Scrambling Advanced
  • Overview

  • More Details

  • Gear

Course: Scrambling - Advanced


Altitude/Distance: 700m/12km approx.

Route: Hags Glen or other Reeks locations

Date: March - October

Duration: 2 days 6-7 hrs

Grade/Ratio: Climbing - Moderate, GCR 1:2

Price: €250 per person or 2x B&B + 1x Dinner + packed lunches = Total Package €415 per person.


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. Ofcourse, where clients have a particular itinerary or route in mind, this can usually be incorporated.


Some experience of scrambling and proper equipment are essential prior to embarking on more committing routes, and we are always subject to having suitable weather conditions. From a skill and progresssion point of view, the 2 day courses are best, however one or more than 2 days can be arranged. Usually courses are run in the McGillycuddy Reeks as this is where the best range and variety of scrambles can be found, but other options can be considered. Completion of this course prepares you for moderate to difficult scrambling and attempts Howling Ridge or similar as a finale. Please check our Dates & Prices for upcoming dates or simply enquire or book from the options on the righthand side.


*Complimentary Tea & Coffee with use of Hot Shower Facilities available following the climb*


Definition of Scrambling (also known as alpine scrambling) is a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges. It is an ambiguous term that lies somewhere between hillwalking and rock climbing. It is often distinguished from hillwalking by defining a scramble as a route where hands must be used in the ascent. There is less to distinguish it from climbing, with many easy climbs sometimes referred to as difficult scrambles. A distinction can be made in defining any ascent where hands are used to hold body weight, rather than just for balance, as a climb.


Gear required:
  • Hillwalking Clothes

  • Packed Lunch,

  • 30-40 Litre Rucksack

  • Stiffer/Rugged Boots are better but not essential.


Poles are not required. All technical equipment, ropes, harnesses etc will be provided.


Below is a recommended basic hillwalking gear list. If you can have some or most of the items - great! If you have not, please contact us as there is no problems arranging some options from the guide on the day. You will find the more you do hillwalking, the more likely you will spend money on gear. There are very good reasons why people purchase good gear and that is to keep them dry, warm and comfortable even in the most extreme conditions. This is very important during colder conditions. You do not have to buy all of the below unless you are going to do more in near future, but if possible try to borrow some of it. We can give you some advice on the day before you buy your own. Also most Ski-wear is suitable, although the heavier items, more so in winter.


  • One pair of good walking/mountaineering boots. Waterproof for wet and/or cold.

  • Socks. (Thorlo, Thermolite or similar)

  • Thermal top base (dryflo, capilene or sports top) and mid layers (In winter several layers may be needed)

  • 1 good fleece or softshell. I use a wind stop fleece.

  • Trekking pants in summer, Thermal fleece pants in winter. (Softshell pants are quite common also)

  • Wind and water proofs (Gore-Tex or similar): Jacket and Trousers.

  • Head gear: thermal hat and/or sunhat. (Buff, neck gaiter, optional) or balaclava in winter.

  • Adjustable ski poles, Leki or similar: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. I usually use two Leki spring loaded as it takes 36 ton of pressure off your knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when your tired. *Optional.

  • Gloves: 1 pair of thermal and 1 pair of over gloves or mitts (optional), no harm in bringing spare sets. I always bring a pair of fleece and buffalo mitts for high on the mountain as it can get very cold and by having your fingers together keeps them warm.

  • 1–2 Litres of water in bottles, or platypus in its own plastic bag

  • Lunch consisting of sandwich/snack and sweets, seeds, oatbars or fruit (keep in plastic bag)

  • Small Rucksack big enough to carry your spares and Lunch. (Line this with strong black bag)

  • Spare Top mid layer, socks and gloves

  • Headtorch with spare batteries and bulb *Optional, required for Oct - Mar

  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity

  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional

  • Map OSI 78 and Compass (silva type 4) *Optional


For more information - please contact us 



Pin it