GC Outdoors

For your outdoor adventures


Graham Coates is GC Outdoors.

I have had the good fortune to have lived in the Yorkshire Dales all my life, and I am very proud and passionate about the precious environment that has shaped me. I have turned that passion for the outdoors into my working life.

I am not only very experienced in the environments in which I work, but I am also fully qualified to ensure that I will provide you with a safe and secure environment for your outdoor adventure. Further details are available on request.

Caving qualifications

The logo of the Association of Caving Instructors

I am a member of the Association of Cave Instructors, and as such a holder of the Cave Instructor Certificate, awarded by the British Caving Association, which is the highest professional caving qualification available in the UK. It allows me to guide experienced cavers through the harder caves, as well as introduce those new to caving to easier systems. This certificate, together with my 30 years of caving experience and love of caving, will give you the confidence that I am the right person to be with underground.

Surface qualifications

I hold the Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing Instructor, and Climbing Wall Leader awards, which are awarded by the Mountain Training Association. These awards allow me to lead you in a mountain environment, to instruct climbing and abseiling on small crags, and to instruct lead climbing on an indoor wall.


All awards are dependent upon a valid first aid certificate, which I renew every three years. I also hold an Enhanced DBS certificate.

GC Outdoors carries liability and indemnity insurance to the amount of £5,000,000.

Caving in the Trou du Glaz, France