Mountain Walking

In North Wales we have the highest and most impressive mountains in England and Wales. Mountain walking is an ideal activity for groups to explore the natural mountainous environment and have a real sense of achievement.

Mountaineering

There are mountains of all heights around the Snowdonia National Park. Some are suitable for younger groups and others are a challenge for anyone, such as Snowdon or Tryfan. Big or small, all give the group a tremendous sense of achievement and satisfaction upon gaining the top. Our qualified instructors take into account all individual members to select a suitable route. And we involve all groups in the planning stage so that they can make the day their own. On the hill group members often have the opportunity to lead the way, and all are encouraged to look after fellow team members.

We look to get away from others and find mountain routes away from the path for a true mountaineering experience. This gives the group a greater sense of adventure and appreciation of their natural surroundings. Mountain navigation can be an extra element for the group to take responsibility for. This can be as a brief introduction to a map and spotting features on the journey, or as a more in depth look at route planning and the use of a map and compass as part of a navigation course. This environment lends itself to the hill and mountain aspects of the GCSE and A-Level PE syllabi and provides extensive options for BTEC Public Service expeditions.  

     

Mountain Scrambling

Scrambling can be classified as an activity somewhere between rock climbing and mountain walking. You will require the use of your hands on the rocky buttresses for upward progress. There are plenty of classic grade 1 scrambles that are used around Snowdonia, these being scrambles that can often be safely managed without ropes. Mountains like Tryfan are well known scrambling venues with many iconic lines. Groups often enjoy the extra excitement and enjoyment gained from scrambling.

Venues

A typical mountain day involves a short journey from the centre to park up at the foot of one of the many mountains we have nearby. We usually undertake a circular walk covering new ground all day and taking in a variety of views. Above the famous Dinorwig Slate Quarries is the mountain of Elidir Fawr which is part of a popular horse-shoe walk with a long rocky summit to scramble along. There are many mountains to explore on both sides of the Ogwen Valley with the Glyders and Y Garn high above the beautiful Cwm Idwal and the Carneddau mountains to the east. A little further south, in the Moelwyn mountain range, Cnicht is a firm favourite with a much quieter feel to it, often having the mountain to ourselves. Although it is a mountain we would very rarely have to ourselves, the iconic mountain of Snowdon can offer an amazing sense of achievement and can also be viewed from the centre upon your return!

Although sometimes seen as one of the more energetic activities, requiring perseverance and determination, upon reflection most groups see this as one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of their time at Arete.

Courses

As with our other activities, mountain walking or scrambling can be booked by private Adult or Family Groups. Prices start at £195 for two people with each additional person (up to a maximum group size of 10) adding £15 to the cost. Contact us for available dates.

Climbing a mountain is an integral part of most of our Schools and Youth courses at Arete. Example 5 day catered residetial from £235 per pupil.

A mountain scramble could well be integrated into either the multi-activity or rock-based Gold DofE Residentials or young persons' Summer Camps.

For those wishing to lead others in the mountains the Mountain Leader courses offer the appropriate professional training and assessment.