September was a busy month we had a couple of stag parties and a multi activity school day for Kirby Stephan Grammar School. We co – ran the school gig with another local outdoor company, Canoeing, Raft Building, kayaking and Ghyll scrambling where the activities for the day. The stag parties where the standard abseiling ghyll scrambling which go down really well. Now it’s the end of the season we shall start planing for 2014.
Been a busy couple of weeks with freelancing for Cheshire Fire & Rescue in the south lakes as well as getting things in place for some of our own work coming up next month. Last Friday Bruce and myself had a recce to Sheppard’s crag in borrowdale to set up jackdoor ridge which we plan to use for Kirby Stephan Grammar School. We set up 4 climb all of with are of good quality and achievable, the groups should have a really good day. Whilst Bruce is running the climbing I’ll be running the Raft Build while other instructors will be doing Ghyll Scrambling and Canoeing all in the Borrowdale valley.
November last year a friend of mine who live in the same village as me asked if he could book himself and his fiancée on the Via Ferrata as an Xmas present too themselves. I naturally said yes and after one cancellation due to injury we’ve finally gotten around to doing it. Both Nick and Ruth had an awesome time both of them keen gardeners were delighted with all the alpine flora and fauna up on the mountain side. Well done Nick and Ruth. For more details click on group packages.
This weekend saw us freelancing over at Honister Slate mine, busy as usual three trips a day 9 o clock, 12 o clock, 3 o clock, all taking 3 hours each so no time for lunch. I meet folk from all over the uk and abroad, people from Bath, Cambridge, London,Nottingham, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Aberdeen, Holland & Namibia. I also had a guy who was a transplant surgeon, the longest operation he’s done without a break is 9 hours, you get to meet some interesting people on the face of a mountain crag. We were rally lucky with the weather no low cloud or rain, on Saturday whilst half way up i could hear a fighter jet to me left 3 seconds later a solo Euro fighter come through the valley, you don’t get to look down at a fighter jet many times in your life. It was that close i could see the pilot eating a Bacon butty with his feet up. Hope to get more work from theses guy’s in the future.
So this week we had a group from London come up to the Lake District for a some activities, whilst i was on a family holiday in Dorset we had Bruce step in to help us out ( Cheers Bruce ). There morning session was Climbing at Woddens in the Borrowdale Valley which was a success, everyone climbed to the top of all the routes. The afternoon session was the good old faithful Ghyll Scramble which always go’s down well. Thanks Yash for choosing Eden Valley Adventures.
We are half way through a Three week freelance kayaking job that is seeing 1800 cadet through Wathgill army training camp over in North Yorkshire. All taster sessions but great fun, 6 sessions at one hour. Are sessions have all been about water polo and having a real competitive edge. There has been tons of capsizing instructors getting picked on by the cadets, our rolling has come on tremendously. The weather this week has really helped so i hope it’s stays with us a while longer. Speak soon.