Sparkling Fireworks Weekend!
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Ready to celebrate Guy Fawkes with a bang? Fired up? Why not come along to OutdoorLads Fireworks Event! This year OutdoorLads is lighting up your weekend at the Court Hill Centre in Oxfordshire for a weekend of fun, fire and of course… adventure!
To ignite your interest we have planned a host of activities including walks in the local area with additional options also available. We will begin the weekend with our traditional OutdoorLads buffet to spark our welcoming atmosphere. Following our OutdoorLads breakfast we will enjoy a selection of activities in the local area. A cracking firework inspired dinner will be available later in the evening alongside a dazzling firework display. This will be sure to add an extra sparkle to the evening’s frivolities! There will be plenty of fun and laughter so come along to join your OutdoorLads friends and make lots more too!
What to bring
Please bring your hill walking kit. A head torch is also a good idea too. It will be winter, so be sure to layer up!
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and although a personal choice are often essential in bad weather for keeping the feet dry.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should be a light to mid-weight fleece or wool jumper. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof softshell or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth. You can wear your waterproof as your outer layer and many do come with removable insulation layers as well.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-Tex or eVent are often the best choices.
Hat: The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being a good alternative.
Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading. Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.
Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills. Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are. Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.
Food & Water: At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required. Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken. Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Food & drink
Friday Evening: Arrive, meet the group and socialise. We'll be having a traditional OutdoorLads buffet, followed by a welcome meeting and a possible evening activity, and of course a chance to get to know your fellow Court Hill Centre friends!
Saturday Day: After breakfast, we’ll head out into the local area for a good walk, with a selection of walks available. Perhaps with a stop off on the way for some refreshments depending on the walking route.
Saturday Evening: We’ll all sit down together for dinner to ignite the fun. Following this we will have an OutdoorLads firework display!
Sunday: After breakfast, we’ll tidy up the hostel and then you are free to head out with us for a second shorter walk, before heading home.