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Coronavirus Update

Posted on: March 22nd, 2020 by Lost Earth Adventures

Abseiling lesson

Covid-19: We. Not Me.

Published: 22nd March 2020
Updated: 27th March 2020

A message from our founders

As an adventure tour operator, the desire to explore the mountains and wild places around us is integral to who we are as a company and who we are as people. We live to work, to play and to educate in the outdoors; to share our passion and knowledge with others. To live adventurously.

It’s in our DNA.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is unprecedented. There is no denying it has affected every aspect of our lives. Normally in times of uncertainty we seek solace in the mountains, nature can act as a great escape.

The government has advised against non-essential travel. Last week, we would have said that enjoying the great outdoors was essential; vital to the mental health and well-being of our clients and our guides.

But, these are not normal times, they are extraordinary. And thus, we must also act extraordinarily.

Suspension of Tours/Activities – until the end of April 2020
It is with sadness, but with the utmost concern for the safety and well-being of our families, our instructors and guides, our clients and quite frankly, everyone else, we have decided to postpone all activities, tours and courses from today (22nd March 2020) to the end of April 2020.

The Future…
As it currently stands, we are still running events from May onwards. We are taking pre-cautions and we will be following the advice of our government closely. This may change and we will contact our clients directly when/if this happens.

What We Have Been Doing
Our office is currently closed to the public and staff. All office staff are working from home until further notice. Our remote storage units have been disinfected and deep cleaned, as have our PPE and other additional equipment. We have been washing our hands! And as a company have been practising social distancing.

For Clients Booked on Events between 22nd March 2020 to 30th April 2020
• All clients that booked an event with Lost Earth Adventures will be contacted directly.
• You will be provided with a credit-note, valid for 2-years. Your event can be rearranged at any point within this timeframe.

For Clients Booked from 1st May 2020 Onwards
For all activities starting from 1st May 2020 onwards you have the following three choices:

Option 1
You have the option to postpone the date of your activity to anytime within 2 years of your original booking. We will make this change free of charge to whatever date you like. You must tell us this at least 31 days prior to the activity taking place.

or

Option 2
You can keep the date you are booked onto but you must pay the remaining balance by the date it is due. Failure to pay the balance of your activity by the date the payment is due would be taken as a cancellation from yourselves and you will forfeit any money you have already paid. If you are wanting to keep the date and you have already paid your balance in full then you must let us know you are still planning to come.

or

Option 3
You can cancel the activity but you will forfeit money in accordance with our standard terms and conditions: https://www.lostearthadventures.co.uk/uk-courses-terms-and-conditions/

For People Wanting to Book
Please do! We’ve outlined some temporary booking conditions, valid for all bookings made from 20th March until 1st August. If you book, and then have to cancel your event due to Coronavirus:

• Cancellation or postponement, 15+ days before event: we will provide a 100% refund.
• Cancellation or postponement, 10-14 days before event: 50% refund
• Cancellation or postponement, 9-days or less – no refunds

Gift Vouchers
For anyone that purchases a gift voucher with us from the 22nd March onwards, your voucher will be valid for 2-years. Gift vouchers can be purchased at: https://www.lostearthadventures.co.uk/experience-days-gift-vouchers/ or by ringing our office on 01904 500094.

How Can You Support Lost Earth Adventures?

Spread the word!
Please tell your friends and family about Lost Earth Adventures. We, and others in the travel and tourism industry (and our friends in the hospitality industry) are facing unprecedented times. Anything you can do to keep our company in the spotlight would be gratefully appreciated.

Buy Gift Vouchers!
These can be used for up to 24-months from purchase.

Plan & Book Your Next Adventure!
Wanderlust and staying indoors are a perfect recipe for concocting your next great adventure. Whether that’s rock climbing, canyoning, trekking or organising a charity challenge, we’re here to help you.

Share our Social Media Posts
We are a community and though our physical adventures have stopped for the time being, we will continue to share inspirational content, educational tips and tricks, and things to lighten the mood online.

Continued Updates
We will continue to update this page as our operational position changes. We will continue to follow government guidelines.

Contacting Lost Earth Adventures
Please note that we are receiving large volumes of calls and should you have any concerns regarding a current booking with us, please do not call us, but email us at: info@lostearthadventures.co.uk. Include your booking date and reference number in the subject line.

We. Not Me.
Collectively, we must think: we, not me. Us, not I. And seriously, please do stay home. When this all passes – and it will – we look forward to sharing the joy of the outdoors again. We will climb mountains, we will splash in rivers and we will reach summits. The hills will be there for us another day, just not now.

