Wednesday 3 October 2012

Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Sessions in The Lake District. Saturday 22nd September 2012.

On Iains return to The Lake District from his Cuillin Ridge Traverse Trip he was immediately back into work at Church Beck, Coniston with Myles Holdsworth, family & friends who had come together for the weekend to celebrate Myles 40th birthday

Myles had booked a half day ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning session with Kendal Mountaineering Services as part of his birthday celebration. Photo one shows the group as we headed off into the ghyll at the later time of around 4pm.
We decided to spilt the group into two teams as with a group size of 13 Iain had brought in another instructor to assist. So it was decided that Scott would work with the mums & childrens party and Iain with the blokes group.

Some of the children in the group were as young as six and whilst our experience is that this age group love ghyll scrambling & generally getting wet (photo two) they also need to be looked after more as they get chilly a lot quicker than adults.

To this end it was decided that Scott would take the children & mums on the ghyll scrambling ascent as far as the chockstone pitch and rope them up that with a view to them having a go at the chockstone slide and they did achieve this before exiting the ghyll.
Iains party of blokes were obviously faster than the childrens group and wanted of course, to get more done - in particular a bit of canyoning.

So Iain did the usual get out below the chockstone pitch and took his team to Miners Bridge where we all harnessed up and decided to go straight to the jumps with the option of possibly doing the Miners Bridge fall lower if time permitted.

Everyone completed the top jump and slid down the chockstone pitch, by now the light was fading and it was certainly starting to feel colder.

Photo three sees the blokes party at the foot of the chockstone pitch all thoroughly drenched but also thoroughly exhilarated.

As it happened Scott had also just finished the session with the children & mums and the blokes were happy to call time at this point as well. Everyone had enjoyed their half day ghyll scrambling & canyoning session and we hope that the rest of Myles's weekend in The Lake District went just as well.

This particular session had been deliberately booked for a much alter start than usual. Our advertised half day sessions start at 09:00 in the morning and at 13:00 in the afternoon - however, work is work and we aim to be flexible to your needs. Remember our motto is Kendal Mountaineering Services - giving you what you want and we really do pride ourselves in our ability to provide bespoke outdoor activity & skills training courses.

We have plenty of availablilty in the coming months to provide your outdoor activity sessions in The Lake District. The days are getting shorter and a little colder but activities such as caving, canoeing & kayaking can still be done comfortably or how about a guided hillwalking day for your party? Contact us to discuss your requirements.

We look forward to working with you.

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