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Adventure Rock Climbing - Lake District

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.

Day Itinerary

  • 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:

    • Langdale - Gimmer Crag, Pavey Ark, Middlefell Buttress
    • Coniston - Dow Crag
    • Great Gable - Kern Knotts, Tophet Wall, Napes Needle
    • Scafell - East Buttress, Central Buttress 
    • Ennerdale - Pillar Rock
    • Buttermere - Grey Crag


    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.


For more information please click the Enquire button to right on this page.


We proudly offer our returning customers a discount.

The promotion is valid for qualifying bookings made before the end of October 2024 (using the discount codes provided) at the checkout.



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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.

    • Base Layer Top and Bottoms
    • 1-2 thermal tops and 1 pair longjohns
    • 2 midweight fleece tops or 1 fleece and 1 lightweight duvet jacket
    • Lightweight trekking trousers
    • Walking shorts or pair of trousers with zip-off legs
    • Weather Layer Top
    • Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable jacket
    • Lightweight over-trousers with long side zips
    • Sun hat and warm hat
    • Light, thin gloves plus a pair of insulated gloves in case of cold weather
    • Gaiters - Good fitting pair of ankle gaiters to keep socks and boots dry
    • 2-3 pairs of good quality socks

    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.

    • Ice Axe (Not Required in North Wales)
    • general mountaineering axe – 55-70cms long depending on your height (Not Required in North Wales)
    • Boot crampons with anti-balling plates - (Not Required in North Wales)
    • Climbing Harness with adjustable leg loops. Must be large enough to be worn over your outerwear
    • 2 Prussik loops, slings and karabiners
    • Rucksack - A simple and lightweight pack with a capacity of between 30-35 litres
    • Water bottle (at least 1 litre) or Thermos
    • Headlamp with batteries - this may not be required for UK weekends 
    • Penknife
    • Personal medications and first aid kit for blisters, sunburn and headaches (Note: Guides will have comprehensive first aid kits and are qualified in mountain first aid)
    • Adjustable trekking pole(s) - Optional
    • Sun Glasses
    • Sunscreen and Lip Protection
    • Snack food - fruit or crunchy bars are better than chocolate as a rule. Biscuits to take with afternoon tea are good too
    • Passport
    • Money



Lake District

  • Insurance

    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 UK residents Ski Club Travel Insurance may be a suitable option.

    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.

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