ADVENTURE SKILLS WEEKEND

Achieve The Skills & Confidence To Master The Outdoors, In One Weekend, With Commando Knowledge & Training

3-4 July 2021

Grasmere, Lake District National Park, LA22 9SJ

10:00am Saturday 3rd - 16:00pm Sunday 4th July 2021

Limited to 25 places.

Have you ever wanted to get out and explore the wilds of the UK but lacked the knowledge or confidence to do so? 

If so, join former UK Special Forces and Royal Marine Commandos for a weekend in the great outdoors teaching you the fundamental skills you need to plan and carry out your own adventures.

You will learn ...

  • Navigation
  • Wild camping
  • Fieldcraft
  • Route planning
  • Basic survival

Plus you’ll experience ...

  • ​Hiking through spectacular countryside with outstanding views
  • ​The chance to experience the thrill of wild swimming
  • ​An evening socialising, unwinding and sleeping under the stars

Gain the skills which give you the freedom to escape the hustle and grind of modern life whenever you need.

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WHAT ARE ADVENTURE SKILLS?

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Adventures offer an antidote to our busy urbanised lives, by escaping into the simplicity and wildness of the great outdoors.

We understand that many people would love to experience all of the amazing benefits that come from spending extended periods of time in nature, but they lack the skills to do so.

We will show you how to remove these barriers and give you the confidence to make the most of the amazing countryside we have in the UK.

You will learn the basics of navigation, wild camping, fieldcraft, route planning and survival. These new skills will give you the freedom to get out and enjoy adventures of your own in a safe manner that also maximises your experience.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Over the course of three 1 hour Zoom lessons and a weekend adventure you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to confidently, and safely, plan and enjoy your own escapes.

Navigation

Learn the core map and compass skills that will enable you to navigate yourself unaided over difficult terrain.

Learn how to:

  • Effectively read and interpret a map 
  • Orient a map to the surrounding terrain
  • Navigate using a compass
  • Find your bearings in bad weather
  • Measure distance travelled to ensure you stay on track

Wild Camping & Fieldcraft

Getting a lesson on clothing, equipment and how best to pack your kit on your adventures seems very basic, yet most people get it wrong or over complicate it. We will teach you how to enjoy optimal comfort and maximise your performance when hiking and camping.

Learn:

  • What to take
  • When to take it
  • How best to use it

These are underrated skills that mean you can utilise your kit to the best of its ability and stay on top of your game even in the very worst conditions.

Designing A Route

Learning how to carefully and safely design a route is a vital skill.

Through our route design tutorial you will learn how to design a route that takes into account variables such as terrain and weather conditions. Plus how to add in margins for error, and escape routes should the worst happen.

This planning will be put into real time use when lead legs of the route during the adventure weekend.

Basic Survival

Basic life-saving skills that will keep you and others alive are essential if you are operating in nature, which can be an extreme and unpredictable environment. 

Learn how to:

  • Extract a casualty from danger
  • Improvise medical equipment
  • Control haemorrhages and bleeding 
  • Splint fractures
  • Call in medivac 
  • Basic life support

These skills will provide the knowledge to stabilise a casualty in a harsh environment and escape potentially fatal situations.

MEET THE TEAM

Drawing from the expertise gained over our military careers we are passionate about sharing lessons that give others the confidence to escape modern urban life on their own adventures and reconnect with nature.

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Simon Jeffries & John Sykes-Popham

As former UK Special Forces and Royal Marine Commandos Simon & John have a wealth of experience from careers that placed huge demands on the body and mind, training and operating in some of the most extreme environments on the planet.

Aside from operational deployments, between us we have traveled and worked across the globe, from patrolling under humid jungle canopies in Malaysia, climbing the High Tatras in Slovakia, to skiing the icy snowfields of Norway.

Ed Norman

As a Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor Ed has been part of training teams teaching future generations of Commandos the skills they need to not only survive but also thrive in any conditions.

Outside of the military Ed has worked with The North Face, coaching their athletes who are pioneering the most extreme outdoor pursuits on the planet. No stranger to adversity Ed also participates in some of the toughest multi-day running events in the world.

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HOW IT WORKS

Sign Up

Sign up and receive all the information you need to get the most out of your experience.

Preparation Tutorials

Join our highly skilled instructors for three 1 hour live Zoom sessions. These will be delivered in the weeks building up to your weekend.

The lessons will be interactive and will underpin the essentials for any outdoor adventure, opening up opportunities for you to explore new places in the future. Recordings will be available if you can't make the sessions live.

Adventure Weekend - Saturday

Arrive on Saturday morning and enjoy a full day of hiking and wild swimming while learning the skills you need to enjoy your own future adventures. Spend an evening under the stars socialising with your fellow adventurers.

Adventure Weekend - Sunday

Wake up and enjoy breakfast surrounded by nature, before continuing your skills learning and hiking back to the start point.

LOCATION

ADDRESS

1 Stock Ln, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ

FAQs

What Level Is The Adventure Weekend For?

The Adventure Skills weekend is for people who have little or no experience with 'off footpath' hiking or wild camping. It is designed to educate, challenge and give every participant an opportunity to spend time outdoors learning key skills under the guidance of highly experienced instructors.

What Kit Do I Need?

You will need some basic kit, but once you have it you will be set you up for your future adventures:

  • Map, basic compass & waterproof notebook
  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots
  • Comfortable, warm, waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Hiking rucksack
  • Tent or bivy system
  • Sleeping bag

When you sign up we will send you a list of everything you need, along with recommendations to suit all budgets.

The great thing is that nowadays you can get some fantastic outdoor kit at a very reasonable price. You may also have friends who can lend you things like rucksacks or tents.

How Fit Do I Need To Be?

The weekend is not designed to be a test of fitness, but you will need to be capable of walking up to 10 miles over rough terrain that will be steep at some points during the weeknd. You will also be carrying your kit which will probably weigh in the region of 20 - 35 lbs.

If you have concerns over whether you will be fit enough or not then email us and we can assess and make a recommendation.

What If I Don't Have Anyone To Come With?

Not a problem! You'll be in good company as plenty of people come on their own. Our adventures are a great way to meet people and make new friends! Groups are obviously welcome too!

Is Food Provided?

No, you'll need to bring 36 hours worth of food, a lunch, dinner, breakfast and snacks if you would like them. We will cover everything to bring food wise in the emails we send you.