River-tubing, fire-starting, axe-throwing, wild swimming, hIking, shelter-building, camp-cooking, slacklining, abseiling, fat-bike riding, climbing, caving, orienteering, bouldering, bushcraft, navigation, yoga, white-water rafting, kayaking..... these are just some of the activities available at Base Camp 2017
This is the perfect chance to try something new, expand your skills with an expert or simply do the adventurous stuff you love with new and old friends. During the weekend we have a broad selection of activities that are open to everyone no matter what their skill level. And some designed specifically for beginners or those with intermediate skills. All the activities cost less than if you book elsewhere and some are completely unique, so its a great opportunity to try some new skills.
Or you can simply bring your own mountain bike, hiking boots, kayak etc and we'll help you find others to join you, we'll have an information desk with local tips, maps and weather. Below are details of the activities available
Abseiling - £25
Join us at one of Derbyshire's premier abseil venues. No equipment required just clothes suitable for the weather. No hoodies with tassels and long hair needs to be tied back. For more information contact Steve on email@example.com and 07784005097. Transport included.
Adventure Writing with Andy Kirkpatrick - Free
Andy Kirkpatrick’s blog is seen as one of the most creative outdoor blogs around, pushing boundaries in both style and content, receiving fifty thousand hits a month. In this workshop Andy talks about his own idiosyncratic approach to writing and story telling, giving tips on how he writes and what he writes about. With no formal training in writing Andy’s workshop is guaranteed to be an adventure! (Note from BCF crew - if you haven't read one of Andy's blogs or books yet, take a look, you'll be wowed)
Archery - £10
This session offers an in depth introduction to archery, covering all aspects of bow and arrow selection, safety and best practise. After getting one on one tutoring in how to use the equipment and improve accuracy we will move on to the competition phase where you will have a chance to go head to head and put your new skills to the test
Axe & Knife Throwing - £10
Axe throwing can be surprisingly easy to pick up, with most people able to get the axe into a target within their first five to ten throws. We supply different weights of axes and throwing knives. Hit the mark as many times as you can under the guidance of our instructors.
Base Camp Olympics - Free
Adventure-themed sports and games on the grass in the heart of Base Camp on Sunday afternoon
Bike Touring For Beginners - Free
Join our speakers Dan and Nida to hear how they just completed the biggest journey of their lives, starting with zero experience. Now joined by biking supremo Stephen Fabes of www.cyclingthe6.com
Bouldering - Free
We have a bouldering wall onsite for you to climb on Friday and Saturday. Staffed with two instructors you can get tips on how to climb. The wall will be set up for beginner, intermediate and experienced climbers. In the mornings there are free bookable sessions for small group tuition, in the afternoons it is open to everyone, first come, first served.
Caving for Beginners – £35
This introduction to caving in Derbyshire provides you with an exciting opportunity to explore the wonderful world of underground caves and mines. This session takes place in predominately horizontal passages where you will be given expert instruction, specialist caving equipment and a safe, enjoyable trip. As you explore this underground world we can inform you about the origin of caves and their history, this adds value to the whole experience.
No prior experience needed. Our instructors can also increase the level of challenge with optional squeezes, watery passages and abseils to negotiate. Be prepared to have a lot of fun. All specialist equipment is provided, however you will need to bring a full change of clothes, thick socks and a towel. Caving clothes should be warm, long sleeved, fleece type material and layers are important (avoid cotton and denim). Expect to get muddy. You will also need to bring suitable underground snacks for the day e.g. chocolate bars and a water bottle/ thermos. Once you have booked please go to this website warmbac.com look at the left hand side of the home page for a sizing chart - please firstname.lastname@example.org your size well in advance and your welly boot size (unless you are bringing your own). For more information contact Steve on email@example.com and 07784005097 . Transport included.
Caving for Intermediates - £35
This is aimed at those who have tried caving before and want to take it up a level by climbing wire ladders and trying a high level traverse. You will need to be happy with heights, reasonably fit and up for a challenge . This video shows some of what you could be doinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3RCLX16og
All specialist equipment is provided, however you will need to bring a full change of clothes, thick socks and a towel. Caving clothes should be warm, long sleeved, fleece type material and layers are important (avoid cotton and denim). Expect to get muddy. You will also need to bring suitable underground snacks for the day e.g. chocolate bars and a water bottle/ thermos. Once you have booked please go to this websitewarmbac.com look at the left hand side of the home page for a sizing chart - please email firstname.lastname@example.org your size well in advance and your welly boot size (unless you are bringing your own). For more information contact Steve on email@example.com and 07784005097 . Transport included.
