The Gritstone Adventure Blog

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Here at Gritstone Adventure Activities our staff work, live and breathe outdoor activities. If you love the outdoors and adventure there’s lots in here that you’ll be interested in; ideas for adventures, climbing routes, walks, caves you might like to visit, technical tips, gear reviews, pretty pictures and more. This blog is a record, for your insterest, of everything we have been up to – not only our recent courses and activities, but personal adventures of our outdoors mad staff. If you’d care to flick through, we hope you will find inspiration for your own adventures. You can also give us a call for a chat about any of the content on this blog on 07812713153 or al@gritstoneadventures.co.uk

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Feb2018
It’s well over 300 miles from our base in Sheffield to the West Highlands of Scotland, a seven hour drive to Fort William “Outdoor Capital” of the UK. Over the years I’ve made this journey many times for winter mountaineering. Crossing the Peak District on the great drive North, I begin to leave industrial England behind. Green expenses stretch out as I make my way towards Cumbria, motorway carving a way between the Lakeland hills and Wainright’s “sleeping elephants” of the Howgill Fells. Excitement builds as I drive through, and then beyond England’s greatest mountains for the greater ... Read More
February 1, 2018Alan Cash

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Nov2017
Mountain Marathon
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by Alan Cash / / Adventure Ideas
Marathon. If you tell anyone you’re doing they’ll be impressed; 26 miles of road pounding is no mean feat for any runner and completion of a marathon in any time is impressive. Now take that marathon off road, into the hills and add some British mountain weather and you’ve got an altogether different prospect. On top of that, the course isn’t marked out for you, you get given a map after you’ve started and you’ve got to find your own way; this is a Mountain Marathon (MM). Here’s how they work; A Mountain Marathon will be set in a ... Read More
November 28, 2017Alan Cash

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Nov2017
Caving…why?
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by Alan Cash / / Caving
Recently I met with a group of outdoor activity instructors in the Peak District for a spot of caving professional development. The idea was to compare skills, brush up on techniques and just to meet other caving instructors for networking. Our objective was to make a trip into “P8.” To gain access we walked for about a mile over green fields to find a series of depressions in the earth. We pick up a small stream until it disappears down a small, innocuous looking hole. To the passer by this entrance is completely overlooked, but for those wishing ... Read More
November 21, 2017Alan Cash

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Nov2017
What is Climbing to me?
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by Alan Cash / / Climbing
What is climbing to me? If you were to ask me what some of my fondest memories are, ask me at which times I felt the stress of our cluttered lives dissolve, ask me when I’ve felt the most relaxed…my mind wanders back to warm and still summer afternoons spent climbing with dear friends on Peak gritstone edges. I think of slowly placing the ball of my foot onto a rounded arête, focussing my weight through the thin rubber of my climbing shoe against the ancient rock that was formed millennia ago on the bed of a distant tropical ... Read More
November 3, 2017Alan Cash

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Nov2017
Lead climbing- what is it? It’s independence in the mountains and on the crags, it’s freedom, it’s a towering moment in the developing climbers life. From a technical aspect, most of the time climbers climb in pairs, with the first “lead” climber clipping his/her rope at certain points on the climbing route to give themselves a degree of safety until they reach the top of the route, or “pitch”. Once the leader reaches the top (often after a brief pause to take in their epic achievement) they then need to anchor themselves to the top of the crag ... Read More
November 3, 2017Alan Cash

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Nov2017
Working in the outdoors we see (and very much welcome) many participants from the big cities of the UK. It’s often very noticing just how urbanised many people are. There is, of course, nothing wrong with that; if you intend to live your life and work in the city; then that street sense is key to your success and is a skill to value. The danger for young people growing up in highly urban areas is that they may develop a narrow view of the world. Taking children into the outdoors is a great form of education, there ... Read More
November 2, 2017Alan Cash

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