What we're about

In 2009, Explorer & Campaigner Belinda Kirk (http://belindakirk.com/) established Explorers Connect as a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to help people live more adventurously. Belinda is the leading campaigner for an #AdventureRevolution (https://www.explorersconnect.com/adventurerevolution)

Set up originally as a way for explorers and adventurers to recruit new teammates for expeditions, people quickly let Belinda know that they would like to go on adventures with her, and so she started setting up adventures herself. Nowadays, every adventure that we run has been carefully crafted to reflect Belinda's original vision, standards, and ethos.

WHAT WE DO

1) We extend people's comfort zones

We run a variety of affordable adventures (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-an-adventure) that are carefully curated and crafted to (safely) extend peoples' comfort zones, as we believe that is where the magic happens:

• People discover just what they are capable of, which has the power to transform lives and inspire others.

• People learn new skills that improve self sufficiency and increase their ability to appreciate the outdoors on their own

• People experience new locations and experiences that broaden their horizons, and make them more comfortable with uncertainty (e.g. cold weather / night experiences).

2) We are a strong and friendly community

We nurture a long-standing and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts (https://www.explorersconnect.com/members), where people quickly find new friends to do all the stuff they love with. We foster an environment wherein:

• You can be yourself: We actively celebrate individuality, and do not stand for 'cliqueyness' or coolness in any shape or form. Our hosts and partners actively ensure everyone is included in conversations who wants to be.

• Everyone is treated as adults and equals: It's a muck-in environment, where group decisions are actively encouraged. It's all about empowerment.

3) We are a thought-leader in adventure-for-wellbeing

We believe we spend too much time indoors, stifled by convenience and comfort, and it's killing us, impacting our auto-immune systems and causing numerous mental health problems. We actively raise awareness of, and conversation around, the positive impacts of adventure on mental, physical and emotional well being.

Alongside our adventures, we run a range of other initiatives to encourage people to live more adventurously:

• In 2016, we founded Wild Night Out (https://www.explorersconnect.com/wild-night-out) - Britain's National Night of Adventure - and now partner with the YHA, Ordnance Survey, and Ellis Brigham (amongst many others) to deliver it, in order to raise funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.

• We run a 'Join A Team (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-a-team)' platform, for explorers and adventurers to find teammates to join them on expeditions around the world.

• We host regular Adventure Talks (https://www.explorersconnect.com/get-inspired) in Bristol and London, with a range of inspiring speakers, to ensure our community remains inspired during their city-bound workaday week.

• We also manage an Adventure Jobs Portal (http://www.adventureindustrypro.com/) where employers from across the globe advertise vacancies within the adventure industry.

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ADVENTURE REVOLUTION

At Explorers Connect we believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge and too disconnected from nature. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. What we need is an #AdventureRevolution

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We have groups all around Britain so all our events fill up and will run. We don't use Meetup much so don't be put off if there are small numbers here we get an average of 20 people on each weekend (max 24).

If you've not come on an Explorers Connect event yet, they're very informal and friendly. We've got singles, couples and sets of friends coming along, as well as adventure professionals and complete beginners - what we all share is the desire for more adventure.

Our main website www.explorersconnect.com (http://www.explorersconnect.com/) has lots more information on us and the adventures we offer!

You can also get to know us and our community on our social channels:

http://www.facebook.com/ExplorersConnect

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belinda@explorersconnect.com

Upcoming events (5)

Everest Base Camp 2020

Everest Base Camp

Join this trip of a lifetime in Spring 2020 - 16 days of adventure trekking across stunning landscapes surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world - and you only need to take 9 days off work. OVERVIEW On this breathtaking trek to Everest Base Camp, you'll follow in the footsteps of climbing legends, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. You'll have time to enjoy the friendly local Nepalese culture and hospitality as you make your way across the mountains on this well-known route - exploring remote villages, getting up close to beautiful monasteries, seeing strings of colourful prayer flags and crossing thrilling suspension bridges. In the evenings you'll sit down to enjoy hot meals in cosy teahouses and each day you'll be astounded by the views looking up the slopes of some of the tallest peaks in the world such as Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. To get to Everest Base Camp you'll fly to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, then take another plane to the small mountain town of Lukla. When you get to Lukla you'll have a night to prepare before your real adventure begins. Find out more and book your space: https://www.explorersconnect.com/everest-base-camp-2020

