Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make the most of your Easter Holiday in the Lake District - book an adventure with us!

The Easter Holidays are about to begin. Have you have decided to visit The Lake District with your family? Wondering what to do? There are a great many different activities you can do here - but where do you start?

Why not start by booking your Easter Family Adventures with us! This Easter, we are offering children under 15 the opportunity to try out our activity sessions for just £30 per child for a half day or just £50 each for a full day of activities. This offer is open to family groups only!

This makes our activity packages exceptionally good value for families this Easter Holiday!

So what sort of adventures could you have with us during this holiday? Read on to get the full picture!

The areas is famous for its Hill Walking, Rock Climbing, Lakes and Rivers and with Kendal Mountaineering Services, you and your family can enjoy adventures in all of these places.

Take Hill Walking and scrambling for example - like the people in the photo who are tackling one one the Lake Districts famous scrambles - Sharp Edge en route to the summit of Blencathra which is one of The Lake Districts best known mountains.

We know the best routes up all of the Lake District Mountains so if you fancy being guided up the mountain of your choice such as Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, Skiddaw or Great Gable contact us to arrange your guided hill walking adventure. Prices start at just £75.00 each for two persons with your own Hill Walking guide for a full (eight hour) day out in the mountains. Children under 15 can do this for £50 each!

Fancy trying a wet activity this Easter Holiday? Do you like the thought of seeing the great views from one of the areas many lakes rather than just looking from the shore? Then how about spending a half day or even a full day out with us in a Canadian Canoe or in your very own Kayak?

Canadian Canoeing - pictured right, is great fun for all the family and you can all have just as much much as these children were having seen here in photo two - warmly kitted out in wet suits and buoyancy aids to keep you afloat if you want to jump into the Lake!

In one of our Lake District Kayaking Sessions - you'll get your very own boat to paddle if you don't want to share with someone else, so that you can have that freedom to go where you want - provided you stay in sight & sound our our instructors for safety!

Kayaks are great fun on rivers where they are more manoeuvrable and if you've proved yourself capable of handling one of these on flat water then we'll take you on an easy section of moving water just to gain the experience!

Prices for Kayaking or Open Canoeing sessions in The Lake District start at £45 per person for a four hour half day session, children under 15 can do this for just £30 each. These sessions include the provision of wets suits, buoyancy aids, cagoules, Canoes or Kayaks and paddles.

Perhaps you fancy the idea of Ghyll Scrambling or Canyoning in The Lake District on your visit this Easter? There are loads of fantastic mountain streams that you can get in and walk up whilst being guided by our instructors.

We provide you with wet suits, cagoules, walking boots, helmets & harnesses for your Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Sessions with us to keep you comfortable as you make your way upstream swimming through pools and climbing up waterfalls - roped if necessary to keep you safe. These sessions are great family fun for children & adults alike and if you fancy something more adventurous and challenging then try one of our canyoning descents where we descend a gorge - abseiling or jumping down waterfalls into the deep pools below.

Our half day (four hour) Ghyll Scrambling & Canyoning Sessions start at £45 per person (children under 15 - £30) and are a great way  to spend part of a day during your Easter Holiday visit to The Lake District.

If you fancy trying something different this Easter - then let us take you Caving in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. If you are staying in The Lake District then it's closer than you think - being a mere half hour drive from Kendal or 40 minutes from Windermere.

We will provide you with caving over-suits, wellington boots and helmets with caving lamps - all you need is old clothing, some thick socks and a change of underwear and towels - just in case you get wet!

We will introduce you to the delights of Caving underground in places such as Long Churns with it's famous (or infamous) squeeze called The Cheese Press and Babtistry Crawl with its fantastic Limestone formations. You can try out climbing the waterfall at Doctor Bannister's Washbasin and if you don't like small spaces then there are always bigger passageways around the tight sections.

Prices start at £45 for a half day (4 hour) caving session with us or £75 for a full eight hour day underground. Again on this occasion, Children under 15 can enjoy their half day session for £30 or £50 for a full day of caving.

