As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the expedition section of the DofE we are licensed to run all aspects of the expedition section. Although we are based in the North of England we work with schools and youth groups all over the UK. We train groups in schools all over the country and run their expeditions from Dartmoor to Hertfordshire to the Highlands of Scotland taking in Wales, The Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District in between. We even run international expeditions in Europe. Wherever you are based in the UK we can probably help.
The Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award comprises of four elements.
In a nutshell, if required, we can deliver the complete programme for the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level from training through to qualifying expedition and presentation. However, many organisations do some of the work and only ask us to take on what they would find difficult to deliver.
In the first 3 examples above Lupine Adventure are taking responsiblity for the safety of the participants so we are working to our procedures whereas in the fourth example we are operating under your direction and so the responsibility rests with your organisation.
When working to Lupine Adventure procedures we staff expeditions with one member of staff per group (as a minimum) for all training and practice expeditions and all assessed expeditions in remote terrain. If you have some staff who hold nationally recognised outdoor qualifications (e.g. BEL, ML, WGL, HML) or who have completed the training in these awards then we may be able to induct your staff in our procedures and reduce the number of staff that we need to hire and therefore the cost.
If you are interested in simply hiring supervisors to work on expeditions that you have planned then visit ourHiring a supervisor for your Duke of Edinburgh's Award group page. If you would like more information on our complete packages then please read on.
We can run a full training course or simply cover the bits that you require help with.
If you are local to West Yorkshire we can train your teams in short blocks at regular intervals (possibly throughout the winter months). For groups based elsewhere in the country we can run an intensive weekend of training either away in the countryside or at your premises, wherever you are. We provide training for expeditions on the following areas:
During practice expeditions we will accompany the group for as long as we feel is necessary before letting them off on their own. This is usually a stepped process, moving from accompanying to shadowing to more remote methods of supervision.
On qualifying expeditions we usually meet up with the groups the afternoon before the expedition for a kit check and quick refresher on emergecy procedures and navigation strategies. On the first day of the expedition they are immediately under remote supervision conditions.
When remotely supervising a group our staff will work out a daily supervision plan. They will look at the route and identify when they will need to be very close to the team and when they can hang back. Generally speaking we stay close when the team are in a) remote areas, b) areas of potential physical danger and c) areas of complex navigation. We will not necessarily walk with the group (especially on the assessed expedition), they may not even see us, but rest assured they will be being supervised. We will meet up and chat to each group at least once per day during their walk and will check them into their campsite each evening to perform an assessment of their well-being. Participants are given a emergency phone number for their supervisior, while we cannot guarantee that it will be in signal all day our staff will always be contactable during the night in case of emergencies.
The prices for our complete programmes can be found on our Costs and funding page.
Please click on the link to view our DofE for Individuals page
Click on the link below to be taken to our specialist Hill and Mountain Skills website or read on for an overview of the courses.
Mountain Training (the National Governing Body of mountain leadership and instructing in the UK) administer and quality control 2 courses called Hill Skills and Mountain Skills. These courses are 'personal proficiency' courses, designed to equip participants with the skills needed to pursue their own hill and mountain walking.
Lupine Adventure Co-op has delivered these courses since their launch in 2014. In this time we have run over 28 Hill and Mountain Skills courses, and trained over 139 candidates.
The Mountain Skills course is an ideal choice for walkers interested in applying their countryside walking skills to the mountain environment. Ideally, participants would have done some basic hill walking previously and have a reasonable level of fitness. The syllabus covers map and compass work, mountain weather forecasting, movement through steep ground, planning and preparation, emergency procedures, seasonal effects and the mountain environment. The course is run over 2 days in the main high mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. The minimum age for participants is 12 and there is no need to have extensive mountain walking experience. This course could be ideal to some as a precursor to taking the Mountain Leader Award.
We are also able to run Mountain skills courses for groups on dates to suit you. Please contact us for a quote.
The Hill Skills course is aimed at the beginner hill walker. The syllabus covers the planning of walks, the use of a map, the equipment required, the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment. This course takes place in countryside and moorland areas where the skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland. Again the course is 2 days long and is open to anyone aged 12 and over.
