/ Peak Winter Scramble - Friday 18th
Can anyone suggest a good "winter scramble" type route in the peak this friday?
By winter scramble I mean something that might require crampons and a walking axe, but isn't really pushing into grade I winter climbing. Probably just going to put the crampons/axe in the rucksack and go for a walk, but wondering if there's anywhere that's likely to see them get used.
I have to say I have only done these routes in summer, when they attract a scrambling grade of about 0.5, but hear good things about them in winter. You could do worse than get a copy of the new Cicerone guide which covers both summer and winter grades and is very comprehensive:
Have a good day
Parkhouse and Chrome: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidcobol/3218917506/in/set-72157612874601002
Red Brook: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidcobol/3713344813/in/set-72157621086573340
Top section of Grindsbrook (not so interesting lower down): http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidcobol/4857380929/in/set-72157623891942348
Go for a play on Back Tor, you can stay on the easy side or drift into the Central Gulley as you gain in confidence, or just carry on playing on easier stuff. It's also a beautiful walk in if you go for Lose Hill Pike en route, or from the other side taking in Mam Tor.
My picture taken a few years ago to give you an idea... http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=108349
Red Brook on Kinder is a great summer scramble, but could be a challenging trip given the forecast; need to make sure you can navigate in winter conditions before venturing onto the Kinder plateau.
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