And finally, The Lake District is famous for its crags making it a great place to get out rock climbing this Easter. Not tried it before? then come along to one of our Introductory Climbing Sessions where you will be kitted up with a helmet & harness and attached to a climbing rope before starting to climb on real rock.

All of these sessions are 100% safe - you cannot fall and our instructors will be on hand to make sure that you are kept safe throughout a climbing session where you will be able to challenge your fear of heights and gain new skills and confidence - great for children & adults alike! Our half day introductory climbing sessions start at a mere £45 per person for a full four hours climbing (children under 15 - £30) and with all of our Adventure Activities in The Lake District this Easter, the more of you come, the cheaper it will be.

Contact us at Kendal Mountaineering Services to arrange your Adventure Activities in The Lake District this Easter - we look forward to working with you.

Guided Fell Walking in The Lake District. Climbing Scafell Pike. March 15th, 2016

Yesterday, Iain drove over to Wasdale to provide a day of guided walking on Scafell Pike - on what would turn out to be the best day of this week!

Debbie (in the green jacket) and Jane had travelled over to the area for a short break in a lovely little cottage near Nether Wasdale. They had decided that they wished to hire a guide to climb Scafell Pike and contacted us.

Photo one shows the pair at a viewpoint next to Wast Water. The lake was like a mirror, it was so calm. It looked like it was going to be a lovely day!

Iain drove the pair to Wasdale Head where we parked up before heading in the direction of Styhead Pass. Rather than going up & down the quick & steep way via Lingmell Gill and Brown Tongue, Iain offered the pair a circular route which would provide them with constantly changing scenery.

Photo two sees Jane and Debbie about half an hour after we had set off from Wasdale Head on their Guided Fell Walk in The Lake District - just as we crossed the footbridge over Gable Beck. Our Objective - Styhead Pass, is the gap in the mountains beyond!

We continued up the bridleway towards Styhead Pass. The cloud was still low over the mountains, but it was starting to lift on the Scafell side of the valley; although it never completely cleared from Great Gable during our Fell Walking Day.
Photo three was taken about an hour & a half later as we continued on our Guide Fell Walking Day in The Lake District. It had taken a little over an hour to reach Styhead Pass where we were assailed by a rather bitter breeze coming up from Wasdale. We had a brief break here for refreshments and a chat with other walkers heading up Scafell Pike and Great Gable and then set off up The Corridor Route - this is where we are in photo three.

The "Corridor Route" is one of the classic ways up or down England's highest mountain. It is particularly useful if the weather is inclement as it is generally, the most sheltered route on the mountain.

The Corridor Route starts near to Styhead Pass. Many people choose to walk 500 metres SE on the route to Sprinkling Tarn/Esk Hause first before turning west. However, for those in "the know" there is a more direct route straight to the path, joining, near to where it crosses Skew Gill.

After a short descent across Spout Head; and across the foot of Skew Gill (an impressive looking ravine), the path rises in a series of steps and traverses all to way to Lingmell Col. Here, one meets the junction with the path coming up from Brown Tongue/Lingmell Gill and the continuation up the northern flank to the summit.

Along the Corridor Route, there is an interesting descent down a groove and rocky slabs (photo four) as one enters the hanging valley from where Greta Gill emerges. As Scafell Pike hadn't emerged from the cloud by this time; and Iain predicted that we wouldn't want to "hang around" at the summit, we enjoyed lunch here, before continuing on to Lingmell Col.

Above the junction between The Corridor Route and the Brown Tongue path, the way on is very rocky. In fact the top 200 metres of Scafell Pike is just a gigantic rubble slope.

We were now in the cloud and back in the cold breeze, both Jane and Debbie found the final part of the ascent quite tough, but we completed this part of our Guided Fell Walk in The Lake District in about 45 minutes.

Photo Five sees the pair both relieved and exhilarated at their success in reaching the summit of England's highest mountain.

It was quite surprising how many people were up there when we arrived given the weather. Mind you - it was just cold, not wet! Shortly after we reached the summit, a couple of fell-runners arrived having run the 11.2 miles all the way from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Langdale via Esk Hause accompanied by the wee dog in the red jacket; and they intended to turn about and retrace their steps! Rather them than us!

Whilst the final 200 metres of our ascent and descent of Scafell pike was the chilliest part of the pair's guided Fell Walking Day in The Lake District, the lack of real winter conditions were in evidence on this - England's highest mountain!

Snow patches were visible on the upper north west slope above Piers Gill on the walk in, but it wasn't until were were within 200 metres walking distance from the summit did we actually happen across any snow at all. Iain made a point of taking a photo of Debbie & Jane next to this patch on our descent.

The Lake District has to have seen it's mildest winter ever this year. OK - we were out of the country for eight weeks of it, but even so, we have seen very little snow in the mountains this winter when we've been around! This is in stark contrast to Iain's childhood when the upper part of Scafell Pike would have been encased in snow and ice until probably well in to May. Global warming is happening apace; and it's very worrying for those of us who love winter.

And down in the valleys here, it really feels like Spring has started.

Many of the roadside Daffodils are in full bloom already, quite a lot of Hawthorn has fully sprouted and the birds are singing their heads off. Spring in The Lake District is always a wondrous time, but this year it is early - much to early!

We set off down from the top of Scafell Pike and just below the junction with The Corridor Route path, found ourselves out of the cloud where it was noticeably warmer. By the time we reached Hollow Stones - the piles of moraine just above Brown Tongue, there was no wind at all.

The cloud was finally clearing from both Scafell Pike and Scafell and the view down Lingmell Gill out west over Wast Water to the distant Irish Sea was just stunning. In photo nine we are just leaving Lingmell Gill to head over the shoulder of Lingmell down to Wasdale Head. Behind the pair, the way above leads to Brown Tongue and Scafell Pike in the background.

Iain added this "end of the day photo" so that you can see the contrast between the weather at the end of the day and at the start. This is the classic Wast Water photo with, (from left to right) Yewbarrow, partially in shadow, Great Gable, still wearing a slight cloud cap, Lingmell leading up right to Scafell Pike and Scafell and the bulk of Wastwater Screes dropping in to the lake.

Just beautiful!

Debbie and Jane thoroughly enjoyed their guided Fell Walk with Iain and paid just £80 each for their day out with a knowledgeable and experienced Mountaineering Instructor. They thought it was worth every penny!

Want to enjoy a Guided Fell Walk in The Lake District with us? Then contact Iain here. The more people in your party, the less it will cost you; and you can be assured of a great day out!

We look forward to working with you.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Stag Events in The Lake District. Ghyll Scrambling Sessions in The Lake District, Friday 10th March 2017.

Last Friday, we were out with our first Stag Group of the year and shared a great Ghyll Scrambling experience in Stickle Ghyll with Simon Williams's group of seven.

Ghyll Scrambling had been booked with us as part of the lads weekend Stag trip off up north from Stoke on Trent. After Ghyll Scrambling with us, they were continuing off up the M6 to Glasgow and we hope that  they had a great time up there.

They certainly enjoyed their Ghyll Scrambling Session in Stickle Ghyll and the weather turned out to be somewhat milder than it could have been at this time of year. We had neoprene wet-socks and gloves prepared for use, but as it happened, it felt more like an early April day last Friday; and with everything else that we gave them, the lads were warm enough!
We didn't travel very far up Stickle Ghyll before we got to the first obstacle - the lower waterfall.

There are three ways past this obstacle, the "dry way" which is an easy scramble up a rocky corner well to the left of the waterfall, the "steep" way  - a short climb up dry-ish rock to the right of the main fall and the "steep & wet way" which is the way most of our group chose to go today (photo two).

