Lupine Adventure Co-operative are an Approved Activity Provider for the expedition section of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. We can work with groups that are already established (though a school or youth group) and with individuals who we bring together to form a group (an open expedition).
Please select one of the two options below for further information.
Lupine Adventure Co-operative is a not-for-profit, social enterprise made up of qualified Mountain Leaders and Youth Workers. We are an approved activity provider for the DofE expedition section.We are able to run the whole expedition part of the DofE or simply help with the bits you need help with. We have a pool of equipment that can be used by the participants and can even help the young people or your organisation apply for the funding to pay for it if your budget does not stretch.
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 9 Hill Skills and 13 Mountain Skills courses, and trained a total of 106 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 14 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.
£99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20 (18 years and over, FREE for 12-17 year olds).
Limited places - this course will definitly run
17-18 August 2019
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 over the age of 14.
£99 + Mountain Training registration fee of £20
(18 years and over FREE for 12-17 year olds).
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 walkers as well as fell, trail and road runners.
To book on this course please call Ian on 07733 266595.
We run this course with a minimum of two participants.
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 fell, trail and road runners who want to improve their navigation and general hill skills. If you would like a more walking focussed course please look at our courses in May, June and August.
Edale, Peak District
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 Lowland Leader award is a Mountain Training Association qualification which has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK and Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so this award is ideal for teachers, youth group volunteers and walking club leaders in the vast majority of the country.
The Lowland Leader Award is a two day training course followed by a 2 day assessment and will qualify you in the eyes of most organisations for taking groups out in Lowland countryside in the UK. There is a bolt on 'Expedition skills module' to be completed after you are qualified which some organisations may require you to do if you are in charge of taking DofE groups out.
If Lupine Adventure run your expeditions then we will give you £150 off per day for each of your staff who have completed their Lowland Leader training and can therefore look after a group in Lowland Leader terrain under our direction. We can staff your expeditions with a maximum of half your trained staff and half our qualified staff.
We run Lowland Leader trainings and assessments in partnership with Kirsty Brien. We can run lowland leader courses for established groups of four or more in areas from the Peak District to Northumberland. As so much countryside is Lowland Leader terrain this can potentially be very close to where your School or organisation is based, saving you time and money on transport and accomodation. We also run open courses on the following dates.
If you would like to book on one of the above dates or arrange dates and a location to suit your group of 4 or more particiants you can do so via our booking form
We understand that you may wish to discuss if the Lowland Leader is the appropriate qualification for you or your organisation and we welcome such enquiries. If you do wish to discuss the Lowland Leader pathway, seek further information or explore the possibility of booking a bespoke course please contact us.
This is completed via the Mountain Training Website, you have to create an account on their Candidate Management System (if you don't have one already).
You then register for the Lowland Leader scheme which will cost £44
Before attending training you have to have logged 10 varied walks in lowland terrain where the use of a map was required. These could have been completed before you registered for the award. You then attend a 2 day training course.
You then have to spend a bit of time putting what you have learnt on the training into practice.
Before you attend assessment you have to have completed 20 walks in lowland countryside in different types or terrain (woodland, costal, farmland etc). You then attend a 2 day Assessment.
If, after you have passed your Lowland Leader Award, you decide to you can opt to do the Expedition Skills Module. This Module takes one weekend to complete and is combined training and assessment in the one weekend.
When you register for either the Lowland Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader scheme you'll automatically be registered for the Expedition Skills Module.
The prerequisites for the Expedition Skills Module are as follows:
Lowland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered during your two day training course.
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 and indoor climbing courses to suit all comers:
Climbing Experience sessions. If you have a group that you want to be taken climbing (school group, youth group, family etc.) then this is for you.
Those wanting to learn or develop the skills needed for independent outdoor climbing will find the course for them from our range of ‘skills’ courses.
Guided experience. For individuals or pairs wanting the full adventure climbing experience. This can include climbing classic routes in the mountains or on sea cliffs.
In addition we offer bespoke courses so if you want something that you don’t see here, please ask. If you want advice about where you’re at with your climbing and how to take it forward then call or email us and we’ll be happy to discuss it.
We run most of our outdoor climbing courses in Yorkshire, the Peak District, North Wales and the Lake District. If you have a different location in mind then let us know as we are often happy to run courses in other areas.
Half or full day sessions climbing and/or abseiling at outdoor crags and shorter sessions (from 1 hour to 4 hours) on indoor climbing walls.
Suitable for individuals as well as groups of all kinds; school and youth groups, stag/hen parties, work place groups, scouts, guides family and friends.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks
Welsh 3000's Challenge
Climbing Ben Nevis
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.