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Outdoor Skills & Training Weekends

2018 Dates

Sat 24th – Sun 25th February 2018: South Downs

Sat 24th – Sun 25th March 2018: Chilterns

Sat 4th August 2018: Edale, Peak District (Day Only, New Date added!)

Sat 18th – Sun 19th August 2018: Chilterns (Full Weekend, New Date Added!)

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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, learn and apply some new skills.

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!

WEEKEND PROGRAMME

Upon arrival you will be met by your instructors late morning (to allow time for everyone to get to the location) 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 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.

SUBJECTS COVERED

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:

  • Map Reading and Navigation – understanding how to read a map and use a compass and some basic navigation techniques. You will also have the opportunity to do some straightforward orienteering exercises to help develop your skills and confidence.
  • Mountaincraft and Teamwork – learning the importance of teamwork on expedition and some of the skills you can use to enhance your own experience and that of your fellow trekkers.
  • Personal clothing and equipment – What to wear and what not to wear. What to pack, how to pack it, what to wear, where to buy it.
  • Fitness and Expedition Health – what types of training should you be undertaking for your expedition and what can you do to ensure your body is prepared for the activities you will be undertaking whilst on expedition and when back in the UK on outdoor activities.
  • Camp Craft – Tent management, sleeping comfortably, erecting your tent, Food and Cooking.
  • Health and Wellbeing – Personal hygiene, use of sun cream, keeping hydrated, fitness training, warm ups and stretching, food and snacks
  • Trekking Skills – Using walking poles, walking on different terrain, spacing, walking at altitude, walking at night.
  • Basic outdoors first aid advice and techniques – what to look for and what you should take with you to ensure you are able to look after yourself whilst on expedition.
  • Walking Techniques – how to tackle rough and steep terrain and how to try and minimize the risk of blisters and muscle strains.
  • Basic Survival Skills – the skills you need to ensure you and your team can remain safe and comfortable in the outdoors and get the most out of your outdoor experience.
  • Night Hiking – experiencing the joys and issues with walking at night and what you need to do to really get the most out of walking under the stars.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

FOOD

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.

COST:

Full weekend is £150pp including accommodation. If you just wish to join us for one day of a full weekend the day only cost is £60pp.

For more information, enquire on availability and to book, contact us HERE or email us on info@inspired-outdoors.co.uk and we will respond ASAP.

Cancellation Terms: 

Cancellations by customer: 30% cancellation charge for any cancellations made more than 8 weeks ahead of the event. Less than 8 weeks and more than 4 weeks we charge a 50% cancellation charge. Less than 4 weeks we usually charge a 100% cancellation charge. We are happy, at our discretion, to transfer places to other dates upon request.

Cancellations by Inspired Outdoor Events: Please note that the weekends require a minimum number of participants to proceed. We will keep all customers updated on how numbers are progressing. If we have to cancel the weekend due to not hitting numbers we will make this decision no later than 4 weeks ahead of the event and a full refund will be provided.