Rock climbing holidays & scrambling courses



uk flagEurocampActive five star Featured Site

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A select group of parcs in Europe (France, Italy, Austria & Spain) that make perfect bases for rock climbing holidays. There's great availability and keen pricing during the peak climbing months of May, June, Sept and Oct. Offering a wide range of comfortable, fully equipped accommodation, in superb locations.

| climbing/scrambling | France | Italy | Austria | Spain |


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Rockbusters arrange sport climbing and bouldering holidays in Europe. Their main focus is their European Roadtrip, a 2-month climbing extravaganza which can also be taken in week-long blocks, they also run a number of sport climbing camps and a summer Czech sandstone course.

| climbing/scrambling | bouldering | UK | Spain | Germany | Czech Republic |


Alpinism & Ski

based: Wanaka, New Zealand

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Mountain challenges in the Southern Alps of New Zealand; offering mountaineering courses, guided mountain ascents and ski and snowboard touring.

| ski mountaineering/touring | climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | New Zealand |


usa flagAventuras Patagonicas

based: Wyoming, USA

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Aconcagua, Alps, Antarctica, Bolivia, South America and Patagonia expedition guides and mountain climbing outfitters.

| mountaineering | mountain guides | walk/trek/hike | climbing/scrambling | ski mountaineering/touring | expeditions | Alaska | South America |


uk flagDragon Mountain Skills

based: Gwynedd, Wales, UK

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Friendly, professional instruction in mountaineering, climbing and adventure activities in North Wales.

| climbing/scrambling | winter skills | navigation/orienteering | Wales |


usa flagEarthworks Rock Climbing

based: California, USA

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Rock climbing weekends for beginners through advanced level, including outdoor yoga and climbing instruction.

| climbing/scrambling | yoga | USA |


uk flagHatt Adventures

based: Sussex, UK

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Climbing and outdoor pursuits in Sussex and the UK.

| climbing / scrambling | UK |


uk flagRyan Glass Mountaineering

based: Costa Blanca, Spain

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Personalised rock climbing courses in Spain and winter mountaineering courses in Scotland.

| climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | Spain | Scotland |


uk flagStuart Johnston Mountaineering

based: Perth, Scotland, UK

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Professional instruction and guiding services, especially designed to cater for your particular needs and desires.

| climbing/scrambling | mountaineering | ice climbing | winter skills | Scotland | Spain |


Wanaka Rock Climbing & Abseil Adventures

based: South Island, New Zealand

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Single and multi-day rock climbing courses for all abilities in spectacular surroundings.

| climbing/scrambling | abseiling | tailor made | New Zealand |



Climbing and scrambling, the definitions

This Travel-Quest category covers both rock climbing and scrambling holidays and courses, the difference between the two loosely depends on the steepness of the ground and the difficulty of the route, but there is some overlap between hard scrambling and the easier rock climbs.




Scrambling courses

Scrambling (sometimes referred to as 'Alpine scrambling') could be described easy rock climbing and covers the area between walking and climbing. It can be differentiated from walking by the use of hands for pulling up and balance. It's generally done without ropes and other technical equipment. Like rock climbing routes, scrambles are graded with a range that starts at Grade 1 ('Easy"), but which goes up to Grade 3 ('Difficult'), where some routes call for rock climbing skills and the security of a rope. Because it doesn't use the levels of protection used in rock climbing, scrambling at the higher grades can, in fact, be a more serious activity than low graded rock climbing.


Rock climbing courses

Scrambling becomes climbing as it get steeper and more difficult and once it involves the use of protection equipment like: ropes and harnesses, carabiners, belay and rappel devices (descenders), ascenders, slings, nuts etc. etc. – and where users wear rock shoes in warm conditions and climbing boots in the cold.


There are a number of different styles and types of climbing and we're listing most of these of these within this one category, which may cover: trad (traditional) climbing, sport climbing, top-roped, soloing, free climbing, indoor climbing-wall courses etc. But we also have separate sections for bouldering, ice climbing, Via Ferratas and canyoning – accessed from the main mountain index here.