Scrambling Masterclasses in the Lake District

Two people with coils of rope scrambling in the Lake District – Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide

If you want to develop your personal skills to enable you to go scrambling with friends on more serious ground, this masterclass will be great for you. You will learn how to move quickly without compromising safety - perfect preparation for long scrambling days, such as the longer Ben Nevis ridges or the Cuillin of Skye. You will look at how to make good choices and use the best techniques for the terrain. You need to be confident on grade I/II scrambles. Open to all Mountain Leader Award holders and trainees, and anyone with comparable personal experience.

Venue: meet at the Kirkstone Pass car park,, Lake District

Dates: see the Masterclasses section on our online calendar

Times: 9.30am to 4pm approx

Cost: £55 Mountain Training Association members, £60 non-members

Counts as 1 CPD point for MTA members who are Mountain Leader holders or trainees

Equipment list:
~ the usual personal gear for a full day out in the mountains
~ helmet
~ 30m rope, any diameter
~ 240cm sling
~ HMS krab
Let us know if you don’t have any of these and we can provide them. You will also need full waterproofs and a packed lunch.

Useful blog posts:
Personal Scrambling Skills workshop, 12th March 2016

What do our clients say about us?

I very much want to thank Chris for an excellent workshop. Certainly the weather gave us a splendid day. However, it was Chris's excellent guidance, clarity of delivery and fresh ideas that really made the day. The ideas on gauging the ability of an individual early on in a venture is obvious, but the methods Chris offered were useful, applicable and realistic. I was also very impressed by Chris's questioning attitude. Effectively evaluating what we do in leading in the mountains is essential if we are to ensure that clients are challenged and enjoy themselves. The manner in which I look at walking and the process of doing it will never be the same again and I hope to be able to spend more time in Chris's company in the future as I know I will learn a huge amount. Many thanks and very best wishes.
Paul Davies, September 2015

All enquiry emails were replied to promptly and with all the information required. The booking procedure was very simple and easy to use, with an extra date added in order to facilitate me doing the course which was very much appreciated. The day was very well structured, Chris had a very good plan and was gave a lot of very good instruction from the moment we started walking right until the end of the day. Chris was excellent, he really made me think about my movement when walking as well as when climbing. Every bit of information was pitched at the right time, making me think about the best way of operating when scrambling and why. I would now definitely use you for other courses in the future.
Richard Warley, June 2016

The day was dictated by the clients' needs. This meant that the day was varied and relevant to the needs of the group. Everything was linked which made for an enjoyable and progressive day packed full of useful and usable tips and tricks. I finished the course confident in my existing skills and armed with lots of new skills to expand my knowledge and experience in the hills. Enjoyed the day and highly recommend it.
Alan McGing, May 2018

The programme was structured really well. We started with the basics of movement, then progressed logically from offering support to using the rope. Chris is a great instructor with a really warm manner. He clearly enjoys passing on his knowledge and was able to differentiate the session for the varying levels of experience and competence.
Michael Daley, May 2018

Any enquiries I made were answered swiftly and provided all of the info I’d requested. Chris was unbelievably accommodating and flexible around the dates of this workshop - I was highly impressed. The programme was excellent. As I was attending a scrambling workshop I obviously expected to be scrambling! However what I didn’t expect was the movement skills that Chris began the day with. I’ve been mountaineering for 30 years so assumed I knew how to walk across rocky terrain. Think again. I learned so much in the first hour or so that it’s changed the way I move around the mountains. Chris is such an approachable person. I never felt that any question I had would be deemed stupid. He obviously has an amazing wealth of experience and clearly wants to share that with his clients - a brilliant and natural tutor. Book with Chris - you won’t be disappointed.
Ray Horncastle, June 2018

The programme was dictated by the group who each had areas they wished to look at / develop in. Chris always gives great instruction. Questions are welcomed and are answered immediately. I attended the Winter Scrambling Masterclass earlier in the year and learnt lots of different skills on both days. So even if you’ve had some previous training I would highly recommend Chris’s range of Masterclasses as a way of learning new skills and consolidating old ones.
Phil Brown, May 2019

a mountaineer reaching the top of a scramble - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide