Remote Walks – The Great Ridge

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10th April 2020

Meet at the Castleton Visitor Centre, Peak District
9:30am

£20.00 per person

Starting in the picturesque village of Castleton at the foot of the impressive Mam Tor (known locally as the “Shivering Mountain”), we strike out a short distance to Winnats Pass, a dramatic narrow limestone gorge which is reputably haunted by the ghosts of a young couple murdered by miners in 1758. After a stiff climb, we arrive at the top of Mam Tor where the expansive views will take your breath away! The route along the Great Ridge is clear from here and the stunning views rarely let up until we finally drop back down into the valley and return to Castleton. The Great Ridge is probably one of the Peak Districts most revered walks.

You will discover why it is called the “Shivering Mountain”, how a mass trespass on the Kinder Scout plateau across the valley in the 1930’s might have ultimately led to many of the walking freedoms we take for granted in this country and why adjacent hill’s Lose Hill and Win Hill got their names (hint: it’s probably not for the reason you think it is!).

This walk is over 7 miles long, is a great introduction to hill walking and will take us a few hours. Suitable for those with a reasonable level of walking fitness, you will be led by one of our expert guides.

Outdoor Climber

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11th April 2020

Meet opposite the Outside shop in Hathersage, Peak District
9:30am – 5:30pm


£60.00 per person (max of 5 on the course)

Meeting in the village of Hathersage on the east side of the Peak District, we will drive a short way to the revered Stanage Edge, the largest and most impressive of the gritstone edges. This crag holds a special place in the hearts of many British rock climbers. It has a distinguished history, has stunning views and has an especially large number of 3 star climbs that means it takes its rightful place at the top table of the UK’s very best climbing cliffs. Indeed climbers from all over the world are drawn to it’s super grippy rock and short but intense climbs. One thing is certain that once you have climbed on its illustrious buttresses you will be back!

This course is designed to fast track you to becoming a safe and competent outdoor climber and, depending on your previous climbing experience, it will introduce you to the more advanced skills of how to lead climb. There’s no better place to teach these skills!

Suitable for novices to intermediates. This course would make a great pairing with the “Learn to Mountaineer” course on the following day.

Learn to Mountaineer

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12th April 2020

Meet in front of the Snake Pass Inn, Peak District
9:30am


£35.00 per person (max of 6 on the course)

It is a mystery to many people as to how to become a mountaineer. We will dispel the mystery by introducing you to the fundamental mountaineering skill of scrambling. Scrambling is the half way house in between hill walking and rock climbing. You will be scrambling if you need to use your hands, at least occasionally, to steady yourself! Scrambles are graded 1 to 3 in order of difficulty (with 3 being the hardest). We have selected a great introductory grade 1 scramble for you, which is both conveniently located in the Peak District and suitable for those with no scrambling or rock climbing experience. It would make a great stepping stone to bigger more lengthy scrambles in North Wales, the Lake District or Scotland.

You will learn efficient scrambling movement, hone your route finding judgement skills and the course will ultimately give you the confidence to move onto bigger things!

This course would make a great pairing with the “Outdoor Climber” course on the day before.

Remote Walks – Scafell via Lord’s Rake and Foxes Tarn

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30th May 2020

Meet outside Wasdale Head Inn main entrance, Lake District
9:30am

£35.00 per person (max of 6 on the course)

A stunning mountain, which is like chalk and cheese compared to the only slightly higher Scafell Pike just next-door. Whilst the hordes of peak baggers trail in long lines up and down its neighbour, its not uncommon for Scafell to be completely devoid of people. Why? Well, there’s no obvious way up! As Gandalf commands to the Balrog in the movie, The Lord of the Rings: “You shall not pass!” In keeping with the epic nature of The Lord of the Rings, the mountain’s huge overhanging crags give that sense of impenetrability and foreboding. You might not be surprised to hear therefore, that many of the historic climbs on Scafell’s cliffs are named after characters in The Lord of the Rings!

Our walk takes us up Lord’s Rake, in the shadow of the looming Scafell Crag high above us. This involves a steep scramble up a shale filled gully, the easiest direct route up Scafell from Wasdale. The rock architecture is stunning! Hearts pounding, at long last we will arrive at the mountain top. From here, the way off is no less interesting. Foxes Tarn leads us down into the wild Eskdale valley. At the bottom of the track / sometime waterfall, a sharp turn left leads us up more steep ground, to the knife edge that is Mickledore. We drop down the other side and scurry back to safety in Wasdale! Phew! A true adventure in the Remote Options tradition!

Remote Walks – Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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31st May 2020

Meet at the Ben Nevis North Face Car Park near Torlundy
8:00am


£45.00 per person (max of 8 on the walk)

Without a shadow of doubt, the finest way to climb Ben Nevis! A truly stunning walk, with supreme views across to the huge North Face of Ben Nevis, probably the largest cliff face in UK. Not only that, but the traverse of the Carn Mor Dearg Arete is one of the finest ridge-walks in the country! And there’s more; unlike say Crib Goch, your unlikely to see anyone on it. What’s the catch you might ask? It’s a long walk and after all, your ascending the biggest mountain in Britain! You will need to be fit for this one. But who doesn’t like a challenge?!

The walk begins in a typical Scottish pine forest and soon leads up to the first tantalising views of Ben Nevis. We follow a river which leads up onto the moors. The path becomes less distinct as we begin the long ascent up Carn Mor Dearg. However, as we ascend the North Face of Ben Nevis starts to take centre stage! Awesome is an appropriate word to describe the views as we reach the summit of Carn Mor Dearg. At 4,000 ft, it is the ninth highest mountain in the country but is totally dominated by the mountain across the valley. Our ridge looms below and the challenge is obvious. Luckily the technical difficulties are minor but the situations will take your breath away. Eventually Ben Nevis proper is reached and all that is left is an easy but big scramble up to the summit. What a route!

Outdoor Climber (2 day course)

18th - 19th July 2020

Meet opposite the Outside shop in Hathersage, Peak District
9:30am – 5:30pm

£100.00 per person (max of 5 on the course)

Meeting in the village of Hathersage on the east side of the Peak District, we will drive a short way to the revered Stanage Edge, the largest and most impressive of the gritstone edges. This crag holds a special place in the hearts of many British rock climbers. It has a distinguished history, has stunning views and has an especially large number of 3 star climbs that means it takes its rightful place at the top table of the UK’s very best climbing cliffs. Indeed climbers from all over the world are drawn to it’s super grippy rock and short but intense climbs. One thing is certain that once you have climbed on its illustrious buttresses you will be back!

This course is designed to fast track you to becoming a safe and competent outdoor climber and, depending on your previous climbing experience, it will introduce you to the more advanced skills of how to lead climb. There’s no better place to teach these skills!

We feel that whilst our 1 day course gives you a great injection of knowledge, our 2 day course really gives you the opportunity to fully practice the skills taught and put in some real mileage, consolidating what you have learnt. For day 2, we also have the option to check out one of the Peak District’s other nearby gritstone crags, your choice!

Fear of Heights Course

25th - 26th July 2020

Meet opposite the Outside shop in Hathersage, Peak District
9:30am – 5:30pm


£200.00 per person + climbing wall entry fee (max of 4 on the course)

As #Remoters, we have been in the fear zone. So we understand what it means to be gripped by fear. It is after all, part of the human condition. But we recognise that your fear may be much stronger and more intense. It is important to understand however, that the fear of heights can be overcome. We won’t lie, it’s not easy. It takes courage, effort to be out of your comfort zone; but the good news is it can be overcome..and we will show you the way. This course is all about you. You will be in control and you will dictate how high you want to go. We will talk you through every step in advance and everyone will be encouraging and supportive, whether you decide to have a go at every task or not. At the end of the day, the sense of achievement that comes from tackling a fear can often be life changing. Worth a try?

Our 2 day Fear of Heights Course will begin at the Awesome Walls climbing wall in Sheffield. We will spend some of the day talking about how phobias develop and strategies on how to address them. We will also talk in detail about how strong the rope systems are and how we employ them to keep us safe. For the second half of the day, we will move over to the top roping walls. These are much smaller than the main climbing walls in the centre and much less intimidating (not to mention quieter and out of view of the main area). The rope systems we use, means that you won’t do any falling on this course; the rope holds you in place if you were to let go. The aim is to progressively go as high as you feel comfortable, building confidence that it is ok to be above the ground.

On day 2 we will go outside, which offers a different environment and challenge. The systems are slightly different, so we will talk you through and show you them but again, there will be no falling. The same aim applies today; to take you as high as you feel comfortable. On completing the course, you will almost certainly feel a great sense of achievement and pride; on having the bravery to attempt to overcome your fear of heights and having taken a huge step forward in re-wiring your brain so that heights are no longer an issue to you.

Learn to Mountaineer – The Llech Ddu (Crib Lem) Spur

3rd October 2020

Meet outside the Ogwen Centre, Snowdonia
8:30am


£45.00 per person (max of 6 on the course)

One of the finest mountaineering routes in North Wales! It is a stunning and exhilarating scramble, in a wild and remote valley nestled in-between two of Wales’ highest mountains. The walk in to the valley is long but takes us into a mountain area that is way off the beaten track. In an area that is littered with mountaineering routes of great quality and history, this route stands amongst the very best and yet it is very achievable for those with no or little scrambling or climbing experience.

Our route begins at the typically busy Ogwen Valley Visitor Centre. We almost immediately leave the crowds behind however, heading in exactly the opposite direction to everyone else! Heading along one side of the huge glacially worn u-shaped valley of Nant Ffrancon, we pop over the north-west spur of Pen yr Ole Wen, passing ancient mountain settlements. Dropping into the wild hidden valley of Cwm Llafar, we see a part of Snowdonia rarely travelled. At the head of the valley, the challenge of the Llech Ddu spur first comes into view. At first it looks impenetrable, the way to gain it however is to sneak in from the right. Straight way, the fun begins! We scramble ever higher on positive holds, never too difficult but always with stunning views! Eventually the ridge peters out onto the summit slopes of Carnedd Dafydd. At 1,044m it is England and Wales’ third highest peak. All that is left is to walk over to Pen yr Ole Wen (978m) and descend by scrambling down its Southern Ridge!

Learn to Mountaineer – The Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe

4th October 2020

Meet at parking bay for Milestone Buttress at foot of Tryfan, Snowdonia
8:30am


£45.00 per person (max of 6 on the course)

This mountaineering expedition includes two of Wales’ most famous scrambles and greatest mountains. Being one of the most recognisable mountains in all of the UK, Tryfan needs little introduction. A mountaineers mountain which often tops polls as Britains favourite mountain. We will ascend the classic North Ridge, the obvious challenge, which is both varied and long. The scrambling on this ridge starts off gently and leads ever upwards to a crescendo of spiky pinnacles and rocky towers near to the summit. Thankfully, although you will be scrambling amongst formidable rock architecture, the obstacles are never too difficult. This is one mountain that will long in your memory!

After descending the South Ridge to reach the col between Tryfan and Glyder Fach, the next big challenge looms overhead: Bristly Ridge. Although the same grade, this scramble has a very different feel to it. Much more enclosed and quieter but of no less quality. This is every bit as fun as the North Ridge! Eventually the summit of Glyder Fach will be reached, with its famous Cantilever Stone. All that is left is a scramble descent back to the valley via the ridge of Y Gribin! This is guaranteed to be an awesome day!

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