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    UKCG Association Recognition.

    May 2nd, 2017

    UKCG Recognition

    UK Canyon Guides has had a large growth in participation over the last 12 months and have seen a rapid increase in attendance to the Canyon Guide Courses.

    UKCG have now ran courses throughout the UK, Germany, Kenya and Spain.

    We now have providers traveling from countries such as Hong Kong & Taiwan traveling to our affiliated centres here in the UK, to become qualified canyon guides. This shows that the quality of our training is being accepted internationally as well as at home here in the UK.

    Adventurous Activities Licensing Service (AALS) In April 2017 our Northern Rep attended a consultancy meeting with the Health & Safety Executive Licensing Service (AALS) and has made positive steps forward to becoming an approved course for the Gorge Ghyll Leader environment. The scheme has been praised for the very clear guidance of the pre requisites, training and assessment scheme in place.

    We will be inviting inspectors from the Licensing Service to our future training & assessment courses to gain official recognition & approval.

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    Gorge Leader Award. Success

    May 2nd, 2017

    Introducing the new GGL Award.

    Aims of Award

    To promote best practice for Gorge and Ghyll leadership within the UK. Successful performance during assessment indicates that the candidate has the skill level required to lead groups in appropriate locations within the Gorge/Ghyll leader grading system.

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    New UKCG Bolting Canyons course

    May 5th, 2013

    Canyon Bolting

    As more people get skills to descend canyons in the UK there is a much higher chance of people placing bolts in our canyons.  UKCG feel its very important to educate people on how to place and inspect bolts in canyons.

    Bolting Canyons Bolting Canyons course 

    This 2 day workshop covers all of the basics on how to place bolts correctly in order build a safe anchor.  We hope that people will place bolt responsible, with thought and in a useful manner for others to us in the future.

    Course content:-

    • Drills
    • Rock types
    • Bolts
    • Glues
    • Inspection
    • Where to place ”canyon” bolt
    • How to place a ”canyon” bolt
    • Equalising bolt anchors
    • Friction – Loading
    • Testing
    • Bolt a canyon

    Course cost £220pp

    Prerequisites for the course:- Technical Canyon or above.


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    UK Canyon Guides @ Glenmore Lodge National Training Centre

    December 20th, 2012
    The Birks Aberfeldy

    Entrance Falls at the Birks o' Aberfeldy

    UKCG is proud to be offering courses through Glenmore Lodge in 2013.  A full programme will be run through the lodge in Aviemore alongside our calendar dates.

    Running our courses through the national centre will not only give us a higher profile but hopefully let people know about us in a national capacity and build on the success of our courses.

    Current course dates at Glenmore lodge are.

    COURSE Res Non Res Max Min Ratio Days
    Learn to Canyon £235 £185 6 3 1:6 2.00 20/05/13 01/06/13 06/07/13 24/08/13 16/09/13
    Technical Canyoning £350 N/A 6 3 1:6 3.00 22/05/13 18/09/13
    Single Pitch Canyon Guide £235 N/A 6 4 1:6 2.00 27/04/13 05/10/13
    Professional Canyon Guide £625 N/A 4 2 1:4 5.00 21/10/13


    Please contact the lodge directly for bookings.   Please feel free to contact UKCG Directly if you have any questions about the courses.

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    May 18th, 2011

    As we explore new canyons and find new trips different techniques are going to be used to descend. Some of us like to bang pegs into the rock. Others prefer to use knot chocks and tat and other like to Drill. All of these techniques are fine until we end up using the canyon a lot. If were leaving gear behind its important to leave them in the right place for the future and make sure they are not to obtrusive on the eye.

    Over the next block of training we will be discussing Bolting ethics and coming up with some guidelines to put onto the UKCG website in order to be responsible. Anybody who isn’t attending the courses please feel free to comment so that these can be taken into consideration.

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    Ullapool Area is definitely canyon land.

    April 22nd, 2011

    A Great Weekend was had by all on the first UKCG meet in Ullapool.  Found lots of new trips to do and opened up what was seen to be the UKs best canyon trip.

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    Ullapool Canyoning Meet

    February 28th, 2011

    Hi Guys Accommodation for the Meet will be at the £17pp bunk rooms. Im not booking any room on or behalf if you want to stat with us give them a call. I will be heading up on the Thursday evening.

    We can take food of buy food at the Ceilidhplace.

    If people need equipment please get in touch i i will take it up for you. We will be taking Rope, Bolting Kit, tape and personal kit. And a few other toys.

    We will be canyoning Friday, Sat, Sunday. Lets hope it stays dry.

    Anyone needing a lift up can also get in touch.

    I think there will be around 10-15 of us at the moment


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    UKCG in FHM

    February 17th, 2011

    UKCG Gets underway with some top class advertising in FHM Jan 2011 issue. Where they review canyoning and do a Q&A with Ben Starkie following the new 127 hours film.

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