Technical Outdoor Solutions provide rope course construction, training, technical advice and equipment for the outdoor industry, as well as inspections for all PPE and High Ropes facilities.

Technical Outdoor Solutions and Lyon Equipment.

We are proud to be recommended by Lyon Equipment as a specialist outlet for outdoor centres.  With the ability to supply both sport and work at height equipment, we can provide for all activities including high ropes courses whilst offering trusted advice on all aspects of equipment. Please see Lyon Equipment for information about what they offer.


Technical Outdoor Solutions has full public liability insurance that covers all aspects of what we do, from providing equipment and advice, to training and construction by any of our staff.


To book a training course then please contact us to discuss requirements, dates and numbers.  Once we understand your full requirements we will be able to provide a quote. With so many courses bespoke to your needs, and with varying locations and duration it is not possible to provide standard prices on line.


All our staff are experienced outdoor instructors who also have experience in constructing High Ropes Courses and are Industrial Rope Access specialists, able to provide support, advice with knowledge and understanding of your needs and the technical ability to offer solutions where needed.

Craig – Is an International Mountain Leader and ex-Royal Marine, he has many years of experience in the outdoor industry.

Craig is on the board of directors of ERCA (European Ropes Course Association).

Craig spent 8 years with Penrith Mountain Rescue Team acting as a Crag master and swift water technician.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Trainer / Assessor for Traditional, Adventure Park, Rescue, Low Ropes & Temp Low Ropes, ERCA type C Inspector, PPE inspector, Wire Rope Inspector and Wood Pole Inspector, IRATA level 1, Swift Water Rescue Technician, First Aid Trainer & Assessor, Professional Trainer Certificate – Charted Institute of Environmental Health, NVQ Assessor and IPAF Powered Access Licence.


Steve Ullyart Technical Outdoor SolutionsSteve – Is the backbone of Technical Outdoor Solutions, his knowledge of the industry and IT skills keeps us moving forward.  He originally started work in the Outdoors but somehow migrated into IT.  Steve still has a keen interest in the outdoors.  Steve was a former member of the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.




bex-1-4Bex– Having worked for 15 years in the Outdoor Education Industry in a range of roles including; Senior Instructor, Centre Manager and Learning & Development Officer, Bex brings with her a wealth of knowledge in Training and Outdoor Management. Bex has also spent much time out on the mountains, down rivers and delivering traditional and adventure based high ropes, gaining a range of land and water-based qualification. In her more recent role of Facilities Manager for the Outward Bound Trust, Bex oversaw all building and grounds works. ensuring Health and Safety standards were met for her team and during the very large redevelopment on a fully operational centre.

Relevant Qualifications: NVQ L4 in Learning and Development, A1 NVQ Assessor and PTLLS.


Jon – Graduating from Bristol University with an MEng in Civil Engineering, Jon has over 15 years of civil and structural design and project management experience in a variety of disciplines, most recently highway structures inspection and maintenance, providing him with a sound knowledge of engineering problem solving.

Jon is a former deputy team leader of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Type C Inspector & ERCA Instructor, PPE Inspector, Wire Rope Inspector, IRATA Level 1 and Wood Pole Inspector, IPAF Powered Access Licence and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).


Steve Shaw

Steve S – By using a vast array of mountain, water, outdoor and IRATA qualifications, he will help maintain, build or coach your staff on existing and future Technical Outdoor Solutions courses.  He has achieved these skills over the last fifteen years whilst teaching, coaching, training and managing students, clients and staff at outdoor centres internationally.  In his spare time you will find Steve sailing, walking or rock climbing with family or friends predominantly in the English Lakes and when possible the Ecrins. In the unfortunate case of an accident he will also be out on the fells, on the lake or in rivers with Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Adventure Park Instructor, IRATA Level 1 and IPAF Powered Access Licence.


Stu Wilkes - photo 2Stu – A full military career as a specialist instructional officer in leadership, training and development and adventurous activities. Stu is a highly experienced ropes course manager and technical advisor and can offer advice and support in all aspects of the operational documentation, training, safety and management of your ropes course. Stu is an ERCA Master Trainer and is actively involved with ERCA expert and working groups.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Trainer and Assessor for Adventure Park, Traditional High and Low Ropes Courses and Rescue, Mountaineering Instructor (MIA), First Aid Trainer and Assessor, Instructional Techniques Trainer, Coaching and Supervision of Instructors Trainer, ERCA Periodical Inspector, ERCA Wire Rope Inspector, PPE Inspector, Wood Pole Inspector, Operational Ropes Course Inspector, LANTRA Tree Inspector and Surveyor, IRATA, IPAF Powered Access License and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).


EmmaEmma – Graduating from Liverpool John Moore’s University with a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor and Environmental Education, Emma has spent the last nine years working in the outdoor education industry.  With a variety of land and water-based qualifications, she also comes from a background of managing centres and ropes courses. Emma is an experienced ropes course manager and can offer advice and support in all aspects of the operational documentation, training, safety and management of your ropes course.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Trainer and Assessor for Adventure Park, Traditional High and Low ropes courses, Temporary Low ropes courses and Rescue. PPE Inspector, ERCA Wire Rope Inspector and First aid trainer and assessor.


ColinColin – Spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force as a Ground Support Technician as a Mechanical Fitter.  He worked on fast jet ground support as well as early warning radar systems.  Colin also spent time with the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment.  After leaving the RAF, he worked in the Marine Renewables sector in wave energy; developing and operating various wave energy convertors.  A trained Tree Surgeon he then came and joined the team here at Technical Outdoor Solutions.



Bruce Hatton

Bruce – An Arboricultural Consultant, based in Cumbria and working nationwide. He has nearly 30yrs experience of working with trees, both as a contractor and consultant. His specialisms include inspection of trees for health and safety purposes and to advise on their use for outdoor activities. He uses the latest technology to accurately plot tree locations, gather data and assess their internal condition. For information on his qualifications, experience and services, please see




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