What is scrambling?

Scrambling is a great way to add another dimension to a day in the hills, and can add excitement and exhilaration that will leave you craving for more. The definition of scrambling is rather ambiguous, lying somewhere between straightforward hill walking and rock climbing:

Scrambling involves moving over terrain steep enough or technically challenging enough to necessitate using your hands for more than just the odd hand hold.

Easier scrambles often require no technical skills and most harder sections can be bypassed, whereas harder scrambles can include technical moves often in exposed situations with no alternative routes. Where scrambling stops and rock climbing begins is sometimes unclear, with some harder scrambles being classed as easier climbs for which a rope may be required

Grading system

Because of the wide range of scrambles available, a grading system becomes very useful. The typical English system uses grades 1, 2, 3 and 3S (S standing for severe), with grade 1 being the easiest. Please note however, scrambles are graded in good dry conditions and the advent of rain or strong winds can increase the grade of the scramble by one or even two grades.

We lead mainly grade 1 scrambles. These have little technical difficulties and normally harder sections can be bypassed. That said, a grade 1 scramble may still be daunting and exposed, so a good head for heights is definitely required.

Some scrambles in the Lake District

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