Team Adventure Experience – Nike UK
Thank you, Adam.
The event went down very well with the team; stimulating and challenging. The feedback at the end of the day was good; even from (participant). I appreciated the way you eased the team into the session and managed to get the more apprehensive members through the course. The both the geology and history points of interest added to the experience.
Comprehensive Caver Training
Just a quick thank you for the training you have provided over the three year period.
When I came to you in 2009 I had only limited horizontal caving experience, and I really wanted to push my caving, enabling me to explore vertical systems, and caves with pitches in them, this resulted in an excellent guided trip to the East Canal of Giants Hole, something a had actually wanted to achieve since the age of seventeen.
I then had a three day course with you on srt techniques, and the rigging of pitches.
From this learning experience I felt confident and able to start developing my rope skills, and archiving my goals, and began to quickly bottom caves such as Giants P8, without assistance, I also developed my skills on Much larger vertical pitches from this learning.
I have since attended more advanced rigging courses, and also local cave and mine leader courses with you, both in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. I feel these have been of great benefit, have taught me not only how to keep myself safe, but also how to help colleagues as well.
I now feel I can cave safely and efficiently, I am certainly pleased I came to you for professional instruction on how to do things properly.
This was homed into me last week on a vertical caving trip to Oxlow Cavern with two friends. Also present in the system was an established caving club, I observed some very poor, and dangerous rigging practices carried out by the club. The entrance pitch had been rigged with a potentially dangerous fall factor, on the second pitch no deviation was used, resulting in a rub point on the rope.
I believe the above highlighted to me the importance of getting trained by a professional, no matter how experienced we think we are.
I shall certainly be coming to you in the future, for a rope rescue course, and also every three years, as a refresher to ensure i am still keeping to the very high standards you instructed.
Guided Canoe Expedtion Scotland
Thank you for yet another excellent expedition, as usual learnt a lot, experienced a lot and came away feeling a little bit wiser about the great outdoors. The location was stunning…… all the attributes, wild, rugged, remote and with the weather from flat calm to very windy.
The highlight for me was Day 3 and the sailing. Being the first time I had used the sail on the canoe it was quite an experience. I would have never believed that achieving 10.2kph was possible on flat water. I feel confident that I could take the canoe out in quite a bit more wind.
Our hike into the hills was a pleasant change from the norm and I certainly enjoyed brushing up on my navigation skills. I haven’t done as much walking over the past few years and navigation did need honing. Learnt some useful pointers to understanding the detail and accuracy of understanding where you are.
Wild camping is always enjoyable and I think between us we did a pretty good job at building a shelter. The tarp remains my favourite bit of kit, so versatile. If we can find a way of having smokeless fires it would be a bonus! The one thing I do need to do is cut down on what I take, I will focus on that for the next trip.
Above all great company.
I would really like to do a longer expedition, maybe a week or so. If we can find the right location and source/hire the right canoes I am up for it. I will start researching Scandinavia……
Local Cave Mine Leader Training Course
I have now had time to reflect on the course and as promised here is my honest feedback on the course.
a) The course was really enjoyable and both Dave and I liked your relaxed style of delivery. I think what really made the difference for me was that you let us get on with the practical elements and then offered feedback and/or alternative way of doing things to make the process more efficient.
b) The mix of theoretical and practical sessions was spot. I particularly liked the fact that the theory sessions were then immediately reinforced by the practical session at some really great venues.
c) Dave and I both have varied ways we like to take in information and you handled this very well. I switch quite often depending on what I’m doing but you picked on this quite quickly!
d) The light bulb moments for me were – ‘Angel Wings’, ‘Splat Technique’, which I used to good effect when teaching winter skills yesterday and the ‘Whole Picture’ approach to caving which was demonstrated by you throughout the course.
e) I don’t think there was anything you could have done to improve the course for me.
Thanks for a great course and when Dave and I can sort out dates we’ll be back to do the Level 2 Training with probably an additional day to put some polish on the SRT side of things.
Chris Hughes - Director
Welsh Mines Vertical Skills and Above Ground Navigation
Thanks for an excellent few days in Wales, haven’t laughed so much for ages, you are without doubt one of of the funniest (and professional) trainers it has ever been my pleasure to meet.
Thanks again Graham
Canoe Advanced White Water Techniques
Just wanted to say a big thank you for today. I really felt that my canoeing took a massive step forward.
You have a real talent to quickly deduce what some one is doing wrong and to give clear and relevant advice on how to put things right.
Also the sun was out and i didn’t fall in!
Thanks so much.
S.R.T. Training and Develpmental S.R.T. Trips
Having had an excellent years caving I thought I ought to write you a quick note to thank you again for the srt training that i did with you earlier in the year and for the trips we’ve done together since.
Due to your training I have had so many doors open up to me and it has transformed my caving.
I would also like to thank you for the time and effort that you have invested in me since doing my training to keep me learning, improving and keep me pushing my boundaries in a safe manner. If i had been asked a year ago wether i though i could have visited some of the caves I’ve been to i would have had to say no, but even i’m amazed at the places I’ve reached. This is all down to your excellent training.
I feel that I have continued to improve and can now be a valuable member of any team and cave in a safe and confident manner. I look forward to caving with you in the future both professionally and personally. I hope you have a busy year and hope that many new budding cavers come to you for training.
For the price and your expertise you cannot be beaten. Keep up the good work
Local Cave Mine Leader Training Course
I found Adam’s LCML training course exceptional value – not only for the
depth and breadth of material covered and the supporting learning packages
but financially as well. His passion for being underground is infectious
and his technical expertise fluid. His teaching style is inclusive and I
learnt quickly and well. Thank you Adam – I look forward to studying with
Sebastian Morgan – Clare
One to one personal guided vertical caving
Thanks again for a hell of trip. Hope to do it again soon
Outdoor Education Development Days for Mum and Son
I thought I’d write now and let you know what was so fantastic about the week end. First was you making the effort to come to the cottage to meet us and just talk about the week end and how the weather might affect us. Listening to our thoughts. You came across confident, happy and flexible to work with us. It made me feel very positive and in good han ds for our activities.
It was brilliant you picking us up. Made things alot easier for myself.
Preparing us with our equipment and showing us how to work it was very well done because you allowed us do it ourselves to learn rather than you just kitting us out but also were there to check and help with no hesitation.
When we went into the mine on the first day. You spoke to Christian about what the dangers might be. But instead of you throwing a list at him about does and don’ts you allowed him to think for himself. So making him aware of the dangers and putting himself already down in the mine and letting him see a glimpse of the environment in his own mind before he enters it. For myself just talking about it and running through the dangers allowed me to not be so nervous.
The map reading for Christian was brilliant idea. Giving him the responsibility to lead us through with your support gave him another challenge which was positive and also skill that when you do all these activeites is so essential But when you did help him it was always in a positive way like can you find the shaft on the map, know where are we standing if the shaft is there. Again giving him the ability to learn to navigate and think for him self.
Taking Christain out of his comfort zone is a very important skill to learn. How to deal with that feeling and knowing you can deal with this emotion is a very important skill and accepting support from others is a positive thing to allow your self to be able to do. 1 was in the mine lying on top of the rock but when he panicked it was giving him the support but equally not allowing him to give up. 2 climbing the ladder in the cave and trversing.
When I got worried about him shaking and you supported him by being there talking positively giving him the strenght to focus back on the job at hand and to calm down and enjoy the beauty around him again.
Noticing he was cold before he knewhimself I knew you weren’t just leading us but very in touch with what we were feeling.
Listening to Christian when he kept asking questions or said can we go here. Answering them and explainning why he couldn’t go there rather then just saying no.
The very relaxed lunch times was great. Nothing fancy just how we like it. It allowed us time to rest and to take in all we saw.