For climbs such as this, we provide harnesses and people are protected by a tight rope as you climb. As well as enjoying yourself immensely, we want you to stay safe too!

Above the lower fall, the way on is interspersed with easy sections, some deep pools in which you can get a thorough soaking and a "jump" into the deepest pool if you are feeling hardcore. There are some more sections of easy climbing and scrambling up small waterfalls along the way.

Not everyone today was keen to get a thorough soaking, but a few of the guys did do the jump! Keen and brave indeed.

Photo three sees the group at the first obstacle as we entered the upper section of Stickle Ghyll. The waterfall behind them is not a difficult climb although it looks really impressive!

Our final post from this report about a Stag Party's Ghyll Scrambling Session in The Lake District with us sees one of the team getting roped up the biggest waterfall we climb in Stickle Ghyll. A rope was definitely needed here today as it was quite slippery, but it made for a memorable ghyll scrambling session for sure.

Above here there are two more possible waterfalls to climb before the way one becomes impassable to all but the most experienced of scramblers. The lads were quite happy to call it a day at this point anyway, so we packed up and headed back to the car park; and after the group had gotten changed we provided a welcome hot drink for the group. "What will it be sir? Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate?" Most people go for the hot chocolate, but black coffee seemed to be the favourite today!

Simon Williams's Stag Group paid just £40 each for their action packed Ghyll Scrambling Session with us in The Lake District. The fee included the provision of wetsuits, cagoules, walking boots and helmets & harnesses for the whole group including two experienced instructors to look after everyone. Today, we also provided a free hot drink at the end of the session and had additional warm kit to hand if it was needed. A free copy of every photograph we take on your session is always included as standard. 

All you have to turn up with is swimwear and a long sleeved fleece top if you have it, thick socks to go in the walking boots; and plenty of enthusiasm. We always provide walking boots to protect your feet in the ghyll when many of our competitors expect you to provide your own footwear!

It's getting warmer quite quickly, so Ghyll Scrambling or Canyoning is a great option to get some excitement and a bit of adrenaline on your visit to The Lake District. Our sessions are likely to be popular this coming Easter so enquire now and make your booking. We look forward to working with you!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Navigation Skills Training Weekend in The Lake District. March 4th & 5th, 2017.

At the weekend, Iain was out with the Miller-Page family who had travelled up from Surrey to attend one of our Bespoke Navigation Skills Training weekends in The Lake District.

The family own a cottage in the area and are regular visitors. They enjoy fell walking, but have experienced a few occasions where they've encountered difficulties with route finding. A bit of online research led the family to four companies offering Navigation Skills Training in The Lake District and we were one of those.

Seemingly, we presented ourselves in the best way; and the family booked with us. Now that's good news - we must be doing something right!

Day one was spent up on Green Quarter Fell, just north of Staveley. The weather was surprisingly good considering we were supposedly of the fringe of a low pressure system. We started off in our usual format (see here) and by the time photo one was taken, we were progressing well with how to find and how to give grid references, helped, in no small part, by the Roamer Scales on our excellent Silva Type 4 Expedition Compasses and Iain's method of explanation.

When photo two was taken, the family had just completed navigating to their first grid reference, by using "Hand-railing", to an "Attack Point" and by pacing from there to the feature (a small tarn) by walking on a bearing. Good Skills!

After a most successful day one, conducted in perfect dry & calm weather, we were expecting it to be somewhat different on the second day - colder, wetter..definitely not as nice. But it didn't turn out that way.

We drove further up the valley on day two; and finished up on the east side of Shipman Knotts where Iain pushed the family on to more exacting terrain. In photo three, they had been compelled to transpose from the 1:25 to the 1:50'000 scale map in order to to identify features on the opposite side of Longsleddale because the features were "off" the 1:25'000 laminated map they were using. Again, they were successful in doing this and identifying all features requested by Iain. Marvellous stuff !

