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.