Guided walks, Lakeland scrambles, natural history days and mountain skills training by Steve Banks

Steve is one of the most qualified outdoor practitioners in the world, and has decades of mountaineering experience in Britain and abroad as well as having been a trainer and assessor for the Mountain Leader Award.  He’ll be pleased to help you with your Lake District mountain adventures whatever your standard and interests. Steve also has in-depth environmental knowledge and can, if you wish, use this to enhance your experience and help you develop your understanding of landscape history, geography and ecology as well as how we can minimise our impact on our rapidly shrinking wild spaces.

Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
GUIDED LAKELAND WALKS & SCRAMBLES

Steve provides bespoke guided mountain days walking and scrambling in the Lake District and further afield.  Scafell Pike, Blencathra, Helvellyn, Sharp Edge, Striding Edge and all the other popular mountain routes are available to you as well as the more secluded and less visited areas.  The level of challenge will be tailored to your needs and interests, so whether you like scrambling in high places or low-level walks in the valleys, Steve will be able to devise a suitable day out for you.

Cost £250 per day for up to six people
Dates By personal arrangement at any mutually convenient time
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink and a rucksack. Steve will be able to advise you.
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Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
GUIDED WINTER WALKS & SCRAMBLES

If you are keen to venture into the mountains in winter, Steve will be pleased to support you to do so safely.  He has run winter mountaineering weeks for many years and can provide guided winter days out in the Lakes and Scotland at whatever standard you need.  Whether you fancy winter walking days on Skiddaw, Great Gable or Scafell, or winter scrambles on Helvellyn’s Swirral and Striding Edges or Blencathra via Sharp Edge and Hallsfell Ridge Steve will be able to help.  He can also provide any specific training you would like to help you develop your confidence and skills to become an independent winter walker.

Cost £300 per day for up to six* people maximum
(*depending on activity and environment requested)
Dates By arrangement at any mutually convenient time.
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink and a rucksack. You may also need an ice axe and crampons. Steve will be able to advise you.
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Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
GUIDED NATURE & ENVIRONMENTAL WALKS

If you are interested in natural history, geography, ecology, sustainability or any other aspect of the environment Steve will be delighted to organise days out to engage with the natural wonders the Lake District has to offer.  Recent days out have been centred on butterfly identification for the Big Butterfly Count; glacial geography; bird spotting days, limestone geology (Dales) and general natural history walks looking at whatever comes our way en route.  These days are great fun as well as being educational for people of all ages and interests.  They make excellent family walks.

Cost £250 per day for up to eight people
Dates By arrangement at any mutually convenient time.
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink and a rucksack. Steve will be able to advise you.
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Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
MOUNTAIN NAVIGATION & SKILLS TRAINING

If you are new to the mountains and want to be able to go walking and scrambling safely, independently and in tune with the environment, or are looking to polish your existing skills, Steve will be pleased to support you.  He can offer map and compass navigation training and practice day and night, summer and winter; advice on suitable equipment and its use; guidance on mountain weather; winter skills training with axe and crampons, as well as advice and guidance on sustainable wild camping which leaves no trace of your presence and causes no damage to the environment.

Cost £300 per day for up to six* people maximum
(*depending on activity and environment requested)
Dates By arrangement at any mutually convenient time.
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink, compass, map and a rucksack. Steve will be able to advise you and can provide laminated maps for your use if needed.
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Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
INTRODUCTORY ROCK CLIMBING DAYS

If you want to try your hand at rock climbing the Lake District offers a wide range of exciting venues.  All Steve’s days are personalised so he’ll be pleased to help you with the skills you need to get you off the ground at a site and level suitable for you.

Cost £300 per day for up to six people
Dates By arrangement at any mutually convenient time.
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink and a rucksack. Steve will be able to advise you. Harnesses, ropes, helmets and technical equipment will be provided.
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Mountaineering Private Tuition and Guiding
VIA FERRATA TRIP TO THE DOLOMITES

This exciting trip is based in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomite Alps of north east Italy. It provides five days of via ferrata at a standard suitable for the participants. It’s a fantastic way to visit parts of these spectacular mountains that would be otherwise inaccessible. Steve will provide all necessary support and training during the week to enable you to get the most from your adventure holiday.

Cost £750 per person (does not include transport, accommodation or food)
Dates July 2022 (We’ve had to forgo the 2021 trip due to Covid travel restrictions but hope all will be well for 2022)
Important information You will need suitable clothing, footwear, food, drink and a rucksack. Via ferrata sets and a helmet will also be needed. Steve will discuss the trip with you in full when you contact him.
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STEVE BANKS OUTDOORS

If you are interested in other outdoor activities and environments or would like more information on Steve’s qualifications and expertise please visit his main website here: www.stevebanksoutdoors.co.uk

As well as mountain activities Steve is a highly experienced provider of a wide range of other adventures including paddlesports and caving.