Wandering Tree Frog
I have Matt Gunns book and want to try the scramble(locomotive). But looking at his route on paper and actually applying it to real world is another story(to me anyways). Is it difficult to duplicate his route up?
Is it difficult to duplicate his route. A complex question. From the sounds of it, I'm getting that your not yet very experienced in scrambling?
The route up locomotive is fairly well marked with cairns, and once on the ridge is easy to follow. There was one spot on the way to the ridge where you have to cross a rock band with a bit of exposure that some beginners might have trouble with. Best advice for the new scramblers, take things easy, be prepared to turn around if you get in over your head. Or even stop on the route, take a break and talk yourself through a difficult section. But make sure you never climb up something you can't climb back down. You can always come back for another attempt. I've had peaks take as long as 15 years between first try and success.
But for me, with about 25 years of scrambling and climbing experience and about 200 scramble peaks between Matt Gunn's book, the Alan Kane book and peaks in Washington, something like locomotive is very easy. But all the good scramblers you see on this site started somewhere, I'm sure every one of us has turned around when lost, scared, bad weather coming in, route not in good condition or just having a bad day.
Locomotive is one of my favourite scrambles in the Matt Gunn book, and I've done a lot of the trips. And the camping at the lakes is great too. Have fun out there, stay safe and post a report when you get it done, or even if you don't.