Arc’teryx Academy will launch Climb Lake District Edition over the weekend of September 25-26 in Great Langdale, offering outdoor lovers of all abilities the opportunity to learn vital skills to safely enjoy the mountains and a chance to connect with fellow friends of the outdoors. Canadian clothing manufacturer Arc’teryx says this brand new weekend event will deliver an extensive programme of climbing clinics, mountain running sessions and wild swimming workshops, complete with yoga classes and movie nights to help you wind down and recover.
Sharpen your mountain skills with clinics
If you’re seeking to learn or improve your climbing skills you can enjoy expert-led clinics on both days that span trad climbing, scrambling, bouldering and rock climbing ranging from beginner to rescue level and womens-only clinics. You can get started with the half-day Climbing for Beginners workshop, or get stuck into some multi-pitch rock climbing, and develop your existing experience to climb longer routes safely, all in stunning surroundings.
Whether you’re already a keen runner or a newcomer to trail running, you’ll want to check out the specialised clinics like Trail Running Development and Mountain Running skills. Not only do you get to enjoy a great run in some of the most beautiful mountains in Britain, but you will also dip into some coaching on your personal running technique, as well as covering various aspects of being out in the bigger mountains and managing that environment and yourself more safely.
If you’re looking to make the transition from day walks to multi-day hikes, grab your hiking boots and don’t miss the Overnight Wild Camp on Saturday night. You can also experience a guided night out under the stars among the beautiful Langdale Pikes, and learn about camp craft and the environment around you.
After scrambling through the breath-taking scenery, cool off with the ultimate post-climb dip, and try one of the swim sessions taking place in the waters of idyllic Blea Tarn, like Wild Swimming and Mindfulness. With a focus on mental health and wellbeing, this session is designed for total newcomers to open water. You'll get to learn how cold-water swimming benefits your mind and body, how to access cold water safely, and what considerations you may need to take to be safe and seen when swimming outdoors.
Also on hand will be brand partners offering free demos on gear from helmets and harnesses to shoes and climbing gear, so you can research your new kit.
Rest and Recover
You'll also be able to relax, unwind and stretch out any tired muscles with outdoors-focused yoga and pilates sessions, and in the evenings gather with fellow outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy food, drinks and films.
Basecamp for this event is The Sticklebarn in the heart of the Langdales. Head to the official Climb Lake District website to check out the full schedule of events, make inquiries and book your clinics.
Arc’teryx Academy is a collection of events that, the organisers claim, will enable and inspire participants to engage in the sports Arc’teryx designs products for. Through workshops, clinics, seminars and socials, Arc’teryx Academies promises to give you a safe and supportive space to advance technical skills, boost confidence, and learn from the best in the field, while connecting with people who have a shared passion for the outdoors.
Julia Clarke is an author, mountain enthusiast and yoga teacher who loves heading uphill on foot, ski, bike and belay. She recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland after 20 years living in the USA, 11 of which were spent in the rocky mountains of Vail, Colorado where she owned a boutique yoga studio and explored the west's famous peaks and rivers. She is a champion for enjoying the outdoors sustainably as well as maintaining balance through rest and meditation, which she explores in her book Restorative Yoga for Beginners, a beginner's path to healing with deep relaxation. She enjoys writing about the outdoors, yoga, wellness and travel. In her previous lives, she has also been a radio presenter, music promoter, university teacher and winemaker.
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