Eventually, we arrived at the top of Shipman Knotts and from here, Iain directed the family to find a distant stream head south of Kentmere Pike Summit. Looking south, it was clear that a forecasted front was approaching and that we could, in all likelihood, expect to get a little wet, but somehow, the showers never quite reached us (photo four)

The family successfully navigated on to the top of Kentmere Pike and then back to Green Quarter locating a further four grid references along the way.

The Miller-Page Family thoroughly enjoyed their Navigation Skills Training Weekend in The Lake District with us and go away with a whole new "toolbox" of skills with which to enjoy further forays into the mountains with improved confidence; and you can too - by booking your own Bespoke Navigation Skills Training Course with us or by booking on to one of our Upcoming Navigation Skills Training Courses - but hurry! Our March Course is almost full and the others are filling up fast!

We look forward to working with you in the mountains.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Half day Caving Sessions in The Yorkshire Dales with Kendal Mountaineering Services. December 27th 2016.

What sort of activities can you do in the outdoors during Winter when the weather is likely to be cold and wet; or if you are lucky, snowy!

How many people actually think about going caving? Provided the weather is not too wet, caving can be a great deal of fun and a great adventure - following passages into the unknown, squeezing through smaller, narrower tunnels, feeling challenged, maybe getting a little wet in an active stream passageway - we will do our very best to make sure you don't get soaked though.

And you can have all of this fun under the cover of a rock ceiling, so you can get away from the wind, rain and cold. True - caves are not warm environments (around 8 degrees centigrade), but we'll keep you moving and you will stay warm in the caving over-suits that we provide; and the wellington boots help a lot too!
Matt & Ellie chose to come caving with us again in Winter having done the same thing two years previously on their way up north, after Christmas, to spend time with family near Glasgow for the New Year.

Last time, Iain took the pair to Long Churns Cave System near Ribblehead for their first underground experience. Understandably, the pair didn't want to go back there, so Iain took them underground in Browgill Cave - right across the valley from Selside where Long Churns is located.

Photo one shows the pair as we entered the downstream entrance to Browgill Cave. Photo two sees them again, about ten minutes later as we squeezed through the narrow part of the big rift. Ellie looks quite relaxed whilst Matt looks a bit nervous Lol!
Browgill is a good progression from Long Churns. It is a more serious cave; and like Long Churns, should be avoided in wet weather as it can flood quickly. Fortunately, that wasn't going to happen today!

After entering the system a walk with the stream quickly leads to a lowering roof and a crawl leads to a very high and wide passage (the big rift). This narrows (photo two) as one heads towards the rumble of a big waterfall which we visit before back-tracking slightly and climbing up through another rift to reach the ceiling above & beyond the waterfall.

Getting back to the stream entails an entertaining squeeze (photo three) which Ellie made look easy! (Well - it was easy for all three of us really!) However, for some people, negotiating a bedding plane crawl like this would be most challenging.

Above the waterfall, the stream appears to come from several directions at once; and if you attempt to follow any of the passageways, they eventually become so low it is impossible to continue.

However, a good and knowledgeable Cave Leader won't waste time here, but will take you straight to the "hard to spot" routes to the upper streamway via Hainsworth's Passage. There are two ways to get there - The Letterbox - an impossibly tight looking crawl in the roof of a chamber; and The Slot - a squeeze up through the limestone past a large slab resting only on a sliver of rock. Both routes are challenging and hard work, but worth it for what is to follow!

A hands & knees crawl leading to the sound of the stream quickly gets higher; and then it's on in the streamway for a further 500 metres to where daylight illuminates the waterfall crashing into the cave from Calf Holes (photo four). We do, often run Level two caving trips where we lower people down the Calf Holes pitch, make the journey to the Browgill Cave exit; and then return to climb a caving ladder back out at Calf Holes. These level two caving trips provide an even bigger level of challenge; though they will cost you only a little more money!

Today was another Level One Caving Trip for Matt & Ellie - so no ropes/harnesses and no ladders.

