Guided Hillwalking, Climbing, Scrambling, and Mountain Skills training in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
At 868m/2848ft Blencathra, or Saddleback, offers superb views of the Northern Lakes. Reaching the summit via Sharp Edge (Grade 1, but challenging for the grade!) offers an exhilarating experience - traversing a knife edge ridge with nothing but air beneath your feet. Once over the top, the descent via Hallsfell Ridge (Grade 1) completes an exciting, challenging round of one of Lakeland's most iconic fells.
At grade 3, Pinnacle Ridge sits at the top end of difficulty for a mountain scramble, and is much closer in nature to rock climbing than hill walking. We will almost certainly use a rope and harnesses on this scramble. A genuine mountaineering route, alpine in nature, Pinnacle Ridge provides an enthralling day out, and an ideal introduction to grade 3 scrambling.
Grade 1 Scrambles:
Introductory scrambles (Grade 1 - e.g. Striding Edge, Halsfell Ridge) are achievable by most people who are reasonably fit and have a head for heights.
We don't usually use ropes - although there's nothing wrong with asking for one, but you will need to use your hands / knees / bum etc as we climb gullies and rock steps, and traverse exposed ridges to some of the most iconic summits in England.
Grade 2 & Grade 3 Scrambles:
Advanced scrambles (Grade 2 - 3 e.g. Pinnacle Ridge) are more challenging, with greater exposure and some trickier terrain involved. Some previous hillwalking experience is a big help!
We will usually use the rope and associated gear and techniques at this grade.
Before booking we will chat to you about your aims and aspirations and plan a tailor made day to challenge and inspire you!
The classic Lake District Scramble! This round takes in two straightforward grade 1 scrambles, on the way to and from the summit of Helvellyn (950m/3117 ft - England's 3rd highest mountain). Never too difficult, but always exciting this classic route is achievable for anyone who's steady on their feet, with a reasonable level of fitness and a good head for heights.
Probably the best mountain day in England!