Wild camping in the UK can be a really rewarding experience. Watching the stars come out after everyone else has returned to the valley for the evening; looking down on the clouds as the sun rises over a stunning temperature inversion or watching a herd of red deer glide past your campsite in the early dawn. Whether you’re Wild camping in the Lake District or some other mountain area, it can give you the time and space to really tune into what’s going on in the environment around you.
What will I learn?
- Wild Camping – Rights, Responsibilities and the Law
- Basic Navigation and Route Planning
- Equipment selection
- Suitable camp locations / access issues
- Food, Nutrition &Water collection
- Minimising our Environmental Impact
Is this the course for me?
To be a genuine wild camp, there has to be a degree of remoteness and that usually requires a relatively long walk-in, carrying all the equipment you need to be self-sufficient for two full days and one night in the mountains. It’s therefore important that each member of the group has a good level of fitness and some hill walking experience. Just contact us if you are unsure about anything.
How long does it last?
The wild camping adventure lasts two days and one night (if you would like a longer expedition, just contact us and we’ll develop a programme to meet your needs).
We will always try to be flexible and tailor courses to suit the groups needs, but here’s a general outline of how the course will run.
- Meet up on the morning of day 1, discuss your aspirations and level of experience. Check weather forecast and consider plan for our route
- Kit check and pack rucksacks, before heading into the mountains late morning/early afternoon where we’ll take a relaxed journey towards our wild camp location
- Late afternoon, select site and pitch tents, followed by general camp craft skills
- Enjoy a relaxed meal, followed by the opportunity to take a short evening stroll to a nice viewpoint to watch the sun go down (weather permitting!) or just chill by the tents and take things easy
- Day 2, break camp and enjoy a relaxed journey back to our transport and civilisation
There’ll be lots of opportunity during the course to discuss a range of topics such as navigation skills, clothing & equipment, protecting the upland environment, flora & fauna, landscape formation, staying safe and dealing with emergencies.
Where are the adventures?
Our wild camp adventures take place within the stunning surroundings of the Lake District, but we’re conveniently located to take groups further afield into the wilds of the Northern Pennines, the Howgills or into Southern Scotland. Drop us an email or give us a ring if you’d like to talk through what you want to do.
Group size and instructors
To ensure you get the most out of the experience, there will be no more than six course participants to one fully qualified Mountain Leader.
What about equipment?
Included in the cost of the course, we can supply all of the following:
- 2 Person Mountain Tent
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Sleeping Matt
- Cooker, pans and eating utensils
- All the food & drinks needed for the course duration
- Maps & Compass
If you prefer, you’re welcome to bring along your own equipment such as rucksacks, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment etc to give you the chance to try it out it in full mountain conditions (subject to us confirming their suitability for the conditions we’re likely to encounter).
Equipment you’ll need to bring along:
- Sturdy waterproofed boots
- A waterproof top and trousers and a warm layer
- A pair of gloves and a hat
- Water bottle – (If you also bring a flask, we’ll be happy to provide free tea or coffee)
- Personal medication
£159 per person – This includes:
- Course fee
- Camping equipment as listed above
- All food and drink required, Tea/Coffee & Cakes during indoor sessions
- Full course notes & photographs (where applicable)
- Free email help for 12 months after the course
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