10 October 2019

Summer Mountaineering Or Scrambling - How To Get There

I meet a lot of experienced and accomplished hill walkers, wanting to get more adventurous in terms of ridges and scrambles; be able to pack a rope into the mountains and use it; but unsure how to get there. Basically moving into what we call 'Summer Mountaineering' or 'Scrambling'.

These are usually the three points they need to sort out:


A. Their backpack is usually too small and their gear is usually too minimal. A lot more backup gear/emergency gear needs to be carried (http://outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-kit-to-carry-in-mountains.html). Yes your backpack gets heavier - but you get self sufficient!

B. They do not see enough of the risks and dangers around them; like rope damage, loose rock, less than ideal anchors, the need for (safe) speed, a climber above you dislodging rocks, slippy grass ramps, traverses above big exposure.

C. 13 Clear Cut Skills:
1. Anchor Choice
2. Anchor Placement
3. Rope Flake/Coil/Knots
4. Body Belay Climb
5. Body Belay Lower
6. Ascending A Pitch
7. Descending A Pitch
8. Placing Runners
9. Communication
10. Equipment
11. Retrievable Classic Abseil
12. Retrievable Full Abseil
13. Moving Together

Get these three big things sorted - and you become a mountaineer or scrambler!

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