Scrambling rope work and equipment

30 October, 2014

Supported by DMM and presented by the Association of Mountain Instructors (AMI), BMC TV has launched a series of six videos highlighting the rope work and knowledge that is useful in tackling a technical scramble.

Scrambling is often considered as providing an alternative and adventurous route to a mountain summit. At its upper limit of difficulty it is likely to include sections of low-grade rock climbing. Having to use your hands for ascent but without the need for the security of a rope is scrambling in its simplest form.

First up in the series are the introductory and Rope Work for Scramblers Part 1 videos (below); with AMI instructor Rob Johnson looking at the equipment you might choose to protect technical scrambles using a rope.

You can find details of some of the products that Rob mentions such as the Super Couloir Harness, Statement rope, Wallnuts, Dragon Cams, slings and locking carabiners by following their links.

Scrambling in the UK hills was hugely popularised by the publication of guidebooks such as Steve Ashton's Scrambles in Snowdonia, that first appeared in 1980, and classified scrambles according to their seriousness.

This year a new North Wales Scrambles guidebook with detailed topos and some great photos was published. It revisits the old favourites and has plenty of new routes to explore - it's the book Rob is using in the videos. The guidebook is described in a self-deprecating manner by its author, Garry Smith, as: "A great book for people who like biffing around in the mountains."

Clogwyn y Person Arete © Garry Smith