Dartmoor Wild Camp and Navigation Training Weekend
Learn navigation and wild camping skills on a two day hiking adventure in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. We will meet on the Saturday morning in the village of Belstone, from where we will head on to the moors for a weekend of navigation training and wild camping. If you've never wild camped before, it's a truly magical experience not to be missed, away from all forms of civilisation with just the kit you've carried on your back.
This course is designed for complete beginners or those who have done some navigation but would like to build their confidence. You don't need any experience but you will need a sense of adventure and a willingness to rough it! We will be walking for around 8 hours a day in mountainous terrain, carrying all of our equipment (clothes, tents, food ,etc). You don't need to be super fit; the pace will be relaxed and nobody will get left behind.
The day will start with a short briefing on rucksack packing (and distribution of food for the weekend) to make sure you're not overburdened on the journey ahead. Once everyone is prepared we will head to the moors. The day will be focused on navigation training, with topics including route planning, basic map features, contours, grid references, compass bearings and GPS use. There will also be the opportunity to discuss other aspects of mountaincraft such as movement on steep ground, access rights, clothing & equipment and emergency procedures. We will be walking for approximately 8 hours, with plenty of breaks and opportunities for everyone to practice their navigation.
After selecting a suitable wild camping spot, considering factors such as water sources, ground condition and weather, we will set up camp. Note that this will be on the moors with no toilets or other forms of civilisation. We will dine on freeze dried expedition food and chat beneath the stars before retiring to our tents for a good nights sleep.
After starting the day with an expedition breakfast of porridge and dried fruit, we will pack up camp, leaving no trace that we were ever there. The rest of the day will be spent learning and practising navigation skills, with plenty of time to ask questions and recap on things you're not sure about. We will be back in civilisation around 4pm.
Accommodation on Saturday will be in tents (it is recommended that you share with a fellow adventurer to reduce your load)
Food - All food for the trip is included (packed lunches, freeze dried expedition meal on Saturday evening, Sunday breakfast, snacks)
Equipment - Maps, compasses, camping stove
What you'll need
Clothing - Suitable outdoor clothing - walking trousers / leggings (no jeans), non-cotton base layer, walking socks, fleece / warm top (non-cotton), hat, gloves.
Waterproofs - Breathable waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers.
Footwear - Walking boots with good grip (trail shoes may be suitable if you are used to walking on rough ground, but must have good grip - not road running shoes).
Food - All food is included - if you have any allergies or specific requirements, please contact us prior to the trip to discuss.
Drink - Water bottle.
Camping Equipment - Lightweight tent suitable for wild camping (if you are unsure if your tent is suitable, please contact us to discuss. Tents can be provided for an additional fee if pre-arranged), sleeping bag, sleeping mat.
Rucksack - Rucksack large enough to fit all equipment in (50 - 60 litres should be plenty big enough. Smaller if you have lightweight equipment).
Other - Dry bags, / rucksack liner (to keep everything dry in your rucksack), head torch, whistle, sun hat.
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