Camp 404

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 partnership between myself and  Emma Holland and 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. It involves getting away from the crowds, and pitching a tent  somewhere remote, quiet and peaceful. During difficult times, getting away for a wild camp in the mountains has always helped me get through.

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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.

Sunrise on a Lake District wild camping expedition
A morale boosting hot drink on a wet day climbing up to Bynack More in the Cairngorms

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 Camp 404 is here to help you.

Camp 404 is suitable for anyone with little or no wild camping experience. Our main aim is to create a supportive space for you to explore the idea and give it a try.

 

We start by running free workshops. The first is an introductory session where you can find out about Camp 404, backpacking, wild camping, and the expeditions we run. There will be plenty of time for questions and the aim is to help you decide if this is for you or not. The other workshops focus on training and are designed to prepare you for one of our mountain wild camping expeditions which are run in partnership with Emma Holland Mountain Training. Emma is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, a fantastic coach and she will focus on giving you a positive and memorable experience.

The central mission of Camp 404 is to support you on this adventure. As well as picking up some key skills and knowledge at the training workshops Camp 404 also provide all the essential kit you need. Good, reliable and lightweight equipment is expensive and this gives you the opportunity to try before you buy.

Because of the emphasis on hands-on training and support, Camp 404 is best suited to anyone living in or near North Essex. If you live further away we can discuss options, but local works best.

So if you're interested, why not come along to a free 'Introduction to Wild Camping'  workshop to find out more? You've got nothing to lose. If it's not for you, that's fine, but it's better to have explored the idea than missed an opportunity.

"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