Caving Full Day - £60
This is aimed at people who may have tried caving before OR have a reasonable level of fitness for the demands of this activity. It was extremely popular with those that went on it last year, but you have to be 'up for a challenge' !
This session takes place in challenging and demanding systems with both horizontal and vertical cave passages to explore. You could be climbing up ladder sections, abseiling beside underground waterfalls, crawling through watery passages and passing through squeezes. We recommend you have some caving experience, however, this is not essential but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
All specialist equipment is provided, however you will need to bring a full change of clothes, thick socks, a Buff and a towel. Caving clothes should be warm, long sleeved, fleece type material and layers are important (avoid cotton and denim). Expect to get wet and muddy. You will also need to bring suitable underground snacks for the day e.g. chocolate bars and a water bottle/thermos. Once you have booked please go to this websitewarmbac.com look at the left hand side of the home page for a sizing chart - please email firstname.lastname@example.org your size well in advance
For more information contact Steve on email@example.com and 07784005097
Climbing Introduction – £35
This introduction to outdoor rock climbing is a great starting point for those with little or no experience of rock climbing. The primary focus is to let you experience what this sport entails by getting you to do as much as possible on a range of different climbs.
No experience is necessary. Our instructors are there to support and encourage you whilst sharing their knowledge and skills to help you develop in the time available. This course would suit people who have never climbed indoor or outdoor before or just haven’t climbed for many years and want to experience it again.
If you joined this course at last year's Base Camp Festival you will be able to progress again with this one. The course will be held at a different (and stunning!) location on a different type of rock and setting so you can improve upon what you learnt last time.
Carry suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry for the expected weather (check a forecast for this area or call us) including a waterproof or windproof jacket. Wear trainers, if you'd like climbing shoes contact us to hire. You will need sturdy footwear for the walk in and out of the crag, a packed lunch and drink. For more information contact Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org and 07784005097 . Transport included.
Climbing Course for Intermediates – full day £75
Our intermediate rock climbing courses are aimed at people who want to improve and develop their skills. This course will check that the fundamental skills are being achieved correctly, before covering further skills. This is run in a very small group - one instructor to at most four students - for maximised learning.
Our experts are able to provide individual coaching to each person on the course based on their needs at the time. We will aim to do plenty of climbing, look at set ups, practice belaying using different devices and answer specific questions from the group.
Carry suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry for the expected weather (check a forecast for this area or call us), a waterproof or windproof jacket. You will need sturdy footwear for the walk in and out of the crag, a packed lunch and drink. Also bring your own climbing shoes or trainers though we have limited sized climbing shoes for hire. Please call us to hire a pair for just £3.00. For more information contact Steve email@example.com and 07784005097 . Transport included.
Cooking in the Wild - £15
Learn how to cook great camp food anywhere with Kieran Creevy. Lesson on how to create inspiring one-pot meals on a camping stove. Including tastings and samples to take away. Camping food doesn't have to be bland or uninspiring, we will show you how to create good, tasty and nutritious food! Whether you camp in the UK or go on overseas expeditions, this will revolutionise your cooking in the wild. Please make our chef aware if you have any special dietary requirements.
Expedition Planning Q&A - Free
Open Q&A session with Sarah, Niall and Finn about how to plan, complete and share a big expedition. Sarah has huge experience of kayaking, cycling and ocean rowing expeditions and how to communicate with schools and the wider world. This is your chance to pick her brains about your own big plans or get inspiration. Niall and Finn have huge experience in mountain, climbing, biological, polar, ocean and filming expeditions. Again a chance to get great advice from the experts. Belinda has been leading and managing expeditions, remote filming and scientific trips for 20years across the globe in all environments but in particular jungle, desert and at sea.
