Monday 11 July 2011

Ghyll scrambling & canyoning courses in The Lake District. Church Beck, Coniston. July 9th 2011.

Iain from Kendal Mountaineering services organised another Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session in The Lake District for Nucleargraduates on behalf of GEN II Engineering.

This time we had eleven participants for this event and again - split them in to two groups. Water levels in Church Beck were much lower than last time meaning that there would be a real possibility that this group would be able to complete the whole Church Beck Ghyll scrambling & canyoning trip as run by us.

GEN II's rationale for undertaking a ghyll scrambling & canyoning session with Kendal Mountaineering Services is that it was to be part of an induction weekend based in Kendal giving graduate applicants whom have been successful in joining the Nucleargradute Scheme, the opportunity to meet each other and the GEN II staff for the first time.

Our ghyll scrambling & canyoning session was planned to further reinforce the rationale behind this induction weekend - by placing these apprentices in a challenging situation where they would have to work together to achieve a goal. This would allow those people taking part to form relationships that will last the entirety of their two year apprenticeship and beyond - as they leave GEN II to take up positions in the nuclear industry around the country.

Ghyll scrambling, also known as gorge walking, involves walking up a mountain stream, swimming across pools and climbing waterfalls. It can be a great opportunity for people to get to know each other as they help each other to deal with obstacles encountered along the journey. In photo two, the first group are just finishing climbing such an obstacle, whilst the second group cool off in the pool below.

In photo three, two members of Iain's group have slid down a waterfall at the start of the canyoning descent of Church Beck. Below here, we have another six waterfalls to pass and three of those involve being lowered or belayed on a rope for safety. Some of the apprentices found this the most challenging part of the ghyll scrambling & canyoning descent organised by us.

Finally, the canyoning descent was behind us as seen in photo four. Everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had formed and/or strengthened bonds with other members of the group during the experience.

As well as feeling exhilarated by the whole experience, we would hope that people will have left with increased self confidence and self esteem - having discovered that they are capable of achieving more than they previously thought possible and having realised that considerably more can be achieved when working together as part of a team.

All of the various activities provided by Kendal Mountaineering Services can be incorporated in to one of our team building packages Activities can be devised as part of a strategy or exercise used to achieve a common goal, aim or objective.

Additional photos from this session can be viewed here. To book your Ghyll Scrambling & canyoning session in The Lake District - contact us here.

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