We retraced our steps and then crawled back into Hainsworth's passage, dropping back out to the middle level by way of The Slot (we'd entered Hainsworth's from The Letterbox).

In photo five, Ellie & Matt marvel over some Speleothems (limestone formations) produced when limestone laden water drips on to; or flow down rock leaving a deposit of Calcite behind which grows over time - (a very long period of time!) to create what we see. The tiny Limestone Straws in the background take 50 years to grow a centimetre.

That's why we always tell people to "Look - but don't touch!"

Matt & Ellie paid just £90 between them for their Half Day Caving Session in The Yorkshire Dales with us and the fee included all that they are wearing. Contact us here to book your Caving Session in The Yorkshire Dales. It's a great adventure to do in winter as you can get out of the cold, wet and windy conditions underground and have fun! We can guarantee you'll love it!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A unique opportunity to join our guided walking week in the Julian Alps of Slovenia for only £595 per person. June 24th to July 1st 2017.

Kendal Mountaineering Services is again, offering the opportunity for people to join us on this unique trip to sample the delights of Slovenia and in particular, the beautiful Julian Alps, with Limestone peaks soaring to almost 3000 metres between wooded valleys containing turquoise rivers teeming with Marble Trout.

We will be based at the chalet in the photo which nestles at Kal Koritnica in the Bovec Basin - an area known for its pristine beauty, it's history and for the many outdoor activities that can be undertaken on your mid-week day off.

The chalet is built on 3 levels. The ground floor has a reception area and washroom with sink toilet & shower. The first floor is open plan and has a spacious lounge area with wood fire, a TV/DVD Player where you can watch a selection of videos, a balcony where you can enjoy a drink in the sun whilst taking in the surrounding views; and a comprehensive kitchen/dining area where up to eight persons can be seated at once.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms - two double rooms with outside balconies/seats and two twin rooms. Also on this floor are a bathroom comprising of a bath/shower and sink; and also a separate toilet room.

We can accommodate, two couples; and four single persons, therefore, the group size is a maximum of eight persons. A minimum group size of six persons is required to run this trip at a cost of £595 per person for the week.

So what does £595.00 buy you? Please note - flights from the UK to Marco Polo Airport, Venice are your own responsibility. From there to the chalet, we provide the transfer and also the return to the airport the following Saturday. You will be transported to each day's walk start point and collected at the end. A continental breakfast comprising fruit juices, freshly made tea & coffee, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, toast, jam & butter is provided each day along with a packed lunch. Bread and lunch items are freshly made for you each day by our host - Matt.

Evening meals are at your own expense; a budget of 30 Euros per day should be sufficient for you to buy a two course meal with drinks at one of several good restaurants in Bovec; or you are welcome to use the kitchen at the chalet to prepare your own food bought from the supermarket in town.

Bovec is a beautiful town nestling in a wide valley in the Julian Alps very close to the border with eastern Italy.

The town is well resourced with all amenities banks/ATM's, bars, restaurants, street cafes, a supermarket and all manner of shops selling local goods. There is a good bakery; and the local ice cream is just divine! The town is also a hub for local activity providers. If you love the outdoors, but also enjoy the good life, then you'll really enjoy everything that Bovec has to offer!

This photograh shows the town centre, with Svinjac (1653 metres) widely regarded as the "Matterhorn of Bovec" in the distance. Svinjac, can be climbed by fit persons, in an afternoon, from the chalet.

The itinerary for your guided walking week is broadly as follows; but can be subject to change!

Day One Arrive at Marco Polo by mid-day on Saturday the 24th of June. Transfer to the chalet (about a two hour drive) with a fresh lunch provided by Matt en route. Arrive and settle in at the chalet followed by a walk to; and alongside the nearby Soca River before driving into Bovec for evening meal. Read about last year's arrival day here.

Day two, Sunday. Arise by 07:30. Breakfast between then and 08:30. Depart on walk from chalet.