Fat Bike in the Woods - £5 per run
Take on the challenge of our specially prepared, multi-terrain course through the woods and around the Base Camp site with one of Adventure Pedlars’ awesome Genesis Caribou Fat Bikes (with giant, bouncy 4’’ tyres). Each run will be timed and then entered into a leaderboard for the weekend-long competition with prizes for the winning male and female times. Multiple attempts will be allowed all day, everyday over the course of the festival. (Don't worry embarrassingly slow times will not be shared!). Fat Bike and helmet hire is included so all you’ll need is a set of clothes you don’t mind getting a bit wet and muddy. No mountain biking experience necessary
Fire by Friction - £10
Do you want to light fire by rubbing two stick’s together, of course you do! This session will provide an in depth look into the mysterious world of fire by friction. We will go through the history and theories behind the practice, the different components, material selection and size, best practice techniques and problem identification and solutions. Everyone will receive their own bow drill set to use and should expect to have created an ember and blown it to flame by the end of the session.
Fire & Shelter Building - £10
Learn how to build, start and maintain a fire using different techniques, so you can confidently have a campfire on future adventures. Learn how to construct different types of shelters, using simple equipment or just what you can find in the forest - pick up a survival skill or transform future campsites.
Foraging - £10
Take a wander through the woods and fields around Base Camp with master forager, Mark Fox, to learn how to identify and use edible, medicinal, mechanical and poisonous plants and trees. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of nature and loads of hints and tips for tasty free treats and homemade remedies
Game Preparation - £10
This session is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the techniques associated with taking a wild animal and preparing it for the pot. After discussing the law and humane dispatch techniques we will go through the different methods for gutting, skinning and butchering different game and making use of the various by-products. Rabbit, Wood Pigeon and Trout will all be available for you to choose to prepare yourself. Once butchered we will cook everything up on the fire so you can have a taste of wild game.
Guided Walks - £5
Whether you’re a hardened hiker or fair-weather walker, the Peak District offers plenty of scope and amazing views! Challenge yourself on a bracing moorland walk or soaring gritstone edge. Stretch your legs with a leisurely stroll along a leafy footpath or riverside walk. We can supply information on routes in the area (free) and there will also be guided walks (£5) too. You will need walking boots and a waterproof jacket to participate.
"How Adventure Can Change Our Lives" with Belinda Kirk - Free
Guinness World Record holding explorer, Belinda Kirk, is on a mission to help others live more adventurously. Through time spent working with tribes around the world, studying Biology at Oxford University and 20 yrs of leading groups in the wilderness, she's seen the positive effects of connecting with nature and taking on real challenge - of living adventurously. This first hand experience is mixed with stories of others' life changing experiences and spliced with modern research. If you embrace adventure you will be happier, healthier, cleverer, live longer, have better relationships, be more successful and even be a nicer person. Prepare to be inspired
Kayaking - £30
Paddle down the River Derwent between Darley Dale and Matlock Bath through beautiful Derbyshire countryside. As you paddle through the Wind Tunnel you'll find yourself looking up at the famous High Tor Cliff (count the climbers) an incredible view of this magnificent landmark. The flat early section provides a great opportunity to practise working as a team before tackling the Derwent rapids(Grade 1 and 2). Your guide will give you all the knowledge you’ll need, then it’s up to you to work in pairs and make sure you make the right line down the rapids, get it wrong and you'll be swimming. Your guide will be with you at all times in a separate kayak. Being able to swim is essential but no kayaking experience is needed, your fully qualified guide will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your kayak from top to bottom. For more information contact Jon on firstname.lastname@example.org You will need a swimsuit, towel and shoes that will get wet (old trainers/rafting shoes/jelly shoes) to participate. Transport included.
Mobile Cave - Free
Try caving in our mobile cave onsite at Base Camp. No experience necessary but the ability to bend and wriggle will be an advantage. Individuals and small teams can take part at any time during the Festival and entry into our competition is free (but not compulsory)
Navigation with Map and Compass - £20
Suitable for complete beginners. Build your confidence to use a map and compass and become more self-reliant in the mountains. We aim to cover in a practical sense map to ground/ ground to map and use of the compass. We will cover Maps and Scales, Contours, Grid References, Hand Railing, Aiming Off, Pacing/ Timing, Compass work and cover any questions you may have during the day. You will need walking boots and a waterproof jacket to participate.
