Articles by Scott Muir...

Technical issues- training

Technical issues- training

by Scott Muir

Indoor walls have sprung up all over the UK. They present an ideal opportunity for scramblers to improve their physical movement skills in warm, dry and safe conditions. They are not just the home of the high performance rock jock, but are now being used by many sportsmen and women as an excellent form of cross training.

Safety concerns

Safety concerns

by Scott Muir

This article explores the main safety concerns to consider before attempting a rock scramble. Important issues like down climbing, retreating and weather issues are covered in depth with some top tips that will allow you to explore and tackle Britain's scrambles with greater safety.

Starting out in scrambling

Starting out in scrambling

by Scott Muir

This article explores the main issues when starting out. Amongst other topics it covers route selection, training, information sources and weather, together with some top tips to increase your security and safety whilst scrambling.

Kit- footwear

Kit- footwear

by Scott Muir

Most people can scramble with a good stiff soled pair of walking boots, especially if they have a reasonable edge to them. On lower graded scrambles you won't notice much difference whatever you're wearing, but you could you find yourself soloing on serious ground and realise that it is well worth buying the right kit for the job.

Route finding

Route finding

by Scott Muir

This article highlights the main features to look for in good guidebooks and offers some advice on using and interpreting them effectively. The article also explores the need for accurate route finding, which is greatly assisted by good guidebook descriptions and offers some practical advice to help you stay on route when scrambling.

Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures

by Scott Muir

If you visit the hills regularly it is inevitable that eventually you will encounter an emergency situation, hopefully not your own.

Checklist

Checklist

by Scott Muir

You don't want to be weighed down by carrying more gear than you need on a scrambling route, and you can't afford to compromise your safety by not having enough, or the right items of gear. Use the checklist to make sure that you are covered for both 'standard' scrambles and harder, more exposed routes.

Preparation

Preparation

by Scott Muir

Good planning and preparation for a scramble greatly reduces the chances of difficulties and problems arising.

Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures

by Scott Muir

You don't want to be the subject of an emergency and being involved in someone else's can be traumatic. Emergency situations may make great tales but unfortunately, some involve serious injury. If you visit the hills regularly it is inevitable that eventually you will encounter an emergency situation, hopefully not your own.

Group management for hill walkers

Group management for hill walkers

by Scott Muir

Leadership carries responsibilities which are often not to do with walking. It is about dealing with people's ambitions, self esteem, hidden agendas, personal competence etc. Good leadership at the planning stages can reduce the leadership intervention during the adventure.

Emergencies for walkers and mountaineers

Emergencies for walkers and mountaineers

by Scott Muir

Scott Muir offers some valuable information on dealing with emergencies and looks at ways of avoiding them.

Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures

by Scott Muir

If you visit the hills regularly it is inevitable that eventually you will encounter an emergency situation, hopefully not your own.

Emergency procedures

Emergency procedures

by Scott Muir

Emergency situations may make great tales but unfortunately, some involve serious injury. If you visit the hills regularly it is inevitable that eventually you will encounter an emergency situation, hopefully not your own.

Stretching for walkers

Stretching for walkers

by Scott Muir

Stretching is highly beneficial but surprisingly overlooked. In this article Scott Muir looks into the greatly neglected world of stretching and offers some useful stretches that can be done anywhere, at anytime.

Lacing techniques

Lacing techniques

by Scott Muir

Almost every day we lace our shoes and boots, yet few of us stop to think that there might be a better or more effective method of doing so. This article shows you some alternative lacing patterns to help customise your boots to the needs of your feet.

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