“Scrambling is the funny border between hiking and climbing where a lot people tend to get stuck.”
We’ve all been there, that moment when a mellow hike hits a pitch were consequences are involved and you find yourself glued to a rock face, cautiously negotiating your way up without an ounce of proper climbing gear. It’s called scrambling and it can be a nerve racking ordeal but there’s a technique to it and mountain athlete and outdoor educator Chase J Tucker is here to give you the basics. Pay attention to this little lesson and hopefully next time you hit a rough patch in the backcountry you’ll remember stuff like keeping 3 points of contact and the advantages of smearing vs. edging. Be safe, have fun, scramble on!