For myself, it gave me the time to spend with my son with out all the worries of thinking have I got this. Is it safe, what happens if this happens. To see us both challenge ourselves in a positive way. To try something new and exciting in good hands. It was amazing I just have not been able to explain to any one how amazing it was. Words are not enough. Thank you. You have a very positive relaxed, confident energy about you that makes you feel in very competent hands and great humour .
We would very much like to book 2 more sessions with you….
Five day personal development as part of a Holistic Outdoor Training and Experience
Many thanks for an amazing week! YOU provided us with all that we could have wanted with regard to canoeing, bush craft, simple self-defence, knot tying, wood carving, caving etc.
When Jacob & Emma (13 year old twins) left this morning, it was with a new found confidence and a strong sense of purpose! The week was just right in view of my limitations energy wise. Hopefully, next time I’ll be at maximum fitness! ……
Rachel, Jacob and Emma
Intermediate Vertical Caving
Adam…. What can I say about my 3 day SRT training? Well as this was the third time I have been caving with you in less than a year I thought I knew what to expect……..
How wrong I was. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to learn the skills needed to visit the amazing places we reached. The way you can quickly judge what a person is capable of achieving is staggering. You’re style of training has enabled me to learn far more than expected, and as you do it in such away that makes it memorable I found myself feeling safe and confident at all times and in all places. The extra lessons on Planning and packing for our trips and cleaning all the gear afterwards just completed the experience. Thanks also for your hospitality it was second to none. Well we both know I will be back…. see if I can make it 4 visits in a year. Thanks again and see you soon
Intro to Vertical Caving
Took a while to absorb how awesome Wednesday caving was. A very different world and experience out there.
I will surely come back for some more caving and hiking at some point in the summer.
I actually wanted to give the same type of a day to a friend of mine as a birthday present. Would it be possible to arrange some sort of an electronic presentable voucher with a flexible date?
Just arrived into the Highlands,
Intro to Vertical Caving
Many thanks for the expedition on Thursday,
You did an excellent job changing all the plans to accommodate my very nervous brother in those tight spaces.
Well all had a great time and he walked out with a big smile on his face.
I look forward to another challenging adventure with you soon
Five Day Scottish Canoe Expedition
….What a fantastic trip and the best canoeing experience I have had so far. Overall it was more than I expected not only in terms of the actual canoeing but more that that the overall experience. I didn’t think I would have learnt so much during the four days not only on the water but off. Certainly much was new Including the sailing, polling and stubbing and tackling bigger water. The training certainly paid off and bringing together all the skills learnt brought with it fluency to my paddling. On reflection I would even say on some occasions I even moved towards unconscious competence. My confidence levels have certainly risen.
Off the water I learnt so much about living and surviving in the wild, how to use equipment and just as important understanding what is the best equipment to use. Nothing quite like being under a tarp after a long day on the water, fire lit and a good hot meal.
To add to all the above we had the challenge of the weather, rain, wind, snow and sun.
I would certainly recommend an expedition to anyone with an interest in canoeing. It is a fulfilling experience.
COMPLAINT! For Caving Gift Voucher
Dear Mr. Evans,
As you are aware on the 3rd March you took myself and Mr Daniel Pugh on a caving trip. As a result of this I now have serious cause for complaint.
The complaint is simple: It was awesome.
In fact I enjoyed it far too much and now as a result risk having yet another expensive hobby to add to my list. As a result I would be most grateful if you could reply to this email suggesting another caving day along the same lines as the previous, this time for me alone (no chance of getting Dan along again I’m afraid!), but even more challenging.
I would of course be interested in the canoe thing but understand Dan is already chasing this up.
Thanks again for an absolutely brilliant day!!!
Cave and Mine Exploration skills and hazard awareness
…we have taken all training onboard and had the best time! We only wish we had done it sooner! Thank you for everything!
Many thanks Lesley and Andy
Canoe Open Water and Moving Water Skills Coaching
A big thank you for two terrific days paddling. Quite contrasting days and both very rewarding. As I spend most of my time canoeing on my own I know I pick up bad habits and also I tend to use only a small range of strokes. Over the two days I have learnt so much, both improving my existing technique and then learning a whole lot more.
So many eureka moments, for example refining the draw stroke and then using it on Friday and the ferry glide. The best bit though was really understanding how the paddler works with the boat and “feeling” it. I hadn’t appreciated how little effort is needed in fast moving water. I will spend some time on the water over the next few weeks practicing the skills.
I really did appreciate the way you approached the two days and adapted the training as needed so that I got the full benefit of your experience and expertise. The days both passed quickly, were fun and to a degree felt effortless and I put that down to the quality of the instruction. It was my first day on Grade 2 water in a canoe, I always felt comfortable and safe.
On the gear front a bit more stuff to get. Paddle for white water, poles, load fixing d rings etc.
Advanced Navigation and Mountain Camp craft Skills
I have known you for a while now and appreciated every thing you have taught me.
And didn’t really want to give you another glowing testimonial. …………… However
after our two days mountain navigation in Wales in the most awful weather possible
I feel i have now choice but to say another big thank you.
You have shown me that it possible in the worst weather imaginable to navigate safely
The two days were a massive challenge which i enjoyed very much. Most of the time
visibility was limited to say the least but i always felt in good hands.
I know i still have a long way to go but now feel a lot more confident in my ability.
Thanks for your help and patience.
Novice Vertical Caving – Gift Voucher
Hi Adam Just a note to say thanks for your expert instruction at the weekend. We really enjoyed our trip and got a lot out of it. You pitched it just right – we were challenged, but not terrified, and knackered, but not broken! Acquiring some new rope work was a bonus for me.Perhaps see you underground again sometime.
All the best Alex
Thanks also from me. It was an amazing experience and your guidance and support was spot on.
Best wishes Chris
Novice Vertical Caving – Gift Voucher
Good Afternoon Adam
Hope you are well.
I just want to say thank you for taking my dad and his friend pot holing. My dad loved it has not stopped telling all me about it. He want to take me next year but iam not sure if i would like it, so you might see me next year. If not you wil 100% see my dad.
Canoe white water paddling skills
Thanks for an excellent, very useful and thoroughly enjoyable couple of days on the Derwent, my moving water skills and confidence have taken a huge leap forward. Thanks also for all the pre and post weekend advice on boat outfitting and kit. I’m totally hooked and am now on the look out for white water trips over winter and I will be aiming to undertake more coaching in the new year in both open water skills and more white water skills….
As an aside, I’ve now got a drysuit and another throwline. New paddle, buoyancy aid and helmet are on the horizon..
Will be in touch.
Novice Guided Caving
Definately, ran on a couple of hours sleep yesterday but so high from the day and evening I was still on high energy mode.
Thank you for the inspirational tour of the under world, I think I’m hooked my arms were like noodles yesterday, poor ladder technique I think is to blame for that , still meant I could skip gym always a plus side to anything.
Intermediate Guided Caving
Thanks Adam for our trip down to the end of Giants hole. Having caved with you before i knew it would be fun but it truly is one of those experiences that will be remembered and talked about for life. Gav and i were both greatful for your confidence in our ability to get to the bottom and back and for letting us do things for ourselves when you judged it was safe.. This made us feel part of a team rather than just a couple of blokes following along. I look forward to our next trip when we can play with the lamps again and do some more filming. Thanks again… truly memorable day..
Novice Introduction to Vertical Caving
Maeve was very impressed with her Giants Hole experience and has been hounding me ever since for something a bit scarier so you’ve not seen the last of her. Notice in the picture how scared she is on the descent. I think I need to catch up a bit here.
I would like to organize something but I’m not sure what yet although I have a few things in mind.
