Our Trekking Guides help understand Graded Walks
Grade Definitions can be confusing to understand, and can it a daunting decision when selecting which “walk” you attempt.
In British terms there are several grades used on the hills. Below is the definitions of the scrambling grades as taken from Brian Evans ‘Scrambles in the Lake District’ :they are certainly as good as any in detailing the differences.
From Grade 1 scramble upwards, you may require the use of both hands and feet however; Grade 1 is typically a non technical, but exposed, route. The routes within this grade tend to be straightforward. Some examples of a Grade 1 scramble would include Striding Edge on Helvelln! Although Grade 1 does not require ropes and technical gear it can still be disconcerting for newbie.
Beyond Grade 1, the use of technical gear becomes advisable. When technical gear is being used, difference between scrambling and rock climbing can be difficult to determine. Certain Grade 2 routes will require that nervous scramblers rope up. The person in front must be competent in moving across the exposed terrain.
Grade 3 scrambles can also be referred to as ‘Moderately’ graded climbing routes – you must be confident in your abilities. The use of technical equipment will be expected. In comparing some of the sections you would likely come up against, a rock climbing equivalent would be labelled ‘Difficult’.
Although difficult, a Grade 3 can be so rewarding. For an idea of what you would need to tackle, have a look at Pinnacle Ridge & Cuillin Ridge!