What did you do over the weekend? Bit of shopping, a pint or two down the pub, catching up with family and friends? It couldn’t be further from how one bunch of intrepid individuals spent their weekend. Led by expedition expert Dom Hall, this group braved some wild weather to build a jungle-style camp in a remote corner of the Lake District, used machetes to cut up firewood, slept in hammocks, crossed fierce rivers and learnt how to survive when things go wrong and you are far, far from civilisation. And what’s more, they say they had a brilliant time!
Expedition leader Dom is UK Director of Fieldskills, an international expedition company that specialises in outdoor first aid and safety training. Dom says, “Expedition life is all about dealing with whatever the weather and the environment throw at you and this mini-expedition certainly threw up some challenges. We spent Friday night in a yurt then the next morning we went up into the woods near Grizebeck. We had to set up camp in difficult conditions. It was very wet and wild but we worked together to make a fire, food, and a comfortable place to sleep. I was really impressed at how quickly we managed to make camp – we were certainly ready for a hot meal. On Sunday, the rivers were swollen which made our river crossing pretty exciting. We had fun using GPS and working through some “emergency”
unpredictable elements. It gave people the chance to learn skills that are useful whether your adventure is in the Lake District or on the other side of the world!”
You can see photos of the Lake District Adventure Weekend on Fieldskills’
In addition to the Lake District Adventure Weekend (which is running again this September), Fieldskills is running a Jungle Mountain Biking Expedition to Borneo in June and October, a “Three Peaks” Jungle Trek in Borneo in October, and a Desert Trek with Bedouin guides and camels in Sinai, Egypt, in November. You can find details of all of these expeditions on the Fieldskills website at: http://www.fieldskills.com/
Lucy says, “We’re always happy to talk to people about our outdoor courses and expeditions and to advise them on trips they’re planning. Just call us on 0845 293 7296 for a friendly chat.”
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