Guided Adventures

Terminology Explained

If you're new to mountain hiking then there might be some phrases that you hear or read which you're not sure about. Hopefully this page gives you a few answers.


Time for a scramble...

Scrambling is when you need to use your hands as well as your feet to climb a route, but when it's not steep enough to need actual climbing gear. Steep mountains usually have some good scrambles on them and as long as you pick a sensible route and the rock isn't wet or icy then scrambling is generally pretty straightforward. Seeing a stack of rocks up ahead which you need to climb up can be quite intimidating for a beginner though. However, with a bit of guidance you'll see it's actually pretty easy. Just be cool!

Wild Camping

3 guys in a tent. Cosy!

When you camp somewhere that is not a designated campsite then this is known as wild camping. It's usually done up in the hills, far from any road, which means that you need to carry all of your kit with you. At a normal campsite you have taps, showers, toilets and usually a pub serving food. You get none of that up a mountain!

Even though wild camping kit tends to be much lighter and more compact than normal camping kit it still means that your pack size and weight is a fair bit bigger than if you were just doing a day trip. If you wild camp then you need to factor this extra weight (and therefore slower speed and more calories needed) into your plans.

Carrying everything you need on your back and setting up camp wherever you want can be a real adventure. You need to be smart with the location you pick because you will be much further away from help if something goes wrong, compared to being on a normal campsite. Make sure your tent is sheltered in case the weather picks up during the night. Also check that you're not pitching somewhere that will fill up with water if there's heavy rain. Likewise, try and be near to clean running water, like a mountain stream, because this makes life a whole lot easier.

Wild Campers will sleep in either a lightweight tent or a bivvy bag. Bivvy bags are basically weather-proof sleeping bags in which you put your usual sleeping bag. They're pretty simple but weigh a lot less than a tent, and take up much less space too, both inside your backpack and when laid out on the ground. With a bivvy bag you're able to sleep in places that you never could in a tent. For example, on the edge of a cliff!

Try sleeping here with a tent!

The number one rule when wild camping is to leave no trace that you were there. When you pack your kit up the next morning there should be nothing left behind other than a patch of flat grass. Camp fires are generally a big no-no as they leave big, ugly patches of singed ground (and can be a fire risk to the surrounding environment). However the exception is if you're by a river. Having a fire on a rock in a river is okay as the heat doesn't do any damage and the remaining ash at the end can just be swept into the water.

Getting back to my caveman routes.

I'll add more things to this page when I think of them! Now, do you want me to lead you on a mountain adventure or what? If so then get in contact and tell me! (dave@iambravedave.com).

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