After the very wet, windy and albeit bleak recce, with the absolute troopers Vince and Lesley Rodgers, we had mixed feelings for what our first guided walk would bring. However, we were graced with stunning crisp, blue skies and the wind forecast, was none existent. An absolute winner of a day!
We would like to thank and congratulate all of those that joined us, family, friends, new friends and the trio of dogs that made up an awesome team! We aim to find adventure and make adventure accessible to all. We certainly achieved that goal last weekend.
We set quite a challenging first walk but everyone rose to the occasion and stormed it! From the scramble steps of Grindsbrook Clough to boulder hopping around the peat bog on the Kinder Plateau. For some, however, it was unfortunately unavoidable! Jason and his Chocolate lab Finn took one for the team, demonstrating which way NOT to go and showed us just how deep the bog could be!
Overall we walked a solid 8 miles, a steep up and down but a varied route, stunning views and great company!
Our next walk will be on Sunday 26th November starting in Grindleford and heading up through Padley Gorge. It will be a shorter distance of 6 miles, due to shorter days and it will be slightly easier terrain to accommodate the weather if it is not so kind but either way, the walk will offer a beautiful mixture of river, moorland and woodland and if the gang from last weekend are anything to go by it will be a good laugh!
We have already got 11 booked on so places are going fast! So get in touch via our contact page to sign up!
The ancient woodland and deep-set stream of Padley gorge provide the perfectly picturesque walk. Weaving through the contrasting colours of the leafy paths to the dark heather strewn moorland. We will guide you round the circular route which will last roughly five hours with plenty of drink and snack breaks!
Cost: Adults (16yrs+) £10
When: Sunday 26th November 2017
(9 SPACES LEFT)
Where: Padley Gorge, Grindleford, Peak District
Meet: 9.30am, Grindleford Station car park, S32 2JA
To book or register your interest, please fill in the contact form below with your name, number of participants, date of activity and contact phone number. You will then be emailed a payment invoice to secure your places.
‘Go now, live the dream, big adventures, no excuses’ these are headlines in The Adventure Travel magazine that I was reading whilst sat having my final, Devonshire lunch before the big move back up North (which is now two weeks ago and it has flown). But whilst sat there I had an overwhelming feeling of we have actually done just that, we dreamt, we did, we’ve done, no excuses! This got me thinking, when Stuart and I first met we had a list… some would call it a bucket list, a to-do list, a travel list or even quite simply a date ideas list. Over the past four years we have ticked off a substantial number of trips, places and activities and it is these lists and ideas that have driven us to the adventures we have taken, from something as small as a date day to Yorkshire wildlife park to the more epic dream of let’s be outdoor instructors!
We have spent the past year blogging what we have done but maybe now is the time for a little insight into to what drives us; from the small tasks to the big ventures..
So here it is.. our ‘little big dream list’
For us, our experiences push our limits and deliver constant learning. This helps to set up new adventures for you and provides knowledge which we can pass onto everyone we have the opportunity to work with.
We will always have a dream list and where possible we would like to help with yours… so grab a pen and get making your ‘little big dream list’.
If you comment on this blog with your next little or big dream adventure we will give you a 10% discount on any future guided walk with us!
That moment arrived. That moment happened and that moment with a blink of eye.. passed. That moment when everything we have worked our butts off for came to a close. A mighty successful close might I add! This past week has been the crowning moment that Stuart and I become real life, actually qualified, fully responsible for actual people; Mountain Leaders!
You may have noticed from the safety of your office, the cosiness of your sofa or from behind the speeding wipers on your car that this last week has in fact been a rather soggy one and the thought may well have crossed your mind ‘thank goodness I’m not out in that blummin awful weather’ well, that’s exactly where we were. The aftermath of storm Harvey and hurricane Irma found us across the atlantic, in the high hills of Wales. Being able to successfully reach our designated navigation points through fog, 40+mph winds and hail made the pass even more special. It was no easy ride that’s for sure, as if the pressure of navigating was not enough we were grilled on our local flora and fauna knowledge and expected to hold a conversation too… the art of multitasking was a high priority!
