Friday 27th to Sun 29th May 2022
We welcome anyone over the age of 18 who has a passion for the outdoors and already feels comfortable going on a long day walk in the wilds of the UK. We also heartily recommend this course for those who’d like to brush up on these essential skills before going on The Old Way Immersion or Kalahari Expedition, as it will facilitate a much richer experience from those courses.
You will learn how to:
Sleep under the stars
Cook using different stoves and fuels
Use a knife safely
Set up a simple shelter
Use a few practical knots
Find and filter water
Poo, wee, bleed and wash in the wild
Choose and wear the right clothes
Pack, adjust and carry a rucksack comfortably
Choose the right equipment for you
Understand wild camping codes and law
Deepen your rewilding journey
The course is run at a beautiful private woodland site on Dartmoor. We will be outdoors for the whole time and based at this one location. We won't be walking and carrying a rucksack on this particular Wild Camp course.
The ability to feel at home in the wild, sleep under the stars, cook over a simple flame
and carry all you need on your back creates a sense of freedom unlike anything else.
This was once how all humans were.
Prior to agriculture and sedentism humans were nomadic, living in temporary camps carrying all their possessions with them. In some parts of the world people still practice this original way of living. Wild camping is so much more than an outdoor pursuit; it’s a pathway to re-engage with our evolutionary biology. A backpacking trip not only gets you fit and gets you out but will leave you feeling deeply rejuvenated as you nourish this ancient expression of being human.
This course is a fun, safe and gentle introduction to wild camping using modern equipment where your fears will be quelled and your questions answered by Old Way leaders, Charlie Loram and Emily Fawcett. We have decades of experience wild camping, trekking, expedition leading and living outdoors.
"This course is truly life changing and I am raving about it to everyone I know!" Participant 2020
"I came to the Wild Camp Fundamentals course feeling irreversibly domesticated, anxious about my own limitations, and wondering if I would ever be able to connect or interact with nature in the way that I so yearned for. I felt grief for a way of life denied to me by modern culture. Charlie and Emily held us with such humanity, humility, kindness and professionalism, teaching exactly what it says on the tin in the most accessible of ways. They inspired me with their passion and expertise whilst respecting and meeting each participant exactly where they were at. By the end of the weekend I was feeling infinitely more confident, and excited like a little kid! I've walked away with a ton of skills and understanding that give me a primal kind of satisfaction, and new friends to practise them with. What's more they have rekindled the hope within me that my dreams are not just idealistic nonsense but truly within my grasp. I cannot thank you enough for this course - it is EXACTLY what I needed and it has truly changed my life! I can't wait for the next adventure!” Participant 2020
"The Wild Camp Fundamentals Course brought such hope and joy into my life, and reconnected me to something simple and primal that feels like a forgotten birthright." Participant 2021