Saturday 25 August 2012

Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning sessions in The Lake District. August 18th - 22nd 2012.

Since our last post, we have been really busy at Kendal Mountaineering Services. Despite the wet weather, the Summer holidays are in full swing with many families wanting to get outdoors and try something new and exhilariating.

Most people don't give us much notice when wanting to book a session but Kayliegh Jarvie (centre photo one) booked her canyoning session with us way back in February and the weekend of the session was also the occasion of her sister Jacqui's birthday - so a good excuse for a weekend getaway to The Lake District.

As with most of our canyoning sessions, Iain had planned to take the three to Church Beck. However, the night before, it had rained heavily and Church Beck was out of bounds. We made the pilgrimage over to the alternative venue in Langdale but that was too low!

Anyway, we decided to try Stickle Ghyll, a favourite Lake District Ghyll Scrambling venue which was just about at the limit, but as you'll see if you look at the photographs here, the trio had a great time indeed.

The next session 3 days later had also been booked a while back by returning client Steven Finkill. Steven & his girlfriend Sally were the subject of a post about an all day caving trip that Iain had organised for them in the Yorkshire Dales National Park earlier in the year.

On this occasion, Steven, living in Manchester, had been looking after two of his nephews from the North East and thought they might enjoy a canyoning session in The Lake District with us.

Water levels had changed substantially since the previous Saturday and Church Beck was now at a much better level which was good since the youngest chap in this party was only ten; and probably about the lower age limit we would advise for this trip.

All three thoroughly enjoyed splashing about in the ghyll and getting thoroughly soaked. At least the weather was warm meaning that despite being soaked, everyone was still comfortable. Other photos from this Canyoning Session in The Lake District can be viewed here.

The final party to undertake an exhilarating wet session with Kendal Mountaineering Services during this week came with parents Tony Irwin & Duncan Bain and five of their children who wanted to try canyoning whilst visting the Lake District on holiday away from their homes in the south east.

Iain first knew the session was definitely going ahead about three hours before he was due to run it - but if we are not working then a short notice booking is fine. Iain dashed around to get the kit ready and then shot over to Coniston to give the group a great afternoon Canyoning session that they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Other photographs from this session with Duncan, Tony & the family can be viewed here.

Unfortunately, the summer weather has not been what we would generally hope for here in The Lake District (well, a bit less rain & a bit more sun would be nice!). However, there is still much you can do with us in the rain - such as Ghyll Scrambling or Canyoning or Kayaking or Canoeing. So if you are wondering what to do with yourselves on a wet day then give us a call, you can be guaranteed to have a great time.

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