Typically on day two, we will walk over the shoulder of Celo, visiting en route, the old battlements of the Izonzo Front before continuing on along the lower Koritnica Valley amidst stunning Alpine Scenery to visit further fortifications at Kluze and Herman before climbing the wooded slopes of Rombon for around 300 metres.

This walk then traverses north along the slopes of Rombon towards Bovec where we aim to arrive no later than around 5pm. The views all around the
Bovec basin are very pretty. Total distance walked is around 10 km. Read the report about this day here.

Day three, Monday will typically see us attempt to walk a large part of the Soca River Trail.

The Soca rises high in the middle of The Julian Alps near to the Vrsic Pass where it issues from a submerged cave in a most impressive manner a short climb above the road head.

The Soca Trail is a total of 25 km from source to Bovec and it is not possible to cover the whole walking route in one day although a visit to the source (photo seven) is a must! As stated, our drop offs and pick-ups are provided by Matt as part of the holiday package and on this particular day, we got dropped off some 15 km from Kal Koritnica and walked all the way back to the chalet.

Walking the banks of this picturesque river through forests filled with flowers interspersed with small farms and chalets is a fantastic experience. Read more about our Soca Trail day here.

Day Four, Tuesday. This day will see us  head into one of a number of valleys in the area. Ideally, we will want to get you up reasonably high so that you can get a real feel for the truly alpine environment that exists here. Of course this depends on the weather, as being amongst high mountains the weather can make it's own plans irrespective of what the regional forecast might be.

Due to the mountain weather we have moved the trip forward a month; as last year, the weather and snow accumulations at higher levels caused us to modify our plans on day four.

We had a great day out in the Koritnica Valley on that day; and you can read about that here, but this was a relatively low level day and we want to take you higher into those mountains if possible! In June, the weather will be warmer and more settled, but be prepared to drink plenty of water and bring sunscreen with you! Temperatures in the valley could be as high as 30 degrees centigrade during the day!

On Day five,Wednesday, it's a day off walking in the mountains to allow you to go and sample all else that the area has to offer.

You make just want to take it easy, have a lie in and then get up and walk into Bovec via the river to soak up some of the towns charm and European culture and enjoy a coffee or lunch; or you may want to try some of the "other activities" offered by local providers in Bovec. On our day off we all chose to try out the exhilarating Zip-wire course in the nearby Ucja Valley in the morning and then a few of us went tandem paragliding in the afternoon. 

Other activities in the area include

  • Rafting, Kayaking and Hydrospeed
  • Canyoning, Rock Climbing and Caving
  • Fishing, Mountain Biking.
So there are plenty of alternatives if you want an "active" day off. Please note the cost of all activities on this day are at your own expense. Activities can cost between 30 - 200 euros per person depending on what you choose to do. Read our report from this day here.

During the final few days of your Guided Walking in The Julian Alps of Slovenia we are going to try to take you higher into the mountains to experience the the true Alpine feeling of this region. Typically, on Thursday we will drive to the top of the Vrsic Pass (1611 metres/5285 feet) at the tree-line and after a visit to the nearby viewpoint above the pass, we will begin a descent into the Trenta Valley travelling first northwards towards the very head of the valley - the Zadjna Trenta.

Photo ten is taken from the summit of Vrsic - the hill with the viewpoint located just above the pass and about 170 metres higher looking north to the Trenta Valley with a carpet of Alpine Gentians on the ground. Just beautiful!

During this day, there should be excellent views of some of The Julian Alps highest peaks all around us such as Prisojnik (2547 m/8356 ft), Bavski Grintavec (2347 m/5249 ft) and Jalovec (2645 m/8678 ft) and as we continue northwards, the summit of Triglav (2864 m/9369 ft) - the highest mountain in The Julian Alps come also into view.

Its worth bearing in mind that as we start some 1200 metres (almost 4000 feet!) higher that at Bovec, it may be as little as 10 degrees C on this day - so bring warm clothing as well as your waterproofs!