First then, could you give me an idea of cost for SRT assuming you provide all the kit and also for 2, 3, 4 participants.
Also an idea of how the cost steps up for the same vertical caving trip when the number of participants goes up.
Gill and Bill – Canoe White Water and Expedition skills
……We have been swopping around and trying to practise the skills you taught us (in Scotland). As I get better in the stern I don’t seem to pull on the muscles that caused a lot of pain in Scotland. Thanks to you and the rest of the team for the encouragement to keep going! Lesley was very welcome with her heatpads, they definitely do the trick. Bill found the bow strokes particularly useful and also the solo paddling so we will be trying more of that when we are out.
This was a good example of travelling and learning and also swopping camping ideas and skills in the evenings. Must learn to travel lighter.
Once again, thanks Gill and Bill
Gordon ~ Developmental Single Rope Technique Trips
Thanks for the trips really did enjoy them……main thing is I’ve come away feeling positive and eager for more.
You are good at what you do and I have appreciated the support.
Looking forward to your suggestion of an evening trip. If u want to shoot me some slots over next few weeks we’ll fix something up.
Lesley Swain – Canoe White Water and Expedition skills
I want to thank you for your leadership and organisation of the canoe expedition down the Spey which I took part in two weeks ago.
Despite the mixed abilities of the group, the vagaries of the river itself and my own disability, you were able to turn us into a cohesive unit and provide each one of us with the individual attention we needed and desired in order to face a challenge that I, personally, feared might be beyond me.
Your ability to adapt plans to suit individuals – and to the changing pace and situation – meant that every second was utilised productively. Your flexibility and adaptability turned even adversity into a learning opportunity.
I consider it a testament to your leadership and coaching abilities (and more ephemerally, to your personality and belief system), that despite my mobility difficulties and a disruptive medication regime, I never once felt excluded or lessened in any way, and I felt myself to be a full, wanted and contributing member of the team.
Your integrity is outstanding and your perception unusually sharp. This enables you to focus on what people are able to achieve – and not what they have been taught they cannot ! This belief system had an enormous impact on the way I judged myself, and continues to change my self-image day-by-day. This has been a gift over and above any expectations that I had of this expedition, as has your friendship
Finally, I would have absolutely no hesitation (and the greatest of pleasure) in recommending your services to anyone, of any ability and any age. Please feel free to use this letter as you feel appropriate and do not hesitate to refer potential customers to me so that I may provide a reference if you feel it would help in any way at all .
You have refreshed my love of wide open spaces by displaying such love and respect yourself. You have shown gentleness with no loss of authority. You have taught me physical skills, coping strategies and renewed my belief in myself.
For all of this I thankyou, truely thankyou.
Mrs Lesley Swain.
Andy Yule – Canoe White Water and Expedition skills
JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I ENJOYED OUR TIME ON THE RIVER SPEY.
YOUR INSTRUCTION WAS FIRST CLASS. I LEARNT SO MUCH DURING THE WEEK, INCLUDING CAMPING AND BUSHCRAFT SKILLS. YOU WERE VERY PATIENT WITH US ALL AND SO HELP FULL.
IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO I WOULD LIKE TO COME UP TO YOURS TO DO SOME MAP READING, PERHAPS WE COULD SORT OUT A DATE.
ALSO WOULD YOU BE UP FOR GETTING A GROUP TOGETHER TO GO TO A MORE REMOTE PART OF SCOTLAND?
THANKS AGAIN FOR A TOP TRIP.
Dr Ian Johnston Secretary, The EcoWeek Trust
Thank you very much indeed for your inspirational work with the EcoWeekers. I’m just sorry I couldn’t see more of the activities myself.
Best wishes, and good luck with the canoeing trip.
Dr Ian Johnston
Secretary, The EcoWeek Trust
Rich and Gavin: Intro to Vertical Caving
What can i say mate….. Thanks very much for an awesome day down Giant’s, me and Gav loved every minute of it. I’ve got to say that it was most definately the most enjoyable and educational trip that i have had so far. You made the day unfogettable for all the right reasons and i will definately be booking your services again. Hopefully if the weather permits we could undertake that trip down to the east canal or down p8.
I have managed to get some of the video i took onto a dvd so will forward you a copy. I’m gutted that the camera seems to have had a paddy and not recorded me de-rigging the traverse above the crabwalk ( thanks for letting me do that… great fun) but the climb up to grab madonna’s boobs came out fairly well……Anyway… i will get a dvd in the post for you to have a laugh at and will be back in touch to get something else booked up.
Again Adam.. it was great to meet you and thanks again for a memorable and enjoyable trip
Paul: Intermediate Navigation Coaching
Adam,Just a quick thank you for the map reading and mountain training/awareness day last Thursday. It will definitely come in very useful. I even managed to try it all out on Saturday instead of taking Mrs Ramplin on a shopping expedition.
Matt, Lee and Jay; Intro to Vertical Caving
Thanks again for your guiding on Sunday. That was EXACTLY what we were looking for. We didn’t know what to expect of you before the day, but your style is perfect. I like the way you test new groups and work out their ability & desires to then tailor the day accordingly. Your knowledge and understanding of the area and your sport are unquestionable which gives us 100% confidence in anything you suggest we do! Furthermore, as well as being respected teacher/leader/expert you made us feel like we were caving with another mate with a great sense of humour and enthusiasm for adventure equal to our own.
Truly superb day. We will be back sometime!
By way of feedback on things to improve in the future….. if you could fix travel chaos on the M1 South bound going home on a Sunday late afternoon, we would sincerely appreciate it!
Cheers, Matt, Lee and Jay
Ben Palmer and Co – Intro to vertical Caving
Thanks again for a great time on Sunday, we all ready enjoyed it.…..
I am sure we will be contact in the future regarding another trip!
Stephen Clarke and Son: Intro to outdoor Rock and Abseiling
Thank you Adam for an excellent day and for the photos
Hazel and Alex: Intro to Climbing and Abseiling day
Just to say it was lovely to meet you – after all alex has said about you!
I had an amazing time on Monday considering I was absolutely terrified to start of with. You did a really good job at putting me at ease and teaching me the skills to tie in and belay with confidence. By the end of the day I didn’t know what I was scared off, because I realised how safe and fun abseiling/ climbing was. I will definitely be coming back and tackling some more climbs with you.
Hi mate thanks a lot for such a challenging and informative day, i had fantastic fun and felt as though i came away with some solid new skills to use in the mountains. All the technical work we did has really inspired me to improve my fines and balance, i look forward to climbing with (and learning from) you again.
Hazel and Alex
Jill – Single Rope Technique Personal Coaching and Development
Just to say such a very big thank you for another brilliant days training down Eldons Hole, It was great fun.
When I first came to you and explained that I was going on a caving expedition in four months time I doubted myself that I would never really be able to maintain all the information required to be competent in SRT, let alone actually do it all and most frightening of all, actually being left completely alone on the various pitches I would be faced with while on the expedition… but then…..the three days training with you,the knowledge/skill I have taken away and practiced with….. has now made me ready ,fully confident , happy with being left on my own and really really excited that I am now going on my first caving expedition with the “big boys” !
I would never have believed that after only one years caving,I would be really comfortable in SRT, able to do some de-rigging , but with your help….and your excellent teaching skills…you have made me ready to face whatever the expedition throws at me.
Thankyou SO much Adam for everything,you really are such a great Instructor, you make learning fun, I shall look forward in the future to booking the next stage of caving with you ….learning to rig pitches for myself and once confident with that again with your help, taking my 11year old daughter on SRT trips safely.
Take care and have a brilliant expedition yourself
Catherine Cambell and Chris Outdoor Rock Routes
Thanks for an awesome day out yesterday. I am sore, bruised and scraped today! ….
