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Learn to Scramble - Courses & Holidays in Spain

 

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Final ridge of Chamizo

 

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Learning to scramble

 

 

Scrambling Skills & Techniques - Spain

Summit of highest mountain in Malaga

 

This course will give you an introduction to mountain scrambling and teach you the skills necessary to scramble in the mountains safely.

It is a perfect course for hill walkers who would like to gain the skills and confidence to venture onto more adventurous terrain and get away from the beaten track.

What will you learn?

climbing equipment used for scrambling

rope techniques

movement skills

route finding

descent methods

we always try to make the course as realistic as possible by doing as much of it as possible in the mountains whilst enjoying some great scrambles.

 

 

Rates per person per day

Private instruction:

1 person:180 Euros - 2 people: 95 Euros - 3 people: 85 Euros -

4 people: 75 Euros

 

Open courses (up to 6 people):

1 person:100 Euros - 2 people: 75 Euros - 3 people: 65 Euros -

4 to 6 people: 60 Euros

 

PRIVATE GUIDING-INSTRUCTION and OPEN COURSES

We can run climbing courses on private or open basis.

Private guiding and instruction

Private climbing courses are fast track learning and they are totally tailored to your needs and aspirations. We plan it with you to create the course you want -

Private guiding means you can choose the routes, dates. location and content of the day. Simply email us and we will plan something that works for you.

 

Open Courses

Open courses are run so you can join a group of climbers.

Climbing in an open courses means you pay less but the group you join might be composed of people of different ages and climbing experience. Alhough we do our best to match people with similar climbing experience and ambitions, you will need to be flexible with the dates and times, content, location and the group composition.

We organise the group so that you get to climb as much as possibe.

 

Learn to Scramle - Additional Information

 

The beauty about learning the core skills needed for mountain scrambling with a climbing instructor is that it lets you learn how to protect both yourself and your partner on mountainous ground whilst staying safe during the learning process.

On the technical side you will learn about all aspects of the rope work used on scrambles; running belays, moving together, direct belay techniques, abseiling & short roping; equally importantly you will the gain the experience necessary to judge the difficulty of a route/section of a route and adopt the correct techniques for climbing it safely and quickly.

Spain has a vast series of limestone ridges and mountains that run parallel to the coast (Cordillera Penibética) range and these provide a great playground for scrambling. The section close to us in the south of Spain includes the Axarquia region which contains the Sierras de Tejada, Almijara and Alhama. These lie just to the south east of us while immediately behind our village lies the Sierra de Camarolos y del Jobo.

We can be in these mountains within 5 minutes of leaving our house.

We can also provide self-catering accommodation in a self-contained attic apartment in Villanueva del Rosario.View of Alfernate from summit

On a scrambling course lasting 1-2 days you'll learn the core skills needed for mountain scrambling and at the end of the course should be able to second scrambles of most difficulties with safe and competent ropework.

If you are looking at leading harder routes and being more independent then it is likely you will need more time to re-inforce the techniques you have already learnt and gain additional skills and confidence. In a scrambling course lasting 3-5 day you should be able to go from never having scrambled before to leading your own scrambles in a controlled, safe and confident manner.

There general information on our courses here and various background information on equipment and techniques on the Advice page.

 

 

 

Scrambling Tips

Good route finding is imperative for safe day in the mountains. The route finding starts at home with guides, maps and the web, this will give you a good overview of how to approach and climb the route, the location of escape routes, timings and objective dangers.Summit od scramble on El Chamizo

Whilst approaching the scramble take time to locate obvious landmarks from a distance. Once you get engrossed on your route it is often hard to see far ahead. These landmarks can help you set your bearings in highly featured terrain or if the visibility deteriorates.

Once on the route if the way is blocked by an excessively hard section look for alternatives and try to skirt around the difficulties. Use the existing tracks/areas of worn rock and determine the way people go - most popular scrambles will generally have some signs of previous travel, so if you are looking for the normal / easiest way then avoid  probing onto virgin ground.

 It is best to only attempt tricky steps that you feel you can confidently back climb down otherwise your options for retreat become a lot more limited – in general people find it easier climbing up rather than down.
 