Intermediate Navigation Skills

Peak District National Park

Build your confidence to venture off the beaten track and across more varied terrain, with our navigation course that encompasses the nationally-recognised Silver NNAS Award and a whole lot more, including night navigation and wild camping. Duration: 3 days | Location: Peak District | Price: from £195 Have you ever followed a path only to discover it disappears into impenetrable bracken? Or thought you had a route nailed only to stumble upon marshland that requires a major diversion? Our Intermediate Navigation Skills weekend in the Peak District will prepare you for situations such as these and a whole lot more. Over the course of the weekend, on top of the core course content from the nationally-recognised Silver NNAS Award (see below for full syllabus), we will also venture out under the cover of darkness to run through the basics of night navigation, provide an Introduction to Wild Camping, go through kit selection and how to pack your bags, and offer advice on emergency 'get yourself out of trouble' techniques. Accommodation and meals are included, so you don’t need to search for somewhere to stay, and instead have the opportunity to meet new friends to go on adventures with in the future - to put your new navigation skills into practise. At the end of the weekend, you’ll walk away fully confident to explore outdoors on your own, or with friends. For more details, including itinerary, hosts, accommodation, food, and how to book, please visit the main webpage: www.explorersconnect.com/intermediate-navigation-skills

Expedition Leadership Course

Bristol

Make a life-changing step and join other like-minded people to learn the hard and soft skills needed to lead expeditions and find out how to get a job in the adventure industry. Duration: 2 days Location: Bristol Price: from £199 OVERVIEW The training course is designed to be a launch pad - by the end you'll have gained vital new skills and also be more informed about the next steps to take to deliver your own expeditions from start to finish. We're expecting that you'll already have an interest in and be active in the outdoors (either professionally or personally) however as for every EC adventure no particular experience is necessary, just an open mind and appetite for learning! The course is particularly designed for: - People who want to lead their own expeditions or overseas fieldwork projects (professionally or personally) - Leaders who have worked in the outdoors (e.g. military or outdoor education) and want to move across into expedition work - People who have participated in an expedition as a team member and are interested in getting to the next stage - Anyone who wants to develop their expedition skills The course covers the following major areas: - Expedition planning - Expedition leadership - Working in the expedition industry - Connecting to sponsors and the media - Meeting others in your position To find out more and to book your space: www.explorersconnect.com/expedition-leadership-course

Canoe Across Scotland

Fort William

This fantastic coast-to-coast journey along the Great Glen Canoe Trail takes you through the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Starting in the west at Fort William, you'll follow the Caledonian Canal east to Inverness crossing Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the world famous Loch Ness. To find out more and to book your space, head to: www.explorersconnect.com/canoe-across-scotland OVERVIEW This brilliant week-long adventure will see you spending five days travelling in open canoes along a 60 mile route, along man-made canals and across stunning Scottish lochs; paddling in pairs to make lighter work. At night, you'll stop at on the shores of some of Scotland's most beautiful lochs to wild camp and savour meals cooked over wood fires. Throughout the week you'll develop new expedition and wilderness travel skills, and along the journey your experienced and qualified guides will teach you how to get the best out of your canoe by paddling effectively. You’ll even learn how to rig a sail in your canoe to catch the wind! On your final day, you can test your new skills on a section of grade 2 rapids (gentle, faster flowing water). Group size is limited to six boats to ensure an exceptional experience. We have found this is the perfect size both for socialising and for keeping the group moving together. To find out more and to book your space, head to: www.explorersconnect.com/canoe-across-scotland

Past events (121)

Lake District Escape

Lake District National Park

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