Testimonials

Read our clients' feedback and testimonials about their outdoor activities, mountain courses, training and adventure holidays:


Many thanks for your guidance up Scafell Pike last Saturday, we would have been lost with out you, given the weather conditions were dreadful, and map reading would have been testing given the low cloud cover. Would highly recommend.

Jon Sanderson


We had a half day climbing course with Iain in the Langdales. It was brilliant. He is an excellent instructor and guide. We learnt a lot and I felt we were in very safe hands. If you want to climb and you need a guide it”s so hard find the right person. We hit the jackpot with Iain and I would highly recommend him to all standards of climbers, children and adults. I have been on mountaineering trips to the Alps and Scottish Winter Mountaineering courses with different adventure companies, Iain outshines them all. We will definitely be calling him when we come to the Lakes again next year. Thank you Iain

Jane Carter


Had a great afternoon ghyll scrambling near Langdale with Iain, my children thought it was amazing & the scenes where beautiful! I would recommend everyone doing this, it was a active but fun day with my family. We will be trying another course next time we visit the lakes! Thanks Iain

Louise Cawthorn


Had a really fun day climbing with my 6 year old son. It was a beautiful location, Ollie got lots of climbing done and got his first taste of climbing outdoors! The crag was just the right level of difficulty, a bit tricky for Ollie in the morning but by the end of the day had got to the top 10 times on a variety of routes. He was a very happy boy! Iain spent some time with me showing how to set up the top rope etc. It was a perfect day. Tell lain what you want and he will deliver.

John Richmond


I took my daughter ghyll scrambling in the Esk Gorge with Kendal Mountaineering Services. We had a thoroughly good time, especially doing the numerous jumps into the ghyll. I will be telling everyone I know to get in touch with Iain when they visit the Lakes.

Nick Sutcliffe


Absolutely Brilliant!! I'd like to start by saying just what a down to earth,decent guy Iain is, he took me and a group of friends for a multi pitch trad climbing course in Langdale.

We had a fantastic day learning everything we needed to get started trad climbing, with very clear and helpful instruction.

Iain is a very good teacher he didn’t just tell us what to do, he gave us a good understanding of why and how things worked.

I was really surprised just how much we fit into our day and how much we all learned so it was really worth every penny. We will definitely be back for another course in the future. Thanks.

Tom Hayton


Two day mountain navigation course with Iain left me feeling 1000 percent more confident about my ability to find my way safely about the fells, especially in poor visibility. He”s a great instructor: challenging, great company & clearly knows his stuff. Had a very pleasant pint at the end of Day One … which is always a bonus. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him!!

Jon Brown


Absolutely fantastic walk to Langdale Pikes and High Raise with the Iain who escorted me. Despite relatively sporty and active, I wasn’t too sure what to expect but Iain pitched the walk just to the right level and was very patience when I wasn’t 100% sure I could ascend to a certain peak. I felt suitably challenged and accomplished on our return. I am so fortunate to have seen such spectacular views of the Lake District and without Iain it would not have been possible. Thoroughly recommendable and without a doubt the best part of my trip to the area.

Gemma Gowers


Iain took my partner and I Ghyll Scrambling up Stickle Ghyll on a Sunday afternoon, and we were fortunate enough to be the only ones on the booking for that time. We saw the Lake District from a totally different viewpoint, and had a brilliant time jumping into pools, climbing waterfalls, and even learning a bit about the area we were in.

I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to book with Iain again next time we’re in the area, he was friendly, helpful, took some excellent photographs which were included in the price, and provided all the kit we needed to enjoy ourselves safely. The hot chocolate at the end was well appreciated to get some warmth back into our fingertips too!

Ben Jones


Thank you Iain, John and I had a brilliant day in the beautiful Langdale valley. Learning to lead climb on the lovely rock was just what I hoped it would be. Your instruction and pictorial follow up means that I now feel able and well equipped to take John and I off into the hills for a day of trad climbing. It is always a leap of faith to book an instructor for a very important day of training of any kind, and you were an excellent listener and teacher. Thanks again.

Sue and John


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Iain Gallagher, Lakes Outdoor ExperienceLakes Outdoor Experience is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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