September 2020 Review

September 2020 Review

We will all have noticed that our precious sphere is spinning towards winter, but our September 2020 Review certainly shows that we’ve been blessed with both a busy diary and many stunning weather days. We hope you enjoy seeing what we’ve been up too.

Peak District National Park Activities

Early September caught the tail end of several people’s summer holidays. So, it was great that we still had a few family groups joining us for Peak District National Park activities early in the month.  We have weaselled and rock climbed at Higgar Tor, the Derwent Valley, Stanage Edge, Froggatt Edge and Burbage North. 

We also welcomed teams for our Right Way in a Day, Bronze and Silver Navigation courses and explored Bleaklow, Kinder Scout and the Derwent Valley. 

The moors are also abundant with flora and fauna at this time of year. As much as the skills developed, it is also fantastic to share our knowledge of the local area with course participants.

September can also be a superb time for mountain biking and the Peak District trails have been running superbly recently. We never tire (or tyre?!) of exploring the area on two wheels.

Excitingly, September also saw the birth of our new bike repairs service. Double Black Bike Repairs features Cytech qualified mechanics and we also offer both a collection and drop off service in the local area. Please do get in touch for anything from a puncture repair to a custom build. We have our torque wrenches calibrated and ready!

Our Tor Lea Training ITC First first aid courses have also been highly in demand this month.  As well as several Outdoor First Aid courses, we have also delivered workplace Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW) courses to schools and businesses.  

Paul also took some time to join a team of Association of Mountaineering Instructors members to help rebolt a section of the British Mountaineering Council owned Horseshoe Quarry.  This work was to replace bolts placed several decades ago.  The new resin fixed stainless steel bolts should be good for about the next four decades!

The nights are drawing in, but there is also still the potential for evening climbing sessions.  We’ve made the most of that too!

Snowdonia Activities

Having hardly left the Peak District for the last 5 months, it was a treat to be able to enjoy a few visits to the Snowdonia National Park during September.  We took a few days out in the middle of the month for some magical personal climbing adventures. 

September 2020 Review

We also wild swam, enjoyed stunning sunrises and sunsets and spent some vital time escaping the global chaos.

Finally, Paul returned to Snowdonia for a private Mountain Skills course. Another visit filled with superb autumnal weather.  Snowdonia at this time of year is truly magical. 

The team night navigated, camped, scrambled, navigated and discussed a range of other key skills needed for safe mountain travel.

As we hope our September 2020 review shows, it has been a special, busy and exciting month. Roll on October.