Alex Johnstone -Introduction to Climbing Skills
great to see you again and i cant thank you enough for another excellent few days of instruction. I had an amazing time despite being almost continually scared on the first day !
I proved to myself that I can do things i’d have never thought possible and certainly faced a few fears and wouldn’t have been able without your help. I learned so much and will definitely keep up the climbing.
Thanks again Alex
Jill Brunsdon 1:1 Single Rope Technique Training
…. I must really thankyou for such an excellent weekend…..it was done in such a way that retaining all the information in my brain !!!!!!! will stay there automatically rather than the misch mash that it has been…..my confidence has improved so much and I cant wait for my next trip to put everything into action again. Looking forward to our next trip and thanks again for such an informative brilliant weekend. I also recieved your photo and film ok which is brilliant. so thanks once again and see you soon
Gary Marlow www.do30campaign.com
This trip was twofold, one as part of my 30 challenges trying to raise £300,000 for 30 charities – www.do30campaign.com – I lived to move onto challenge number 21. Secondly from a business perspective, to observe if you have the same work ethic and high expectations I have for our company www.marlowsports.co.uk.
From the start of the day, I believe from both perspectives you understood the abilities of your “student” extremely quickly and you didn’t take me on a beginners guide to caving and you stretched my personal abilities well – throughout the length of the cave all the way down to the depths of East Canal your focus on both adventure, pushing the boundaries but safety on the nitty gritty was second to none.
I am proud to have completed the 20th challenge of the do30campaign through your company and would be happy to place a link on the site and any press material that comes of it, will be sure to send through
Marlow Sports long term plan is to provide the ultimate high quality experiences for children and young people with learning and physical disabilities and I know that when planning a trip with yourself that both you and us will be able to ensure the excitement of outdoor adventure can reach those who before would not have had such chances before
I now have to go and do a more dangerous occupation and cross the road, drive a car and look after my 2 kids and get them ready to join me on tackiling another cave next time we are up!
Look forward to arranging more trips and adventures with you and if you are ever down on the south east in Sussex let me know and I’ll coach you in some tennis
Alex – S.R.T. Training and Guiding
Thanks for an amazing few days of srt/caving. I had a fantastic time as usual, you really have opened up a whole new world to me i can explore….The course was great,the surface worked really was thorough and gave me the confidence in the kit to do things i’d never have done before and it payed dividends in Eldon ! P8 was a cracking trip with some great technical stuff to practice on so thanks for taking me in there and talking me through the drills and being so patient in Eldon on the first ab. I really had an amazing time, a real adrenaline buzz and learned loads of good solid info that’s been very useful,I hope to see you again soon for more ‘underground fun’
all the best
Neil Scrivens – Gift Voucher
Adam, I wanted to thank you again for a great day caving. We are hoping to come back soon for another session, maybe some outside rope work and another caving day. I have highly recommended your company to all my friends and wanted to also add how good the website looks. I love the graphic you use, works very well and looks great on the van. A big thumbs up!
Adam and Julia
Hi Id just like to say thanks for a great day on sat caving, We both had such a fun day we were both knackered the next day, we will be booking another caving day at some point in the future with you, and also a conoeing day too.
Simon Bloor and Group – Outdoor Climbing Crag Rope work
Hi there Adam
Simon here from today’s group…I noticed your website address on your rucksack – so that works as well as your facebook presence|!!!
Many thanks for your session today; for your good humour, care and professionalism – particularly with Miliie/Lily!!… it was just perfect for our group!!! – you can use that if you wish on your blog!!!
You understood really well what we were all about and so on the back of that I wonder if you might consider helping us again? I have a small number of folks – up to 6 maybe…who would really appreciate knowing more about how to set up bottom ropes/top ropes on local crags…I’m not talking about single pitch type stuff – but more about what you were kind enough to share with us today -
Chris Wilkinson and Friends Guided Caving Trip
Thanks very much for giving us such a good day underground on Saturday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and arrived back at the Youth Hostel suitably knackered.
Have a good trip.
Jonathan Reeves – Single Rope Technique Rigging Course
Many thanks for the three day rigging course, I have found this of great benefit.
I am now able to push my caving skills to the next level and you have given me the confidence and skills to do this safely.
I recently completed Giants hole via Geology pot to the East canal using the skills learnt on completing the course.
Since I completed the course I have practised the techniques learnt and can now rig most pitches quickly and efficiently.
Louise (Teacher) – Girls Grammer Maidstone
I hope you are well?….
Ecuador seems like such a long time ago, even though we have
only been back a week!
Can I thank you again for coming away with us and for
everything you did while we were away, it definately would
have been a lot more difficult without you.
Alex – Two day Personal Cave skills training course
Hi Adam ,
…. a huge big thanks.
“The course overall was excellent. We did some sound theory work before going underground which i found to be very informative and detailed, this allowed me to really get everything out of the underground work putting the theory into practice in a live environment.
As for the underground work, we shot a variety of systems and mines, the quality of both the teaching and the information about the cave/mine was outstanding and I found Adam to be really easy to get on with and a fantastic teacher, he really encouraged me to take the lead too. Adam is a cracking instructor and really prepares a good quality and well tailored course and one i’d recommend to anybody.”
Outdoor Lads – Caving
Thanks for another fabulous day caving….had some really positive feedback from the guys in the pub later…..they all loved it today and all said you were a brilliant instructor with a good work/fun balance ethos…..and also that you were very informative throughout the day and your knowledge and confindence put everyone at ease….in what could have been a very dark ,frightening and hostile place!
I’ve attached two shots of you in your bear suit…. you look gayer than us!!!
Will do a write up on the ODL website about today’s trip and hopefully that should inspire more ODL’ers to join us for future events…would be great to do some abseiling etc next time….
Hope your knees survive tomorrow’s 45minute uphill slog!!…and catch up soon buddy….
PS Amy loves the new nickname…NOT!!…and the grub in the Nag’s Head was ……. mint!!
The Robin Wood Centre- 3 Star Canoe
Just wanted to say a very big thank you for your time yesterday on the 3 star assessment. I know all the candidates and myself walked away very happy with the day and with some new knowledge to take forward.
The Robin Wood Centre
Jeremy – Canoeing Skills
My arms are working again this morning !! By the time I got home last night I could hardly lift a pint, hadn’t appreciated how much we covered during the day. I really enjoyed the instruction and felt that I learnt an enormous amount, just got to put it all into practice. As you pointed out the one thing that really amazed me was how the boat reacts when you look at the direction you want to go in. Still can’t really get my head round it but it works. I did get my Prospector out last night and will get the kneeling board, lacing and floatation bags fitted.
Thanks again for a fantastic day, hopefully I will have another day later with you during the Summer.
Jacky and Allan Wilkes – Climbing and Abseiling
Allan and I both had lots of fun learning to climb with you a couple of weeks ago. We did ache a bit afterwards tho. It was lovely to do something challenging and different and you even planned to perfect weather for us!
Jacky and Allan Wilkes
Manchester University Speleological Club
I felt that the training weekend was really beneficial, and that it greatly increased my confidence in knowing that I have some knowledge and skills to better look out for myself when caving, and now know ways I can assist others, which will be very valuable with our club continually gaining novice cavers.
The weekend was certainally adapted well in dealing with the different range of our abilities you were working with and I got the impression we all came away having learned skills in our capabilities we can now take and use. It seemed to me that a good balance was achieved between hands on practice and gaining the understanding of why the techniques etc. worked, which I find really aids understanding what situations they are best apllicable to.
