clamber

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clamber onto something

 and clamber in (to something); clamber on
to climb onto something clumsily. The kids clambered onto the tractor and tried to start it. The wagon stopped and the kids clambered on. All the campers clambered into the bus.
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clamber up (something)

to climb up something, especially in a particular way. The wall climbers clambered up the wall quickly. Tricia clambered up the ladder and cautiously went down again.
See also: clamber, up
References in classic literature ?
A man might scale them if unhampered and unhindered, but to clamber upward in the face of a belligerent tribe of half-men and with a girl to assist was beyond my capability.
Think ye that ye have heart enough to clamber down this cliff?
My contempt and my longing increase together; the higher I clamber, the more do I despise him who clambereth.
While some brought all their energies to bear upon this toilsome task; and some, rearing ladders against the prison, tried to clamber to the summit of the walls they were too short to scale; and some again engaged a body of police a hundred strong, and beat them back and trod them under foot by force of numbers; others besieged the house on which the jailer had appeared, and driving in the door, brought out his furniture, and piled it up against the prison-gate, to make a bonfire which should burn it down.
After wringing their hands and rushing to and fro as if they were stark mad, one mounted on the shoulders of his brother, and tried to clamber up the face of the high wall, guarded at the top with spikes and points of iron.
In a state of fury, she clambers up the ladder herself to make him see sense.
Clockwise from above: Hundreds of hands reach for the ball; one youngster is carried unconscious from the fray; a girl clambers over the lads; putting the boot in; marshals help the ball holder; players fall to the ground; others clamber up to get a better view ; LB050208ball-2; LB050208ball-3; LB050208ball-6; DS050208BALL8; LB050208ball-9; LB050208ball-7; DS050208BALL9