Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers are nudging the envelope of ramblers in the UK. After winter skills courses and an avalanche awareness course in the winter we went for some scrambling training today. We went to Glen Coe, the home of scrambling in mainland Britain.

On the Pink Rib of Beinn a'Chrualiaste we looked at movement skills in ascent, focussing on balance and body position to make the most of the holds available. We explored the friction on the clean rhyolite and route choice decisions. We also looked at how to make someone else in the team more secure.

After doing all this in ascent with one of the best views in Lochaber we turned round and went straight back down again. Scrambling in descent presents more of a challenge and we explored how to move down the rock steps with confidence and control. Scrambling opens up a huge number of routes that are beyond hill walking and is a great way to get away from it all, physically and mentally.

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