Primitive Weapons - £10
This session will examine how early humankind moved away from chucking sticks and stones at there prey and started using science and physics to become more effective hunters. After looking at a variety of historic types of weapon everyone will carve and whittle their own primitive throwing spear and thrower, known as an Atlatl, to take home. To do this we will have a go at flint knapping and making primitive resins/glues, bindings and flights. The session will finish with a head to head accuracy challenge to see who is the most proficient hunter.
Rafting and River Float - £30
If you've never tried rafting before this is your chance in fun (but not terrifying) rapids (grade 2). Between rapids (or if you get tipped out) float and bob downstream. Being able to swim is essential but no rafting experience is needed, your fully qualified guide will give you the knowledge and confidence to paddle the raft. For more information contact Jon on email@example.com You will need a swimsuit, towel and shoes that will get wet (old trainers/rafting shoes/jelly shoes) to participate. Transport included.
River Tubing - £25
Jump in your custom 'built for the River' tube and float downstream. You will navigate your way through the twists and turns of the River Derwent before taking on the rapids in style. Your River Guide (kayak based) will give you the information you'll need to safely navigate your way downstream, then it's over to you! Manoeuvring your tube around the river is easy, our specifically design neoprene hand paddle is effective even in the white stuff! Approximately 2 hours including kit up and brief. Being able to swim is essential. For more information contact Jon on firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need a swimsuit, towel and shoes that will get wet (old trainers/rafting shoes/jelly shoes) to participate.. Transport included.
Slacklining - £5
Learn how to walk a slackline. Niall and Finn have crossed these wires at high altitude between mountains (highlining) but they'll teach you the same wire-walking technique just 1-2ft off the ground. Your chance to have a go at this fast growing sport and learn from the experts. No prior experience or equipment necessary. There are 90mins teaching sessions in small groups with Niall and Finn
Treasure Hunt - Free
Explore Base Camp's ancient woods following our treasure map. No experience necessary but if you can map-read a little you will have an advantage! Individuals and small teams can take part at any time during the Festival. Fastest team to find the Treasure wins a prize!
Tree Climbing - £12
Instructed tree climbing. We will teach you how to access the trees with the use of prussiks (similar to the techniques used by tree surgeons). No experience necessary (but this is a strenuous activity so you must be relatively fit) , we recommend closed shoes, shorts can be worn but there is the risk of bumps and scrapes. If it is raining the sessions will continue so bring waterproofs just in case.
Wild Swimming - £5
Swim in an idyllic lake surrounded by forest and wildlife. There will be lifeguard and instructor for your safety. You need to be able to swim in deep water but you don't need previous wild swimming experience as our instructors will advise you. Bring a swim suit/trunks and towel, footwear is highly recommended (old trainers, jelly shoes or rafting shoes) and wetsuits are optional. Transport included.
Wilderness First Aid Workshop - Free
Would you know what to do if you or your adventure partner got hurt more than an hour away from medical care? Learn how to handle common medical problems and make smart decisions during emergency situations in the wilderness. Our Wilderness First Aid Workshop will provide you with an insight into Wilderness & Remote First Aid. Our instructors come with a vast wealth of knowledge and a background in Wilderness & Military Medicine, and include Paramedics, Doctors and Army Medics. Topics covered will include:
- Introduction to basic trauma breaks, strains and Sprains
- Use of splints and improvised splints
- Patient Moving & Handling (Patient Packaging)
- Improvised Carries & Stretchers
Wood Carving & Whittling - £10
In this session you will learn how to use a range of cutting tools safely and proficiently to make functional and aesthetically pleasing items out of green wood. After mastering the different cuts and techniques you will be let loose on a project of your own and leave with something special to take home
Yoga - £5
Yoga useful for adventurers including stretching, strengthening, injury prevention, breathing, posture and relaxation. Providing you with some techniques and sequences to take on your next adventure. Please bring your roll mat with you (not the inflatable variety), there will be a limited supply of yoga mats for those without a roll mat.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit enough to undertake your chosen activity. Base Camp Festival strongly advises against alcohol and/or drugs being consumed before or whilst you are undertaking an activity. You will be turned away from an activity with no chance of a refund if you are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Base Camp Festival is not responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of any activity days as a result of alcohol and/or drug consumption. You are recommended to take out your own personal accident insurance cover.
Photography courtesy of Chris Jewell, Chris Peerman, Iain Harper, Philip Banfield