We also completed a two day expedition, which, by now, packing for has simply become second nature, however, a fundamental item was missing from both our bags… gloves.. the fear for frost nip was real! My hands have never been so cold and consequently setting up safety ropes proved tricky but we were not reprimanded for it, we just had to reassure our assessor that we have learnt and we won’t be forgetting them, again.. ever! The feedback gained from the assessors was uplifting and a huge relief. Although, the assessments for the week did not end there..
We finished the expedition, had our debrief, indulged in a subway sandwich and set off to our next meeting. A two day selection course to become overseas expedition leaders (you know us, we are not ones to hang about and twiddle our thumbs) another successful couple of days; we are pleased to announce that we have been accepted and will be assigned on expeditions in 2018.. watch this space for where in the world we end up… Botswana..India.. Costa Rica.. to name a few..
Where would be on your bucket list? Have you been to any of the above? I would love to hear your thoughts…
But before all of this.. Our focus will be returning North to get Take 2 Adventure up and running but for this we need you lovely people!!
We have our guided walk up Kinder Scout in the Peak District in October! If your name isn’t down.. then why not?! Sign up today.. via our guided walks page.
We are also excited to announce that we will be running our very first ‘Irish Escape’.. a few days exploring, walking and relaxing in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains!
More information will be issued in the next few weeks but why not email me to register your interest, so to not miss the updates, as places will be limited.
See you all soooon
Nearly a year ago myself and Laura made a big life decision, to leave our jobs, our house and friends and family to embark on a year’s training programme to become Outdoor Adventure Instructors. Now as our year closes to an end at Dynamic Adventures and we put the last finishing touches on our portfolio of qualifications we can start looking to future endeavours.
Take2Adventure emerged through our passion to try new and exciting adventures and to not be afraid to try again if things go wrong. We are very excited to be able to start pursuing our dreams and offering events and activities for all.
We already have two guided walks in place for October 2017 with people signed up but we still want to fill more places! So if you are reading this and not booked on make sure you check it out on the Walk With Us page.
2018 will be a big year for Take2Adventure, there will be challenge walks, night hikes and week long expeditions added to our adventure list. We will be working with schools to get children involved with the Duke of Edinburgh awards and we have hopes to offer exciting activities for primary schools. Our belief isn’t to repeat events very often so if you see something you like, book on, it might not happen again!
We are also on the hunt for small businesses to launch our corporate section, so if you know anyone or own a business yourself then get in touch to see what we can offer. From adventurous team building days to events and challenges we will make it a day to remember!
Over the years we have been really well supported by family and friends and we are taking this ethos with us into our business. So for anyone who signs up to follow our blog/website you will be in for a treat! There will be updates on events, challenges and adventures, but most importantly you will receive exclusive discount deals for Take2Adventure! You will not get spammed!! To follow us just scroll to the bottom of our page and enter your email address.
We look forward to getting more and more of you involved in the great outdoors!
Today we embark on yet another adventure, yes another hiking adventure. This one, however, could be slightly more epic than our last few. As this expedition will not be in the UK but instead we will be travelling further afield. We will be flying out to Geneva to take on the Tour de Mont Blanc (well half of it at least) we will be starting in Chamonix, then hiking through three countries; France, Switzerland and finishing in Cormayeur, Italy.
This expedition is not for our own personal enjoyment (albeit a perk of the job) we will be sharing our experiences with a group of 16-17 year olds, who we will be assessing, as this epic expedition is the final part of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
I love the outdoors. I love the views. I love the physical challenge (most of the time) I love the experience of exploration but I’m only human I do love a bit of sunshine.. however, after checking the forecast it looks like we are in for an epically interesting, potentially very soggy week..
So we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed the weather people have got it wrong.. and you guys can keep your eyes out for a few photos updates.
Catch up next week.
A heat wave in Scotland?? Who would have thought it.. but better still we were there for it and what an awesome week it was!
We spent four and a half days hiking the Cairngorm hills, sleeping in truly Scottish bothies, wild camping by the side of stunning lochs, basking in the glorious sunshine and meeting some wonderfully interesting people, all of whom helped make our adventure that bit more special with sneaky tips of cool places to go and advice on where to stay. You just can’t beat a bit of local knowledge and a shared passion for the wilderness.
Below is a short video of our trip, we hope you enjoy it.
I am sure many of you have been on amazing adventures and have plenty of stories to go with them but what exactly constitutes an adventure? The dictionary explains it in numerous ways, from “an exciting or very unusual experience” to “a bold, usually risky, hazardous action of uncertain outcome!”
