Guided day or Instruction – What’s best for you?
Our Scheduled Courses and Trips will generally fall into one of two categories, ‘Guided’ or ‘Instructional’. Realistically there is always an element of both, but the course or trip will usually lean towards one depending what the aims associated are. With our bespoke days out under Private Guiding and Instruction we can run a day in either way or with a combination of the two depending what it is you want to achieve. Its worth having a think in advance though as to what your main aims are, we can then pick the best venue for the day.
Below is a breakdown of what the two different approaches might include, the examples relate to climbing and mountaineering courses as this is where the differences are most relevant.
The main aim here will be to teach you the skills you want to learn for yourself. These days can often be more static than ‘Guided’ days giving you lots of time to go over skills and practice with our support. We’ll often use areas with quick access for these days to maximise your time on the rock or ice allowing lots to be packed in.
Skills often covered,
and in winter,
The main aim here is usually one of two things, either a specific route (such as a ‘Classic’ or ‘Hard’ Rock route, or ‘Cold Climbs’ route – these are selections of routes from around the UK presented in hard back books), or, lots of mileage! There will nearly always be something to learn obviously and a level of instruction will always be present, but the main focus will be moving quickly and efficiently and only teaching you what is needed or you’d like to know more about whilst on the move. Examples of the sorts of routes we often lead in a more ‘Guided’ style are below.