EASY ROCK CLIMBING IN THE
PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
for CORPORATE GROUPS & PARTIES
Rock Lea Activity Centre has been running safe, successful, fun outdoor rock climbing lessons in the accessible Peak District as part of corporate events and training courses for large and small groups of complete beginners for over 29 years. Often featured on TV & radio we have an enviable safety record and we field some of the most experienced rock climbing instructors available in the Peak District. Our services involve generous staffing ratios and options such as minibus collections from your hotels, barbecues, etc. We are frequently employed by some of the best known companies in the UK, Germany and USA and have hundreds of kind unsolicited client endorsements on file which you can see if you book a pre-event inspection / planning visit. Click to see a list of some of our clients. Prices this year for short sessions of rock climbing & abseiling instruction for social groups of complete novices in the accessible Peak Park start from as little as £69 each plus vat. Call us on 01433-650345 for a quotation for longer sessions. If you are a corporate event organiser and know what dates you require & the number in your party please call us for a quotation please phone us during normal office hours on 01433-650345 for details. Individuals can also join us on our outdoor centre's OPEN EVENTS on special dates and can also book individual priavte tuition using our guiding service.
Click here to go to our web page with loads of photographs of our corporate training and corporate hospitality clients rock climbing under the safe aegis of our nationally qualified instructors. Link to our second additional climbing tuition page. ...... Other height related activities on offer for corporate groups include our high ropes team challenges, scrambling & abseiling. As featured on BBC1 and BBC2 and ITV & NBC cable television. Abseil Training with Lincolnshire Police Abseiling is a great activity for groups all year round. ......
Peak Activities use our executive people carriers and minibuses and Land Rovers to transport our corporate groups up the the nearby crags overlooking our centre. The rock climbs we use here can be seen from our base & are just 5 minutes drive away ....or if you're feeling fit or need some exercise you can walk up to or down from the crags. All of our adventurous outdoors activities are fully & comprehensively insured. We provide everything you'll need from safety helmets, cups of tea and coffee, safety ropes, nuts and slings, sophisticated belay devices, descendeurs, leather gloves, karabiners & climbers' harnesses. Click here to see further general information on rock climbing, abseiling and other activities with Peak Activities Ltd. Our guiding service for very small private groups & for individuals wanting personalised tuition is very popular. MAKING A BOOKING ....................... OUR STANDARD TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS ...... Several of our rock climbing tutors and instructors are members of the UK's Association of Mountaineering Instructors with MIA and SPA & MIC qualifications. Please note that rock climbing crags in the Peak District National Park tend to be located high up and in fairly windswept exposed places where you or some of your particpants could get quite cold and wet if it starts to rain or if it is misty or foggy and if participants are ill-equipped for the conditions at the time. Hoping it won't rain is naive. It can rain in the UKon average one day in three. Therefore for their comfort as well as for safety, all participants do need to know what they are doing well before they get here and need to be bringing along spare kit such as fleeces and extra jumpers as well as wind and waterproof jackets and warm stretchy trousers...such as warm track suit bottoms rather than jeans ( jeans get very wet and feel very cold when it is windy and wet). The trend amongst some day trip group organisers to try to surprise people and only tell them where they are going and what they are doing after they have left home is ill conceived when you are taking people up into quite hilly and mountainous terrain. It may be quite acceptable for a mystery tour to Alton Towers for the day but in our opinion ( based on over 25 years expertise and experience ) it's not a sensible thing to do to your group when you've booked them in for, say caving or rock climbing. ( unless,. of course, you really don't like your colleagues ! ) From experience trying to surprise people is rarely such a sensible idea, so we do expect our pre trip briefing notes and equipment list notes to be passed on to participants well in advance so they will come on their event with us and get the most out of the time and money that's been invested on their corporate activity sessions with us. Sorry to sound so heavy - but recently we've had a few group leaders who have ignored this sensible advice and some of their delegates have asked us to reinforce this point here on the website. What if it rains whilst we are out rock climbing with the instructors ? One can climb out in the rain and wind but it's not a heap of fun for complete beginners, so we normally plan and pre-arrange for suitable alternatives to be ready and put in place with the agreement of the group organiser in case it rains. Wet weather options include orienteering, bridge abseiling and - most popular and most suitable when it's wet outside we go caving where it will be warm and dry. Treasure hunts and mountain bike trail quests are also very popular wet weather activities we can substitute at short notice if the weather is really lousy and it's unsuitable for rock climbing. BEING CAREFUL DURING HIGH VOLTAGE SUMMER CLIMBING.... Whist climbing in the wet is slippy, harder and more difficult than when the rock is dry and warm, climbing in thundery weather is extremely hazardous and so groups from our centre will be taken from the threat of lightning strikes if we can hear thunder and there is a threat of a strike occurring. Crags such as Stanage Edge which overlook our centre are particulalry prone to lightening strikes during thundery storms - so your instructor's decision in such circumstances is absolute and final if s/he feels youy need to seek shelter well away from the crags. Normally you can return to the crags and start cliombing again safely approx. 30 mins after a thunder storm has passed over. Sheltering in a minibus is a safe place, but more often than not it's easier to drive to the centre just 5 minutes away and have a toilet break and a cup of tea inside the building until the storm has moved over. The village swimming pool operates a very similar policy of getting bathers out of harm's way when there's thunder in the air. If you find yourself out climbing with an instructor from another centre when you can hear thunder or see flashes all around you - you might want to ask why you haven't retreated somewhere safer ! Not all local centres' staff are expert mountaineering instructors - some are just climbing tutors per se. They may not be trained to be aware that if you can hear thunder you are in immediate striking distance of a potentially lethal ground strike. It's always better to be safe than sorry !
ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS FOR GROUP LEADERS
Peak Activities Ltd, Rock Lea Centre, Station Rd., Hathersage, Hope Valley, The Peak District National Park, S32 1DD.
Telephone 07771-855105 or 01433-650345