Getting out in to the hills and mountains of the UK can be a hugely rewarding experience. It is safer and more enjoyable if you have the right kit and equipment, a good level of knowledge and you have prepared. It really allows you to immerse yourself and enjoy your time away from your everyday world.
The skills and experiences you gain on this wild camping and expedition skills course can be used all over the world too, so you have even more freedom to get away when and where you want!
This course will take place over 2 days and 1 night with the opportunity to put the skills in to practice while supported by an experienced Mountain Leader.
During the course you will get to grips with some grassroots knowledge and skills, while being mentored and supported by an experienced instructor.
The course will cover the following;
Clothing and footwear.
Kit and equipment.
Safety considerations and procedures.
Planning and preparation.
Locating a campsite and considerations.
Food, water and cooking.
Camp craft and admin.
Navigating and route considerations.
Wild Camping and Expedition Skills Course
You will need to bring some clothing and equipment with you to ensure you are safe and comfortable for the duration of the course. Please ensure you bring the following equipment with you. If you have any problems or questions please contact us.
Carried in a rucksack:
- A tent (if you do not hae one please contact us).
- Sleeping bag (Ensure this is inside a waterproof bag).
- Sleeping mat / roll mat / ground mat.
- A spare set of clothes (Ensure these are in a waterproof bag).
- Hat and Gloves.
- Warm layer(s) (A layer to put on once we stop to keep you warm).
- Food - Breakfast x1, Lunch x2, Dinner x1, snacks and drinks.
- At least 1 liter of water.
- Small stove / cooker and cookwear to cook your food and boil water.
- Basic washkit - Toothbrush, Tooth paste,Toilet paper, wet wipes.
- Torch / headtorch.
- Waterproof jaket and trousers.
Clothes to wear:
This is all about layers.
Base layer - Next to skin clothing which wicks sweat away from the skin to keep you cool but also to keep you warm when not moving. Items such as a long sleave or short sleave tshirt or hiking base layers. If it is very cold a pair of thin leggins or hiking base layer underwear.
Mid layer - This layer acts as a layer to continue wicking away sweat to evaporate to keep you cool and also to keep you warm when you stop walking. It can also help to reduce the impact of wind. Items such as a light fleace or sweat shirt, soft shell jacket or top. Trousers such as a walking or cargo type trousers. No jeans or jogging / sweat type trousers.
Outer layer - This is a layer which will keep you warm, dry and prevent the impact of wind. This can include clothing such as a waterproof jacket. It can be something like a thicker fleace or jacket providing you have a waterproof layer to put on should the weather become wet.
Waterproof layer - Some people will chose to wear multiple layers which are not waterproof so please ensure you have a waterproof jacket and trousers to protect you against fowl weather. Dartmoor can be extreamly unforgiving!
Footwear - These should be a pair or suitable shoes or boots which allow you to walk through different types of terrain including open moorland and footpaths. The ground may be very soft and marshy, slipery and wet and stoney / rocky. You should consider a boot which provides you with good grip and some support to your ankle to avoid any minor injuries.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss clothing and equipment please contact us.