Outdoor Training

“Guiding, Instructing and Leading individuals and groups in the outdoors is what we do”

Rock n Ridge is based in the Lake District national park, which is now a Unesco world heritage site. We provide outdoor training and guiding in the mountains of the UK, Europe, and the Himalayas.

We regularly work in different parts of the UK, and often deliver courses in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, and the Peak District national parks. Our team events are generally delivered in the UK. but have also been delivered in Europe.

We work with individuals, groups and teams, and pride ourselves on customer service. We actively listen to our customers feedback to continually improve our services and products.

See below for some of the common questions that are asked about our trips.

How Long are the sessions?

A half-day session will be approximately 3/4hours in activity time. A full day would be double this

What will I/we be doing on our day, and what are we likely to see?

This depends on what you book, we can help you with this. If you booked on a Rock Climbing session combined with a Via Ferrata trip say, then we would assess the weather and try and fit the sessions to fit round which works best in the dry/which is ok to do in the rain. There are always options.

There will be plenty of time to take pictures wherever you are. The Lakes are beautiful and we cherry pick the spots for you to enjoy and remember. Our instructors will ask you if you mind being photographed, and if you give your consent, we will take the pictures for you whilst you just focus on enjoying yourself. We can then forward them onto you after the day is finished

What equipment do we need to bring?

This depends on the activity. Ghyll/Canyon scrambling for example we would ask you to bring a towel and some swimming shorts/board shorts, all other kit will be provided including when appropriate a wetsuit to keep you warmer whilst in the water. We will advise you what you need to bring when you book for each activity, and generally send a pdf kit list.

Do you provide food and drink?

Yes we can do this for an additional charge, but usually clients bring their own lunches and drinks. There is generally a shop or cafe whilst out and about for you to drop in and get something, please double check this before your activity starts.

Where do you operate from/where do the tours depart?

We are Lake District based, but as mentioned we work in different parts of the UK. Our Lake District activities will usually depart from Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere, and Keswick. Although depending on the group and where you are staying, we depart/meet to suit the group.

Specialising in a range of outdoor activities, Rock n Ridge offers Outdoor Training days and courses to suit what you’re looking for. Whether you’re just wanting an adventure day out, or wanting to learn the hard skills needed to progress in a particular area we have it covered. All our instructors are very well qualified and hold the highest qualifications to teach that particular activity.

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
  • 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

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.

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.  Equipment is provided for those who need it.

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.

ImprovisedRescues & 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.

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.

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.

“Never under estimate the power of the mountains”