Rock Improvers Courses in the Lake District

a client climbing a single pitch rock route in the lake district - chris ensoll mountain guide

Please check out the Essential Info for the Lake District page for info on dates, equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, and costs.

Is this the course for me?

You've done some outdoor climbing, up to Severe grade. It will be useful if you have led some sport routes, but not essential.

What level of fitness do I need?

Fitness level 1: you exercise regularly through the week for short periods, and regularly do more, eg a half day walk in the hills at the weekend.

What does the course cover?

The course will improve your efficiency in all areas of climbing, including:

  • building belays

  • rope management

  • leading

  • multi pitch belays

  • abseils

  • movement coaching

  • guide book interpretation

What's the maximum ratio?


Useful blog posts

7 Top Tips For Rock Climbers & Mountaineers
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7 Ways To Make Your Goals More Achievable In 2018 (And How We Did In 2017)
Build your first climbing rack
How To Build Good Belays Part 1: Selecting Your Anchors
How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors
Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets
Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

What do our clients say about us?

I'm not sure how many times I have been out with Chris but I have never had any reason (or heard anyone in my group give any reason) to consider going with a different provider. Chris managed to come up with a programme that allowed everyone from the regular members of our party to a complete novice to be full involved for both days. Having climbed with Chris for many years and John for the last few years it still amazes me how professional and knowledgeable they both are. They also manage to be a friend, part of the group and in charge all at the same time. I'm already looking forward to next time. 
Richard Bryant, September 2016

Every time we come up to the Lakes, Chris will come up with a new challenge for us, interspersed with the patented Chris Ensoll teaching skills on how to dynamically walk upright with purpose, etc. Chris exudes confidence and takes time to support those in the group who may need extra attention or support, he instinctively knows each person's strengths and weaknesses, constantly encouraging everyone. No one wants to let Chris down and therefore everyone achieves more than they initially thought they were capable of, which leads to an enormous sense of satisfaction and boost in self belief. 
Tony Robinson, September 2016