Sat 24th – Sun 25th February 2018: South Downs
Sat 24th – Sun 25th March 2018: Chilterns
Sat 7th – Sun 8th April 2018: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
Sat 28th – Sun 29th April 2018: Edale, Peak District
We will be releasing dates for late spring and summer nearer the time. If you are interested in a date after April then please contact us and we will contact you with details as dates are finalised.
If you have a group enquiry we can also run bespoke weekends in any number of locations in the UK – contact us and we can discuss the various options available and organise something to suit your specific needs.
Our informative, interesting and highly useful training days and weekends are designed to provide you with a great opportunity to pick up lots of useful hints and tips in advance of your overseas expedition, learn some new skills and get an idea of what you will experience whilst on your overseas expedition.
You will also be going on 3 separate walks including a night walk and a good day’s walk (approx 6-7 hours) on the Sunday which will help you determine your own fitness levels and put you through your paces on terrain similar to what you may experience abroad. You will also meet some like-minded people and have some fun as well!
Upon arrival you will be met by your instructors and receive a welcome brief and have the opportunity to meet your follow participants. You will have your first set of seminars and learn about personal clothing and what to pack in your day bag before departing on an afternoon trek. The route depends upon the weather but is generally between 3 and 4 hours in lower to medium level terrain. During this walk you will have the opportunity to discuss your clothing and day bag in more detail and have the opportunity to learn about the health and safety that goes into a challenge prior to your departure and during your trip.
In the evening you will have some more seminars and learn about some basic campcraft skills, camp administration, packing advice, hygiene cooking in the outdoors and about teamwork and supporting others whilst on your challenge. After dinner, you will embark on a 1 to 2 hour evening/night walk so you can understand what to expect on your chosen challenge. This will give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to walk in the dark, how things seem different and how the correct use of a head torch.
The following morning, you will leave after breakfast and undertake a longer trek in medium to high level terrain. Again the route in dependant on weather but is normally between 6 and 8 hours in duration. During this trek you will learn about basic navigation, pre challenge fitness training, health and wellbeing, walking techniques and have the opportunity to ask your instructors all the questions you may have. You will return to base, have the opportunity to change and ask any final questions before you depart.
The training element of the weekend is in a seminar format delivered inside and outside depending upon the subject. The various modules we deliver include:
If you are choosing the accommodation-included option you you will be in basic but good quality hostel style dorm accommodation.
If you choose the daytime-only option then we will see you for the daytime/evening training sessions and you are welcome to find your own accommodation in the vicinity. Please also note that no food is included but you are welcome to join us for meals at your own expense.
If you choose the accommodation-included option then you will be provided with breakfast and packed lunch. Breakfast will be a cooked breakfast provided by the hotel. Lunch will be rolls and sandwiches. We will eat together in the evening at a local pub at your own expense. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Full weekend is £150pp including accommodation, or £100pp for daytimes-only. If you just wish to join us for one day the Saturday training sessions cost is £70pp.