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Lake District Wild Camping 2017
Remote weekend adventure learning expedition skills
Course overview

We operate these UK based mountain skills weekend courses in the Lake District mountains. They are run by our UIMLA guide team so you are led by highly qualified mountain professionals.
The weekends provide you the opportunity to have an adventurous weekend exploring the remote high Cumbrian fells, and to sleep in a wild camp under the stars. To wake up in the mountains is a great experience, and you really escape the crowds this way.

You will be taught how to travel light, as backpacking carrying too much is no fun for anyone. The guide will give you some great tips before you set off, so you get the most out of your adventure.

Your pack should really weigh no more than 10kg, an ideally less, so don't worry about carrying a huge rucksack. The art of light weight backing is key, without foregoing many creature comforts. Over the two days you are led over high mountainous terrain in the Lake District national park, and are shown how to wild camp in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way.
This weekend teaches key expedition skills, including the following core focus points;
  Selection of wild camp site for wind protection. Managing kit, and how to keep your tent dry.
  Choosing water sources, and assessing risks. Emergency procedures, and mountain rescue.
  Sanitation in wild camps and during expeditions. Cooking expedition food on altitude stoves.
Be ready for good long days in the hills, as we want you to get as much as possible from these weekends. For each of these weekend courses we have a maximum instructor to client ratio of 1:8.
Once two or more have booked, there are no minimum numbers for the weekends, but if there is only one person who books on a date, we provide just one full day of private guiding or we refund you.
Epic Weekend - Travel by Train: timings for this trip are such that you can arrive in the Lake District at Windermere just after 9am on the first train from London or Manchester (on West Coast main line), and can depart in the afternoon the next day, so only 1 night of accommodation is required.
Outline course itinerary

Saturday - hill day
Meeting with your instructor at 09:00 in our Windermere Office for a quick briefing about the weather and a kit check, before setting off for the weekend. It is really important to check that you have all the right equipment, to ensure your comfort and safety in the mountains.
We can hire 2 person tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mats via our store, though please book these if required at the time of booking to ensure availability. Once ready, you set off into the fells, on a two day mountain journey. Your guide will show you how to select a suitable, safe and sustainable site for your camp, and where to source water. After cooking a hot meal, you retreat into the warmth of your sleeping bag in your tent, to enjoy a night under the stars. It is a truely magical experience.

Sunday - hill day
After waking up, and enjoying a hot drink and breakfast, you strike camp and ensure that you have left no trace of having stayed there for the night. We are really passionate about minimal impact wld camping, as the Lake District mountains are our home, and we strive to protect them for future generations. Once you have packed up your camp, you set off on your mountan journey over the fells and summits. Most people report the benefits of sleeping outside as making them sleep deeper than usual due to the fresh air and lack of noise, and a feeling of rejuvination from being in the great outdoors in the wild rugged scenery of this beautiful national park. At the end of the day you descend and return to Windermere. We aim to end the trip by 16:00 to allow you time to travel home.
Course Prices
Standard course
2 full days UIMLA guiding, 1:8 max ratio
2 days holiday in total, Saturday-Sunday
140
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Qualified leader for two days guiding and instruction, 2) One nights expedition style meal per person for the night in the wild camp, 3) Mountain tents and stove (if required, though you are welcome to take your own), 4) The provision of group safety kit (e.g. first aid kit & rope).
Exclusions: 1) Travel to & from the national park for the weekend, 2) Equipment hire such as boots or waterproofs, 3) Hill snacks, lunches and breakfast, laundry, telephone calls, 4) Sleeping bag and mat, though they can be hired, 5) Any extra nights of accommodation either before or after the course, though we can advise if you require.
Notes: The scheduled course requires a minimum number of 2 people, and there are a maximum of 8 people per guide. If you would like a private trip on a date of your choice, please get in contact to pick a date. If only one person books on a date, they can have one day of private guiding, or transfer to an alternative date.
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Course Dates
Wild camping weekend
  • [ 2 ] 28 - 29 Oct 2017
  • [ 0 ] 12 - 13 May 2018
  • [ 0 ] 15 - 16 Sep 2018
  • [ 0 ] 27 - 28 Oct 2018

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Thanks for arranging this weekend for us. It was so memorable to watch the sunset and sunrise from our tent doorway

Louise & Jim , Wild Camping

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Location data for this trip
The meeting point for these courses is at our office in Windermere in the Lake District National Park. There is easy access by car, and the train station is just 150m from the office door. From here there are a huge variety of mountain terrain to opt for, so we can cater for all weather and conditions. We genuinely believe that the Lake District is second to none with the quality and quantity of amazing wild camping opportunities. The UK hills are famed for often providing four seasons in one day, and so the careful selection of a suitable location for a wild camp is key, and you will also learn key navigation tips and skills on the way!
Why choose our trips?
The photo above sums it up. All our guiding team for this trip are locally based, and the Lake District is their home. They know the mountains like the back of their hand.
We run all these trips carefully to source unpolluted water for drinking and cooking, and we aim to leave no trace of our presence in the fells. All rubbish is carried out.
As well as offering you a great and memorable experience, we also want to teach you key hill skills such as navigation, and safety in the UK hills in the hours of darkness.
Our office base in Windermere is essential for organising local pre trip logistics and backup support whilst we are out in the hills. You're looked after on and off the hill.
If you still have any queries, give us a call on 01539 44 22 17.
 


 
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