Thank You
And lastly, but definitely not least, we want to say a heartfelt thank you. We started Lost Earth Adventures over 10-years ago, and we are nothing without you, the supporters, the ones that have come out to play with us over the years. Your emails, phone calls and messages of support have not gone unnoticed. You are our heroes.

Now, go and wash your hands!

Sincerely,

Sarah & Richard Goodey
Founders, Lost Earth Adventures

If you have any questions regarding an upcoming trip or activity with us, please contact us on 01904 500 094 or email us at info@lostearthadventures.co.uk.

Caving for beginners

Posted on: March 10th, 2020 by Lost Earth Adventures

Descending into darkness, caving in Yorkshire

Group take part in caving for beginners course
It’s only natural for us to have very rigid ideas about something we’re afraid of. These ideas are seldom generated from real-life experience, instead formed by horror stories and word of mouth. As with anything, if you dare take the plunge, the reality is much more rewarding.

We sat down with relative Lost Earth Adventures newbie, Glenn, who took us through his recent caving experience. We discuss caving for beginners, Goyden Pot, and the descent into darkness.

Caving for beginners: A first-hand account

How did you find your first caving experience?

It was a definite eye-opener. You have this idea in your head that caving will be all about squeezing through tight crevices and feeling claustrophobic and trapped, but it’s not the case.

Let’s rewind. How did you enter the cave?

Group of beginner cavers pose in Yorkshire cave

Our group headed down a field towards a clear stream. You see the cave opening for the first time. It looks quite small and it’s a daunting prospect, knowing you’ll be going in, but the excitement to explore surpasses all other emotions at this point.

The water is crystal clear, too. We clamber over huge boulders as darkness shrouds us. The first thing I notice is how clean everything looks.

I had visions of overgrown moss everywhere and slippery rocks and watery mud baths. But down here, no moss grows. Craig, our guide, eagerly explains the cave’s geological past with such enthusiasm, but it never feels forced or uninteresting. There’s a great balance to it all.

Did caving feel dangerous to you?

Team of beginner cavers explore caves
Surprisingly, no. Our group were all kitted out properly and we all felt comfortable following Craig. You could see Craig mentally scouting ahead to check for possible obstructions. I think it’s called a dynamic risk assessment, so we always felt safe even as caving beginners.

After a moment or two, our group were all working together to help each other down higher descents, showing each other where to place our feet. I think the exhilaration of exploring something so secret is what motivated us all the most.

How do you mean, secret?

Man exploring tight tubes in caves

When you descend into a cave, there’s this overwhelming feeling of exploring something most people never have or will. It’s like an alien planet down there. Maybe it’s the enclosed feeling or the darkness.

It feels like the last true wilderness. You don’t have your phone or any other distractions. It’s you and your friends, working together in this place. It felt quite liberating.

You went caving after some bad weather, right?

That’s right. Craig told us that parts of the cave may be unpassable and we’d use another cave if so. At one point, he stopped the group at a crossroads with two possible paths. ‘Which way do you think we go from here?’ Craig asked us. We guessed which way, but we were all wrong. It wasn’t left or right but straight down! He was perched over a tight crevice in the ground with a tree branch wedged within. None of us could believe it!

Incredible! And did you go down it?

Because of weather the previous few days, we agreed to take another route, but we would have. That’s what surprised me, I guess. How many possible routes you could take. Craig asked us beforehand if we were all comfortable with tight spaces, water and getting on our hands and knees. Where we went in the cave depended on what we were comfortable with, which is perfect.

Anyway, the passage we took narrowed and we had to crouch, climb down huge boulders before the passageway opened up to a gigantic chamber. For me, this was unbelievable and so unexpected.

A big chamber in the cave?

Caving beginners in large cave in Yorkshire

Yes! We heard water flowing and the echoes of our voices definitely made everything more atmospheric. We gathered around Craig on a boulder and listened intently as he explained how such a chamber was formed. You could barely see the roof of the cave, it was that big.

It was hard for me to get a shot of the chamber without it simply looking like blackness, but our group were genuinely staggered. You don’t expect to see that in a cave.

And you tried your hand at vertical caving?

Group attempt vertical caving for beginners

Yes! The instructors set up the abseil, we harnessed up and took turns to shimmy across a high rock ledge, then we abseiled down into the chamber. Descending like that with only the light from a few head torches was simply sublime, it’s hard to put into words.

