Which adventures are best for me?

La Montée’s adventures cover a range of different activities, from gentle hill walks to summit days and advanced rock climbing. Some weekends are purely experience adventures and others are skills courses. Each of these weekends require different levels of aspiration, experience or fitness.

We will always do our best to ensure that our clients are on the right adventure or course for them and once on the weekend we will make sure that everyone is suitably looked after. However, in order to give you the reassurance that you are booking the right weekend for your requirements please see the guidance below.

Hiking (or hill-walking) weekends incorporate all of our walking adventures from lower mountain walks to summit days and up to the simpler scrambles. These adventures will not require you to use any technical equipment.

For each of our hiking weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the walking (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the walk (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Hiking weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to steeper rocky paths and sometimes simple scrambles. This will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go for a country walk then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy walking, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill walking fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical scrambling skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill walking fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring scrambling and climbing experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountaineering fitness.


If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

Mountaineering weekends involve a degree of technicality (whether this is purely a higher level of hill-walking experience or the ability to use certain pieces of technical equipment). These adventures can incorporate winter walking (where you will require some experience in the use of crampons and ice axe), scrambling at various grades (where you may be required to wear a climbing harness and use ropes) and rock climbing (where you will be required to wear a climbing harness and use ropes). A helmet will always be worn on mountaineering adventures.

For each of our mountaineering weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the walking (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the walk (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Mountaineering weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to grade 1, 2 and 3 scrambles and on to vertical rock climbing routes. The exact nature of the adventure will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go for a country walk then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy walking, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill walking fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical scrambling skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill walking fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring scrambling and climbing experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountaineering fitness.


If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

Our mountain biking weekends cover all grades of MTB trail and as well as using our own indicators of the weekends requirements we will also refer to the standard MTB trail grades.

For each of our mountain biking weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the riding (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the ride (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Mountain biking weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to steeper rocky paths and can at times involve jumps and drop offs of varying heights. This will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go riding off road then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the hills and mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy riding, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill riding fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain biking terrain requiring a good level of hill riding fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain biking terrain requiring a good level of hill riding fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill riding fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring red & black route experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountain biking fitness.


If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

We may, in our adventure descriptions or your leader may, also refer to the 'MTB Trail Grading System' as defined by British Cycling. If you haven't seen this before it helps some people to say that it is loosely based on the grading of skiing routes. Here's a table showing the definitions of each grade:

Singletrack Trail Grades
Suitable for
Trail & surface types
Gradients & technical features
Suggested fitness level

Green – Easy

Beginner/novice cyclists. Basic Bike Skills required. Most bikes and hybrids. Some green routes can take trailers.

Relatively flat and wide. The trail surface may be loose uneven or muddy at times. May include short flowing singletrack style sections.

Climbs and descents are mostly shallow. No challenging features.

Suitable for most people in good health.

Blue – Moderate

Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. Mountain bikes or hybrids.

As 'Green' plus specially constructed single track. Trail surface may include small obstables of roots and rock.

Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs).

A good standard of fitness can help.

Red – Difficult

Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. Suitable for better quality off-road mountain bikes.

Steeper and tougher, mostly singletrack with technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.

A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings.

Higher level of fitness and stamina.

Black – Severe

Expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes. Quality off-road mountain bikes.

As 'Red' but with an expectation of greater challenge and continuous difficulty. Can include any useable trail surface and may include exposed open hill sections.

Expect large, committing and unavoidable TTFs. Sections will be challenging and variable. May also have 'downhill' style sections.

Suitable for very active people used to prolonged effort.

Hiking (or hill-walking) weekends incorporate all of our walking adventures from lower mountain walks to summit days and up to the simpler scrambles. These adventures will not require you to use any technical equipment.

For each of our hiking weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the walking (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the walk (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Hiking weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to steeper rocky paths and sometimes simple scrambles. This will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go for a country walk then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy walking, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill walking fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical scrambling skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill walking fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring scrambling and climbing experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountaineering fitness.

If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

Mountaineering weekends involve a degree of technicality (whether this is purely a higher level of hill-walking experience or the ability to use certain pieces of technical equipment). These adventures can incorporate winter walking (where you will require some experience in the use of crampons and ice axe), scrambling at various grades (where you may be required to wear a climbing harness and use ropes) and rock climbing (where you will be required to wear a climbing harness and use ropes). A helmet will always be worn on mountaineering adventures.

