In the Middle of Nowhere!
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If you're looking for a true mountain experience this summer, join us at this remote camping barn in the middle of the Lake District. This is a stunning location, but the facilities are basic. If you enjoy getting away from it all and immersing yourself in the simple mountain life then this weekend event is for you.
All that said, the camping barn has a toilet, a shower and electricity (USB sockets only, no power sockets), and bags of character: stone walls and floors, huge wooden beams and a wood burning stove. The sleeping quarters offer matresses on shared sleeping platforms. You may need to walk some distance to the barn (see below).
From our accomodation we have access to a number of mountain walks in the surrounding fells, ridges and peaks.
Due to the small size of the accomodation we are unable to accomodate dogs on this event.
What to bring
Bedding is provided, but you will need to bring your own towel.
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
Your event cost includes breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday night and tea/coffee throughout the weekend.
On Friday night there will be a buffet which you are asked to contribute to - the event leader will provide more informaiton nearer the time.
DOn't forget that you will need food for a packed lunch on Saturday (sufficient to sustain you out on the hills), together with any other drinks you may want over the weekend.