Saturday 19 May 2012

Ghyll Scrambling & canyoning sessions in The Lake District. May 7th & 9th 2012.

Despite the cool weather recently, work has been coming in fairly steadily for us at Kendal Mountaineering services.

One of our most popular activity sessions so far in May have been our half day ghyll scrambling & canyoning sessions in the Lake District and we have had a number of groups booking these recently for Stag & Hen Events, corporate groups and visitors to the area wanting to try something new & fun.

Photo one shows Charlotte Selvey with her partner, Tyrone and Tyrone's father Rob who booked a ghyll scrambling & canyoning session with us whilst  on holiday in the Lake District
Iain met the trio at Coniston to go and do the Church Beck ghyll scrambling & canyoning session and, as we always do, Iain kitted them all out with wetsuits, cagoules, bouyancy aids, helmets, harnesses and walking boots.

We consider this equipment to be the necessary minimum for your comfort & safety in the ghyll - many session organisers require delegates to bring their own footwear which can lead to confusion about what is (and isn't) appropriate. At least by providing walking boots with good ankle support and a good cleated sole for you, we are making sure you are going to get the best possible support & grip in what can be a slippery & unstable environment!

Iain did our usual trip with the three - a ghyll scrambling (also known as gorge walking) ascent of Church Beck as far as the chockstone pitch (photo two) followed by our canyoning descent back to this point. The three thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Other photos from Charlotte, Tyrone & Rob's session with Iain can be viewed here.
A few days later, Iain was back in Church Beck again - this time with Lydia Clews from Bath and her friend Jade - a mining geologist working for a gold mining company in Indonesia and Australia. Wow! what a job to have.

Anyway the pair were up visiting family in the area and had found the Kendal Mountaineering Services Website when looking for something different to do.

Lydia had liked the sound of our Canyoning courses and had contacted Iain to make a booking

As there was only two in this group we didn't hang around on the ghyll scrambing ascent - making short work of "the tricky traverse" and everything else en route. The tricky traverse as Iain likes to call it, is basically the traverse of a deep pool by way of a climb across a very steep wall (good handholds though) from one end of the pool to the other - penalty for failure, a good ducking!

However the girls were already thoroughly soaked and got even wetter on the canyoning descent - particularly after sliding down
the last drop at the Chockstone Pitch (photo four) They were certainly very happy with what they had done.

To book your ghyll scrambling and canyoning session with Kendal Mountaineering Services contact us here. Both are great fun for all the family and are also both refreshing and exilarating too making them ideal as part of a weekend break or holiday in The Lake District or part of a stag or hen event or corporate team build.

The rest of the photos from Lydia & Jade's fun session in the ghyll with Iain can be viewed here.

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