What To Pack For Scrambling

What to pack for scrambling

What to pack for scrambling is a simple check list of equipment Paul packs for general scrambling courses. We hope you find it useful.

Course participants are always keen to know what to take for their adventures. The list below shares the equipment list Paul uses when packing for a typical scrambling day. Please note that this relates to for higher grade scrambles where the use of a rope is anticipated.

Like all checklists, though, the choices have to vary according to many factors. The amount of clothing taken will need to vary according to weather conditions and the time of year. Sometimes you might need to pack more water or food. A particular technical objective might require a longer rope or particular types of protection. So, please just consider the advice below as a starting point.

It should also be mentioned that no equipment alone is any use without the skills to use it. Pack a map and it’s vital to know how to navigate. A first aid kit should only be considered alongside first aid knowledge. Pack any amount of ropes and hardware and it will only be of benefit with the skills to use it safely. You get the idea. Fortunately, without wanting this to be a hard sell, we do offer appropriate first aid courses, scrambling courses and navigation courses!

Here’s the list in roughly clockwise direction… 

1. Helmet
2. Food & drink
3. Map & guidebook (he often takes the guidebook info on his phone)
4. Spare clothes (waterproofs, spare warm layer, hat and gloves as a minimum)
5. Rope (usually 35 metres of single rated rope)
6. Harness
7. Protection hardware
8. Bothy shelter
9. First aid kit
10. Abseil tat
11. Compass
12. Suncream (depending on weather)
13. Headtorch & spare batteries 
14. Sunglasses (depending on weather)  
15. Personal Locator Beacon (Paul currently carries a Garmin InReach Mini)
16. Mobile Phone (not in photo)

We hope you’ve found our what to pack for scrambling guide useful. Our Gear Up For Scrambling guide will also be a good read if you are trying to decide what technical hardware to carry.