#GetOutdoors Profile: Mandy Glanvill
For today’s Get Outdoors Profile we’re heading up to the beautiful Lake District where Mandy Glanvill runs her business Womenrock. As the name suggests, Mandy focuses on working mostly with women, she explains that “It is important when you are new to this challenging activity, or if you are wishing to develop and push your limits, that you get the maximum support and feel as relaxed as possible. For many women it is much easier to achieve this relaxed and supportive atmosphere in an all female group.” Although the focus is on building the confidence of women climbers, Mandy also works with mixed groups, individuals and small family groups.
Mandy is one of a relatively small number of women who have gained the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA), which means she can teach multi pitch climbing and lead climbing as well as many other climbing skills. Having started her working life as a school PE teacher, Mandy has experience of working with children and has worked at the National Mountain Centre for England and Wales at Plas-y-Brenin.
After starting climbing in her teens, Mandy began working in the outdoor industry and now has 30 years experience, firstly of Rope Access work (which she still does) and now teaching climbing and navigation skills. She offer courses for all levels of climber – beginners sessions for those new to climbing as well as guided trips up classic climbs for the more experienced climber. The Lake District offers a wealth of crags – small and undaunting for the nervous beginner, as well as higher, more isolated crags for a proper adventurous day. With Womenrock you can brush up on your Trad climbing, attempt a spot of sport climbing or try a course on self-rescue, an essential skill for serious climbers. If scrambling and walking in the fells is more your thing, there is the opportunity to do that too, all in the beautiful surroundings of Borrowdale or further afield.
Mandy has a wealth of knowledge on all things climbing but also on the area in which she lives and works and the stunning flora and fauna of the crags and hills you might visit on one of her courses.