/ saddle head pembroke
You scramble along the ridge dropping down to a little col then double back at a lower level to the platform below the routes. It's obvious where to go when you are there.
Yeah scramble is dead easy.
Some people will find the scramble a lot more intimidating than the ab, and it certainly is a lot more time-consuming. Not a good option if you want to do a number of routes. I think the answer is to get your mate (and you?) comfortable with safe and effective abseil system. Do you know how to back up an abseil with a safety-rope? Or set up a "stacked" abseil? Worth knowing...
Err ... this doesn't sound quite in the spirit of your original post. You may be fine with abbing but your mate may well not. It's not much hassle to take a belay next to the ab rope and use the climbing rope as a backup - if only for their first time down.
You may be right about some people finding the scramble intimidating (thought it is very easy), but its barely (if at all) more time-consuming than abbing - 10 minutes tops, and certainly compatible with a productive day.
You may not have, but I thought we were talking about your mate? Do you want to see him accelerate down the rope because you didn't take an appropriate precaution for a novice?
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