Sunday 21 April 2013

Stag Events in The Lake District. April 20th 2013.

On Saturday Kendal Mountaineering Services ran a Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session in Church Beck near the scenic village of Coniston for a group of lads from the Leeds area.

Andrew Rothery had contacted Iain during our South America trip wanting to book a half day of Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning as part of the Stag event in The Lake District he was organising for his brother Luke who is soon to tie the knot.

Andrew has found Kendal Mountaineering Services on the internet and liked what he saw. To use his own words "you guys look like you know what you are doing!" and we would like to think that is true!

Saturday afternoon was sunny and strangely quiet as we worked our way up the bed of the ghyll although the water was pretty cold still. The lads were keen to get wet though in an effort to shake of any vestiges of the hangover from the previous nights session in Bowness on Windermere - so it was straight in at the first plunge pool. Some of the expressions on peoples faces are a picture! You can view the rest of the photos from Andrews Stag session here.

Photo two sees the lads tackling what Iain describes as "the tricky traverse". The chap nearest our assisting instructor - Scott, is basically climbing across the back of the pool hanging on by his hands & toes (with a bit of assistance from us). As you can probably guess, the penality for failure is - another complete ducking!
As previously mentioned, the water was chilly, so we headed on up to the top jumps before exiting the ghyll and splitting in to two teams in an effort to keep warm.

Rather than keeping the whole party together it was decided that one group would go and do the top jumps whilst the other would do the Miners Bridge Fall abseil - and then follow on with the top jumps. This way we could keep the team moving.

Photo three sees Andrew having completed the jumps and swimming out to Iain.

The top jumps as they are known consist of three waterfalls with deep plunge pools underneath. The first jump is into a narrow & potentially hazardous slot where injuries can occur but we remove that risk by lowering you on a  rope to a lower ledge where the jump can be undertaken without hitting anything. The next fall is only short and a climb down and further swim leads you to the head of the fall in this photo. To do the final fall one sits ontop of the flat chockstone and simply slides down the middle - all great fun and all part of our Canyoning descent of Church Beck.

Photo four sees all of Iains group at the foot of the top jumps and that was the end of getting thoroughly soaked for the day.

After this we went and did the Miners Bridge waterfall abseil although not everyone wanted to have a go. Our Canyoning sessions normally involve getting out of the ghyll just below where this photo is taken and walking to the top of the gorge to begin heading downstream. Above Miners Bridge there is another abseil down a fall and two opportunities for further duckings before one arrives at Miners Bridge for the abseil there and then the top jumps.

Our Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Sessions in The Lake District are exhilarating & fun sessions and the most popular activity we offer. These sessions are ideal as part of a stag or Hen Event or Corporate Team Build and great family fun too.

For anyone really wanting to go for it - why not try one of our Esk Gorge Ghyll Scrambling trips - a full day out in the best gorge in The Lake District. You can read about these here.

To book your ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Session in The Lake District with Kendal Mountaineering Services contact us here. All of the equipment you see the people in this photo wearing is provided as part of your fee and depending on your group size can cost as little as £30 per person for a half day (four hour) session. We look forward to working with you.

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