Our route eventually descends through woodland to the valley floor and we continue on past Izvir Soca where there is an opportunity to indulge yourself with a well earned bottle of Lasko (the national Lager of Slovenia) before continuing a further 4 km to Trenta where we will be collected by Matt. Total distance on this day is likely to around 12 km with a descent of around 1000 m/3280 ft) Read more about day six of your Guided Walking Holiday in Slovenia here.
As with the previous day, out final day of walking (Friday) in The Julian Alps will be aimed as getting you as high as possible amongst the really big mountains as a "grand finale" and a good progression from the easier walks earlier in the week.

Our walk will most likely start and finish in the Trenta area. On our last trip, we walked in towards Triglav and then turned north up a narrow valley under a tremendous Limestone wall (where we saw Ibex) as we climbed upwards towards our high point - the col at Cez Dol (1632 m/5353 ft).

From The Cez Dol, we have a fantastic view in both directions - back towards the summit of Triglav towering over the head of the valley (photo 13) and also north along the south side of the ridge bounding the Soca Valley.

Our descent is through a beautiful meadow and then on steeply down through forests back to Trenta where the local co-operative can supply you with another well earned beer and ice cream. Read about our final day in The Julian Alps here.

Our last night will be spent in a restaurant in the locality or in Bovec celebrating the achievements of the week before one rises early on the Saturday morning for Matt to transfer you the two hours back to Marco Polo Airport near Venice.

Our Guided Walking Holidays in Slovenia give you a unique opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery the area has to offer whilst in the care of an English Guide and chalet owner with unrivalled knowledge of all that the area has to offer.

You need to be of a reasonable standard of physical fitness to get the most from this trip and a keen hill-walker with your own good quality outdoor clothing, footwear and rucksack.

Any questions about this trip? Do not hesitate to ask.....
We are now taking bookings for our next visit and hope you can join us. Contact us here to book your place on our next Guided Walking Holiday in The Julian Alps of Slovenia. We look forward to working with you!

Monday, 27 February 2017

Navigation Skills Training Weekends with Kendal Mountaineering Services during 2017.

Kendal Mountaineering Services are offering a number of fantastic Value Navigation Skills Training Weekends throughout Spring & Autumn/Winter 2017.

At £80 per person for a two day 16 hour course, these represent exceptional value for money.

Our Navigation Skills Weekend Courses are designed to give you the skills and ability to venture into the UK's mountains in any conditions with confidence.

View Course dates here.

On day One of our Navigation Skills Training Courses, we concentrate on giving you map reading skills starting with the most basic skills such as:-
Orientating the map to aid identification of features on the ground.
Identifying features on the ground from information on the map.
Measuring distance on the map
Pacing distances on the ground
Finding tick off features
"Handrailing" ie following a linear feature such as a road, track footpath or bridleway.

Other skills we will show you on day one include:-
Using the grid system on the map to locate a specific place using 4, 6 & 8 figure Grid References.
Using a compass to take a bearing, then walking between Grid References.
Naismith's Rule - how to time between Grid References.

Day two sees us go further up the Kentmere Valley on to higher ground to consolidate skills learnt on day one and add additional skills such as :-

Using the compass to identify an unknown object or location from  a known point and
transposing between map scales - ie identifying features or objects on different map scales. We will be working between OS 1:25 AND 1:50'000 map scales.

As part of your fee for these Navigation Skills Training Weekends, we provide you with maps in both 1:50 & 1:25 scales.

You need to bring your own compass and this must be the civilian specification Silva Type 4 Expedition Compass shown, at it's current best UK price here.

Our Navigation Skills Training Weekends are also suitable for anyone wanting a Navigation Skills Refresher prior to attending a Summer Mountain-walking Leader Training or Assessment Course or Re-assessment.

Contact us here or call Iain on 07761 483364 to book your place now! We look forward to working with you. You can read about the last Navigation Skills Training Weekend we ran here.