More than Mountains is a small, friendly company based in the Lake District that specialises in tailoring courses to perfectly fit your needs and goals. We offer a whole range of outdoor activities including rock climbing, scrambling, guided tours and walks with a Blue Badge tourist guide, navigation courses, multi-activity days and winter mountaineering courses. All of our courses are run by highly qualified and knowledgeable instructors whose passion for what they do is always evident.
What We Do
- Rock Climbing and Scrambling
Private courses designed just for you and your group or courses on set dates.
Learn how to read a map and use a compass so that you can plan and follow your own routes in the Lake District and beyond.
- Family and Friends
Activities designed to be fun for all the family or groups of friends. All of these courses are private and designed to suit you and your group.
Beginners' Navigation Course
My son and I spent a very informative and enjoyable day with Jill on the one day beginners navigation course. Our objective for the day was to learn how to more effectively utilise an OS map, to be able to identify features to find our way on tracks, paths and across open countryside, be able to better plan routes and estimate time to complete thereby enabling us to safely explore routes away from the well marked (popular) tourist routes - this was achieved and much more. Prior to the course we both considered ourselves responsibly prepared for walking in the high fells but we learnt so much more on the day in terms of reviewing appropriate weather information, equipment and safety. We will be returning in the spring to complete the immediate course and more. Highly recommend.
Family gorge walking
Just a brilliant day for all of us. This was the highlight of our holiday. We were all pushed and challenged to a thoroughly enjoyable extent as we trekked in our waterproofs up the flow in the Langdales, absolutely sodden! From climbing a roped rockface, to jumping full length into bubbling ghyll pools. The kids were totally energised and want to do it all again - so do Mum and Dad. Nick is a very calm professional who knew what the kids would be capable of and we felt more than safe in his hands. We'll be back.
Multi Pitch Climbing
My friend Sam and I booked a two day private course with the intention of learning the skills necessary to move on to multi pitch climbing and also be guided up Troutdale Pinnacle. The weekend was everything we hoped for and more... Day one was an excellent instructional introduction to multi pitch and Nick’s calm, patient and thorough approach was exactly what we needed. And the fact that Nick had spent some time with Mountain Rescue was a nice little nugget of information I was happy to carry with me, I don’t mind admitting ha ha. A full day learning all about rope and stance management, topped off with a lesson on abseiling out of trouble in the event of a storm or injury etc. Day two was quite simply an adventure of a lifetime I’ll never forget...not only was Nick enthusiastically happy to guide us up Troutdale Pinnacle but he kept a running commentary of instruction going the whole time, making sure we got the most out of our two days. I cannot recommend this company highly enough and would like to add an extra thanks to Jill for going above and beyond and searching out a climbing partner for me a few months back when I was temporarily partnerless...thanks again folks, loved every minute.
Beginners' Navigation Course
Introduction to navigation course led by Jill. “Bloody fantastic”!, it was a fantastic day. Jill is truly an expert and an excellent (tough but fair) teacher. I intend to practice what I learned with a view to booking the intermediate course. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Beginners' Rock Climbing
We had a brilliant day trying rock climbing for the first time with Nick - our instructor. We tried and learned so many things, now seriously considering rock climbing. Nick was patient and helpful, but still pushed us to do more than we thought we would be able to do. Highly recommended to everyone. Great experience, lots of positive emotions and memories. Unforgettable experience in the lovely Lake District.
Family Multi Activity Day
Brilliant day out. Highly recommend especially if you have young kids. No matter the weather it will be a memorable, safe and adventurous day. You don't need to be super fit either as the day is modelled around your abilities. Go for it!
Intermediate Navigation Course
My friend and I have just had a weekend course learning and practising navigation skills with Jill as our instructor. Jill made the course varied and very interesting and I've gained a lot of knowledge and confidence. Fantastic experience and thank you Jill. After some time practising my new skills I will return to do an advanced course.
Private Scrambling Course
I've used More Than Mountains on three occasions in the Lakes. First time out (couple of years ago) we scrambled Cam Crag Ridge. This year Nick took me up Pinnacle Ridge - a big ambition of mine. We then went scrambling/climbing on Shepherd's Crag with my 6 year old daughter, and Nick was fantastic with her too, very patient and helping her at her level really naturally. Nick obviously knows his stuff forwards and backwards and has been a great help to me revising stuff I learned on ML Training. Thoroughly recommended for walking/scrambling/climbing.
Private Climbing Course
In many situations I have found guides unwilling or unable to explain the reasoning/logic behind the techniques they used (many times it is just because they were taught that way). With Nick I was able to ask questions and he clearly had a deep understanding of the subject and could explain simply the pros/cons and reasoning behind his decisions. This helped to refresh, reinforce and build my own understanding which is essential in my learning processes.
Mountain Leader Refresher
I meant to email you ref my ML assessment. Just to let you know that I passed Hurrah! Thanks for the navigation course last year. It really helped.
Learn to Lead Course
Nick was really good at not only showing what to do, but also why it is done. He was patient and enthusiastic giving me as much information as possible without over doing it. Thanks for a great week, I achieved far more than expected and am now keener than ever to do more and more climbing. I will certainly recommend you to friends.
Rock Climbing Course
The instruction was superb with patience, care, attention to detail and safety in abundance.
In The News
Read this guide before you buy your next pair of climbing shoes.
As you watch your highly qualified winter mountaineering instructor glide seemingly effortlessly
How to decide where to go and what to do in winter.
An unlikely adventure in the Cambridgeshire flatlands in December.