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Scrambling on Crib Goch, Snowdonia, Wales
Scrambling on Crib Goch, Snowdonia, Wales

Scrambling is a method of ascending rocky faces and ridges. It is an ambiguous term that lies somewhere between hillwalking and rock climbing.[1] It is often distinguished from hillwalking by defining a scramble as a route where hands must be used in the ascent. There is less to distinguish it from climbing, with many easy climbs sometimes referred to as difficult scrambles. Ropes may be necessary on harder scrambles, though sustained use of rope and belay probably counts as climbing. Alternatively, a distinction can be made in defining any ascent where hands are used to hold body weight, rather than just for balance, as a climb. Image File history File links Snowdonia_scrambling. ... Image File history File links Snowdonia_scrambling. ... Crib Goch is a Knife-edged arête In the Snowdonia National Park In the county Gwynedd in Wales. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: (Welsh for Land of My Fathers) Capital Cardiff (Caerdydd) Largest city Cardiff (Caerdydd) Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056... Hillwalking or fellwalking is the recreational practice of hiking in mountainous terrain. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at The Roaches in Staffordshire, England. ... Coils of rope used for long-line fishing A rope (IPA: ) is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. ...


In the US, scrambling is Class 3 in the Yosemite Decimal System of climb difficulties. In the British system it is Easy with some of the harder scrambles incorporating moves of Mod or even Diff standard. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The Yosemite Decimal System is a numerical system for rating the difficulty of walks, hikes, and climbs, primarily used for mountaineering in the United States. ... In rock climbing, mountaineering and other climbing disciplines, climbers give a climbing grade to a route that concisely describes the difficulty and danger of climbing the route. ...


Many of the world's mountaintops may be reached by walking or scrambling up their least-steep side. These routes are not always obvious, but mountaineering books generally mention them; they are often used as the safe and easy way to descend from a more difficult route. Lyskamm, 4 527 m, Pennine Alps A mountain is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. ...


Some guide books on scrambling may rate the routes as follows:

  • easy — generally, just off-trail hiking with minimal exposure (if at all) and perhaps a handhold or two. UIAA Class I.
  • moderate — handholds frequently needed, possible exposure, route finding skills helpful. UIAA Class II.
  • difficult — almost constant handholds, fall distance may be fatal, route finding skills needed, loose and downsloping rock. Less experienced parties may consider using a rope for short sections. YDS class 3, 4 and possibly 5.

In the UK, Scrambles are usually rated using Ashton's[2] system of either Grade 1, 2, 3 or 3S (S for serious), with the grade being based around technical difficulty and exposure. The North Ridge of Tryfan in Snowdonia, or Striding Edge on Helvellyn in the Lake District, are classic Grade 1 scrambles. At the other end of the scale, Broad Stand on Sca Fell is usually considered Grade 3 or 3S. Note that some of the older Scottish guidebooks used a system of grades 1 to 5, leading to considerable confusion and variation over grades 1, 2 and 3 in Scotland. This page describes terms and jargon related to climbing and mountaineering. ... The UIAA (Union Internationale des Associations dAlpinisme) is the organisation that represents several million mountaineers and climbers, world-wide, on international issues. ... Look up exposure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tryfan is one of the most recognisable summits in Snowdonia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Helvellyn, at 950 metres (3,117 feet) above sea-level, is the third highest peak in England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sca Fell (called Scafell by Wainwright) is a mountain in the English Lake District. ...


While much of the enjoyment of scrambling depends on the freedom from technical apparatus, unroped scrambling in exposed situations is potentially one of the most dangerous of mountaineering activities. For this reason most guidebooks advise carrying a rope, especially on harder scrambles, which may be used for security on exposed sections, to assist less confident members of the party, or to facilitate retreat in case of difficulty. Above all, scramblers are advised to know their limits and to turn back before they get into difficulties. Mountaineering is the sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking and climbing up mountains. ...


Notes

  1. ^ See Terry Adby and Stuart Johnston, The Hillwalker's Guide to Mountaineering, (Milnthorpe:Cicerone, 2003), ISBN 1-85284-393-4, pp.62-65 for more on defining scrambles.
  2. ^ Steve Ashton, Scrambles in Snowdonia, (Cicerone Press, 1992), ISBN 1-85284-088-9

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UK Scrambling Database scrambles in England Scotland Wales and Ireland - UK Scrambles online (295 words)
UK Scrambles does not take any responsibility for the information provided, it is listed here in good faith by other scramblers and it is up to you how you use this information.
Scrambling is a dangerous activity and requires common sense and the ability to recognize when you are in over your head and to retreat.
To many people get injured or die due to their lack of experience and or the understanding that scrambling is a sport very close to mountaineering and rock climbing and that one slip could be fatal.
Scrambling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
Ropes may be necessary on harder scrambles, though sustained use of rope and belay probably counts as climbing.
In the UK, Scrambles are usually rated as either Grade 1, 2, 3 or 3S, with the grade being based around exposure and technical difficulty.
The North Ridge of Tryfan in Snowdonia, or Striding Edge on Helvellyn in the Lake District, are classic Grade 1 scrambles.
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