Wednesday 26 April 2017

And since Easter? Further activity sessions and skills Training Courses with Kendal Mountaineering Services.

And after the Easter weekend, the work continued. Iain had a welcome day off on Monday and was then back out with Ray Palmer and his daughter Nicole who were back once again visiting The Lake District. Once again, they were keen to be guided by Iain for the day on a "moderate" fell walking day on the Tuesday.

Iain took the pair up Loughrigg Fell - not the highest, but one of the most central fells in The Lake District with a commanding view north to Grasmere (photo one), Windermere & Langdale. We had a lovely hot sunny & calm day (now that's more like it!) and did a route from High Close straight to the summit before descending south and then east to visit Rydal Cave. The pair enjoyed an excellent lunch at The Old School Room Tea Shop at Rydal Hall before we returned to High Close via the Old Coffin Road and Loughrigg Terrace. Thanks to our friends at Mountain-Journeys for the work.

Last Thursday and Friday saw Iain back on the water with Nick Halliday and his partner Karin. Again, visitors from London. Nick & Karin had booked not only to do some kayaking with Iain, but also booked to join us on our our forthcoming Navigation Skills Training weekend.

The pair had arranged two half day Kayaking Sessions with us, so, on Thursday, we went to Rydal Water to learn skills and enjoy some peace & tranquility on this unspoilt lake (photo two). Once again, Iain showed the pair every skill he could think of and they picked them up well; although it was quite clear from the outset that neither were complete novices as both could paddle the kayaks in a straight line from the start - and that's no easy feat!

On Friday morning we went to a different venue - Ullswater - The Lake District's most north easterly lake which is again, relatively unspoilt and pretty.

We put on to the lake at it's southern end and visited the main river flowing in at this end - Goldrill Beck flowing in from Patterdale (photo three). The pair enjoyed our short journey on this relatively sheltered if a little shallow stretch of river before we returned to the lake and did a tour of its southern end in somewhat chilly & breezy conditions. Iain's opinion after two half day sessions on flat water was that the pair needed to move on to river journeying; and they readily agreed. We'll be seeing then again for some of that we hope.

Saturday saw us on The Kentmere Fells just to the north of Kendal running one of our Mountain Navigation Skills Training Weekends for a large number of clients - two groups of ten in fact!

These courses run in the Spring & Autumn and are priced at £80 per person for a two day course which is designed to give you all of the map reading skills you'll need to venture into the UK's mountains in any conditions, with confidence. Photo five sees Iain's group toward the end of day one; and by this time, they had been walking from one grid reference to another - on a bearing, whilst pacing, for several hours. Good skills!

Our final photo from this post about all we've been up to in the last week sees everyone who attended last weekend's Map Reading & Navigation Skills Training Course on the summit of Shipman Knotts - we had to take one photo to prove all twenty persons had been there!

Our Map Reading & Navigation Skills Training Courses are also ideal for anyone preparing for a Mountain Walking Leader Training Course, Assessment Course or re-assessment of their navigational ability. We are teaching skills to ML standard on these courses and they do represent exceptional value. You can view the next course dates here and we are looking to fill all courses - so do join us!

And that's all at the moment. We head to the Isle of Skye this coming weekend for the next adventure, can't wait!

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