Scrambling: What Rack to Take?

Scrambling: What Rack to Take?

So you've got to grips with grade 1's, and now you're keen to start tackling some harder grade scrambles. But what kit do you take? Harness, helmet, rope, etc these are all quite simple decisions, but deciding what rack to take can seem a bit overwhelming and confusing. So to help you decide we've put together this article on what would make a good rack for grade 2 and 3 scrambles.

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'Jelly Shoe Heroes'

'Jelly Shoe Heroes'

An account of the first ascent of 'Jelly Shoe Heroes' in the Adwa Mountains of Northern Ethiopia:

 “What am I doing? Why did I try this line? There’s only tufts of grass linked by blank rock face, I can’t reverse that last move......b*****ks I’m committed!”

The shouts and laughter of six local shepherd boys below reminds me that there still there and still trying to work out why anyone would want to climb this rock tower. As far as the eye can see there are small homesteads and endless ploughed terrace’s of dry mud and stones interspersed by giant domed rock towers thrusting up into the cloudless sky. The 5.30am start means the sun isn’t quite unbearable yet and the caffeine from some of Ethiopia’s very good, but weapons grade, coffee is still powering me upwards.

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