This course is being run in conjunction with Ian Winterburn from Everything Outdoors. Ian is an accomplished fell runner and member of his local Mountain Rescue team. This course is suited to hill walkers, fell, trail and road runners who want to improve their navigation and general hill skills.
To book on this course please call Ian on 07733 266595.
This course currently has 1 booking and will definitely run once 2 bookings are received.
Join Lupine Adventure for a Hill Skills course designed to give you the skills and confidence to explore the hill areas of Britain. Your course tutor Jo Chitty has a background in plant ecology and is a fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leader. She will take you through a syllabus that includes; the planning of walks, walking skills on rough ground, clothing & equipment, weather, navigation, environmental knowledge, and hazards & emergency procedures.
The course is being delivered by Lupine Adventure in conjunction with Black Dog Outdoors www.blackdogoutdoors.co.uk who seek to connect people with the great outdoors to promote better mental health. You do not have to have a diagnosed mental health condition to attend. Black Dog events are open to anyone who feels they would benefit from being involved. There will not be any awkward questions about your mental health, just a supportive and understanding environment to expand your skills and take the next step on your outdoor adventure.
This course has been subsidised by the Mountain Training Association www.mountain-training.org and will run with a minimum of 2 participants.
As well as the date above we are able to run Hill Skills courses for groups on dates to suit you, Please contact us for a quote.
Before attending these courses you will need to register with Mountain Training (£20 for those 18 years old and over, 12-17 year olds FREE).
More information is available from our Hill and Mountain Skills web site.
The Yorkshire Dales is Lupine’s local playground for all manner of outdoor activities with many of our staff truly “Yorkshire born and bred” having an intimate knowledge, and obsessive love for, this exquisite area. Some might say it’s “God’s Own Country”, and who dare contradict them?
The area offers beauty and challenge in divine proportion…
For those wishing to raise money for charity or just push themselves among beautiful surroundings, Lupine can support a range of walking challenge events.
Lupine provide a range of rock climbing activities using skilled and qualified instructors with great knowledge of Yorkshire Dales climbing venues, indoors and out. These include –
Speak to us about your Yorkshire rock climbing plans.
With our wealth of local knowledge we can add value to your day or long distance walk.
The Yorkshire Dales has some fantastic long distance walking routes
We can guide sections of these walks, taking care of the navigation and other logistics, leaving you free to enjoy the journey.
Our navigation courses and Mountain Training Hill Skills coursescan all be run in the Yorkshire Dales for your local convenience or to enjoy these special landscapes.
We offer a range of outdoor rock climbing sessions and courses to suit all comers.
They broadly fit into two categories:
We run a wide variety of these throughout the year on single pitch crags in Yorkshire, Derbyshire (The Peak District) and Cumbria (The Lake District). The groups vary widely in experience and aims but some examples follow.
We offer, half day, full day or multi-day sessions climbing and / or abseiling at outdoor crags, and shorter sessions (from 1 hour to 4 hours) on indoor climbing walls.
Get in touch to discuss your requirements or fill in a booking form
Example Price: From £196 for a one day outdoor climbing for up to 8 people in Yorkshire or the Peak District (£140 for half day).
Maximum Group Size: 14 people.
We run a multitude of more advanced climbing courses and experiences, some examples of which are detailed below. The courses listed are examples that we have run in the past but we can customise them to fit your availability and requirements. We can run these courses anywhere in the UK with a suitable venue.
This 2 day course is for people who want to learn to climb independently outdoors. It covers the skills needed to climb at single pitch crags using top ropes; skills which will open up a huge amount of quality climbing to you across the UK. Top roping enables you to climb independently and is also a valuable building block for lead climbing. This course does not involve lead climbing.
Example Price: From £329 for a 2 day course based in Ilkley.
Maximum group size: 6 (from £55 per person)
Previous experience required: Some outdoor climbing and/or climbing independently indoors.
As with all our skills courses, the syllabus will be tailored to the needs of the individual so will vary from course to course.
Learn the skills required to start leading climbs outdoors. This 2-day course is also suitable for those who are already leading outside but would benefit from some professional instruction to fine tune their skills.