Rain, wind and cold can totally transform a route and make it feel significantly harder

Scramblers working as a team can reduce the seriousness of a tricky step by careful spotting, grabbing and fielding.

Spotting is when the climbers colleagues stand below the climber on a safe platform with the aim the stopping the climber from falling either at all by keeping them pushed onto the wall or if they do fall, stopping them from going too far or hitting their head.

Once over a tricky section the first climber(s) can offer others advice and if need be can give support by grabbing a shoulder strap or jacket thus stopping any slip becoming a fall. The grabber should always be well braced and well balanced, others members of the team can help by holding the grabber in position.  

The grabber should avoid linking hands with the scrambler as it will reduce their grip and balance and possibly pull both off.

When spotting becomes useless a rope can be invaluable; normally scramblers use a length of (30m of 9mm to 50m of 10.5mm) dynamic rope....but things start getting complex now and are best not dealt with in a short article.

 

 

Pricing and Booking

 

Rates per person per day

Private instruction:

1 person:180 Euros - 2 people: 95 Euros - 3 people: 85 Euros -

4 people: 75 Euros

 

Open courses (up to 6 people):

1 person:100 Euros - 2 people: 75 Euros - 3 people: 65 Euros -

4 to 6 people: 60 Euros

 

PRIVATE GUIDING-INSTRUCTION and OPEN COURSES

We can run climbing courses on private or open basis.

Private guiding and instruction

Private Scrambling and climbing courses are fast track learning and they are totally tailored to your needs and aspirations. We plan it with you to create the course you want -

Private guiding means you can choose the routes, dates. location and content of the day. Simply email us and we will plan something that works for you.

 

Open Courses

Open courses are run so you can join a group of climbers.

Scrambling & Climbing in an open courses means you pay less but the group you join might be composed of people of different ages and climbing experience. Alhough we do our best to match people with similar climbing experience and ambitions, you will need to be flexible with the dates and times, content, location and the group composition.

We organise the group so that you get to climb as much as possibe.

 

Learn to Scramble in the mountains course - Additional Information

 

Online Booking Form

Booking - Terms + Conditions

Equipment provided by the Rock Climbing Company: We will provide all technical equipment for this scrambling course including ropes and climbing equipment plus a helmet and harness for each client.

We have an extensive rack of climbing equipment that you are welcome to use so that you can decide what you prefer. Thus for example you can try a variety of harnesses to see what style you prefer - nappy or standard adjustable.

One of the big quandaries for a scrambler is what length/diameter of rope to carry - simply ask us to bring along a variety of ropes and you can then make up your own mind whether you prefer short / long or thin / thick.

What you need to provide: You should bring along a full range of clothing to cope with the vagaries of the weather - it could be lovely or it could be horrible and it is best to be prepared for the worst. Scrambling by its very nature is in the mountains and often on exposed ridges so even on good days bring a windproof and always have a full set of waterproofs (top and trousers) in your sack.

Footwear should be boots that are rated as being 3 - 4 season with stiff soles and edges, this type of footwear makes standing on small holds much easier and more secure. Soft, floppy boots will roll off these holds and will often use thinner leather that does not resist abrasion as well as the materials used on full mountain boots.

You will also need a rucksack to hold spare clothing, food and plenty of drink for the day. Hot drinks are a great morale booster on cold days and isotonic energy drinks will keep you going on warm days.

Scrambling involves a lot of walking and the steep ground encourages heel movement so bring foot protection - Compeed is hard to beat for blisters.

Don't forget hats and gloves - essential for staying comfortable in the mountains - using reinforced gloves will keep your hands warm + protected at all times.

There is more information on equipment on the Equipment for Courses page.

What is not included: Prices do not include, transport, accommodation, meals or insurance.

Ratios and course sizes: The Learn to Scramble course is best taught at a ratio of 1 to 4 clients to 1 instructor and ideally the ratio is 2:1.

Dates, venues and duration of all of the climbing courses are by arrangement and totally customisable. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

 

 

 

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