For each of our mountaineering weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the walking (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the walk (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Mountaineering weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to grade 1, 2 and 3 scrambles and on to vertical rock climbing routes. The exact nature of the adventure will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go for a country walk then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy walking, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill walking fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill walking fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical scrambling skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill walking fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring scrambling and climbing experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountaineering fitness.

If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

Our mountain biking weekends cover all grades of MTB trail and as well as using our own indicators of the weekends requirements we will also refer to the standard MTB trail grades.

For each of our mountain biking weekends we show a simple scale that helps to give you an idea of the level Strenuousness of the riding (in other words a clue as to how fit you need to be to do the weekend comfortably) and a scale showing the Technicality of the weekend (in other words how experienced at this sort of terrain you need to be to feel comfortable). To some extent this is subjective but it gives a general indicator. We also ad an overall 'La Montée Grade' which outlines how we might describe the ride (see the explanation of this below).

Strenuousness
•••••

Technicality
•••••

La Montée Grade:
Demanding

Mountain biking weekends can include a range of terrain from undulating hills to steeper rocky paths and can at times involve jumps and drop offs of varying heights. This will always be outlined in the description of the weekend before you book.

If one circle is dark then this weekend is of the easiest level if five circles are filled in then it is of the hardest level. If you very rarely go riding off road then you should look for weekends with one or two circles for Strenousness and Technicality. However, if you are always out and about in the hills and mountains then you might well be happy with weekends where four or five circles are filled in.

Having said this, we won't leave anyone behind if they are not coping well. We have enough staff on the mountain to re-direct party members if anyone is uncomfortable and if needs be we can find places to get you picked up if that is deemed necessary. This is a very rare occurence though and most people are more than happy.

Here's a definition of our written 'La Montée grades':

1. Easy
Easy riding, often hilly, terrain requiring general hill riding fitness.

2. Accessible 
Non-technical mountain biking terrain requiring a good level of hill riding fitness.

3. Challenging 
Longer, sometimes steeper, non-technical mountain walking terrain requiring a good level of hill riding fitness.

4. Demanding 
Steeper gradients requiring some technical skills, a head for heights and a higher level of hill riding fitness and stamina.

5. Advanced 
Technical mountain routes requiring red & black route experience, a head for heights and a high level of mountain biking fitness.

If you have any doubts or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or speak to your leader on the day.

We may, in our adventure descriptions or your leader may, also refer to the 'MTB Trail Grading System' as defined by British Cycling. If you haven't seen this before it helps some people to say that it is loosely based on the grading of skiing routes. Here's a table showing the definitions of each grade:

Green – Easy
Suitable for:
Beginner/novice cyclists. Basic Bike Skills required. Most bikes and hybrids. Some green routes can take trailers.
Trail & surface types: Relatively flat and wide. The trail surface may be loose uneven or muddy at times. May include short flowing singletrack style sections.
Gradients & technical features: Climbs and descents are mostly shallow. No challenging features.
Suggested fitness level: Suitable for most people in good health.

Blue Moderate
Suitable for:
Intermediate cyclist/mountain bikers with basic off-road riding skills. Mountain bikes or hybrids.
Trail & surface types: As ‘Green’ plus specially constructed single track. Trail surface may include small obstables of roots and rock.
Gradients & technical features: Most gradients are moderate but may include short steep sections. Includes small Technical Trail Features (TTFs).
Suggested fitness level: A good standard of fitness can help.

Red Difficult
Suitable for:
Proficient mountain bikers with good off-road riding skills. Suitable for better quality off-road mountain bikes.
Trail & surface types: Steeper and tougher, mostly singletrack with technical sections. Expect vary variable surface types.
Gradients & technical features: A wide range of climbs and descents of a challenging nature will be present. Expect boardwalks, berms, large rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers, water crossings.
Suggested fitness level: Higher level of fitness and stamina.

Black Severe
Suitable for:
Expert mountain bike users, used to physically demanding routes. Quality off-road mountain bikes.
Trail & surface types: As ‘Red’ but with an expectation of greater challenge and continuous difficulty. Can include any useable trail surface and may include exposed open hill sections.
Gradients & technical features: Expect large, committing and unavoidable TTFs. Sections will be challenging and variable. May also have 'downhill' style sections.
Suggested fitness level: Suitable for very active people used to prolonged effort.

2 DAY
ADVENTURE WEEKEND

APRIL 27TH – 29TH 2018

Summit Snowdon in April via the South Ridge

£275.00

2 DAY
ADVENTURE WEEKEND

MARCH 2ND – 4TH 2018

6 of the Best Winter Summits in Snowdonia

£275.00

2 DAY
ADVENTURE WEEKEND

MAY 11TH – 13TH 2018

Climb Snowdonia's favourites this May

£275.00