Welsh Winter Scrambles
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 2 People to 1 instructor

Welsh Winter Scrambles

  • Climb
  • Mountaineering
  • Advanced


Spend an exhilarating weekend of guided mountaineering on some of Snowdonia's classics.

In winter, Welsh scrambles and gullies become more demanding and exciting. In a group of two, you'll accompany your instructor as you make your way up and over some of the most spectacular ridges or scrambles in Snowdonia.

Using a rope, ice axe and crampons wherever necessary, you'll overcome the complex challenges that winter conditions add to the adventure.

Kit: Don’t worry about having all the kit, as whilst you’ll need to bring your own personal essentials (like your toothbrush), you can arrange to hire more technical, specialist kit like an ice axe, crampons, winter mountaineering boots and a helmet, from the Plas y Brenin equipment store.

Kit hire is included in the price shown, subject to availability, and is sourced from leading manufacturers and checked to the latest safety requirements. You’ll find a comprehensive equipment list below.

Included in the price: Two nights’ accommodation on a bed, breakfast and evening meal* basis, plus packed lunches on course days. Expert instruction, kit hire, in-course transport, use of the on-site facilities and the all-important Wi-Fi password.

Provision of accommodation begins on the night prior to the start of the course and is not included on the final evening. *Dinner is not provided on the evening prior to the start of the course, nor on the final day of the course. Subject to availability and at an additional cost, extra meals and accommodation can be provide.

 We are hugely experienced in preparing delicious meals for a wide range of requirements. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Age restrictions: The minimum participation age for this course is 14 years. Details about the required consents, permissions and the legal responsibilities of parent/guardian(s) can be found here: https://www.pyb.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

This is a course for the more advanced, so we’ll tackle grade 1, 2 and 3 scrambles where the terrain gets tougher, steeper and more exposed.

You’ll be involved in the decision-making aspects of the day’s activity in discussion with your instructor and course buddy. Understand the logic around safety and kit needs, about weather considerations, and learn at first-hand how to challenge yourself safely


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

We'll plan the itinerary in line with your needs and aspirations, depending on where the best conditions are to be found. There will be two good days 'on the hill'. The Welsh winter can be fickle, and snow and ice conditions can't be guaranteed. Throughout the weekend we'll have a flexible approach to the programme to make the best possible use of the prevailing conditions. If there is no snow the course will still run. Plus, you’ll get all the fresh air and wellbeing that the great outdoors delivers naturally.

Experience Required

You should have a good level a hillwalking fitness, basic winter experience (such as ice axe and crampon skills), a head for heights, some scrambling experience and a thirst for adventure.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

You’ll be supported by our friendly, qualified and exceptionally well-trained staff, who love sharing their knowledge and experience. You’ll have lots of fun, and be encouraged to challenge yourself, in line with your own personal skills and capabilities. Plus we’ll support you to formulate an action plan for your next stage development.Rise to your sense of adventure, in the great outdoors, knowing we have your absolute safety and wellbeing in mind.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

Start your training

2 Days
Start Date
5th February, 2022
Spaces left
2 Days
Start Date
5th February, 2022
Spaces left
This course will help you become

You'll become a winter mountaineer with some of the UK's most iconic ridges under your belt.

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