Each one-day workshop is free to attend and starts with an introductory session in the morning. We talk about hill walking and wild camping and build up a picture of what those activities are and what to expect if you go on a wild camping expedition. It's very interactive with plenty of time to ask questions. By the end of the morning you should be able to answer the question "is this for me?".
If the answer is yes, then you'll want to stay for the afternoon session where we explore in more detail the key skills and knowledge you'll need and how to prepare for an expedition.
"Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence." ― Hermann Buhl
Preparing to walk and camp safely in the hills begins with asking yourself three questions. What am I planning to do? Can I do it? What might affect the outcome? If you understand the task, yourself and the mountain environment you'll know if you're ready, and what to do if you're not.
The workshops are held in the garden of my home in North Essex and there you'll be able to discover the essentials of hill walking and camping for yourself in a relaxed and collaborative environment. We'll look at those 3 questions I mentioned earlier and talk about route planning, weather, safety, camping and the upland environment.
You'll also be able to practise using a map and compass, pitching a tent and cooking a simple meal on a camping stove.
Knowing the basic skills and knowledge will make your time in the mountains safer and more enjoyable. However, beyond the essentials there are many opinions rather than hard and fast rules. That's why we also focus on developing a good mindset.
With the right approach and some experimentation you can find out what works for you. Discovering for yourself is important. It's your adventure after all.
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." ― Oscar Wilde
If you're interested in attending a workshop please see the Bookings page.
Once you've attended a workshop and decided you want to give wild camping a try you can book onto an Expedition with Emma Holland Mountain Training (EHMT). If you do, you'll need to start thinking about your Fitness.