Walking and Scrambling on the Munros in Scotland

Glencoe, Torridon and the Far West of Scotland are a hill walkers and scramblers paradise. Breathtaking scenery, classic ridge scrambles and remoteness make these mountains a very special place to be. If you would like a guided day out or to learn the skills to tackle these mountains on your own then Adele can help you.

 

Dates and Cost
Dates All year
Cost per day £165 for 1 person. Plus £20 per additional group member.

 

Important Information 
Maximum Number There will only ever be 3 participants to one instructor to ensure you get the most out of your day
Duration Minimum 1 day to a recommended maximum of 4 to 5 days.
Where are the courses based? West Coast of Scotland. Glencoe, Fort William, Torridon and Ullapool are excellent locations to base your self.
Pre requisites A good level of fitness and some hill walking experience.

 

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There is no finer day out than scrambling across some of the classic ridges of Scotland or taking in some remote Munros. Both require confidence in navigation and some skills of how to protect yourself on rocky terrain. There is a fine dividing line between hill walking and scrambling and with few man made paths it is important you feel safe and comfortable to take on the challenge of climbing the hills in Scotland.

What’s the difference between hill walking and scrambling you may ask? Hill walking stops when you officially require your hands as well as your feet to make upward progress.

Scrambles are graded from 1 to 3.
Grade 1 is unlikely to require a rope but would involve steep and often exposed ground, where good route choice is important and can be negotiated in most weather conditions.
Grade 2 requires the use of a rope and very basic rock climbing skills to negotiate steeper ridges and gullies;
Grade 3 is usually involves more basic rock climbing and the sustained use of a rope.

In the North west Highlands there is so much choice.

Aonach Eagach Ridge Glencoe ( Grade 2 Scramble): Known as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse. Linking two Munros, Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh it is ideal for keen scramblers or hill walkers with a head for heights. 6-8 hours and 1150m ascent.

Curved Ridge in Glencoe (Grade 3 Scramble): A fantastic ridge scramble that takes you right to the summit of Stob Dearg on Buchaille etive Mor. The lower section of the ridge has some grade 3 scrambling but this eases as you approach the top. Curved ridge is an excellent venue to learn some rope techniques and have a quality day out. 5-7 hours 750m ascent. There is always the option to complete the day by bagging Stob na Broige the second Munro on the massive.

Forcan Ridge, The Saddle Glen Shiel. The Saddle has to be the finest of the Kintail peaks. Ascending it via the Forcan Ridge is a classic scramble with fantastic views. An excellent introduction to scrambling and well within the limits for all keen hill walkers seeking out an adventurous route. 6 hours 1000m ascent

Traverses of Beinn Alligin ,Liathatch and BeinnEighe in Torridon: A visit to Torridon would not be complete without taking in the three great ridge traverses. Each one is a committing day out with exposed scrambling in places. Liathatch has to be the most challenging and is a close second to the Aonach Eagach for the finest mainland ridge traverse.

The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Rum. The traverse of the ridge is unexpectedly fantastic with some sections of moderate scrambling and stunning ocean views. Making a crossing of the ridge is more of an expedition and requires some logistical planning of getting to Rum and returning to your starting point. The whole adventure takes at least two to three days and can include some wild camping or a bothy night.

Suilven (731m) and Stach Pollaidh( 612m): These are two of the most distinctive mountains in the far North West of Scotland. They may not be of Munro status but there uniqueness and remoteness makes them high on any hill walkers tick list. Stach Pollaidh offers a fine scramble with a difficult step (generally a rope is required) to reach its true West Summit. Suilven on the other hand is a unique very remote mountain with spectacular views and some easy scrambling.

Travelling up to Scotland for most of you is a long haul journey so it would be a shame not to get the best out of your trip away.

Have you ever found yourself turning back as the weather has come in or being scared to go on so have taken the safe and sensible option to retrace your steps. When you get down there is relief but then you wonder whether or not you should have carried on. All of us have been there and we all made the right decision to turn back. Adele can help you develop your skills by explaining how we route find around the hills, use a rope for safety and work with a compass and GPS to navigate. With these skills under your belt you will feel much happier and be safer tackling some of the more challenging routes on the mountains in the UK.

Take the plunge and come and explore the Mountains on the West Coast of Scotland. Adele can help you plan your journey and help you out with your logistics as well as on the mountains.

 

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