If this is the first time you put on a harness, or you are experienced climbers wanting to review and add to your skills, The Lakes Mountaineer offers a range of courses to suit you. Climbing Lake District routes is what I am about, whether guiding, instructing, coaching or in my own time!
If you can't see exactly what you want, drop me a line and I'll put together a package tailored to your skills and ambitions.
"The course was a perfect mix of laughter, multi-pitch/single-pitch technical climbs, skills building and ultimately safety tactics. Ben is well versed in maintaining the balance between pushing you beyond your perceived comfort zone and encouraging you to a point he knew was within your means. I came away feeling more accomplished than I thought possible in four days as Ben adapted the course to each of our learning styles - Thanks Ben!" - 4-day Lead Climbing course, 2021
Rock Climbing Experiences
An ideal way for a group to try out rock climbing as part of your holiday, staycation or just because!
Single-pitch: ideal for beginner rock climbing groups to stay together, and no long walks to the crag (usually around 15 minutes) with plenty of time for everyone to try out a range of climbs and abseiling.
Multi-pitch climbing is a 1- or 2-person experience, best for those with some experience, but tuition with a highly qualified instructor is to hand if you have none.
Try out single-pitch climbing with a group of family or friends with The Lakes Mountaineer! Get the opportunity to try a selection of climbs, have a go at abseiling and do some bouldering.
Group climbing: £180/day for 2 people + £30 per extra person
I offer a broad range of courses from 1-day beginners' courses to 5-day climbing courses,
including official Mountain Training courses.If you can't find what you need below, just drop me a message.
If you are a competent second outdoors, or an indoor lead climber but want to try your hand at lead climbing, this is the course for you.
During the two days we will cover: Placing protection; Rope management; Top-roping; Bottom-roping; Abseiling; Protecting your second; Gear selection; Guide book use and route reading; Belaying; Problem avoidance; Crag etiquette; How to choose the right route for you and more
£210 for 1 or 2 people
plus £30 per extra person (max 3)
This 2-day course is designed for climbers who have led indoor routes and want to become competent in sport climbing outdoors.
We will cover: Guide books; Crag etiquette; Equipment; Assessing bolts; Belaying sport routes; Re-threading different lower offs; Leading techniques; Stripping routes; Problem avoidance; Problem solving e.g. what to do if you can’t finish a route when sport climbing; Oh, and we'll do some sport climbing too!
£210 for 1 or 2 people
plus £30 per extra person (max 4)
Whether it is memory fade after time off climbing recently, a return after many years, or if you want to move to the next level of knowledge, The Lakes Mountaineer can help you. Popular topics to cover:
Climbing MOT - correct your habits and memory fade;
How to climb multi-pitch routes;
What to do when your partner can't follow a pitch;
How to retreat from a route.
This course is for climbers who may not have much outdoor experience but aspire to lead routes. Your skill sets and experience will be built up over the five days, with the aim of getting you both leading by the end of the week. The exact mix of days will be tailored to your current skills and future ambitions, and may be adapted during the week as you progress.
Day 1: Single pitch climbing: top-ropes, abseiling, placing gear.
Day 2: Multi-pitch climbing: building anchors, seconding.
Day 3: Sport climbing: rethreading anchors, problem avoidance.
Day 4: Single pitch climbing: your first trad leads.
Day 5: Multi-pitch climbing: leading skills on multi-pitch routes.
All-round Climber 5-day course for 2 people:
£940 (£470 per person)
Mini-Mountains: Abseiling and climbing in the morning, followed by a treasure hunt (navigation!) in the afternoon - for kids (7+).
Mighty Mountains: Family rock day - half a day rock climbing then half a day scrambling grade 1 - best for older kids (10+).
Mega-Mountains: Parent and child scrambling day: for the more adventurous, take on a harder scramble in the mountains.
Instruction: If you just want a fun experience on a wet day, or want to learn how to lead indoors, then we can provide the equipment and the know-how.
£100 for 1 or 2 people then add £40 per extra person (half-day session). Includes all equipment, climbing wall entry fees and climbing shoes.
Coaching: Taking a look at your climbing movement and tactics on bouldering or roped climbing.
1-to-1 indoor coaching: £55 for 2 hours; group prices available.
All indoor instruction and coaching will take place at Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal.