Mountain Guiding – Navigation – Alpine Training – Abseiling – Rock Climbing   – Learn to lead on rock  – Rope work – Scrambling days – Via Ferrata – Family Days – Canoeing – Lake District rock climbing – Winter skills – Expeditions – Wild Camping 

Outdoor Activities

“Guiding, Leading and Instructing people in the outdoor environment is what we do”

Mountain guiding throughout the mountains of the UK, and Europe.

Catering for individuals, groups and families we have something for everybody. Our Adventure Day packages are perfect for families and groups of friends to get involved with when visiting the Lake District. Here we have combined 3/4 activities into one full day package! This means you get to sample some of the best bits the outdoors has to offer.

Alternatively you may be wanting to learn how to Rock Climb, or maybe your a total beginner and don’t know where to begin? Abseiling is an exciting activity, why not give it a go?

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For a fun day, apart from our Adventure Day packages, we offer combined activities. For example you may want to try Gorge/Canyon scrambling in the morning, then Abseiling in the afternoon? There are lot’s of mix and match activity combinations available.

Specialising in a range of outdoor activities, Rock n Ridge offers Outdoor Training days to suit what you’re looking for. Whether you’re wanting a guided mountain walk, or some rock climbing in the Lake District, then we have it covered.

Activities include

  • Mountain Guiding summer and winter
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rock Climbing – Learn to lead
  • Scrambling
  • Winter mountaineering
  • Winter skills
  • Alpine Training – UK
  • Navigation
  • Ghyll/canyoning – scrambling
  • Via Ferrata
  • Canoeing
  • Bespoke Trips

Benefits

  • A great day out
  • Increase your knowledge
  • More confident in the outdoors
  • Get healthy, fit and increase stamina
  • Gives you drive and focus
  • Well being
  • Mental relaxation
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Please see below a list of the activities and courses we operate. If there is something that is not specifically on the list, then feel free to get in touch to discuss.

Scrambling

This is steep ground but not steep enough to be classed as true “rock climbing”.

Scrambles are usually put into three grades, grade 1 being the easiest, going through to grade 3. Therefore anything after is classed as a rock climb. Generally the sort of ground where you will have to use your hands to ascend and descend, and on some of the harder scrambles require the use of a rope. This really is a great way to explore the mountains via a more ‘hands on’ approach. Most climberswill have started their rock climbing career walking, then scrambling then rock climbing….a natural progression. Some examples of a days scrambling include; Sharp Edge on Blencathra; North ridge of Tryfan in Wales, the Cullin ridge on Skye-Scotland, and Commando ridge in Devon.

Rock Climbing

Whether it’s your first time on rock or maybe you are already a competent climber looking for some coaching or wanting to push your grade, we have a day and venue to suit.

The lake district is blessed with many different crags offering both single pitch & multi pitch climbing, in an atmospheric setting.

Most of these courses can be run from anywhere in the UK. If you would like to climb elsewhere then let me know. Maybe it’s a specific climb you would like to do, or maybe Wales is more convienient for you, whatever we can factor it in.

Introduction to Climbing

Designed to suit a beginner to rock climbing, so no climbing experience is necessary.  The day will involve looking at the basics needed to start out in climbing, & of course climbing as much rock as we can throughout the day.  Some topics covered will be – Climbing techniques and styles, equipment choice and how to use it, good book and crag orientation. All equipment is provided.

From Indoor to Outdoor

This is aimed at those people who so far have done most climbing on an indoor wall and now feel that they want to venture outdoors but are not entirely sure what happens when they do.  We will cover the essentials needed for moving outside onto real rock.

Multi Pitch Climbing

This is available for beginners through to seasoned climbers. Some climbing experience is advisable, the Introduction to Climbing course is ideal.  These are our most popular climbing days; for the beginner you get to experience longer climbs in environments you want to try but perhaps need the experience of ‘what to do’. You are shown the basics whilst getting on as much rock as possible! For the more advanced climber we will explore the skills needed for multi pitch climbing and can look to push your grade.

