Advanced Scrambling in Ogwen

This weekend I was out with Bremex Mountaineering Club for some advanced scrambling skills - using the rope and climbing skills to tackle higher grade scrambles. A rope isn't always necessary whilst scrambling but grade 2 and 3 scrambles are generally pretty serious, have very exposed sections and usually one or two quite tricky moves. Being able to use a rope efficiently will greatly improve safety for when things get difficult, when weather turns bad or when the rock is greasier than expected.

We looked at lead climbing skills - placing rock gear to protect a leader, a variety of belaying methods, how to shorten the rope and when to use what technique.

The weather was great so we managed a good few scrambles too - Tryfan Bach Scramble (3), Bastow Buttress on Tryfan (2) and the East Ridge of Y Garn (2).

An excellent weekend with a great team.

View down the Ogwen Valley from Y Garn's East Ridge
Fantastic view of Tryfan

The tricky move at the top of Tryfan Bach scramble

Pen Yr Ole Wen
The upper section of East Ridge, placing a sling to protect the second.

What a view!

Direct belay around a spike.

#Scrambling #Snowdonia #Mountaineering

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