The introduction to understanding hydrology and weather patterns in particular was very useful, as in the club setting this is not typically included as part of our training. Your emphasis on learning simpler techniques well, and avoiding overly elaborate rescue techniques was refreshing, as so often do too many people attempt to teach things too many different ways, which can often only leave you as clueless as before. Additionally I have enjoyed putting into practice your tips regarding SRT kit setup – it really is suprising how these small changes can make such big differences in making trips far easier and more enjoyable.
I want to thank you again on behalf of all of us for you time. Bye for now.
Imogen – British Caving Association Level One and Two Group Skills
I can’t think of any ways you would improve your assessment. I mean its really hard to have someone looking over your shoulder, but that is the nature of assessments you know. I actually really liked that you didn’t ask me too many questions throughout the assessment, it meant I could concentrate on the group.
I would say that the feedback you gave me afterwards was really thorough and that discussing each cave with the survey and talking about the hazards was invaluable, and I’m really grateful to you for the extra in doing this.
Also you’ll be pleased to hear that Ceri and Rob have contacted me and want to go caving again, they enjoyed it that much! So thats another good result to come out of the day…..
Stuart and Jemma
Just a quick note to say thanks for Tuesdays caving trip.
We both had a great day and are both seriously considering making it a more frequent hobby as a result. Your enthusiasm and confidence left us feeling safe throughout. Job well done.
We’ll definitely be booking with you again next time we are in the area.
Stuart + Jemma
Stephen C. (Search & Rescue Ireland)
Thank you for your expert efforts on the Caving course last week. I have come away a lot happier with the knowledge and skills, which you have imparted. You targeted the course at the right level, and your instruction was bang on.
I am in no doubt your enthusiasm helped us all.
I hope you enjoyed your visit, and hopefully you will return in the future.
Thanks very much for looking after us all on Saturday. I had a fantastic day and am up for having another go at some time soon. The sump didn’t even put me off!
Thanks for the SRT Course; it was everything I was looking for… …everything went spot on.
The organization of the day went brilliantly, you covered everything and adapted to your students learning speed. You kept me learning all day and at no time did I feel we were over covering anything (this is my normal complaint for courses).
I would very much like to organise further trips / training with you.
The Greenfield Team.
What a fantastic day, team building was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. The day was broken into two parts, which helped to build our confidence steadily and competently.n It was a laugh from beginning to end helped by professional expertise, always encouraging and inspiring. The high ropes course proving that working together and helping one another can and does achieve great things.
Hope to do it again.
The course was excellent value for money, professionally run and well organised. It sought out the requirements of the people attending and covered these in an efficient and thorough way. The diversity and opportunity for short one to one sessions with the instructors allowed for a large number of topics and information to be covered. I personally have benefited greatly in attending the course and look forward to putting into practice some of the skills that I have learnt into caving situations. I now feel a lot more confident about my own abilities and more capable of dealing with situations that can arise during caving trips.
Andrew W – Warwickshire
The Single Rope Technique (SRT) weekend was excellent… …the weekend was broken into two parts, a training day and a caving trip day. Adam looked after the group and made sure everyone was using the correct techniques and observing the safety points. The group practiced the techniques independently under supervision until they came fluently, This gave a the group an appreciation for the diverse range of motions and changes in direction that can be achieved with an SRT kit, and brought together all the skills taught throughout the course, it also gave the group a valuable look at how a caving trip is planned what kit would be needed.
The caving trip its self gave the group a real life chance to put into practice the skills that were taught in the training day and was well organised, at the correct level for the group …the course was run very professionally and well managed. It taught the students all the skills needed for SRT caving in an easy to understand style with good demonstrations and one on one teaching.
I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn SRT and wishes to pursue the sport further and to people who want a comprehensive taste of hands on technical caving.
Mat – Doncaster
Just a quick message to say that I was really impressed with the caving onSaturday. Considering the price I don’t think that we could have asked for much more especially considering the fact that the price included the hire of the equipment. I have a good feeling that you will hear from a couple of us quite soon to arrange some S.R.T. training.
Just wanted to say thank you for organising a cracking afternoon’s climbing for us on Saturday. I really enjoyed it and I’m pretty sure that everyone else did too. Given relatively desk-bound levels of fitness (and not a little nervousness) i thought the venue and the way you all pitched the activity levels was fantastic. Looking forward to trying some of the climbing walls in London now – although I doubt the views will be anywhere near as good!
RAF Flt Lt Adventure training team
Thoroughly enjoyable, set at the right level for the whole group rather than catering for the most or least capable members, well done. The extra information and anecdotes about caving, caves, geology, flooding, made the trip interesting, enjoyable, fun and educational. Absolutely awesome effort and thank you.
Hard work, but great fun.
Excellent, we will be back.
Mike P. – Derbyshire
Adam you are one of the few cavers who can boost my confidence underground. I can move on from concern about where I am and begin to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the caves around me… …the safest caving instructor I know, as well as being a good companion underground…
I highly commended you as an instructor for the novice, or coach for the experienced caver wishing to polish specific techniques.”
Being someone with a sense of adventure I had a yearning to try caving for a number of years. It was only up until last year I decided to quite literary take the plunge. I rallied a group of like-minded friends and when I run out of those I press ganged members of my family and booked up a session with Adam.
We spent a full day exploring one of Derbyshires greatest caves under the watchful eye of Adam. The instruction was excellent, clear and informative.
Having had a taster last year I booked up the SRT course this year with my friends and family. Needless to say I didn’t need to press gang anyone this time.
Day one was spent on a climbing wall learning the SRT skills that would need for the followings days decent into the bowels of the earth..
All the equipment was provided along with a written overview of the function of the equipment and techniques, all were top quality as I would expect from ‘Outdoor Instruction’.
The following day, after a hearty breakfast we met up again with Adam and travelled to Jack Pot cave entrance.
What followed was a full days adventure; huge caverns followed by endless twisting tunnels, assents and descents in caves where the torrents of water roaring past proved to be most exhilarating. Once again Adams instruction was excellent, reassuring us where necessary while encouraging us to use our new found skills independent of him if we felt comfortable.
A thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had by all and the only question left at the end was ‘when’s the next trip?’
I would highly recommend ‘Outdoor Instruction’ to anyone wanting to give caving a try or to enhance their existing skills.
So stop reading this and get out and do it!
RAF adventure training wing
Very enjoyable and Challenging day. Instruction geared to suit or team requirements very well. Will recommend you in future to other groups.
Just to let you know that I really enjoyed the caving trip you organised for us. Been thinking about it since we came back – every twist, turn and drop. Could I be addicted?
Love to do it again, and no doubt see you soon.
Just to add my thanks to everyone else’s for a fantastic day’s climbing on Mark’s stag do a couple of weeks ago. We all really enjoyed it. It was all really well organised and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. You guys certainly do live in a beautiful part of the country. Thanks again for all your help.
Sally,Wendy and Steve.
The 3 of us would like to say thankyou for a BRILLIANT day… It was very interesting,a bit scary and very hard work… BUT SO WORTH IT.
I loved every minute of the trip. Even when i thought you were lost… (i knew you were not lost really). I would like to book up another trip in the very near future. But no ghost stories next time i couldn’t sleep saturday night… Honestly… Anyway i will give you a call and book it up.
Thank you for the pictures and the info for the canyoning and map reading days.I am already in the process of getting the guys together for that.
Thanks again for a great day.
Mat and Tommy
Just a quick message to say thanks for the previous two weekends. They were really enjoyable and informative at the same time. i dont think that we could have hoped to have got much more from the two sessions.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for a truly fantastic experience. I enjoyed myself so much on Saturday and definitely want to go caving again. Everyone at work is asking me about it but it’s impossible to describe how beautiful the caves are and how exciting (and exhausting) it is to be down there. When we got back to our hotel we just had enough energy to have some dinner and a glass of wine before falling asleep.
