Top 5 Outdoor Courses This Summer
Summer is finally upon us and now is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and make the most of what the UK has to offer. Outdoor courses are an ideal way to do this while helping to push your skills to the next level.
Our friends over at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms have a huge range of courses on offer from beginner to expert across a wide range of activities. We've picked out 5 of our favourites, which we're keen to get stuck into this summer.
LEARN TO ROCK CLIMB
| AUGUST 6TH/10TH/27TH
A simple and easy to follow introduction to outdoor rock climbing, this course caters to those who have never attempted climbing before. The course is a mix of skill learning and practice on single pitch routes - letting you develop your techniques in a safe and friendly environment. You learn everything from harness safety and belaying to rope skills and body movement.
After you have finished climbing for the day you can cool down in the Lodge's swimming pool or relax with fellow climbers at the bar. A general level of fitness will help but there are no pre-requisites for this course.
SPEY DESECENT CANOE EXPEDITION
| AUGUST 15TH
Requiring little canoeing experience and only some basic fitness this course is a great way to explore Scotland's rivers and countryside at a gentle pace.
At roughly sixty miles long the expedition begins after a short drive to Aviemore and Loch Insh. From here you will travel along the scenic River Spey developing your paddling skills before finishing on Spey Bay (North East coast of Scotland). The river provides you with plenty of opportunities for bird and wildlife watching with camping in remote spots being a highlight of the route.
NAVIGATION & HILL SKILLS
| AUGUST 15TH/SEPTEMBER 9TH
From absolute beginner to competent lead walker, this five day course guides you through reading maps, using a compass and much more.
You are led by an instructor in small groups of 6 or less, touring local peaks and challenging terrain. Learning how to make emergency shelters, pack efficiently and prepare for unpredictable weather the aim is that by the end of the week you will be able to plan and complete any walk independently.
TRAD CLIMBING IMPROVER
This is ideal for those looking to improve their lead climbing over single or multiple-pitches. You'll need to have experience of V.diff leading, basic rope work and belay techniques to undertake this course.
The content of the course will be tailored to your ability incorporating a re-cap on basic rock climbing skills, abseil setup/techniques and practicing multi-pitch leads on a variety of crags.
| AUGUST 20TH/OCTOBER 1ST/4TH/8TH/13TH
Aimed at intermediate mountain bike riders who are already confident riding basic downhill trails, this course aims to improve your speed and flow over a range of technical terrain.
You will have the opportunity to ride both local man-made and natural trails, practising and perfecting essential skills that will take your mountain biking to the next level. The techniques learnt will benefit those aiming to pass the UKMBLS Level 3 Leadership Award or the MBLA Mountain Bike Leader qualification.
For more information on these courses, accommodation and available dates check out Glenmore Lodge's website here.