Scrambling and Mountaineering

Traversing Crib Goch (Grade 1)

Some of the classic scrambles in Snowdonia are ‘exciting’ mountain walks, with some exposure and some short climbing moves or tricky steps , such as on Crib Goch (above) or Tryfan North Ridge. These are classified as Grade 1, and on these easier scrambles a rope may be carried just in case, but will probably not be used.  Many mountain walkers employ a Guide to lead them on easier scrambles to inspire confidence, find the best route and pass on some skills for using the rope in an emergency.

Lorenzo learning short roping skills on Cneifion Arete (Grade 3)

At the other end of the scale, many Grade 3 scrambles, like Cneifion Arete (above)  are also classified as rock climbs and a rope and some climbing gear would usually be carried, and commonly used . On these routes the skills of general summer mountaineering are needed , and they are good training for winter or alpine mountaineering. It may even inspire you to take up rock climbing.

Guides often lead people on roped scrambles to experience steeper terrain , or teach rope work for mountaineering in this setting – either way these are great days out in spectacular surroundings. There is a big range of routes in Snowdonia to suit most ambitions

Scrambling is becoming really popular , but it can be dangerous if care is not taken, and many people just don’t know where to start with using a rope to make it safe: hence why more and more people look for guided training in these skills. It can be hugely satisfying to master the skills of short roping and moving together roped up to mitigate risks and make a day hugely enjoyable .

Mia enjoying the classic E Ridge of Y Garn (Grade 2)