2-day Introduction to Scrambling course by Kendal Mountaineering Services in the Ullswater valley, 3rd-4th June
Scrambling forms a core subset of members' activities on trips, and this course offered an introduction to roping techniques for scrambling.
"We learnt basic techniques involving ropes to make scrambling safer. We covered roping in, moving as a group on a rope, belaying techniques, as well as abseiling. The first day was around Glenridding and was a good introduction, and we put the skills into practice on the second day, near Langdale. Each of the three group members had the opportunity to lead and benefit from Iain's close guidance."
Participants learnt a variety of rope skills, including "familiarity with kit/equipment for scrambling (harness, climbing rope, krabs, slings, nuts), familiarity with knots (figure-8, clove hitch, overhand knot, italian knot) , be-laying techniques (body belaying, direct & indirect belaying), selecting safe anchors, moving together with a rope, ensuring secure nut placement, assisting and safeguarding other scrambling parties, ensuring good communication between scrambling members."
Good and bad feedfback about the course:
- Very well organized course, experienced instructors, felt safe throughout, right group size, second day provided opportunity to put material learned on first day to practice
- I was overall very satisfied with the course. I feel I have learnt some valuable skills should I ever want to do a more involved course to build on that. More importantly, I had never done any climbing / serious scrambling so the course offered me a good introduction to it!
- Useful to increase confidence in scrambling and feel more secure on more challenging terrain
- Course format is very good. The instructor Iain was very nice, knowledgeable and pedagogical.
- Really helpful skills, friendly and knowledgeable instructor, opens up new doors
- Could be a bit slow sometimes, thought we would be able to cover more
- Scrambling on first day involved climbing up through lots of heather