Rock Climbing in the Lake District

Introduction to Rock Climbing
In the summer of 1886, on the last day of his holiday, Walter Parry Haskett Smith set off for a close look at the cliffs on the face of Great Gable. Warmed by his exertions, he succumbed to the temptation to try for the summit of the Napes Needle. He and others had reconnoitred the spire on several previous occasions, but had failed to climb it. On this day Haskett Smith succeeded, and he reached the tiny summit by himself, using no ropes or equipment. The Lake District is now home to some of the Uk’s finest and best known classic rock routes. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian Pioneers in the company of a highly experienced Mountain Instructor, and experience climbing for yourself.
All of our climbing programmes including venues and duration are bespoke and exclusively tailored to the needs of the individuals taking part. The selection below are merely suggested itineraries to provide you with some inspiration.
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Our Lake District rock climbing programmes can also be tailored for the needs of active families.
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Try it
Experience the sport of rock climbing under the guidance of an experienced instructor, try an introduction to single pitch climbing, learn how to correctly put on a harness, tie into the rope, belay safely, and of course enjoy a great day out on the rock!
First Steps
Learn the essential skills to kick start your rock climbing career. This programme covers essential skills such as moving efficiently on rock, selection use & care of equipment, safe belaying techniques, basic ropework & knots, route choice & interpreting guidebooks.
Learn to lead
Dispel the many myths around the dark art of lead climbing. An experienced mountain instructor will coach you through all aspects of lead climbing from selecting the right equipment and ‘racking’ your harness to anchor selection and use, efficient ropework & building safe and efficient belays.
Moving up
This programme will equip the aspirant multi pitch climber with the skills and confidence to go out and experience the joys of climbing big routes on mountain crags. The programme covers skills such as route selection and finding, using double ropes, organising and managing a belay stance, changing leaders on route and emergency procedures.
For individuals who wish to develop existing skills into a different area of climbing but need a helping hand to take the next step Examples of transitions –
  • Indoor wall to the outdoor environment
  • Competent second to confident leader
  • Single pitch to multi pitch
What to do if it all goes wrong
Unfortunately too many climbers simply don’t have the skills and knowledge to act quickly and efficiently if the unthinkable happens. This programme will provide the climber with a range of transferable skills that can be applied to many emergency situations. During the programme we aim to break down and simplify advanced techniques such as assisting a stuck climber, lowering, hoisting, personal abseil and evacuating an injured climber.
Guided Classics & Private Guiding
The Lake District is home to some of the Uk’s finest and best known classic rock routes. Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian Pioneers in the company of a highly experienced Mountain Instructor, and explore these big mountain routes, whilst learning some of the essential skills of a multi pitch climber.

If you are intetrested in taking part in any of our Lake District rock climbing activities please either call us now on Eskdale 019467 23753 or 07837 099 525, or contact us by email.
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