibram' type sole.

Course Details

Costs: £350.00 for five days (10% discount if full)

Ratio: 1:4


All dates may be possible, but please check before making a booking to see if your dates are okay. Course length is normally five days, but shorter periods can be arranged. We prefer to talk with guests beforehand about dates which suit them best.

Kit Requirements

Mountaineering Kit List


A fairly flexible pair of boots with good lateral stiffness and well kept vibram sole are okay for hill-walking , scrambling and simple rock climbing (Skye Ridge). They should have a high ankle to provide support.

Climbing Belt
A simple climbing waist belt and karabiner are adequate, but bring a harness if you have one.


Essential for parts of the course

A medium volume rucsac is best (50/55 litres). Try not to use an 80 litre back-packing sac. They are heavy!

Waterproof Jacket

Waterproof Jacket and Trousers

Could possibly be of some use at times.


Essential. The map should be made weather-proof. A guide book can be very helpful on Skye...’Scrambles on Skye’ by J.Wilson Parker, (Cicerone Press) is a reasonable book, and comes with some maps. The O.S. 1:25000 map, Outdoor Leisure Series No 8, Cuillin and Torridon Hills, is worth buying. For Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, a sheet 41 - 1:50,000 O.S map is okay plus ..'Scrambles in Lochaber' Noel Williams (Cicerone Press).

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
For blisters, headaches, midges and sunburn!

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag
This could be a light-weight 2/3 seasons bag and would be used on a bivouac if attempting the main Skye Ridge Traverse.

Bivouac Bag
If you have a Gore-Tex bag bring it along, otherwise a large poly survival bag (500gauge) is adequate.

Food for Bivouacs
This should be lightweight and include packet soups, biscuits, dried fruit, energy bars and dehydrated meals for two days on the Skye Ridge.

Small Stove

Camping Mat-KFS-Small Stove
For bivouacs on the Isle of Skye, if attempting a ridge traverse or camping.

Water-bottle or bag
Essential to be able to carry a litre of fluids at least.

Fleece jacket

Personal Clothing
This should be warm and include mitts/gloves/socks, woolly hat, breeches or track-suit trousers and two light-weight fleece tops. Personal preference will largely dictate this area of equipment. Shorts, floppy hat, sun specs and trainers might also be useful!! A cheap pair of garden gloves would be useful for folk wishing to protect their hands from the very rough rock on the Isle of Skye!!

For people who are self-catering, you can either bring most of your food with you or shop in Portree for fresh goods. Portree has all you will require for buying food plus a number of places to eat out in the evenings.

Recommended reading
Two books are recommended as follows: ( Available from climbing shops)

1) Modern Rope Techniques (Nigel Shepherd)
2) Handbook of Climbing (Fyffe & Peter)


Accommodation is extra to instruction unless shown and a choice is offered as follows:

A good site with all facilities is located in Glen Nevis. Phone for details of current prices. (01397) 702191.

from £16.00 per night Calluna Bunkhouse or SYHA.

Guest House
From £150.00 B&B for six nights

B&B is available for people who wish to eat out in the evenings. Please state your preference on the booking form and it will be pre-booked. Accommodation costs are payable on arrival and full details are sent in advance.