Technical Outdoor Solutions provide rope course construction, training, technical advice and equipment for the outdoor industry, as well as inspections for all PPE and Ropes Course 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 and Assessor for Traditional, Adventure Park, Rescue, Low Ropes & Temp Low Ropes, ERCA Periodical 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.


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: SPA Award, NVQ L4 in Learning and Development, A1 NVQ Assessor, PTLLS and Chartered Management Institute L5 Certificate.


Jon – Graduating from Bristol University with an MEng in Civil Engineering, Jon has over 20 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

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Periodical 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).


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Stu – A highly experienced ropes course manager and technical advisor who 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), ERCA Periodical Inspector, ERCA Wire Rope Inspector, PPE Inspector, Wood Pole 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, Wire Rope Inspector, Wood Pole Inspector, ERCA Periodical Inspector, First aid trainer and assessor and is part of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS).


ColinColin – Having 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 converters.  A trained Tree Surgeon he joined the team here at Technical Outdoor Solutions.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Wood Pole Inspector, ERCA PPE Inspector, Wire Rope Inspector and ERCA periodical Inspector Trained.


tom-1-2Tom – With extensive experience in the Rope Course Construction Industry, Tom brings a vast amount of knowledge to the team.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Wood Pole Inspector, ERCA PPE Inspector, Wire Rope Inspector, ERCA periodical Inspector Trained, IPAF Powered Access Licence and IRATA Level 1.



gareth-2Gareth –  If it has wheels and Gareth can’t drive it, it isn’t worth driving. Gareth has many years experience in the Ropes Course Construction Industry and is our main Plant machinery driver.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Wood Pole Inspector, ERCA PPE Inspector, Wire Rope Inspector, IPAF Powered Access Licence and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)


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Ed – One of the newer members of the team and has some great knowledge and experience to bring with him. Ed has worked in the Outdoor Industry and Ropes Construction Industry for many years. Having also worked at height for many other industry areas, Ed is a great asset to have working with us.

Relevant qualifications: Wire Rope Inspector, Wood pole inspector, ERCA inspector trainee, SPA Award, IRATA Level 1, IPAF Powered Access Licence, PASMA License, CITB SSSTS and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)


Gemma – Is our operations coordinator, working closely with our operations manager and administration staff. Graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a BA Hons in Outdoor Education & Leadership, Gemma has worked in the outdoor industry ever since. Although she has a broad range of water & land based qualifications, Gemma’s passion is mainly rock and mountain based activities where she has concentrated, developed her skills & gained qualifications in both summer & winter conditions. Gemma has lead expeditions & has also operated as a senior instructor throughout her outdoor career. During her more recent role Gemma has helped build and develop Scotland’s biggest bouldering centre, her roles included but were not limited to HR, Health & safety, policies & procedures, route setting and the management of staff.

Relevant Qualifications: SPA, MIA trained, APL


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Steve – 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.





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



Owen –  Owen is one of our freelance trainers. An ERCA Trainer for Traditional Ropes Courses,  and is aspiring to attain the same award for Adventure Parks and Temporary Low Ropes. In addition to this, Owen also has a wealth of experience in the inspection and maintenance of ropes courses and personal protective equipment, and looks forward to bringing this experience to his new role at Technical Outdoor Solutions.

Relevant qualifications: ERCA Trainer and Assessor for Traditional High, Low Ropes courses and Rescues. IRATA Level 1,  ERCA Adventure Parks Instructor, PPE Inspector, Operational Ropes Course Inspector, ERCA Wire Ropes Inspector, Pole Inspector and ERCA Periodical Inspector Trained.






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