Scrambling is the intermediate between hill walking and rock climbing. It is the term used for routes on mountains where the hands have to be used to aid safe progress and where there is a considerable drop (the technical term is 'exposure') on at least one side, if not both. The possible use of a climbing rope will always be a consideration on such routes, although experienced and confident mountaineers will not use it on any but the hardest scrambling routes.
While in the UK rock climbing guides cover virtually every possible crag and outcrop, there is only limited guide book cover for scrambling routes and only three grades of difficulty have been established. Only grade one routes are deemed to come within hill walking. Grades two and three are in the province of the rock climber.
The National Governing Bodies for scrambling are:
Factsheets on scrambling
The following activity factsheets are relevant to this activity:
Rules on scrambling
The following activity rules are relevant to this activity: