Summer summary (even though it isn't over yet!)
We've had our fair share of sun during this English summer and, as a result, Peak Mountaineering has been even busier than usual. Lots of last minute bookings have been flooding in for our key courses and, as always, we've tried very hard to accommodate everyone that has been in touch.
Our climbing courses, in particular, have been extremely busy. Lots of people have been keen to learn how to lead climb and we are always delighted by the positive feedback from these courses. In 2 days of low ratio instruction participants can develop all the skills they need to become competent independent lead climbers. Our Learn to Lead courses introduce the skills progressively so participants can develop safely and at a speed that suits them. It's an empowering process and consistently one of our most popular training courses.
Another very popular climbing option this season has been our Introductory Climbing Course. We claim, without any reservation, that the Peak District National Park offers the best UK playground in which to introduce people to the delights of vertical adventure. We have so much choice, so many venues and they are all so accessible. You can, of course, join one of our scheduled courses. Alternatively, many people this summer have decided to make a private booking which, for 2 people, ends up being only £20 per person more than a scheduled course and gives you complete flexibility on dates and, of course, extremely low ratios. It's a great option for late bookers. It's also so easy to get to the Peak District from many areas including London so many of our recent participants have been heading north from the big smoke (details on a great easy rail travel option are here). We are happy to offer local transport.
Our Snowdonia scrambling and climbing courses are always a favourite. We have a full range of scrambling courses to suit everyone from hillwalkers keen to get into more adventurous terrain through to those with some experience but who are now keen to further develop their technical skills. Similarly, the mountains of North Wales are a brilliant playground tailor made for multi-pitch climbing adventures and we have had a steady stream of clients using our expertise to hone their skills over the summer months.
Peak Mountaineering's navigation courses are consistently popular. Over 150 clients will have trained with us at various skill levels over the summer period. From our introductory Right Way in a Day course through to our range of National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) courses. Everyone can dip in at the level that suits them and progress from there.
Paul has also spent quite a lot of time in Scotland this summer. Firstly, there was time spent on Skye then another stint around the Ben Nevis range and the Cairngorm mountains. Apart from our winter courses we don't have scheduled courses in Scotland but that doesn't mean, of course, that we can't arrange trips north of the border for any clients who want it.
Alongside the usual courses we have our fair share of private bookings for family events and stag and hen parties. Tom, for example, booked an activity weekend for 12 family members and we put together a package including mountain biking, weaselling, climbing and abseiling and the cost per person worked out at only around £50 per person for 2 days of adventure (excluding bike hire costs). Similarly, we had a great weekend with Katie and her hens. Their challenges included caving and mountain biking followed by a great evening in one of Castleton's fine eateries and a night in one of our local B&B's. I hope the wedding was as much of a success.
We have our range of overseas expedition's and next year our chosen destinations will include Mt Elbrus and Kilimanjaro. Full details on these will go live on our website as soon as we get past the summer rush.
If you are already looking forward to the winter season we have some very exciting developments to our winter schedule. Full details are just being ironed out so we'll be releasing all the details in late August. Please don't book a winter course until you've checked out our 2014 season offerings. We are very confident you won't find a better option.
Of course, having rounded up the summer, it should be noted that it isn't even over yet. If you are still looking for an adventure you know where to find us :)
See you in the mountains.
Posted by Cal