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Ascent Training

Ascent Training

Ascent Training,
3 Bens Row,
Brow Edge Backbarrow,
LA12 8QL

Mob: 07709 571282


Prop: Mr Paul Platt

Lake District based, Ascent Training offers high quality courses, instruction and guiding for rock climbing, winter climbing, summer and winter walking, scrambling and caving. Our mountaineering courses are primarily run in the Lake District; caving courses in the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District or the Vercors in France and ice climbing/winter mountaineering courses/guiding are run in Scotland, the Lake District or Norway. However rock climbing courses also take place in the Peak District and Wales and guiding can take place anywhere in the UK and also overseas.

Our range of courses caters for the complete novice, those wishing to gain more experience and experienced climbers, walkers and cavers wishing to learn more advanced skills, improve performance, or visit new areas.

We have an AALA license and run courses for schools and youth groups.
We regularly base ourselves at Holly How YHA in Coniston.


Courses are available daily, throughout the year. The course lengths are from two days to a week long. One day lessons are also available. Our aim is to give our clients a well structured course, meeting the needs of each individual. Multi-activity days, stag and hen days are also part of our repertoire.

Paul Platt, who runs Ascent Training, holds both the MIC and CIC qualifications and therefore has a huge amount of experience personally and instructing activities, above and below ground.

You may feel you would like the guidance and expertise of a very experienced climber and caver to undertake your dream climb or descent of a cave. Have you always wished to climb Point 5 gully on Ben Nevis, Cenotaph Corner in North Wales or any other classic climb? Or wished to descend Gaping Gill in the Yorkshire Dales or another classic cave but would like a guide to make important decisions? Please contact us to discuss how we can fulfill your ambitions.

Rock Climbing

The Lake District was the birthplace of British rock climbing. Beginning in the summer of 1886 with the ascent of Napes Needle by Haskett Smith. The popularity of climbing has increased somewhat since then; the BMC states 5 million wall users in 2005. There has to be a reason why so many people are interested?

For those not already hooked the feeling of topping out on your first climb, and indeed subsequent climbs, is hard to describe. I've certainly found myself whooping with joy and having a little jig.

There are many different aspects to the sport including climbing walls, bouldering, single and multi-pitch, ice, alpine and big wall climbing. Ascent Training offers a number of courses that will be of interest from novice climbers to those with more experience and MLTE courses for aspiring SPA holders.
Every course is run by experienced, fully qualified staff.

Most courses listed below can be run in other areas of the UK including the Peak District, Wales and Scotland. There would need to be sufficient course members wishing to undertake a course in a particular area however, so please contact us.

View a list of our pre-programmed rock climbing course dates here.


Caving the hidden earth! Stalagmites, stalactites, gour pools and fossils are all found among ancient phreatic, fossil and stream passages; these are just some of the amazing sights to be found underground in the Limestone areas of the UK and world-wide. To journey into this hidden world you could be walking, stooping, crawling, abseiling, climbing waterfalls and ascending climbs. Equipped with warm clothing, an oversuit, helmet and a lamp it is possible to explore this fascinating environment.

If you wish to go deeper you can learn the skills of abseiling and ascending a rope to reach the depths of our ancient caves. At Ascent Training we run caving courses for all abilities, with introductory courses for complete novices, for those with some experience Single Rope Technique (SRT) training courses and for more experienced cavers courses in rigging and self rescue.

Our courses look at all aspects of caving including cave development, conservation and efficient progression underground and they are run by experienced, fully qualified and friendly cavers.

During the winter of 2007/8 guided days/trips taking you to the best of Yorkshire will take place every other wednesday evening. See below for more details,

Courses can be very flexible so most of the courses listed below can be run in the Peak District. There would need to be sufficient course members wishing to undertake a course in the Peak however, so please contact us.

View a list of our pre-programmed caving course dates here.

Winter Mountaineering

What does winter bring besides the obvious! Stunning blue skies, perfect snow and ice, light winds or cloudy, windy and snowing? In Scotland anything can happen but that is part of the interest and when those cold crisp days do appear you'll never forget them!

For those of you who have never ventured into the hills in winter it can be a very daunting prospect with short days and poor weather possible. For rock climbers thinking of venturing onto ice for the first time this may be a scary thought, how do I place ice screws and how good is the ice?

Ascent Training's winter courses whether for the first time winter walker or ice climber are designed to inspire you to return to the winter wonderland and teach you the essentials to keep yourself save when you do return.

Our instructors are always friendly and fully qualified and we endeavour to tailor the course to the aims of the clients.

As well as courses in Scotland we are running a course/vacation to Rjukan,
Norway in February.

View a list of our pre-programmed winter course dates here.

Summer Mountaineering

Hillwalking is probably the most popular activity in our British mountains. But as we all know the weather can be a little trying at times. Days like the photo on the left are treasured and not forgotten. But on this particular day it was raining in the valley with the cloud down to the lake.

Our courses for hill walkers look at all the essential skills to truly enjoy our wonderful mountains. So if the weather closes in you will be more confident with your navigation. You may decide to bag that extra summit knowing that you have the skills to navigate in the dark.

Below we have advertised two courses, the Hillwalking skills course and the Navigation course. However we are very aware that many people may prefer just a one course purely in navigation. We can put on such a course for any number of people with a maximum ratio of one instructor to six students. For prices please see the multi activity page on this website. Please get in touch with us and we can put a course together to meet your requirements.

Scrambling is the next step from hill walking. It includes the narrow ridges that abound our mountains like Striding or Swirrel Edge, or the more challenging scrambles on St Sunday Crag, Gable and Pillar. With a grading system of its own from grade 1 to 3S it can be a little daunting, especially when some of the grade 3 scrambles have a reputation for being easy rock climbs. Our courses at Ascent Training are designed to give the first time scrambler a passion for the next step. Training you in the extra skills necessary including confident movement over broken terrain and looking after those around you.

For those already confident on grade 1 scrambles our week long intermediate course will appeal. It covers all the skills necessary to look after yourself on grade 2/3 scrambles including personal movement, navigation, route choice and ropework.

The scrambling courses generally take place in The Lake District however they can take place in North Wales. There would need to be sufficient course members wishing to undertake a course in the Wales however, so please contact us.

View a list of our pre-programmed mountaineering course dates here.

Apex ML/SPA courses

From 2008 all of our UKMTB courses are provided by our sister company Apex Training.
To visit this site please click here.

Multi-Activity and Educational Courses

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