On this 6-day trip for adults we shall escape civilisation for a while, travelling through beautiful landscape, sleeping in wild camps and gathering wild food to help feed ourselves as we move. The location of this trip is to be confirmed: either Pembrokeshire, Dartmoor or the Lake District. If you yearn for an immersive, embodied experience in nature, to not only encounter stunning scenery but to also interact with the land deeply, then this is for you. It's so easy for us adults to find that the adventure has been lacking a bit recently; the only answer is to jump into something. This is not the only option, but it's a good one. This expedition will combine foraging, bushcraft, hillcraft and navigation, and whatever other dynamics we fellow travellers bring into the group, or the group brings out in us. We have chosen mid-September for this trip. Early autumn is an evocative and sensory time of the year – amazing for walking, ideal for foraging. A good adventure can be perfect...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
Your guides for the Walkabout will be Chris Packe and Fergus Drennan. For Chris, at the heart of his work is a desire to provide moments and experiences where people can see what is on the other side of busy, noisy, task-driven, technology-enabled, coffee-guzzling environments. By stepping out of Modern Life and into emergent, embodied nature experiences, new perspectives can be gained, new inspiration and ideas, or often just a detox from the digital and other toxins. Often help is needed to create the conditions, and Chris is a skilful guide. Chris has been a bushcraft instructor for over 6 years now (for 15 years he was an investment banker in London), and he is a qualified hillwalking guide. He's also engaged in his own forms of mentoring, coaching and guiding, both adults and children. He has convened a consistent men's fire circle in the woods for over 6 years, owns a wood which he manages and serves as the venue for some of the events, is part of a sketch comedy troupe, wri...
What it involves
We shall travel lightly, sleeping in wild camps with bivvy bags (rather than heavy, cumbersome tents). We shall take food, but we shall leave gaps in what we take in order to bring in a foraging element that is meaningful but not impossible. This will bring a unique flavour to the trip in many senses. Our aim is to bring together the best of an epic walking trip and a hands-on foraging experience, traversing the landscape from peak to lake, from forest to fell, learning how to manage and rely on ourselves as we go. Ahead of the trip, once the group has formed, we intend to have a meeting (online probably) to discuss further what the trip might involve, what preparation might be recommended (e.g. kit, fitness), and also any specific interests that participants have (huge desire to be able to identify trees… or fungi… or wildflowers? No problem, that’s easy to build in).
In more detail...
This trip is for the intrepid. It is designed to be accessible to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, but will also by its nature be demanding at times, which is what makes it so worthwhile and rewarding. It’s not at all a military / survival experience in design or spirit, but sometimes it might feel a bit like it is, as happens when we commit to the outdoors for a while. We as a group have a significant amount of control over the difficulty setting, and will seek to set it at a level that is not too much and not too little for the group. But to be forewarned, there are several factors which the pioneer will face, often at the same time. These just happen to be the essential ingredients of a true adventure, which is precisely why we seek to court them. The Physical: Walking up a hill with a 5-day backpack (and then down it again) is a test of endurance for anyone. Almost anyone can do it, mostly as long as they are a bit prepared, and haven’t spent the previous 3 months...
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