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
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.
Getting Started in Adventure Blogging & Travel Writing with Sian Lewis - Free
Award-winning outdoor blogger and travel journalist Sian Anna Lewis of The Girl Outdoors will show you how to take your adventures one step further and get published as a writer. Learn how to weave a compelling story out of your experiences, how to pitch travel stories to newspapers and magazines and how to start up a successful outdoors blog.
Filming Your Adventures with Kevin Augello - Free
Led by British adventure and natural history film producer. Kevin Augello, who has 20 years experience working with the BBC, Discovery, RedBull Media & National Geographic. The workshop is suitable for those who want to document their adventures for family & friends or for those that wish to make something for a festival or sponsors. This jargon-free workshop is aimed at both the complete novice or to someone already making short films. All you need is experience holding a Smart Phone or Go-Pro. We will cover some simple tips to not only improve your camera techniques and sound recording, but how to improve your ability in story telling. We will also examine protecting & charging your kit in the field. Please come armed with your camera/phone
Slacklining - Free or £5
Learn how to walk a slackline. You'll be taught wire-walking techniques. Your chance to have a go at this fast growing sport and learn from the experts. No prior experience or equipment necessary. There are open sessions free-of-charge and also 90mins teaching sessions in small groups with instructors
Be Fit for Adventure Workshop - Free
Endurance adventurer and health & wellness coach, Luke Tyburski will teach you efficient and effective ways to get the most out of your training and nutrition leading up to, and during your next adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or weekend adventurer this 90min interactive workshop includes top tips, advice and ideas and the opportunity to ask specific questions about your own training and nutrition
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 cycling through Asia, starting with zero experience. Now joined by biking supremo Stephen Fabes of www.cyclingthe6.com Learn what to take, how to plan and other top tips to start your first cycle tour.
Bike Packing Workshop - Free
One hour workshop explaining how to go fast and light on a bike. Great prep for those planning to race short endurance trips or for those who simply want to know what to take and how to pack a bike for short overnight adventures.
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.
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)
Adventure Revolution Planning with Belinda Kirk - Free
Guinness World Record holding explorer, Belinda Kirk, is on a mission to help others live more adventurously. Through 20 yrs of leading groups into the wilderness she's seen adventure change lives for the better and this is what fuels her Adventure Revolution. This workshop is all about making more adventure happen for you in 2018. You will leave with dozens of cheap, achievable ideas and a support team to cheer you on or join you. Don't miss it!
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!
Wilderness First Aid Workshop - Free
Would you know what to do if you or your adventure partner got hurt 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, patient handling, improvised carries & stretchers
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
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
A Walk in the Wild - £5
As adventurers, explorers and outdoor enthusiasts we are no strangers to beautiful landscapes. But what is wild? Is what we see natural or human induced? Is it just the hills that need rewilding or ourselves too? Join Rina Quinlan on a walk-and-talk exploring biodiversity, wilderness and ecosystem restoration in the British landscape. Rina is an aspiring writer, explorer, runner, conservation scientist and wilderness enthusiast. The walk will take approx. 90mins exploring the area around Festival. You will need walking boots and a waterproof jacket to participate
Wilderness Workout - £5
Join coach Luke Tyburski in "nature's gym". This 60 minute workout is created from the environment around us, from what nature has provided. So get fit and get wild at the same time
Knot Workshop - £5
Book your brains and fingers into a one hour deep knotting session! Working with natural fibre, ropes and cords, projects include tying the Turks Head, making the Monkey Fist and splicing with a fid. Also plenty of time to learn and brush-up on practical knots used in the outdoors / adventure
Mindfulness in the Outdoors - £10
A 2 hour taster of what mindfulness in the outdoors can offer us. A chance to slow down, tune into our internal and external experiences and to savour the natural world around us
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
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
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.
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.
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
Tree Swinging & Climbing - £12
Instructed tree climbing. We will teach you how to access high in the trees with the use of ropes, hang amongst and walk the branches. 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
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
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
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 07784005097. Transport included
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 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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com and 07784005097 . Transport included.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 07784005097 . Transport included.
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