Testimonials

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


We spent a day with Iain doing guided scrambling in the Lake District, and it was fantastic. We are new to harder scrambling, and Iain tailored the day perfectly to suits our ability. When climbing on more difficult grade 3 terrain, Iain made us feel safe and at ease, which meant we felt more confident and thoroughly enjoyed our day. We got great value for money, and Iain even provided us with some great photographs. Iain”s experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for the outdoors are second to none and we would not think twice about recommending Iain and Kendal Mountaineering Services. We’ll definitely be back!

We’ve been thinking of booking another day later in the year focusing on grade 3s and possibly grade 4s, or possibly doing a skills course, and so we’ll be in touch!

Ben & Becky Wilson


A fantastic day with Iain kayaking on Windermere and ghyll scrambling in beautiful Longsleddale. Iain was really patient with Robert who had not done either activity before and who finished the day both happy and exhausted. The off road drive up to the top of Longsleddale was also exciting!

Mark and Robert Wight


Fantastic Navigation Skills day with Iain, learning skills to stop me,and any others who would chose to follow me, getting lost! The benefit of skilled, experienced and patient,teaching and practice on the hillside way surpasses anything you can read or get online.

Also great spot for Wild Camping – I’ll keep it quiet as don't want everyone using it!

Added bonus was a genuine off road experience in Iain’s Landie!

I am hopeful of persuading others to have the KMS experience. Thanks again Iain.

Nick Charles


I recently went on a day course in the Lake District and have to say that I thought it was both extremely informative and also enjoyable. I found immediate confidence after discussing my ambitions with Iain as he immediately knew what would suit my needs from this. As you can see from Iain”s profile he is very experienced and this showed on the day. There were a few other climbers on the routes that day that were great examples of what not to do in terms of etiquette and safety, which was very apparent to me from what Iain had taught me in terms of the right way to do things. Iain took pictures throughout the day and has since sent me them with notes on each picture which allows me to re-familiarise and study.

Overall I had a great experience and felt I was in very good hands the whole day. I would highly recommend Iain and Kendal Mountaineering Services and I will look to use them again for my future climbing needs.

Adam Mitcheson


Thank you Iain,for such a great scrambling course – we’ll return to the Lakes with rope and gear as soon as we can! It was exactly what we were hoping for – to learn to protect ourselves on more adventurous routes and to get some confidence for heading off to the hills for a scramble. And great fun too!

Helen McDonald


Susanne and I have just done a bespoke 2 day navigation skills course with Iain in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District.

We were highly impressed with Iain's knowledge and experience. His easy going nature enabled us to relax and learn the various skills involved in navigation. The course is structured well with each skill set blending into the next set. Suddenly you find yourself being able to find a 8 grid reference on the map and then walking and locating it on the ground!

When necessary his attention to our safety was obvious and reassuring.

One of the things Susanne and I did while on the course was to to pick Iain”s brains in relation to outdoor clothing and equipment. This was great as it is going to be a huge help in ensuring we choose the right gear the first time.

We both highly recommend anyone wishing to do a navigation skills course to contact Iain. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we did and at the same time learning some essential skills to enjoy the outdoors. We have already decided our next course with Iain is going to be the summer mountain craft course. Just need to tell him now!

John McMurray


Have just finished a two day navigation course in Kentmere,not only did we pick the perfect weather for the weekend, but in Iain we picked the perfect instructor, there was nine of us on the course and Iain had time for everyone,I had some map reading skills before,but Iain taught me a lot of new skills ,and i am now confident to go out and use these on my own,i got more out of the weekend than i expected and i will be booking a course to take me to the next stage. Thanks Iain.

Steve Ball


I have just completed a 2 day mountain navigation course with Iain in Kentmere, beautiful weather, great setting and excellent instructor. I now feel confident to navigate the hills and mountains safely with my family, I had a basic knowledge before starting this course but was very rusty and within a short space of time was able to read 8 digit grid references with ease.

I know have a good base to take me up to the next level and look forward to doing a different course with KMS in the future.

Thanks again Iain, Glenn

Glenn Fitzsimmons


I recently took part on a two day navigation course with Iain at kms. I was a complete novice regarding using a map and compass Before the course but I now feel confident I could navigate safely and accurately in a mountain environment thanks to Iain's extensive knowledge and first class tuition. I look forward to completing more mountain based courses with KMS. Thanks again Iain

Paul Mckinnel


Had a great day with Iain taking instruction on trad leading and multi-pitch climbing techniques. Lot’s of good information tailored to meet our needs. Iain created a safe environment for us to be able to have a lot of fun while learning so we were able to go out a few days later and practice our new skills. Thanks Iain.

Paul Bacon


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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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