Wild Camp and Expedition Skills

From: £150.00 price per person*

Take your experience of the mountains to the next level by spending nights wild camping. This camp craft and expedition skills course will give you all the help you need to get exploring the mountains of the UK.

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Description

Wild camping is the art of spending a night away from the comfort of a campsite, B&B or home. For many it’s a step too far, people think of heavy packs, lukewarm food and cold nights (anyone thinking of their DofE experience…). It need not be that way though with modern equipment, proper planning, and a sense of adventure it can become a freeing experience.  A stove; sleeping bag & mat; tent, bivy or tarp mean you no longer need to start that walk early, be afraid of getting caught out after dark or have to rush through that beautiful glen.

Whats included in this Wild Camping Course?

This course will take you through a variety of equipment, skills, and methods, all with the aim of making your first wild camp an enjoyable one. Topics covered include:

  • Planning and campsite selection
  • Managing water, and sourcing clean water
  • Food choices & menus
  • Stoves
  • Tents, tarps, and bivvys
  • Leave no trace; hygiene, including toileting methods
  • Navigation & self reliance
  • The mountain environment

Depending on the length of the course we can travel to several camping locations or stay in mountain bothies (a form rustic shelter). Each course is tailored to the group of individuals booked onto it. This means you don’t have to carry heavy bags miles and miles (unless that’s what you’d like). Upon booking the course you’ll receive a phone call from me to discuss your needs and make sure you get everything from the course you’d like.

Why book me?

I’ve been wild camping since I was a teenager and have experienced many nights out. Along the way I’ve found out how light it too light but also how to keep the weight down. Since those early days I’ve wild camped all over the world from Morocco to Chile and in a variety of conditions including on glaciers in snow storms, windy moorland, bivied on rock faces, and even in the odd ferry terminal car park!

Being a qualified mountain instructor, I’ve had some of the best training available in the UK and I’m keen to pass on those skills. I pride myself on offering a bespoke service so every course you book will be a special experience.

Price includes all the necessary equipment; tent (one or two man options), three season sleeping bag (inc. liner), sleeping mat, stove, utensils. You only need to bring standard hill walking kit and food.

I also offer a no quibbles refund up until 14 days before the course starts and a like for like price match.

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a three day course.

Day one

We’ll spend the morning looking through kit options (shelters and stoves), preparing and packing our bags as well as looking at planning good campsite location.

After setting off we’ll cover simple navigation and aim to reach the campsite with enough time to put up our tents, look at cooking different types of meal. We’ll also look at hygiene and good toilet practices. If the location and weather is appropriate we might look at fires, their construction and keeping them under control. Alternatively there’s the option for an evening walk to watch the sunset & local wildlife.

Day two

In the morning we’ll have a relaxed start so we can discuss options for breakfast, re-packing processes and keeping kit dry for a second night. We’ll look at sourcing water for our onward journey.

Covering “off the beaten track” navigation and foot care will be top of the agenda for our walk.

During the evening you’ll get the chance to put into practice all the skills learnt so far and ask any questions. There is also the option for some night navigation should it be desired.

Day three

We’ll aim to put into practice the skills discussed on day two and this time try to make an efficient start. This day will be before heading down to a cafe or pub for lunch where we can discuss the adventure and where to go next.

 


 

Locations for the course will be discussed upon booking. Should we not be able to agree a suitable destination you’ll not be charged.

Please choose two to five days for your course.

* price is based on between two and six people booking. If you would like a private one to one course please contact me using the details on the side of this page.

Additional Information

Ability

Novice (You should be fit enough to walk for several days in a row and have a desire to explore the mountains of the UK)

Equipment

Waterproof Jacket, Waterproof Trousers, Hat, Gloves, Fleece / Jumper, Sturdy Boots, Rucksack (40l), Food and Drink, Map and Compass, Headtorch, Sleeping bag*, Sleeping Mat*, Stove*, Tent*

* These items can be included as part of the course or feel free to use your own.

Location

The Peak District, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Breacon Beacons, Snowdonia, The Lake District, Scotland

Start

9am each day

Finish

5pm each day

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