Classic Climb days

Is what it says, climbs classic climbs suggested by me, or maybe one you’ve always wanted to have a go at? Whatever it is/where ever it is, we can discuss & go from there. Some classic Lake District climbs include:

      Little Chamonix-Shepherds Crag Borrowdale-70m VD

       Troutdale Pinnacle-Black Crag Borrowdale-105m Severe

       Giants Crawl-Dow Crag Coniston-115m D

       Eliminate A-Dow Crag Coniston-107m VS

       Needle Ridge-Great Gable-114m VD

       Bridge’s Route-Esk Buttress Eskdale-71m HS

       Moss Gill Grooves-Scafell-79m MVS

Sea Cliff Climbing

These days are designed for climbers who lead climb or second to a VS standard & would like to but possibly so far haven’t ventured out onto the costal sea cliffs. We will most likely use the beautiful Welsh sea cliffs for our climbing, Gogarth or Pembroke, but can venture to a different location.

Learning to Lead

This is for those people who are at the stage of wanting to lead climb outdoors, or for people who may already be lead climbing but may feel they need a little extra help when it comes to placing gear on the lead, or better & improved ways of builiding & constructing belays when at the stance.  Even if you have been climbing for years I will guarantee you will come away with some new skills and hopefully even gain experience to push your climbing grade.

Improvised Rescues & Advanced Rope Work

Ever been on a crag or a route and wondered ‘what would I do if it all went wrong?’ – well here’s where you learn some of the ‘nuts & bolts’ needed for these types of emergencies. We will go through the stages of how to rescue a climbing partner, using a controlled methodical logical approach.

Abseiling

If you’ve never tried, or you may have done this activity already and just want another go?! Then abseiling is one of those thrills that really does push you into your stretch zone. For some it’s just a huge breath and don’t look down! For others it’s a case of building the courage to take that step over the edge! We have decades of doing this so will be close to hand to offer support and encouragement if you need it.

Winter Skills/Mountaineering

Winter is a fantastic time to get out and about in the hills, but opens up far more challenges than summer walking does. This day would be perfect for those not wanting the stress of navigating and planning a route in the winter, but would like to head out to the hills when the white stuff is about.

Navigation

The day looks at essential skills needed to navigate properly round the UK hills and fells. We aim it at your ability and aims, and look at essential skills like – map orientation, compass bearings, timings, pacings, tick off features, contour interpretation and relocation.

Ghyll/Canyoneering

Ghyll and what?! There the same thing, apart from ghyll walking or scrambling you go up the flow of the water. Canyoneering you come down the flow of the water.

These are fun sessions and will take a half day so can be combined with another activity. we tailor the Ghyll’s to your needs and ability of the group. Therefore you will always find it challenging but not that challenging that you can’t achieve it.

Via Ferrata – UK

A half day or full day activity, can be indoors or outdoors. Europe have had Via Ferratas going back to the World War. First used to move troops and ammunitions around the mountain, now used as a sport in itself to get around the mountains quickly and safely. It use to be called the ‘Iron Way’ this is the iron cable that runs up the mountain for our safety. A great day out, and a must if you’ve never tried it.

Cuillin Ridge Traverse

Normally taking 4/5 days to include driving to Skye, sorting/dropping kit off on the ridge and a day looking at the skills needed to negotiate this classic UK ridge scramble.

Alpine Training – UK

Thinking of heading out to the Alps? Then booking onto an Alpine Training course is the right plan of attack.

These can be one or multiple days to suit you, covering the essential skills needed to move and operate in an Alpine environment.

Canoeing

Canadian Canoeing, or Open Boating as it’s sometimes referred to, is simply stunning. A great way to get eye level with nature, and to contemplate what’s really important.

We have combined this as an activity on one of our Adventure Daypackages, alternatively it can be done as a half days activity. We use either the stunning Lake Windermere (South Lake District) or Derwent water (Keswick – North Lake District) Depending on the weather the Canoes may be rafted together, or taken out on their own.

Wild Camping & Bothying

Wild Camping and Bothy what?! Wild Camping is pretty self explanatory. We camp in the wild, as one with nature and generally by a mountain stream. But were on our own and not surrounded by others in a camp site. A Bothy. (check the link for further information) Is a remote house or building that is free to sleep in, again away from others and civilisation. They usually have an open fire and means you don’t have to carry a tent on your back for accommodation. Either or can be used depending on your plans and goals.

“Never under estimate the power of the mountains”