Expedition Wise (in conjunction with Charity Challenge) offer superb tailored training weekends for all charity treks from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.
'This weekend was worth every penny and every minute we spent delayed on the M25 on the way back. The leaders are obviously made for this kind of job and their knowledge and passion for expedition life was shared endlessly. No question was seen to be too petty and every answer was given in depth. I would thoroughly recommend that anyone intending on going on expedition should attend an Expedition Wise training weekend, in fact, I would question how anyone could set off well prepared without doing so. Thanks for a fantastic weekend!'
Lauren Lloyd, near Brighton
The training takes place in the heart of Snowdonia National Park in the mountains of North Wales.
The accommodation is at Pen-y-Pass youth hostel, located at the base of Snowdon. The hostel has a meeting room for all kit checks and discussions, a bar on site for the evenings and good showers and toilets. The rooms will be shared and the beds will be bunks in preparation for your overseas charity challenge.
The course is fully catered with cooked breakfast, large packed lunches and 3 course evening meals served with a complimentary glass of wine. There is the option to relax at the bar on site after dinner or take a drive into Capel Curig for a further choice of 3 pubs.
The Friday evening will be a welcome evening with a meal and drinks. Saturday morning will look at equipment and then set off up Snowdon. The route chosen will depend upon the weather conditions at the time and the trek that the group are undertaking overseas. On Sunday, we will leave the hostel after breakfast, taking our packed lunches and trek up one of the other mountains around Snowdonia i.e. Tryfan North Ridge, Y Garn, again dependent upon weather and the chosen trek for the group. There will be plenty of time for questions throughout the weekend about the destination countries, trekking, camping tips, high altitude, mid altitude and medical advice and any other issues that the group wish to raise.
dates: current 2013 training dates;
- July 19th -21st
bike training weekends:
If anybody is interested in a bike training weekend, please get in touch with Expedition Wise. A bike training weekend needs a minimum of 8 people in order to run.
Expedition Wise Training Trainers are highly qualified and experienced expedition leaders, mountaineers and mountain leaders. All our Trainers are Rescue Emergency Care First Aid Trainers, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicians and Summer Mountain Leaders. Many are members of the Association of Mountain Instructors, trained Winter Mountain Leaders and Climbing Instructors. All our Trainers have led various overseas expeditions in different environments around the world and are highly respected by the charity challenge market as excellent practitioners and knowledgeable trainers in all aspects of expeditions.
The cost is £215 per person (or £195 for an early bird booking 2 months prior to the course date). The cost includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, food from Friday evening until Sunday lunch, complimentary wine with the two evening meals, public liability insurance, administration and all expert training and advice from Expedition Wise Training. All the training weekend dates will run if there are a minimum of 8 people booked on each weekend and you will receive confirmation of this at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the course. Cancellation is not normally an issue but oversubscription can be so please book early to avoid disappointment. Places are limited to maintain safety and quality.
These are 5 fold. The first is getting up in the mountains and walking for 2 days back to back in a mountain environment and terrain looking at fitness, walking paces, coping with scree etc. The second is talking through all medical issues and questions you may have regarding altitude, heat problems, foot issues and so forth. The third is talking through the day to day logistics of the trek you have chosen and specific issues regarding sleeping warm at night, expectations etc. The fourth benefit is meeting with others who are undertaking the same type of trek or who have already done the trek or similar challenges. The final benefit is to look at all aspects of trekking equipment that people have and discuss the merits and pitfalls of the different types. There is also the fun part of a weekend away in the mountains!
To book your place on any of the above training dates, please click here.