There are 4 workshop sessions which are all free to attend;
1. Introduction to wild camping
2. Backpacking and hill walking
4. Pre-expedition Refresher
The first workshop is an introduction to wild camping, backpacking, Camp 404, and the expeditions we run. There will be plenty of time for questions and the session should help you decide if wild camping is for you.
If the introductory workshop has inspired you, the next 2 workshops focus on equipping you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to go on your first wild camp. These sessions are very hands-on and the environment is relaxed and collaborative.
You'll get familiar with the essentials to carry, and how to pack and walk with a loaded rucksack. You'll learn about walking in hill and mountain terrain and the essential skills needed. You'll also practice with the tents, stoves and the other items of kit you'll be carrying. Attending each of these skills workshops is a requirement before booking your place on a Camp 404 expedition.
Once you have an expedition place, the 4th and final workshop is a refresher a few days before you go. At the end of this refresher session you will take your rucksack and kit home so you can start packing.
The workshops are based at or near my home in North Essex.
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.
If you're interested, the first step is to book a place on one of the Introductory workshops. Please see the Bookings page.
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." ― Oscar Wilde