Group size: Up to 4 people. Price: From £422 Experience required: Independent outdoor climbing and/or leading indoors. Syllabus includes:
Please note that we do not guarantee that you will lead a route on this course. While this will be the aim it will depend upon the assessment of the instructor as to whether or not it is safe to do so. This assessment will take into account events on the day including the weather.
In addition to this 2-day course we also offer 1 day and multi-day courses to provide a quicker introduction, a recap, or a more in-depth course. Please contact us to discuss a bespoke course.
Learn or develop the skills for multi-pitch climbing. Making the move from single pitch climbing to multi-pitch climbing offers new challenges and requires new skills. This course covers the skills you need to move into the multi-pitch environment, including, for those that are ready for it, multi-pitch leading. For those who already have multi-pitch climbing skills, this course can be tailored to develop those skills to a more advanced level. It is therefore suitable for 2 climbers at different stages in their skills and abilities. It can also be booked for a single climber.
Often booked as a 2-day course, this is also available as a single day for those wanting a quicker introduction or to fine tune their existing skills, and as a multi-day course for those who have the time to go into extra depth.
Price: from £195 per day
For anyone that wants to be taken multi pitch climbing, including on mountain crags and sea cliffs. This could be as an introduction to multi pitch climbing prior to going on a skills course, could be because there is a route you’ve always wanted to do, or could just be because you want the experience. Either way a day of guided climbing can make this happen. Like all our courses this is available as a gift. Suitable for 1 or 2 people.
Price: From £195 per day.
Want to improve your grade, at bouldering, indoor wall climbing, or outdoor climbing? This is the course for you. Group size: Up to 6Price: From £102 per half day
Get in touch to discuss your requirements or fill in a booking form
Whether your aim is to raise money for charity, a team-building exercise with a difference, or purely the satisfaction of completing one of these challenges, we can provide the event for you.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise with an involvement in social and environmental issues, we are the natural choice for fundraisers. If you represent a charity or large group wishing to organise a sponsored event then please take a look at our Information for Charities and Large Groups page.
In addition to mountain challenges we also run climbing, abseiling and mixed activity events. No challenge is too big or too small for us so if you don’t see what you want here then get in touch – we are happy to work with you to come up with the right event for you.
Winter brings additional challenges to the mountain environment. Snow, ice and extremes of weather can dramatically increase the danger for the winter mountaineer, but for those who wish to face these challenges when winter walking, the experience can be fantastic.
Get together with friends and book one of our Winter Mountain Leaders to guide or train you or join an 'open' course on a set date.
We have Winter Mountain Leaders available for bookings in the following areas throughout the winter.
To book a Winter Mountain Leader for a private winter skills course or for a guided winter walk it costs £150 + £25 per person per day for up to 6 people. Overnight expeditions will cost a bit more. If you want to set a location and date and then ask us to publicise your days walk on our 'winter email list' then just let us know. If you would like to join this list to be notified when we are going out over winter at short notice then you can do at the top of the page.
We run these courses over 3 days but if you can't stay for the Monday then just knock £85 off the price
On the first two days of the course there is a heavy empahasis on learning the skills and the third day is where we put it all together on a day walk. The benefits of day 3 cannot be understated as this is where everything learnt on the previous two days consolidates.
The aim of this course is to train you in the skills needed to operate as a winter walker in the British Isles. You will learn how to use an ice axe, crampons and winter boots to their full as well a covering weather, snowpack, avalanche avoidance and route planning on a daily basis.No previous winter walking or winter mountaineering experience is necessary to attend this course.
The course starts each morning interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts before setting out. On the hill the course moves from teaching the basics of using an ice axe and crampons to learning to arrest a slip or slide safely. Avalanche awareness and snowpack analysis is an underpinning theme throughout together with navigation and route choice.
The exact syllabus will vary depending on weather conditions and what you are most keen to learn.
Areas we will cover
Courses will run with qualified Winter Mountain Leaders with a maximum ratio of 1:6 so that you can gain the most from the experience.
Courses will be run with a minimum of 2 participants.
Please take a look at the winter kit list. If you need to borrow anything then just ask and we will bring it along. We may not have suitable boots your size, if we don't then we can advise you on where you can hire them.