Some of you may need that element of danger, others a physical challenge but the beauty is, the definition of adventure will vary from person to person. We are all different and what may be an adventure to me could just be a normal day for you!
As we are “Take2Adventure”, we thought we would let you in on our personal belief of an adventure;
“Adventure should be a challenge outside of your comfort zone where you are opened up to new experiences .”
We strongly believe that by doing this, you will inspire and motivate yourself and others to find the beauty within our world and by doing so creating lasting memories of happiness.
Just remember, it doesn’t have to be an epic trip away or a dangerous pursuit, adventure is found in everyday moments, both in the new and the old. By looking at things differently and seeing others perspectives you can find true adventure.
As you are reading this you may be thinking, “he hasn’t mentioned the great outdoors!” This is because the great outdoors can be just one form of adventure, there are many, many more! Converting a van, renovating a house, raising a family or changing jobs are all ways of experiencing adventures!
We will soon be creating micro-adventures and events, so you too can join us in experiencing new places and challenges.
Laura here, I thought I’d entertain with my adventures for the week so far..
So, last week’s canoe experience of the pesky drop off was not a one time thing, thankfully no panic scream was heard and the sizeable drop off was not so sizeable as the water level was slightly lower but do not let this fool you, the weir still meant mean business but did I fear it, no, I knew the line I needed to take. I had a strange sense of confidence (was I looking forward to the challenge? I think so.. Who am I and where is the usual ‘me’..)
All I had to do was keep the line. Focus ahead and paddle paddle PADDLE. I had this! Let’s gooooooo!
Fear is strange beast. Nobody ever really speaks freely of their fears. Whether this is a new age perception that showing fear represents signs of weakness but this is not the case. We all recognise fear; we hear it, we see it, we feel it. It creeps in from the sidelines, it cramps my style when perfecting new skills and sometimes it presents itself like ‘BAM! Here I am. I see danger. Get ready for a world of uncontrollable panic’ the danger that fear sees is often only perceived in your minds eye but that does not deflect the body’s responses, it can hinder the most logical of thinkers and can make the simplest of tasks appear massively challenging. Fear is hard to shake but to avoid is not the answer. However, having said all that… Fear found me!
False Evidence Appearing Real. Isn’t that what they say… But telling my brain that whilst I’m trapped in the air pocket of my upturned canoe, being whisked down rapids and bouncing off the rocks was no easy task and it felt bloody real to me!
Luckily, the body works in wonderful ways and adrenaline came along for the ride. After regaining a small amount of composure, air in to my lungs and accepting the disappointing factor that I am in fact in the water instead of on it. I forced myself out from under the canoe, only to be bashed between rock and canoe. Rightly or wrongly I kept hold of the canoe, however, what I failed to establish was that if holding the canoe hinders my safety.. Get rid of the sodding canoe! However, in true Laura fashion I thought more of the boat than I did myself, that was until I took a big hit to my back and I finally thought, sod the boat! Swim! At this point, Katie, my instructor was yelling the same thing, as she tossed me the throw line (Jess you would have been proud, perfect throw.. And catch of course) I was safe!!
Amidst all the chaos, it turns out I still could not let go of the that flippin’ canoe, ever responsible as I am, I had the painter (the canoe’s tow /safety rope) in my trembling hand! The force of the river had subsided the further down I had been swept, so with shaky legs on dry land we were able to haul the canoe up the bank to empty it, find my paddle (which had luckily been caught downstream) and with nothing else for it I got back in my canoe and straight back on to the river to join the rest of the gang, who, unfortunately had missed the whole thing as they were tucked safely around the bend!
So, an action packed day down here in Devon! Am I glad I took the plunge (literally)? Of course. Did it scare the life out of me? Of course. Would I do it again? Of course. (Attempting the weir… Going in the water I will obviously do my best to avoid) For me, it’s about gaining the ability to conquer a small challenge (or in this case quite a hefty challenge) and in doing so gain a fractional amount of self-confidence and satisfaction. Doing one thing every day that scares you is not about the outcome, it’s about the process. I cannot avoid the fear but I can face it, fight it and succeed! I may have ended up in the river, not part of the plan, but my success was handling the situation well and hey, next time fingers crossed I’ll stay dry! 😊