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Mandy Glanvill
Mountain Instructor

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Mandy by , phone 017687 80467 or 07817 025363.

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How do I Book on a course?

The best thing to do is contact Mandy directly to discuss what you would like to do. Write, phone or and we'll try and answer all your questions and plan a course you will be more than happy with. Under each course programme is cost and number of days that that particular course can run. Once you have expressed your intention to book we will hold the dates for you for 1 week so you can print the booking form and send a deposit cheque of £50 and completed form to:

WomenRock, Oakdene, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RF.

The remittance will be due 4 weeks before the course begins. Please make all cheques payable to: 'Amanda Glanvill'.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes use of all equipment including rock shoes for climbing in. You will need to bring appropriate clothing and approach shoes or boots for getting to the base of climbs. Travel, accommodation and food is not included. The instructor will meet you at the beginning of each day at a suitable place near the day's chosen venue.

Where should I stay? Venues and Accommodation?

The main area we work in is the Lake District. North Wales is also an excellent venue to run rock climbing and scrambling courses from because both have numerous quality venues for all activities. For those wishing to base themselves in the Peak District we can arrange courses there, mainly on single pitch, grit-stone crags. Scotland offers possibilities for longer 'Alpine style' scrambles and climbs. For those looking to experience some sea cliff climbing adventures, Anglesey, Pembroke, Devon and Cornwall are all possibilities.

It is best to discuss where you plan to stay with Mandy so that she can check it is near enough to suitable climbing venues. In the Lake District, Scotland and North Wales there are a number of different options to suit all tastes. Tourist information offices can recommend accommodation from Hotel, B & B to self catering apartments and cottages, Youth Hostels, campsites and bunkhouses.

For those wishing to base themselves in the North Lakes and enjoy some luxury, peace and quiet after a day of climbing, the 4 Star Borrowdale Gates Hotel is a hidden gem, nestled in the stunning Borrowdale valley, with a good choice of climbing sites to explore close by.

Is Womenrock a women only space?

Rock climbing can be a great activity to expand your horizons in many ways. It is important when you are new to this challenging activity, or if you are wishing to develop and push your limits, that you get the maximum support and feel as relaxed as possible. For many women it is much easier to achieve this relaxed and supportive atmosphere in an all female group.

For these reasons I focus towards providing courses for women specifically to boost their confidence and skills, I also take mixed or male groups and I do take children accompanied by a parent or guardian. I do not hold an AALA licence to take children on their own. Sometimes I find small family groups work very well.