Most of my muscles are just about recovered but I still have some pretty impressive bruises to show off! It was a real pleasure to meet you and I would definitely recommend you and your excellent company to anyone who wanted to go caving. Thanks again for an extremely fun and memorable birthday.
Many thanks for Saturday; it was a fantastic experience, I will be thinking about it for a long time. You were a real professional who has a vast amount of knowledge. I learnt a massive amount and hope I did not ask too many questions! I will definitely be back for another go and will sort something out in the New Year.
The day was fantastic, more than I could have expected and I will get out and about as much as possible to hone my new skills. Will then look to do the night nav maybe July/August.
This was my first caving trip and I knew straight away that I was in a safe pair of hand. We spent nearly 6 hours underground. Adam is a real professional who really knows his stuff and was glad to answer all the questions I asked him, I cannot remember the last time I learnt so much in a single day. This really was a fantastic experience and I will be back for more trips.
Richard, Dylan and Owen
Just wish to extend a sincere thank you for what we all considered a great weekends caving. You pitched it at the right level and everything was done professionally, I’m sure we will met again within the next few months.
Thanks for the patience and effort you took to help with my Masters research. In addition to a days caving I got to use the latest surveying technology, access a perfect study area, and take away some great video and photographic evidence of our adventure and that random cave frog. Fingers crossed that the analysis goes as well and it produces something useful.
I paddled the Goyt on Saturday, there is a “must make” eddy above the horseshoe weir, after the training I went for it with confidence. And made it, so thanks from me again.
Thanks to Adam for the photos… I was so impressed with the session. I thought it was well structured, developing and increasing the skills as we went, good use of the ball as an aid to leaning the boat. We stayed on everything long enough to improve, but not long enough to get bored. I thought that the paddling on one side and making every eddy was really great, particularly challenging on the weak side, and by the end we were moving round the magnetic rock with confidence, far more than I would have been at the start of the session, in fact I would not have even attempted some of the manoeuvres…
Adam, your coaching worked, I’ve now got my 4 star. Thanks.
Simon & Kathryn
Just though we would write to thank you and Leon for a great day of climbing instruction and the professional service you provided. We were both very pleased, if somewhat knackered, at the end of the day. The pace of the instruction was good and we covered more than we had expected.
Thanks again – we’d definitely recommend you.
I am writing to thankyou for the two remarkable expeditions i have had the pleasure of paddling with you in Scotland, namely: the river Spey and the river Dee.
For me to take part in these trips is with thanks to your patience and clarity as you taught me to handle an open canoe efficiently and competently using your personalized teaching methods and techniques
first on flat water then on the rivers.
Your directive and unwavering guidance is both thorough and professional and i have immensely enjoyed your company and humor on our days out on the water.
It is, therefore, with great thanks to you that i can paddle, enjoy and pass through such wild and supreme landscapes and i’m looking forward to our next trip paddling Loch Ness.
Since canoeing with Adam I have had some of the best outdoor experiences to date, from day trips to multi-day expeditions. Adam’s attention for detail in coaching and leading really fills you with confidence and his enthusiasm really rubs off!!! Not to mention your personal skills being developed. Safety is always paramount but so is fun and a good day out!!!
The experiences that I have had canoe camping, on multi-day trips and expeditions, with Adam at Outdoor Instruction have really been out of this world!! From the tranquility of slower water to the, what feels like raging, white water the experiences are very different and will suit many people.
Thank you to Outdoor Instruction for all the quality coaching that I have had from you. After just 18 month of canoeing I am now looking forward to 5 star training and level 2 coaching. I have most deffenatly got the bug and thank you for it!!
Thank you for leading our group safely down the River Dee in Scotland. We had a fantastic time and will be certenly booking you again for another trip.
I wanted to send a quick e-mail to say thanks for the contouring day out in June. I felt a lot more confident after just that one day.
Many Thanks again or Saturday (Intro to outdoor rock climbing) it was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, Its Monday afternoon and my arms are still aching!
Just a note to thank you very much for the day’s abseiling and caving on Thursday. I will certainly recommend you to friends and colleagues and to the place where we stayed, and I won’t charge a commission!
Thanks for a great weekend on the SRT rigging cxourse – really appreciated what we learned – even down to being told we were folding our ropes incorrectly! I’ve been rigging my house with my new knots – feel very confident in my skills now.
Just a final note on yesterday’s trip; we all truly had a great mexperience, all down to your professionalism, knowledge and sense of humour – a great balance and all credit to you.
Dom has the bug and wants to return – definitely a budding caver in the making!!
Seriously, I personally cannot thank you enough; all the best with the future and I hope that we shall see you again, maybe in a canoe-the “old man” might cope with that better!!
Rib-eye Steaks at The Plough exactly as good as you said – a great way to round off a memorable day.
Don’t know if you recall but you brought myself, Scott and nick down the Devils Arse a few weeks back just wanted to say it was one of the most fantastic experiences we’ve all had, here are the photo’s we took down there, i don’t know if you can use them but i hope so!
Thanks so very much for a great day out (or in) or well under as the case may be.
Jo, Jack and Jack
Thanks for a great day on Saturday, Jack was pleased with his birthday pressie! We all had lots of aches and pains yesterday, surely a sign of a good day!
Thank you for an awesome day caving. We all enjoyed ourselves and some of us are keen to do another cave next year! Great Stuff.
Just a note to say thank you very much for a brilliant day last wednesday, i really enjoyed it and have learnt loads! just need to get out now and practice it all!
Pete & Leanne Warren.
Just thought we’d drop you an email & let you know that our course in the Peak District with you wasn’t wasted, as we took a trip up to the highlands at the end of September.
We took your advice & walked up The Quaraing on Skye. It was amazing & attached is a picture of us on top of it!
Thank you so much for our map reading course, we thoroughly enjoyed it & your company & the skills we learned from you will stay with us always.
We took a mountain shelter with us & were really impressed with how it made you feel like you were in your front room having a cup of tea when you were half way up a mountain!!
SRT Training in the Peak District
by Genevieve Thompson, September 2007
Having signed up for the Berger trip I thought I had better get my SRT skills sorted, so booked myself on a 2 day SRT course in Derbyshire in September. The original plan of camping in Hope was dismissed on the day of departure due to the bad weather and we decided to splash out and stay at the George Hotel in Hathersage which provided a very nice base for 2 days caving indeed and meant that Pete and Dillon were well cared for.
On my first day of training I met my instructor Adam at the Woodbine Café in Hope where the first thing we did over a pot of tea was to setup my cows tails and go through my SRT kit. After a number of times of me taking my kit on and off Adam was happy and we were off to Suicide Pot for some real underground training.
Suicide Pot is next to the road in Winnats Pass just up from Speedwell Cavern with an entrance that gives off the inviting aroma of a men’s gents. A few yards in and the smell is gone and only a short distance further is the first drop which was to provide me with many hours of fun. We went through all the theory of the shoulds and should-nots of using my cows tails and getting on and off the rope and then I was off. To start with it was just the straight-forwards descending and ascending and learning to trust my cows tails (which for some reason I kept calling cats tails!) We then moved on to more challenging exercises and by the end of the day I was becoming reasonably competent at going up and down, passing re-belays and deviations in either direction and changing direction part way up or down the rope.
Prior to this I had done a number of SRT trips but was always totally reliant on others reminding me of what to do and never quite trusted my kit or myself. After one day of training I felt considerably more confident and finally felt as if I knew what I was doing, albeit with a lot of very slow thinking out loud with every move.
The next morning, Adam came to the hotel and spent an hour with Pete and me, going through all the things you should take with you on a caving trip in case of emergency. This was quite an eye opener – I wonder how many of us take any kind of first aid kit or survival bag with us underground!
