But now it has the official seal of approval from an E10 leader, Dave Birkett of Little Langdale, who announced this morning in Ambleside that,
"Scrambling is the New Climbing," as he was loitering outside a Lakeland Climber in Ambleside with his Peruvian pipe-playing-all-dancing wife, Mary Jenner (herself an E7 leader) who was clearly embarrassed (see photo here) at being seen in general public with a Scrambling guidebook to the English Lakes District.
Yes, due to an occluded front that brought cloudy but warm weather, with just a chance of rain, scrambling was the order of the day for the Birkett-Jenners. Dave even admitted to going scrambling every Monday night and this author was invited.
"Can I bring a rope, just in case?" I replied.
"You a top roper or a sheep? No difference I suppose, either way I'll rescue you if you get all wobbly," was his reply.
" I use the John Sparks and Judith Brown guide, published by Grey Stone Books."
"That's fighting talk, the only guide to use is the Brian Evans published by Cicerone. I have both Volume 1, South Lakes and Volume 2, North Lakes."
An E10 leader, offering an opinion on guidebooks. "I thought he knew the Lakes," offered the once-famous Chris Plant who was off proper climbing with a bouldering mat (see photo here)
Dave and Mary sped off in a fast car to some undisclosed gill.
I wouldn't be surprised if Dave Macleod was at that very moment working one of Birkett's E11 projects in the Lakes whilst Dave B was grappling with butterwort and devil's bit scabious up some water-worn volcanic scrambling course.