The Lake District is England's largest National Park and World Heritage Site.
It is also the birthplace of rock climbing. In 1886 W.P Haskett Smith made the first ascent of Napes Needle, the first occasion that rock was climbed for the sake of just climbing it. There is a wide variety of rock climbing, at all difficulties, for single pitch valley routes, to remote multi-pitch adventures. This combined with the pristine countryside makes the Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for climbing holidays.
Adventure Rock Climbing trip is ideal for experienced climbers who want to climb some classic routes or for anyone who would like to improve their climbing skills.
Warm up day on valley crags, most likely in Borrowdale.
On the first morning at 8.30am, we review the weather forecast, assemble suitable equipment and plan our route using maps and guide books. Typically our first hill day will be between 6-8 hours and will involve a mixture of scrambling and rock climbing. We might even go to the summit of a fell or two.
Climbing days with plenty of mileage. Possible route choice includes:
Exact plan to be dictated by the weather, as well as the ambitions and abilities of the group. If the weather is poor, there are various poor weather options including the Eden Valley and Yorkshire Gritstone.
Each day, once back at valley level, we have a well-earned cafe stop and a debrief over tea and cake.
Price includes 4 full days guiding and instruction with Mountain Guides, with a maximum of 1:2 ratio, use of all climbing hardware and local transfers.
The listed price of £859 per person is on a course only basis with a party of two. The trip will be confirmed to run when the group will be full.
We can arrange accommodation for you in a comfy B&B upon request.
This course can be run with a 1:1 ratio.
1:1 price is £1049.
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This list contains our recommended clothing and equipment for our UK based Alpine Training Weekends. It is ideal if you can have 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing. If you are uncertain or need further information, please contact us.
For these trips you need a B2 rated boot.
B2 boots are the best option for most alpine mountaineering trips. These are semi-rigid boots available in either leather or plastic/composite options. Leather boots tend to be more comfortable and breathable whereas plastic/composite boots are warmer and more waterproof. They are compatible with C1 and C2 crampons.
Key features of a good alpine mountaineering boot include vibram soles, a reversed leather upper (which protect the best side of the leather from scuffing and abrasion and improves durability and water resistance) and ankle flex and a higher cut which give control, mobility and support.
Boots can be hired but to avoid discomfort it is strongly recommended that you have your own pair which need to be worn-in.
These items are essential for all alpine mountaineering courses. All items can be hired from Mountain Tracks or from sports shops in the Alps. These items cost about £35-£45 each for 6-8 days hire payable in local currency in resort.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
All our mountaineering trips are run by our team of Mountain Guides. The team is led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
I have no previous mountaineering experience but I am keen to learn the basics of using crampons and an ice axe and rope work. I would enjoy ascending rocky scrambles and easy angled snow and ice. I am a regular hill walker summer and winter and used to long days out, I am happy to walk for 6-8hrs per day carrying all my gear in my rucksack. For Via Ferrata trips a head for heights and some upper body strength is useful.
I have undertaken some previous rocky scrambling and short rock climbs, ice or easy alpine climbing. I am comfortable moving on rocky and snowy ridges and slopes of up to 40 degrees. I enjoy the challenge of more remote technical terrain. I would like to learn more about alpine rope work. I can improve my crampon / ice axe technique and could scramble on rock with greater efficiency.
I have previous experience climbing alpine PD+ or harder. I am undeterred by scrambling and have done some pitched climbing on rock or ice. I have a firm grasp of the rope techniques necessary for pitched climbing and crossing glaciers. I am confident when using crampons and ice axe. I relish the thought of climbing steep rock and ice or traversing an exposed ridge covered in snow and ice. I can abseil, know how to use a prussic knot and make myself safe on basic belay stances.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.