Adam and I then headed off to Eldon hole where all my previous days training was going to be put to the test – and oh what a big test it was going to be. One of the key attractions for me to caving is the fact that it is dark underground. I hate heights so am quite happy not to be able to see where I am going other than the murky depths below or above. Unfortunately Eldon hole is an open vertical pothole, a wide 55m deep rift open to the surface which meant that I could see exactly how deep it was – well nearly, because from the top you can’t actually see to the bottom, even with the daylight but what I could see was bad enough!
Adam rigged one of the four possible routes and I was off – very slowly, tentatively and nervously – there was one very big, visible drop below me and I really didn’t want to look down. A very long time later (I’m not saying how long otherwise no-one is going to let me go to Berger!) and I was back at the top – I had navigated through the rebelays, had done some very, big swings across the hole in order pass around the deviation and had even looked down a few times – and had survived. I was feeling very pleased with myself as Adam and I had cake and coffee back at the top – at this point I thought we had finished for the day was enjoying the total relief of it all being over. But no, more was to come – Adam soon had another pitch rigged, this time not so vertical and I was off again (very slowly). The top section of this pitch was really a scramble with lots of mud which I seemed to make a bit of trial of and then I was at the top of a very long drop. Adam had rigged a traverse before the big descent which was where my fear got the better of me. I knew that my cows tails wouldn’t let me go anywhere, but I still couldn’t commit myself to the rope. After many failed attempts to overcome the fear, we decided to call it a day and head back to the top.
Despite the disappointment of bottling the traverse, I really enjoyed my 2 days of training and learned a huge amount. I know that most people in the club have years of SRT experience but for anyone who hasn’t I totally recommend going on a course with Adam. Have a look at www.outdoorinstruction.co.uk for more details or ring him on 07900 927400.
Thank you for a GREAT experience below the Peak District. It truly was good and like I said, really challenged the comfort zone.
Just a quick thanks for the training course once – we just came back from a week in Fermanagh in Ireland, when we put our skills to practice on two occasions!
Firstly Mike managed to firmly wedge himself at the top of the tight pitch in Prods, so he had to be hauled up a few inches so he could turn his Stop into a Simple and then be lowered past the tight bit.
The next day, we joined forces with Huddersfield Uni and visited Marble Arch. One of their group who had a history of epilepsy had multiple seizures on our way out the cave. We assisted her through the cave (assisted handlines, and lots of careful spotting) and managed to get her out before a cave rescue callout from the first team out was initiated.
Thanks again for teaching us these useful skills, they really are a lifesaver!
Thanks for your advice and the relatively diplomatic feedback, I know I learnt more today than I did on the whole of the Level 2 Training Course. I would like to take you up on your offer of tagging along on one of your level 2 days ( to gather more golden Nugetts).
Having done some caving courses with Adam, and now extending my interest to climbing and mountaineering I asked Adam to spend a couple of days with me covering wild camping and navigation. We spent 2 days in the mountains about Blaenau. I had some experience of navigation, but wanted to hone my skills for micro-navigation in poor conditions. As it transpired the weather was perfect for this, with visibility ranging from 25m to clear skies. I learnt a phenomenal amount from Adam ranging from navigation through to the logistics of cooking water efficiently when on the hill. I came away confident in my new found skills.
Additionally Adam is great company. I highly recommend Adam for this kind of training.
Really enjoyed the coaching and have got some ideas about what I need to work on now.
Rhiannon and John
We just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you for a really enjoyable weekend.
We were so impressed at your tailor-made service, and felt that we learnt so much over just two days. We both came away with big smiles, a sense of personal achievement (and physical exhaustion), and knowing we definately made the right choice not to go to a ‘try a bit of everything’ activity centre. We will certainly be back for more
I thought you might like to hear that on June 14th this year I was part of a group from the Orpheus that did a TitanJH exchange trip. I was on the team that descended JH and ascended Titan, and I was asked to rig JH which was great fun as I’d previously de-rigged Leviathan, but being the first one down a pitch is always more exciting. The feeling of achievement when I got off the rope at the head of the upper pitch in Titan was amazing.
So from the first trip with Phil in December 2006, to the trips with yourself into Peak and the eventful trip into P8 in July 2007, and the rigging training we did in Yorkshire last summer it’s been 18 months from start to Titan. I wonder what will come next? J Thanks for the offer of the trip to the Vercors by the way, unfortunately work commitments just won’t allow me to take the time off this year.
I’m losing count of the places I’ve been: Tatham Wife, Sell Gill Holes, Easegill (via Cow Pot & Fall Pot), Aygill Caverns, Rowten Pot, Ireby Fell, Gaping Gill (via Bar Pot and Marilyn), and Ibbeth Peril in Yorkshire; Giant’s Hole, P8, Eldon Hole, Sidetrack Cave, JH, Rowter Hole, Peak & Speedwell, Odin Mine, Knotlow & Whalf Mine, Lathkill Head, Streaks Pot, Carlswark, Waterfall Hole, Hungerhill Swallet, Eyam Dale House Cave, Waterways Swallet, Robin’s Shaft, and Masson->;;;Youds Level in Derbyshire; OFD2&3, Tunnel Cave, Agen Alwedd and Ogof Draenen in Wales, and finally last weekend I made it to the Mendips and visited Swildon’s Hole and Rhino Rift.
Thanks for helping get me started with this sport, it’s still as enjoyable and there’s still so much to see and do!
Just a quick note. Me and my friend went on a pot holing day, its was absolutly fantastic. Very helpful and informative really helped me do things I didn’t think I could do. Talked us through everything and won’t esitate to recommend. Hope your both well and thanks again for the day its was perfect. We’re gonna have a go at rock climbing next I think so if you have any info let me know.
Just a quick e-mail to say thank you for yesterday, a fantastic experience, one have always wanted to undertake and now I have I am certainly glad I was given the opportunity to.
Woke up this morning feeling a little sore and stiff in my back and arms, think yesterday showed where my body should have muscle groups but hasn’t.
Hope everything goes well for you in the future and you continue to give people the opportunity to experience the wonders of the world that lies beneath our feet.
Many thanks for yesterday, all concerned really enjoyed it. Once again many thanks and I think we may well be booking again (a few trips to the Gym first for me) and I will pass my recommendations on to all and sundry.
Just wanted to write to say a big thanks for everything last Saturday, it was certainly a ‘different’ hen do but one which I thoroughly enjoyed, I have to say you fitted in really well (being the only bloke) and we all felt really relaxed just to be ourselves and make the most of the experiences.
The absailing and caving were excellent, we felt safe at all times but we didn’t feel that with us being girls that you gave us a milder version than you would have given an all male group lets say. I also feel that we got great value for money and I will definitely be reccommending you to all my other friends who fancy an ‘alternative’ all girls weekend. By the way I am still aching… …so thanks for that!
I would like to thank you once again for such a brilliant weekend.
It was superb from both learning experience and the enjoyment factor and as you already know we appreciate how professional you were in setting us at ease and getting the techniques and practises over to us.
Personally I had no idea in what would be involved and previously having merely done ascent and descent I was enthralled with every minute of the two days, I am now bruised and shattered but buzzing with everything!
Mark & Sheree
Just a note to thank you once again for the superb practise sessions that you put Sheree and myself through over the weekend. We gained immensely from the sessions and now feel much more capable of undertaking the rigging course with you.
I particularly wanted to thank you for the way in which you dealt with our tiredness and our trust in your professionalism went even higher than before when you took the stance to turn back from the wet pitch in Yordas and also the stink pot in marble steps.
As Sheree said on the way back to the van, it was great the way that you put everything over to us, the way you shadowed closely when we need shadowing and more than anything the way that you pushed us indirectly to achieve what we wanted to do but were ready and able to step in if we were out of our comfort zone.
