A question I would never ask!
I’m a climber, so taking a challenging route is what I do.
However I have hill walker friends that don’t understand why I would ever want to take a more vertically challenging route?
Mary-Ann had bought the Garry Smith Scrambling guide book to North Wales, wanting to give it a go after her Women’s Winter Mountaineering course and a day scrambling (grade 1&2s) last year. She had picked a few Grade 1 and 3 scrambles that she wanted to do including Tryfan’s classic North Ridge, Briskly Ridge and Cneifon Arete. I had never before scrambled in North Wales before and was excited to see what it had to offer.
The second day was where Mary-Ann first let on that she was enjoying the climbing aspect of scrambling. With a warm up route of Seniors Gully (1-) continuing onto Cneifon Arete, where we pitched the first two pitches, making it feel like a climb rather than a scramble. Whilst scrambling grade 1’s can feel like a technical walk, grade 3 scrambling tends to be low grade climbing that often warrant the use and knowledge of rope technique.
Convinced I had converted Mary-Ann into a Mountaineer, she later confirmed my thoughts by without even thinking turning round and looking back down at the route and saying “that was a really nice route” on a grade 3 scramble!
Did I play a part in the corruption of a hill walker, maybe, but I think it was in her all along, ready to be let loose with a little help from some friends
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