Tuesday 2 August 2011

Ghyll scrambling half day session. Wren Gill, Longsleddale, The Lake District. Saturday July 30th 2011.

It has been a busy week here at Kendal Mountaineering services. Firstly with regards to running the Giggleswick Summer School outdoor activity programme followed by a multi-pitch climbing teaching day.

Iain rounded off the week with a stag party who had booked a half day ghyll scrambling session as part of their stag event here in The Lake district.

The lads were up for their stag weekend all the way from Birmingham and were staying in the Kendal area. Richard Davies, who had booked the ghyll scrambling session with Iain had been on the ball by booking with us several months ago, so, things were well organised.

Rather than taking the lads all the way over to Church Beck, Iain met the party in Kendal and took them up Longsleddale to go to Wren Gill - as it was more convenient and just as good a time can be had there as at any other ghyll scrambling venue here in the Lake District national park.

The weather all last week was hot and sunny, so hot in fact that after the walk up to the venue from the parking area, we were all very glad to get in to the water and cool off. The first photo shows the group having just gotten in to Wren Gill and the second shows the stag - Fraser, cooling off in a waterfall - respendent in pink bathing cap under his helmet, pink goggles and armbands - the things mates do to each other on a stag event!!

We made our way up the gill to the amusement of other onlookers - who probably wondered what it was all about as an army of wetsuit clad blokes made their way upstream wearing bouyancy aids and helmets - all standard issue kit on a ghyll scrambling session with Kendal Mountaineering services.

Photo three shows the team entering the first really deep pool in Wren Gill. Having swum it, many people went back in a second & third time - having jumped in from the rocks on the left of the pool.

Continuing on from here, eventually, the gorge deepens & narrows before we reach a deep pool with an unclimbable waterfall beyond. Here, we had to exit the gorge and continue several hundred metres up the bank before we could climb down and continue up the bed of the gill to the final waterfall.

The final photo shows the whole group having a power shower under the top fall in Wren Gill.

The Stag party throughly enjoyed their ghyll scrambling session in The Lake District National Park with Iain from Kendal Mountaineering services. We would like to wish Fraser all the best for his wedding and in the future also.

Other photographs taken during this session can be viewed here. To book your ghyll scrambling session in The Lake District National Park with Kendal Mountaineering services contact us here and remember -wherever you are staying, we will have a venue for this fab activity near to you!

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