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Workshop/Course, Fri 14 - Sun 16 Sep 2018

Adventure Academy - Mountain & Expedition Skills

Adventure Academy - Mountain & Expedition Skills


The aim of Adventure Academy expedition is to learn and develop expedition and mountain skills in the iconic Lake District National Park! Our expedition is designed to equip you with a range of essential expedition and mountain skills to enable you to plan and execute your own solo or group expeditions.

During the expedition you will complete a number of training exercises, all whilst trekking through the incredible wild landscape set within breathtakingly rugged mountain scenery.  On the second night of the expedition you will pitch up in a remote corner of the mountains and wild camp!

Training Objectives

Introduction to Mountains and Expedition Skills

Navigation (Day & Night): Using a compass and mapping, taking bearings, use of pacing & timings.

Moving on Steep ground: Working with ropes

Camp craft: Using tents, stoves & camp safety

Managing a Team and Expedition Leadership

Expedition & Route Planning: Including the use of route cards

Assessing Risk: Dynamic and Formal

The Plan


At Guiding Star Adventures we are committed to delivering exciting expeditions with flexible itinerary’s rather than a guided tour. The information below is the basic framework around which our Adventure Academy expedition is constructed. A more detailed itinerary is available on request or will be automatically sent to you once you have applied to join the expedition.

Day 1: Upon Arrival

Team members arrive in Wasdale the evening of September 2018 at the designated hostel (exact hostel will be confirmed in your detailed itinerary) where the expedition officially begins. On arrival you will be greeted by your expedition leader and shown to your accommodation for the night. Once all members of the team have arrived, your expedition leader will deliver an expedition brief and talk you through the plan for the expedition. Then, learning commences! That evening you will begin to look at navigation skills which will be put into practise the following morning!

Day 2: Adventure into the Wild!

On Saturday morning we are up and about! Following breakfast we leave the hostel and after a very short drive to our start point, we begin on foot. After moving along the shores of Wastwater we begin to move into the mountains where you learn how to manage and move on Steep Ground. Following this you will continue to trek into the mountains and begin to practise your essential Navigational Skills, making use of your map and compass along with utilising skills which include; taking bearings, pacing and the use of timings.

That evening we will set up camp in a remote part of this wild landscape. Wild camping in such an untamed and striking surrounding is the perfect environment in which to truly immerse yourself in adventure! You will learn essential Camp Craft Skills to streamline your efficiency within such an environment, as well as discuss essential expedition and mountains skills which include Team Management and Leadership Styles. Finally that evening you will learn more about Expedition and Route Planning as well as how best to conduct Dynamic and Formal Risk Assessments.

Day 3: Final Day & Return to Base Camp

The following morning, energised having spent the night camping wild you will pack away your wild camp and begin to Navigate your way out of the mountains. Along the way you will action your Navigational skills whilst making use of a Route Card and drawing upon your Team Management & Leadership skills whilst continuously conducting Dynamic risk assessments!

After an arduous but utterly rewarding weekend in the mountains, you did it! Inspired by your new or refined skill you are now back at the shores of Wastwater where the expedition officially ends.  



On the Friday night you will be staying at a local hostel. Positioned in a prime location with immediate access to both the mountains and the lakes, you don’t need to go far to embrace this beautiful landscape. On the Saturday night you will sleep at a wild camp on the mountain; overlooking the mountains, lakes and even the sea! A breathtaking location that allows you to became immersed in the wild landscape and escape the stresses of modern life.


All meals throughout the expedition will be provided by Guiding Star Adventures. The Saturday morning will be a continental style breakfast at the hostel. Once out in the mountains ration packs will be utilised to ensure all team members are provided with a nutritional and energy rich diet.

Kit List

As part of the expedition Handbook we will send you a detailed kit list explaining exactly what kit you will need for the expedition. To request an expedition Handbook please don’t hesitate to Contact us.

Whats included

Professional Guiding Star Adventures expedition leader
All accommodation during the expedition
All meals during the expedition (less for Friday evening)
Specialist equipment
Guaranteed small group - maximum 10 team members

Not included

Travel to Wasdale
Travel insurance
Personal kit and equipment

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 14 - Sun 16 Sep 2018
Start Time: 2000
Estimated Finsh Time 1500


£125 per person


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Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 14 - Sun 16 Sep Adventure Academy - Mountain & Expedition Skills


CA20 1AQ


Take A595 to Gosforth and follow road signs to Wasdale Head. Free parking (off main show-field in car park field).

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