Wild camping is not like camping at busy campsites.
It involves carrying everything you need on your back, getting away from the crowds and pitching a tent somewhere remote, quiet and peaceful. It's about being respectful of others and the environment, and following the ethos of 'leave no trace'.
Camp 404 is a partnership between Dave Beare and Emma Holland and we run wild camping expeditions with the emphasis on support. We provide free training and expedition kit, but you can do the training without any obligation to join an expedition.
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. Have a look at the Testimonials page to hear about the experiences of some of those we've helped in the past.
We can help you discover wild camping in the hills and the benefit that brings to mental and physical wellbeing. You will learn how to camp safely and responsibly and experience living in nature. 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.
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.
We focus on training, preparation and support because we know this makes a big difference to your confidence and expedition experience. This is provided through a mix of online (zoom) and hands-on training workshops which are run in Essex or close to the expedition locations as an extra day (and overnight stay at a campsite) before the wild camping expedition begins.
To find out more go to the Booking page and sign up for a free online Introduction to Wild Camping session. There's nothing to lose, if it's not for you, that's fine, but 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