BRECON BEACONS SELECTION CHALLENGE
Do you have the physical endurance and mental strength to complete the hardest march on Special Forces Selection?
18-19 September 2021
Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon Beacons, CF48 2UT
9:00am Saturday 18th - 09:00am Sunday 19th September 2021
Limited to 30 places.
Have you wondered how you would perform on Special Forces Selection?
Join us for the hardest march on Selection Test Week, named Point-to-Point, to test your physical endurance and mental strength.
- Complete a 28km genuine test week route
- ???ft vertical ascent/descent
- Led by former UKSF operators and Royal Marines
- Test yourself against the clock and the terrain & climate of the Brecon Beacons
- Choose one of three weights to carry based on your fitness and how much challenge you want
Plus a night out wild camping ...
- Celebrate or commiserate with your team mates and the DS
- An evening socialising, recovering and sleeping under the stars
HOW IT WORKS
Sign up and receive all the information you need to get the most out of your experience.
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.
WHAT ARE ADVENTURE SKILLS?
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.
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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.
1 Stock Ln, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ
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.