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25th – 26th March – Edale, Peak District

13th – 14th May – Edale, Peak District

1st – 2nd July – Edale, Peak District

Edale is in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. A perfect base for training in the hills and valleys of this beautiful National Park. It is also a very central location and convenient to all the major towns and cities of the North of England and the Midlands. 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. More 2017 dates for later in the year will be released dependent upon demand.


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!


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 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:

  • 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.


If you are booking a training weekend from May to September you will be camping in tents (much like you may well be on your overseas expedition). If you are booking an event in February-April or October/November you will be in hostel style dorm accommodation.

We have a selection of tents if you need one but we encourage you to bring your own tent if you have one. We do request that people share tents where possible (as you will probably will on your overseas expedition). Please let us know if you need a space in one of our tents.


Food will be provided for the duration of your stay. Breakfast will be a selection of cereals; lunch will be rolls and sandwiches and the evening meal will be a straightforward meal cooked by you and your colleagues on the camping weekends. This is designed to emulate the kinds of simple food you may find on expedition. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Download: Outdoor Skills Leaflet

COST: Full weekend is £135 including all the above, or £70 for the Saturday daytime.

For more information contact Tom on 07968 967 527 or contact us here. Otherwise, please book your place using the Eventzilla payment app below:

Outdoor Skills and Training