And again, I was so surprised by how accessible vertical caving was, even as beginners.

Would you go caving again?

Absolutely. Without question! If you haven’t tried caving before, you must. I’ve already got another caving trip planned in the months ahead.

Do you have any advice for beginner cavers?

For people like me who didn’t really know what it caving was like, I’d say: don’t be tricked into thinking it’s all about tight spaces, water and battling claustrophobia. Those extreme caves are there if you want them but it’s your day, so you tell the instructor what you want to experience and they’ll deliver. It’s magical!

Caving with Lost Earth Adventures

Man caving tight crevices on extreme caving trip

As Glenn mentioned, caving with Lost Earth Adventures is ultimately about you.

You decide whether you want to cave for half a day or a full day, or whether you want caving for beginners or an extreme caving experience.

You decide whether to add ropes, ladders and harnesses into the mix in vertical caving. The choice is yours.

How much does caving cost?

Our caving sessions start from £49 per person in our Open Group sessions. Private sessions and Vertical Caving depend on group sizes. All prices include equipment and excellent client to staff ratios.

Where to go caving

The UK is one to some truly epic caves. Our two primary locations are the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, arguably the best places to go caving in the UK. Our locations are suited for caving beginners to very experienced cavers. You can browse all caving locations on our website, see our caving and potholing courses, or contact us if you have more questions.

How to organise a charity abseil event

Posted on: March 2nd, 2020 by Lost Earth Adventures

Fundraising and organising a charity abseil

Man urban abseiling for charity event
Easily one of the fastest-growing fundraising events, a charity abseil is challenging, fun and very successful in raising money. Before we get into how to organise one for your charity, let’s look at what the event actually entails…

What is urban abseiling?

Urban abseiling for charity in city centre

Most of us can relate to the fear of heights, even if you have a head for it. While rural abseiling is often preceded by rock climbing, urban abseiling brings the fear to the cities.

Participants start at the top of a chosen landmark – a building, a bridge, a viaduct, etc. – harness up, then conquer their fear by slowly rappelling down.

What makes it perfect as a charity event is the exposure you receive by being in a central location.

Think about it. Doing a charity abseil out in the sticks means friends and family will be less tempted to come and watch, while media and news crews may not make the effort.

In the city, friends can show their support, locals may stop to ogle what’s going on and it’s easy for media companies to cover your event. More exposure equals more donations to your cause. In fact, urban abseils often raise anywhere between £2,000 and £40,000+.

Is urban abseiling scary?

Woman abseiling down church for charity

We won’t lie, looking down from the top of a high building is a daunting prospect. Harnessing up and taking that first step down fills you with dread, but you may be surprised by how quickly you get used to it.

If you or your participants feel especially fearful, our trained guides are great at helping you overcome it. After all, a charity challenge isn’t a challenge at all without some element of fear.

How do you organise a charity abseil?

Well, the first thing you’ll need to do is decide which building you want to abseil down. You need a building tall enough and central enough to make your fundraising abseil stand out. Lost Earth Adventures often run charity abseils at the K2 building in Hull, a popular location. We’ve run abseils across the UK though, at just about every major city, from skyscrapers to bridges and viaducts to churches and other religious buildings.

Once you decide where you wish to do the abseil, let us know and, if we haven’t already undertaken a safety inspection, we’ll do all this for you ready for the big day.

Advertising a charity event

Vicar abseiling down church for charity
While we sort the safety, equipment and logistics of your event, you need to get people to join your event and help raise funds. Easy enough if you’re a business doing a charity event – your employees can take part.

For charities, there are lots of avenues you can explore. Speak with local businesses and national ones with offices near you. Create an event on social media and spread the word as far as you can. You could do leaflet drops in your area or advertise in local newspapers and other printed material.

Man abseiling down building in Yorkshire

The nature of urban abseiling often means people from every walk of life are willing to get involved. We’ve had young children, parents, and grandparents take part. Teachers, lawyers, doctors, factory workers and even vicars have got involved. Again, with it being in the centre of a town or city, it’s very convenient for people to join your event.

What about media and news companies? Getting coverage this way helps broaden the exposure. Naturally, we’ll also help advertise your event in any way we can. You’ll want to create a buzz before the event but taking lots of photos and videos on the day is equally important.

You can then share this immediately after the event and charities often get last-minute donations in this way. You can see more of our top tips for fundraising here.

So, now you should be all clued up and raring to start planning your charity urban abseil. See our charity abseils in more detail or explore other popular charity challenges.

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