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Black Mountain - Camping & Mountain Skills

22 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018  |  £60

What to Expect

This overnight camp in the Black Mountain Range will take you through a short, information rich course on a whole host of topics related to wild camping and outdoormanship. This course is geared towards photographers looking to expand their photographic horizons.

I'm a fully qualified and insured Mountain Leader with a current outdoor first aid qualification. I have over 50 weeks camping experience in remote mountain and wilderness areas in the UK and internationally. I have lead groups camping in the very best and worst weather.

Topics Covered

Gear: Choosing the right tent/tarp - Choosing sleeping gear backpacks and stoves

Backpacking and campcraft: Fitting a backpack - Hiking Poles  - Camping in Winter - Dealing with a storm

Weather: Mountain Weather - Mountain Light - Predicting the weather

Nutrition: Coming up with a food plan - Dehydrated meals - Water Safety and Purification

Navigation and Safety in the Mountains: How to use a map and compass - Understanding contours - Legal Access - Route Planning - Building difficulty - Mountain Rescue

AT A GLANCE

MountainPhotography
ActivityBackpacking
AccomodationTents
PhysicalityModerate
Group SizeSix

Booking

This workshop is fully booked.

Itinerary

Saturday - meet at 2pm at the Tafarn-y-Garreg pub. We'll have a quick drink and say hello, explain the plan and then head out. We'll hike up to Fan Foel to camp (6km, 600m ascent, 2 1/2 hours) stopping in between to cover a variety of topics. Dinner and evening session, sunset.

Sunday - Sunrise from the top. Morning session. Hike back for a 12 noon finish.

Fitness and Experience

No mountain experience is necessary. If you are walking fit and healthy you should be able to complete this hike. The routes we are taking are entirely non-technical but there is some steep ground. You will need to carry an 18kg rucksack including your camera kit, food, and the camping gear you will be using. 

Equipment

Some of you may already have all the kit you need. If you would like to rent a tent (shared), sleeping matt, sleeping bag, pillow and stove then you can do so for £20. The equipment I can provide is the very best available - you'll be using nearly £1000 worth of equipment! I have 2 backpacks I can loan for people who have next to no kit!

Tuition

There will be no photographic tuition provided. The focus is entirely on outdoorsmanship appropriate to photographers.

Transport

Not provided - please find your own way to the Tafarn-y-Garreg pub.

Accommodation

If the weather is totally unsuitable for camping (windy or very wet) we will cancel with full refunds. If there is a bit of wind and rain we will go for it anyway (you'll learn more!) and deliver the teaching parts of the course in the pub.

Payment

This workshop is priced at £60 with an additional £20 if you wish to borrow my equipment (see above), I will send requests for this additional fee once the booking is made. Please note that payment confirms your place and payments are not refundable (though you may find a replacement).

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