Thanks in advance for your views
As discussed recently, scarmbling grades are pretty meaningless in many respects, partly there's no distinction between how hard something is technically and psychologically. With that caveat, plus that I pay no attention to scrambling guides so don't know what most things are thought to be, I'd suggest the ridge of Liatach in Torridon. It's not at all difficult in terms of the actual clambering, but it is remarkably exposed. If you can do the exposure it's one of the finest mountains in the UK and you get to go right along the crest.
A few years ago a pal asked if I'd come along on it as his wife had never done anything quite that serious and he'd appreciate someone with more experience than him who'd been there before. As it happened, she was very happy gallumphing along the airy top while he was far more circumspect about the whole thing!
First time I did it was in winter with lots of fresh (so not actually turned in to anything you could crampon or axe at) wet porridgy snow. The by-pass seemed pretty dodgy but we figured the top would have been a Very Bad Idea indeed. That noted, I otherwise agree that if you can do the exposure of the top it is actually quite a bit less worrying than the "easier" alternative. It's a mind game thing, in other words.
For the actual scrambling, Tryfan's North Ridge - simply for the sheer variability of routes and difficulties possible in such a small area.
For exposure and views - Snowdon Horseshoe.
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Ron Rees Davies wrote (see)
For the actual scrambling, Tryfan's North Ridge - simply for the sheer variability of routes and difficulties possible in such a small area. For exposure and views - Snowdon Horseshoe.
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Bristly Ridge out of the Grade 1s for me. It's cracking, especially in decent. Added to other routes, it makes for a great day out.
Still not a great fan of Grib Goch - but the with the Horseshoe, it is a good day out, and as mentioned views are great. Just go on a weekday and avoid the crowds
Bristley combines with North Ridge also makes a cracking route- just watch out for the muppets who dont know how to call "below" when knocking stuff down. Can imagine it would be fantastic to descend
Hard to pick a best UK grade 1. For Wales I love Tryfan North Ridge followed by Bristly Ridge, done it many times and each time it is just as interesting.
England; I'll go for Jack's (or is it Jakes) Rake, technically easy but feels like a big mountain day.
Scotland; Don't know, haven't done many grage 1's there, Aonach Eagach was an excellent day
I will add Ireland; Beenkeragh ridge to Carrauntoohil is great. Fantastic scenery
Hall's Fell Ridge. Didn't realise what it was when lost in mist, and practically ran down it, then enjoyed going back up it. Fantastic fun.
I'd agree that Liatach is one of the very best. Outside of Scotland my personal favourite would be Cockly Pike Ridge as it is long, sustained, with a wide choice of lines and best of all, well off the beaten track away from all the tiresome crowds of Wainwright baggers.
Tryfan & Bristly Ridge is a great scrambling day. Snowdon horseshoe is epic. Not done any in Scotland so can't comment. Striding edge & Shap Edge are both up there IMO
The Peak District has a few good scrambles as well. Maybe not as exposed as the ones mentioned above but there is a book out Dark Peak Scrambles
I have only doen the Grindsbrook Clough and found it most enjoyable,
There aren't any scrambles in Englandshire.
You've not been to a Next sale in Milton Keynes then Mike?
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