David & Victoria
Thanks so much for Thursday; it was a really exciting time for us – especially the drops at the end. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and learned a good deal while we were about it. We hope that we’ll have the chance to take some more instruction before long.
The next day we walked up Mam Tor and round about, visiting the Blue John cavern while we were so close. We’ve now collected the daughters and are back at home once more after a wonderful break.
The youtube video is brilliant – thanks for directing us to it. We hope you have a rewarding summer, and many thanks for all your encouragement.
Thanks for your advice and the relatively diplomatic feedback, I know I learnt more today than I did on the whole of the Level 2 Training Course. I would like to take you up on your offer of tagging along on one of your level 2 days (to gather more golden Nugetts) if you could give me as much notice as possible I would be grateful as my diary gets extremely full.
50+ Adventure Club
Again, on behalf of the group, many, many thanks for a really super time in the Devil’s Arse and for the organisation involved. We returned to Northamptonshire a very tired, battered, bruised but happy bunch of wrinklies!
After a wonderful hearty breakfast in Hope we drove up the The Devil’s Arse in Castleton. Amongst many oohs and aahs and ‘God I’m shattered’ we finally managed to get all kitted up in our safety gear. Adam (our guide) had been quite worried that we would all get lost in his kit as he thought he was taking out a bunch of midgets, he had never had such a small group, I was the tallest at 5’6”! Girls at the ready with their red lipstick on and waterproof mascara applied to perfection we walked up to the cave entrance. Adam was extremely impressive with his knowledge of caving and we all felt quite safe in his hands until he managed to trip over his own feet walking up the path (mmm, wonder if he is so good? went through my mind)
We were promised a mine of information about the geology of the area whilst caving, notes of which I was obviously taking, but unfortunately my shorthand pad got wet when we were in the water.
I don’t quite know what I was expecting from this adventure but it certainly got my adrenalin going and in parts my fear factor was being pushed slightly to the limits. I think the best or possibly worst bit was when we had to get into water, up to our waists, and stoop under a gap just big enough to get your head through and then wade through a small cavern in which you could not stand up, but it was astounding geology and made funny by all the comments about how cold the water was and where it was getting to!
Adam kept us well informed about how the caves had been explored over the years and added in a few horror stories about what had happened to some less fortunate cavers, just to make us feel safe!? He also told us how to read the rock formation which could tell you how fast and from what direction the water would come into the cave.
Once we reached the end of our cave a few of us were feeling slightly tired so we rested for a while whilst the more intrepid ones went elsewhere to practise walking like penguins apparently. Heather managed to find her trousers, she had lost them inside her boiler suit somewhere, and we tried to play I Spy, but that didn’t last long, so we set off again retracing our steps to the entrance and through that horribly cold water again which we all decided had risen since the first time we went through.
Before we left the cave we had to wash down our suits, so that we didn’t get the tourists dirty as we left, and a very political debate followed, it wasn’t until Jane mentioned we were standing in the middle of a river, could we discuss this elsewhere that we thought what a good idea, funny that after being soaked to the skin for five hours you just don’t notice the water any more.
I don’t think I will ever forget the faces of some of the tourists as we emerged from the depths of the cave, it was like the parting of the waves as if we were an alien species, although with all our gear on we probably did look like that.
There was much frivolity in the car park as we battled again with our gear, this time to get it off, and I never knew just how much water you could collect inside a Wellington boot and still walk with it on your foot!
All in all a cracking day and could I just say thank you to the other members, Lucy, Les, Heather, Jane, Mike, Trish and Pauline for making me feel so welcome on this my second outing with the group.
All I can say is that if this is what this club is about ‘then bring it on’ I will be there for every adventure possible!
Hi Adam just to thank you for the usual superb trips and tuition over the weekend. You already know how much we enjoyed the course and the information gained is unmeasurable in terms of quality and usefulness to us.
Edale YHA level 2 training course
“Awesome, thank you” “Great training really enjoyable at the right pace understood lots more, thanks”
Just to say a big thank you for the past two days. I thought both days were great, I learnt alot, and your teaching style was first class.
It was good to meet with Christine and your good self, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
When I started looking for an instructor to help me learn SRT, I started looking around the US and could not find anyone with the expertise and program that fit my needs. I wanted to learn for myself, by myself with the primary goal of being able to go into a cave and know exactly what I was doing, understand the dangers and rig an entire trip myself. My secondary goal was to possibly share these techniques with other in the field in the US. Though I did not voice it, I was also taking this on as a personal challenge – one of fitness, aptitude outside my comfort zone and confrontation of fears.
I spoke with Adam from Outdoor Instruction only once and I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for. From the very beginning his concern was finding out what my goals were so that he could help me achieve them. Within minutes he had put together a program to achieve my goals based on his past experiences – he gained my trust at the get go. And though I did not realize it until I found myself caving in the peak district for the first time with Adam, these goals were both the SRT goals and ancillary goals I had set for myself regarding personal achievement of what seemed difficult and out of reach for me. As an instructor, he had the perception to immediately discern and discover my strengths and weaknesses as a caver as well as uncovering my fears and helping me to overcome them.
I cannot stress enough that the instruction I received in 6 days (2 separate sessions) was much more than just caving with a guide. Mr. Evans loves what he does, wants to share that passion and wants to teach others to do what he does just as well and with as much confidence and accuracy. He is a perceptive teacher and is interested in your experience in reaching your potential technically – not just learning a sport in basic terms. After working with him, I had learned techniques which were about safety (for yourself and others), precision, economy of time and effort and, most importantly, being able to feel confident enough to really enjoy what you are doing on a physical, mental and technical level. He makes the student feel at ease so they feel they can ask as many questions as they can and make mistakes if they do – but knowing all the while that he will correct them in a contructive fashion. I am certain that this would extend beyond caving instruction to canoeing, rock climbing, orienteering, etc. If what you want is to really learn about yourself and working/recreating proficiently in the outdoors, I cannot recommend a teacher on any level more than I can Adam. I hope that others come to the same decision I did and choose Outdoor Instruction if they have the chance.’
Ann (river skills day)
Thanks for an excellent days paddling, all the tips and coaching really helped me to bring my skills together and paddle more confidently and effectively
Hi Adam, sorry it’s a very late reply pauls been busy recovering and ive been getting on with sorting our wedding! We have recieved the photo’s, thanks there brilliant. They really tell the story, especially the last one of him coming out of the cave! Thanks for all your help with supporting Paul in this, he said it was the best thing he’s ever done and is eager to do more, so you will probably here from him soon wanting to book more trips with you!
Thanks again, Rachel x
On behalf of the eight of us who came on the caving trip last Saturday I’d
just like to say thanks. I’ve enclosed a selection of people’s comments:
“Particular thanks for organising the caving – really good fun, and, Adam,
our cave leader, was such a good instructor. Clearly knowledgable and
“I’d just like to say a big thank you for a great weekend, and to everyone
who made me feel welcome… I found some good images to bring back
memories of getting all wet and mucky in the Devil’s Arse. My knees are
turning a nice shade of purple…”
“The caving made this my best OutdoorLads’ event to date. It’s given me a
real sense of achievement in facing up to my Room 101, I’d never have
dreamt I could ever have been chucking myself down holes barely much
bigger than myself as we were on the day. Thanks for organising it, and to
rest of the gang who took part, the humour and encouragement from one
another down there made it so enjoyable and just left me thinking ‘that
was easy what’s the next thing Adam can try on us, bring it on!’ Next
challenge Via Ferrata in June!!”
So, as you can see it was very popular!…..I’m keen to book some more …
Hope to hear from you soon.
Regional Coordinator: North-West England OutdoorLads’