Trailblazer: expedition for girls aged 13-16

This is the opportunity for a group of teenage girls to get an authentic expedition experience in a beautiful, wild part of England (either the Peak District or the Lake District, to be confirmed).


Over 4 days and three nights we shall journey through stunning and varied landscape: hill and wood, river and lake. We shall be entirely self-sufficient; for many this can be a new and very empowering experience. We shall carry our own food, find and purify our water, navigate ourselves through the landscape, and sleep in wild camps rather than those dreadfully civilised campsites, so we can truly get a feeling of escape.

A tough but manageable physical and mental challenge with plenty of inspiration and support, this immersive trip will help develop self-reliance, self-organisation, and what it means to be part of an interdependent group that has bravely removed itself from modern comforts for a while.

A meaningful nature experience is an ancient method used for an individual to really meet themselves outside of familiar day-to-day life – to encounter our current limits and push them further out, to surprise ourselves by what we are truly capable of, to enjoy the company of others uninterrupted by the demands of technology, or to discover how fascinated we might be by the skills required to live and travel outdoors for a while.

Such skills might include:
Hillcraft: navigation, routefinding, weather awareness, efficient movement, staying warm and dry, managing energy
Bushcraft: water purification, light foraging, tree and plant I.D., firemaking
Campcraft: packing properly, managing kit, cooking, eliminating procrastination and unnecessary faffing. Easily overlooked skills!

Many of these skills are unavoidable on a long trip. Some are for an individual to decide to take an interest in; they are offered as an opportunity rather than intended to be spoon- or force-fed.

This expedition is for any girl aged 13-16 who has an appetite for adventure. It also provides excellent experience for anyone doing the Duke of Edinburgh award.


– Cost: £350 (equivalent to c.£90 per day)
– What’s included: food, group equipment, bivvy bags
– Not included: Personal kit and travel. An efficient option is to hire a minibus and drive the whole group. I would expect this to cost £50 per person – Travel time is not included in the shown timings for the event. We would aim to begin at 4pm on Day 1 and end around 2pm on Day 4. If we arrange group travel, we will depart from Forest Row, Sussex, early on Day 1 (c.7-8am) and arrive late on Day 4. An itinerary can be created to pick up participants along the way (usually from M25/M40/M6 service stations)
– A degree of physical fitness is required, and a mindset to take on the various challenges. Sometimes we will be carrying our equipment on consecutive days, often over rough terrain. By design, there is some struggle
– Similarly, this programme requires a degree of social / emotional skill, and an agreed willingness to engage in such challenges, as they come hand in hand with the physical endeavour
– Bookings on this course are subject to Chris Packe’s Terms and Conditions

Chris is a qualified guide and licensed by AALA to provide adventurous hiking activities of this kind.


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