I'm Dave Beare and Camp 404 is an idea that evolved from my experiences hiking and wild camping in the mountains and how that helped me de-stress and improve my resilience. Camp 404 is a collaboration between myself and Emma Holland and together our aim is to help you experience hill walking and wild camping and the benefit that brings to both mental and physical wellbeing.
Wild camping is not like camping at busy campsites and caravan parks. It involves getting into remote areas away from the crowds, and pitching a tent somewhere quiet and peaceful. During difficult times, getting away for a wild camp in the mountains has always helped me get through.
You may have read some negative reports recently about wild camping so please read about this on my Wild Camping page.
“Our lives are overcrowded, over-excited, over-strained. We all want quiet. We all want beauty. We all need space. Unless we have it we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently." ― Octavia Hill (Co-founder of the National Trust)
In the mountains, evenings and early mornings are particularly special times, with the possibility of spectacular sunsets and sunrises. But wilder weather has a unique appeal too, bringing an enhanced sense of remoteness and the satisfaction of having prevailed. And it's not just me, thousands of others have their own stories to tell about how the mountains can calm and reset the mind.
Every wild camper has their own secret and special places they go to, and discovering them is a great adventure. For you, going on that adventure might make a difference, or it might just change everything. That's why the Camp 404 project is here to help you.
If you have little or no experience of wild camping you're on the right page - Camp 404 is specifically for you. We know you'll have lots of questions and probably doubts too. That's why our main aim is to create a space for you to safely explore wild camping as an idea, and then to provide Mentoring, Kit and Learning Resources for free if you decide to give it a try. We do that in two stages. Firstly, we run free Workshops where you can find out what to expect, the essential knowledge and skills you'll need, and answers to any questions you have. Secondly, once you've attended a workshop, if you feel ready to give wild camping a try, you can book on to a mountain expedition run by Emma Holland Mountain Training. Emma is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, and a great coach and mentor who will focus on boosting your confidence and giving you a positive experience. If you decide not to, that's fine too, better to have explored the idea than missed an opportunity.
What the Camp 404 project can offer is best suited to anyone living in North Essex. If you live further away we can discuss options, but local works best.
So if you're aged 18+ and interested, why not come along to a free Workshop and find out more about wild camping?
"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity." ―John Muir