Rock Scrambling is almost a halfway house between trekking and rock climbing. There are various grades of scrambling that go from just using your hands to aid progress to the more severe and harder elements of having to use ropes that is close to easy climbing.
Rock scrambling is a great way and excuse to get out and about into the countryside and see what the location you are in has to offer. You can go out and get a real feel for the local areas and get up to 4000m high in order to experience the variety of views and vistas around you. When going scrambling it is always advisable to have the appropriate equipment, footwear and clothing. The days are often long and hard so it is advisable to take plenty of water and food as required on your trip. Needless to say if you are going into an environment where you have never been before then you should either go with a guide who knows the local area or take maps and compasses in order to navigate.
There are inherent dangers associated with rock scrambling. One of the biggest concerns comes when considering rescue. Often the routes are in pretty inaccessible places and that can make rescues difficult and subsequently expensive. There is also the potential for injury such as sprained ankles, cuts and bruises as well as more serious things too however if the right precautions are taken then these should be avoided. The correct precautions involve using the right equipment and also the correct guidance too.
Rock scrambling has been categorised as a Grade 4 hazardous activity.
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