Scrambling intro

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Course: Scrambling - Introduction

Altitude/Distance: 800m/12km approx.

Route: Hags Glen or other Reeks location

Date: March - October

Duration: 2 days 6-7 hrs

Grade/Ratio: Climbing - Easy, GCR 1:4

Price: €160 per person or 2 x B&B + 1 x Dinner + Packed LunchTotal Package: €325 per person


At introductory level we look at some of the more straightforward scrambles with the intention of giving people an idea of the kind of terrain that scramblers seek, what to expect, what risks and hazards to look out for, what equipment is appropriate and how to use it. If you would like to attempt more challenging climbs like the Hags Tooth and Howling Ridge, this is where to start. This course is run with a Guide Client Ratio of 1:4. Completion of this course prepares you for some easy to moderate scrambling and can be followed on by the advanced scrambling course which attempts Howling Ridge or similar as a finale.


*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 don't, please contact us as there is no problems arranging 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 comforatble even in the most extreme conditions. This is very important during colder conditions. You do not have to buy all of the gear listed 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 tons 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

  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity

  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional

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


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