Thursday 7 June 2012

Half day ghyll scrambling & canyoning sessions in The Lake District. June 6th 2012.

 Mike Hill booked a half day of ghyll scrambling and canyoning with Kendal Mountaineering Services for himself and his two children before his brother in law - John, decided that he would also like to join in with his two as well.

Mike had looked at number of Lake District based outdoor activity providers websites before deciding to book with us. He was impressed by the ease of navigation within the website but also the content. As he said, we looked like we knew what we are doing; and with over 15 years in the industry then we believe that is a fair assessment of our service.

Photo one shows the team kitted out as we always kit out our clients for these sessions. Walking boots for grip, ankle support and crush protection, wetsuits for warmth & abrasion resistance, bouyancy aids and cags for support, comfort & warmth and helmets for head protection. At Kendal Mountaineering Services we consider this to be the minimum PPE equipment necessary to keep you safe & comfortable in what can be a fairly extreme environment and we take looking after you very seriously!

So, once everyone is properly kitted out then we can go and have some fun and to facilitate that we did our usual Church Beck ghyll scrambling & canyoning half day session with this party.

The youngsters were particularly keen to get stuck in and get soaked, so Iain made a point of finding every opportunity for them to do so - if you have a look at the rest of the photos taken during this session you'll see what we mean!

Photo two shows the party as we near the head of the upstream gorge walking part of the session. Above the waterfall in the background is the famous chockstone pitch in Church Beck - the last fall on our canyoning descent of the gorge but the end of upstream travel in the gorge.

It is worth remembering that we don't just do ghyll scrambling in the south Lakes at Church Beck. There is also Wren Gill in Longsleddale, Stickle Ghyll  in Langdale, Caudale Beck in the Ullswater Valley and also Hause gill, Lodore Beck and Stoneycroft Gill (also a canyoning venue) in the Borrowdale/Keswick area. And don't forget the full day Esk Gorge ghyll scrambling session - undoubtely the best of its kind in Lakeland.

So there are lots of ghyll scrambling & gorge walking venues in The Lake district that we can take you to and we are happy to travel to work with you near to where you are staying.

Photo three shows young Patrick being lowered down the Miners Bridge Fall in Church Beck. By now we were into the canyoning descent part of the session and having started at the head of the gorge had already having done one lower down a waterfall to get to this point.

We had been in the gorge for quite a while now but everyone was still comfortable and in high spirits - good stuff!

The final photograph of this ghyll scrambling & canyoning blog post shows the team below the chockstone pitch in Church Beck.

The final section of the Church Beck canyoning trip is quite challenging - particularly when you are as small as some of the young people we had here, but they were all keen and thoroughly enjoyed the session.

We hope that the two families enjoy the rest of their stay in The Lake District and perhaps they may join us another time on one of our fantastic half day activity sessions in the area.

Half day ghyll scrambling & canyoning sessions start at just £45 with Kendal Mountaineering Services and the full day Esk Gorge ghyll scrambling trip is just £75 per person.

Contact us to book your session soon.


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