Summer Courses and Trips Update

We have had a great summer this year with what seems like an unusual amount of good weather!  In the Lakes we have enjoyed many days out with the majority of our courses being fairly climbing focused, there as been some intro to climbing courses, guided days focusing on classics and coaching days with an emphasis on pushing grades and focusing on technique.  We have also had a number of ‘Learn to Lead’ courses this summer focusing on getting people on the lead and coaching them through the various techniques for keeping safe, choosing simple and safe belay options and looking at good body position and ways of being energy efficient on the lead.

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The Lakes, Langdale, Leading Course

Guided climbing and coaching in the Lakes

Guided climbing and coaching in the Lakes

Further away we have enjoyed some great adventurous days of guided sea cliff climbing on Skye across a number of courses.

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Climbing on the Elgol sea cliffs, Skye

Elgol, Skye

Elgol, Skye

And many good days on the Cuillin Ridge with 3 successful ridge traverses and a number of mountaineering day trips as well, with the bonus of some of the best weather I’ve had on the ridge (dry but not too hot!)  We had some great days on the ridge filming with MovieIt for Salewa, looking forward to seeing the footage of the ridge at its best..

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Shot from MovieIt whilst filming for Salewa, Cuillin Ridge

Kings Chimney on the Cuillin ridge traverse

Kings Chimney on the Cuillin ridge traverse

More recently we ran a successful trip to the Old Man of Hoy which included an number of days exploring sea cliffs as well as the ascent of the Old Man itself.  This was our first advertised trip to the Old Man and aimed to add a little more by staying on and exploring some of the other great and overlooked climbing available on Orkney and its surrounding islands with the added excitement of using a chartered boat to access some of the more remote venues.  We will run this trip next year again and its already looking like its going to be popular!

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After completing the ‘Old Man’

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Pitch 4 on the ‘Old Man’

The BIG abb off the Old Man of Hoy

The BIG abb off the Old Man of Hoy

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Tomb of the Eagles sea cliffs, South Ronaldsay, included on our Old Man of Hoy trip

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Also included, climbing at Yesnaby on the Orkney mainland

Looking ahead we have our Picos – Naranjo de Bulnes trip just around the corner now which hopefully will conclude a great summer.  See – http://www.mountaincircles.com/climb-the-naranjo-de-bulnes-2014-the-picos-de-europa/

Then its the winter! The smell of Autumn is already in the air…  All our usual guiding services will be available in the Lakes and Scotland, with both private guiding and set courses on offer, plus we will be running a week long trip of ice climbing in Norway, see – http://www.mountaincircles.com/norway-2015-ice-climbing/

Please get in touch with any enquiries or questions about any of our courses, thanks, Paddy Cave…

 

 

 

Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’