Is It For Me?
Wild camping opens up a whole new world of possibilities in the mountains. If you’ve always dreamt of spending the night under the stars or accessing more remote parts of our wild land then this course will help you fulfil those dreams. You don’t need any previous wild camping experience however some hill walking experience is desirable.
PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: The U18’s courses are for young people who are keen on a particular activity. The young people will receive expert tuition from highly qualified and experienced staff. There is virtually nowhere else where you can get such a high quality of five days tuition in one subject at a student instructor ratio of 1:6. The course mirror the adult ones of the same name, the content and aims are similar but the style and approach in which the course is run is geared towards younger people.
We have set a minimum age of 14 and a maximum of 17 and we are not comfortable going outside this range. Parents should bear in mind that we have a public bar on the site and that generally Glenmore Lodge is geared up to adult residents. We are not able to provide entertainment and directly supervise the young people throughout the evenings however staff available 24 hours a day if there are any problems.
There is always an option for an adult to accompany a young person and book onto another course running at the same time or just stay full board and enjoy what the area has to offer. There will be opportunities for the young people to use the pool and climbing wall, there is a TV and video room and lectures that they are welcome to attend.
Glenmore Lodge holds a current Adventure Activities License.
By the end of the two days you will have an understanding of the differences between various models of equipment such as tents, stoves, sleeping mats etc and be able to select the ones that suite your particular needs. You will also have the skills to plan and execute a comfortable camping trip in the UK Mountains alongside in-depth understanding of the environment and how to camp responsibly.
You will learn from the experts on what are (or not) the essential items that need to be carried on a remote and wild camping trip, how to pack and carry it all, plus how to stay warm and dry in even the most hostile of weather conditions!
We will take you through the various rucksacks, tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, stove systems and expedition food available on the market for either the solo backpacker or group of friends.
During our overnight you will benefit from our instructor’s years of experiences and leave with plenty of top tips. This course is run on a 1:6 ratio.
These two days make an ideal follow on from our 3 day “Discover hill and Mountain Skills” course. To make a brilliant mountain week.
What Will I Need?
What’s included –
Instruction, camping equipment and food. Please feel free to bring along any of your own camping equipment to try out or get advice on. This is a non-residential course (however accommodation the evening before is included).
Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.
GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Leather Boots
- Day Sac
Equipment you need to bring which we do not have in stores:
Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.
- Informal clothing for leisure wear
- Warm outdoor wear
- Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
- General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
- Thick socks (several pairs)
- Spare fleece/insulated jacket
- Hat & gloves***
- Compass – Silva type 4 recommended ***
- Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000. For candidates on any NGB course such as Mountain Leader summer, you should have a 1:50,000 map and ideally one other scale. For non qualification courses any scale is fine, OS 1:50,000 map sheet 36 covers the widest area, but the Harvey 1:40,000 has a lot of additional information on the back of it, however it is useful to have the Silva Mark 4 compass with the 1:40,000 scale on it, (only available since 2010).
If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:
NW corner NH8514 NE corner NJ0314
SW corner NN8593 SE corner NO0393
That will be about 4 sheets of A4 if you use the 1:50,000 scale.
From time to time we will use other areas outside the northern Cairngorms in which case we will supply appropriate mapping.
- All maps need to be in a waterproof case. Maps and map cases are not a stores item but can be purchased from our shop.
- Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
- Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
- Box or bag for packed lunch.
- Blister kit/ small first aid kit
- Suncream – you just never know! ***