Five Days Under Ben Alder by Canoe

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Canoeing and mountain walking for 5 days in demanding conditions in the wilderness.

This is a wild and remote Scottish expedition over 5 days. We are canoeing along Loch Ericht to its south western shores, where we will set up our base camp. Surrounding us there are no fewer than 5 breathtaking remote munros and a haunted bothy…

In 2019, this extraordinary adventure was a great success and we're doing it all again - with even more variety in your choice of lunchbox…

Once we have set up camp, the days are ours to explore the mountains, working with the weather to create opportunities for both shorter and longer days of mountain walking. (We will try to provide two options per day).

Of course, there will also be the chance to potter about in the canoes - there are some wonderful sandy bays nearby.

This adventure is in one of the most remote wilderness areas in the UK and your two instructors (one of whom is me) are both part of outdoor collective Rough Edge.

You will need your own robust outdoor gear to take part in this trip, but we will provide a comprehensive kit list once you have signed up. We are also always on hand to advise if you have any questions.

Rough Edge will provide: Expedition tents (2 sharing), roll mats, camping stoves, canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids & dry bags and all your food for the trip.

Once we depart on this expedition you should expect to have no phone signal at all. Please do not take part if you can't manage that.

The trip is provided by outdoor collective Rough Edge, of which I am part. Your other instructor will be Ed, who has worldwide expedition and survival expertise. You will be in the safest of hands.

Cost £525 per person. This is payable directly to me as organiser on behalf of Rough Edge and not to OutdoorLads. £175 deposit is payable with your booking which will secure your place. The group size is a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12. Should we not reach the minimum number of 8 people necessary for this trip to run, I will refund your £175 in full. The balance will be payable 8 weeks before the trip (Friday 3 April 2020). If the event list is full and you join the waitlist for this event, you will also need to pay a deposit; please also contact me by private message. 

Bookings and Deposits

The full price of this trip is £525

How to book:

1. Please pay a £175 deposit direct to me (on behalf of Rough Edge) with your surname and initial in order to identify the payment:

  • J Cornley
  • Sort Code: 07-08-06
  • Account: 00051494

2. Message me on OutdoorLads with your full name and email address

3. Book onto the trip on the OutdoorLads site.

When I receive your deposit, I will send you a confirmation email with more information. Once eight people have paid a deposit the trip will be guaranteed. If you cancel after the trip has been confirmed and bookings have been made you will lose your deposit. Deposits are fully refundable until the trip is guaranteed and bookings are made.

The small print:

  • This trip is being organised as a private arrangement between the participants and John Cornley representing Rough Edge with a minimum of 8 people needed to run the trip.
  • Please be aware that it is the booking and your deposit that secures your place on the trip or waiting list, rather than booking onto the trip via the OutdoorLads site, although you must book onto the trip here on the OutdoorLads site too.
  • Full trip details including kit lists, train recommendations and travel tips will be sent out with your booking confirmation, which follows receipt of your deposit. All bookings and deposits must be paid by 13 March 2020. (We suggest you do not book your transport until the trip has been confirmed; if you do so, it will be at your own risk.)
  • For clarity; the standard OutdoorLads refunds policy does NOT apply to this trip; instead, the arrangements with the third party provider set out above apply. 

A little about Ed

Ed is a fantastic, patient, brave and talented outdoor instructor with an extraordinary level of survival expertise. he has served in the military in both Afganistan and in Iraq, he has taken part in climbing, canoeing and hiking expeditions in Scotland and beyond. Ed is also an expert on sports nutrition and an ace with a camp fire and a tarp.

A little about John

I am a mountain leader in the UK and I'm involved in an outdoor collective called Rough Edge. I have 12 years experience in OutdoorLads and I love it very much. I am excited to be leading this remote Scottish adventure week as representative from Rough Edge on behalf of OutdoorLads, with Ed as our second instructor.

What people said who came last year…

Excellent leadership for the most 'wild' of wild camps I've done. Organisation was great, and somehow weather (other than wind...) arranged to perfection. Lovely group of guys to go with great team spirit. Lovely camp location, great as base for walks.

‘John (and Ed) literally did not stop from the get-go to make sure everything was set up and all made to feel welcome. It was a great group and an adventure I won't forget anytime soon.

‘John and Ed were excellent leaders, hard working and fun

 ‘Was an epic event all round, challenging, fun and great location all round. Can't think of anything which would make it any better.’

‘This was my first time 'wild' camping. So at first, I found the kit list to be a little vague, but a few questions (pre-event) to John and all were answered. I think the key thing to flag was the actual canoe journey (I've canoed loads of times so quite confident), but it was over 14 miles long and I imagine a few less experienced canoeists would have struggled. So maybe a clearer indication of the actual length of the journey. The weather going out turned a little nasty but there was no way to predict that (so any complaints about that should be ignored) but, even through the rain and wind John kept everyone cheery and made sure sufficient breaks were had to break up the paddle. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Thou prob take my own tent.’

‘Perhaps some greater clarity around planned route during the week would have helped, to know that all canoeing out bound (22km) would be done in a single day (and also return). Maybe a few more group lessons on good paddling technique would have helped early on to save some arms! And perhaps if at all possible some variation in the daily lunches, (wraps are a great idea, but would have been nice to vary the fillings day to day). But these are all small little things, the trip was great, and I hope more ODLers get to do it in future!’

And finally

Please note that this event is not suitable for dogs. 


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