What we're about

In 2009 the Explorer & Campaigner Belinda Kirk (http://belindakirk.com/) established Explorers Connect as a not-for-profit organisation to help people live more adventurously. Belinda is the leading campaigner for an #AdventureRevolution (https://www.explorersconnect.com/adventurerevolution)
What we do…
• We run unique, affordable and unforgettable adventures and courses (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-an-adventure) in the UK and abroad

• We provide an online home for explorers to connect, plan (https://www.explorersconnect.com/join-a-team) and share (https://www.explorersconnect.com/inspire-stories) their own adventures

• We host regular social events (https://www.explorersconnect.com/get-inspired) where a speaker from the community shares stories of adventure

• We help people find jobs (http://www.adventureindustrypro.com/) in the adventure, expedition and outdoors industry

• We manage and promote Wild Night Out (https://www.explorersconnect.com/wild-night-out) - Britain's National Day of Adventure

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:

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Upcoming events (5+)

Walk Devon Coast to Coast

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Start with your toes in the English Channel, walk north across Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks and finish triumphantly with Champagne on the beach in the iconic village of Lynmouth. Take a week to walk 100 miles across the county of Devon. Your guide for this one-off challenge will be explorer and Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/walk-devon-coast-to-coast OVERVIEW If you’re looking for a challenge for 2019 this completely unique and one-off experience is it! Nine days walking coast to coast across Devon. Two coastlines, two national parks, quiet moorland, wooded valleys, wild swimming rivers, quaint villages & country pubs, mysterious stone circles & hillforts, exmoor ponies & red deer and of course some well-earned cream teas. It wouldn’t be an Explorers Connect adventure without some unique touches along the way including a campfire stories night, treasure hunt and other secret surprises that you’ll have to join us to experience. Accommodation and baggage transfer are included so no need to plan the logistics or worry about carrying a heavy pack. That is all taken care of so you can enjoy the challenge of walking just over 100 miles across Devon. ACCOMMODATION / LOGISTICS No specialist kit is required. You will need just need sturdy walking boots and waterproofs, walking clothes and a day-sack to carry your water and food for the day. A full kit list will be supplied on booking. Your accommodation will include lodges, campsites and wild camping. For your camping nights you’ll need to bring your sleeping bag and mat, plus pillow if you want some extra comfort. You might prefer to bring your own tent but you can also borrow a tent from us if needed - email Rowan (rowan@explorers connect.com) and she will organise one for you. Your sleeping kit will be transported between overnight locations so you won’t have to worry about carrying a huge pack all day Several camp breakfasts will be provided and we will help you arrange food supplies along the way including supermarket stops and pub or camp dinners. There are flexible options depending on your preference TRANSPORT We’ve arranged for this trip to start and end at locations that are accessible by train and/or bus. On Day 1 you’ll meet your host Belinda at Ivybridge station at 9am, and we’ll transport you to the start point where you can enjoy a hot drink before beginning your journey. At the end of Day 9, after you’ve celebrated with Champagne on the beach and some food, you can join various bus services or we can arrange a shared taxi (not included) to take you to Barnstaple / Tiverton Parkway railway station from which you can join the mainline train services. If you’d rather travel back on Sunday you can book in a night in the beautiful town of Lynton. DIFFICULTY LEVEL No specialist experience or equipment is necessary however this is a challenging crossing. You will need to be fit enough to walk an average of 12 miles a day for nine consecutive days covering around 102 miles in total. Distances per day will range from 7 to 15 miles, so we would recommend you should be of an average or better-than-average fitness level. Every day you will get plenty of regular breaks where you'll stop to collect water, replenish your food supplies and have hot drinks at cafes along the way. This is a great challenge for 2019 but one that if you are not fit enough now that you will need to prepare for. WHAT'S INCLUDED Nine fully guided walking days with an experienced leader and host Careful route planning through spectacular scenery and responsibility for wayfinding Eight nights accommodation. Careful research, selection and flexible planning All luggage transfers Several taxi transfers from the route to accommodation Three breakfasts Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/walk-devon-coast-to-coast

Welsh 3000s Challenge Weekend

Snowdonia National Park

Our Welsh 3000s adventure weekend will have you summitting all 15 peaks over 3000ft in Wales over 2 days! It’s one for the daring and determined and is a big step up from the National 3 Peaks. If you’re looking for something to push yourself then this is it. Over 2 days you’ll traverse some of the most spectacular and toughest mountain walks and take in the finest scenery in Snowdonia. Find out more & book tickets: www.explorersconnect.com/welsh-3000s-challenge-weekend OVERVIEW: You will be accompanied by two experienced and friendly mountain leaders who will do everything to help you succeed on this challenge. The route is around 56km in total, and your total elevation gain will be more than 5,000m. On the way you'll summit well known peaks such as Snowdon, Crib Goch, Glyders, Tryfan, & the Carneddau. Staying in comfortable group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon. DIFFICULTY LEVEL You don't have to be a technical climber or a fell runner to do this challenge, however due to its highly physical nature you need good fitness, a head for heights and experience of walking in the mountains. If your fitness is not quite at its peak or if it’s been a while since you did your last mountain hike, if you can commit to a training plan and get mountain fit by July then this challenge is not out of your reach. What we expect of you: You need to have walked in the mountains before and be physically and mentally prepared for hiking at heights and up steep ground for extended periods. There will also be scrambling up more technical routes like Crib Goch and Tryfan. You’ll be walking for around 12 hours on both days, which is why we are emphasising the importance of good fitness – we want you to enjoy the weekend and get to those summits! ITINERARY Friday: Arrive at our bunkhouse from 6pm and meet your challenge-mates and mountain leaders for a brief. Saturday: We’ll be up early for and to get started with the day’s hiking. Taxi transfer or public bus to Pen Y Pass carpark, and begin the hike from around 7:30am. We will scramble over Crib Goch, hike over Snowdon, the Glyderau and Tryfan sections and will be transferred back our bunkhouse after around 12 hrs of hiking, for a well-earned, hearty dinner in the nearby pub. Sunday: Another early start after breakfast, and transport to Ogwen. The hike will take us over the Carneddau section, estimated to be finished for the day at approx 7.30pm. Please note, timings and routes subject to change depending on weather and group progress. This is a tough challenge, we will do everything we can to get everyone to summit the 15 peaks. Group safety is paramount and our experienced mountain guides reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary keep everyone safe. This is a 2-day challenge, not a 24hr challenge. Hike finish times each day are approximate. You will be tired afterwards, consider staying another night locally on Sunday. ACCOMMODATION, FOOD & DRINK Our group will have exclusive use of a comfortable bunkhouse. Bedrooms are dormitory style single-sex rooms with shared bathroom facilities. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and towel. A self-service breakfast hamper will be provided for the group breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday (eg. bread & eggs). Dinner is not provided on Friday evening as people tend to arrive at different times. Saturday dinner will be in the nearby pub (not included). You will need to bring provisions for packed lunch on both hiking days and plenty of snacks to keep you going, you’ll need it. WHAT’S INCLUDED - 2 full days guided mountain hiking with experienced and friendly guides - 2 night’s accommodation in a cosy, comfortable bunkhouse, right at the foot of Snowdon - Self-service breakfast on Saturday and Sunday - A like-minded, fun and supportive group to tackle this challenge with Find out more & book tickets: www.explorersconnect.com/welsh-3000s-challenge-weekend

Wild West Cliff Camping and Climbing

Anglesey

This is the ultimate two for one adventure - spend the day climbing the awesome sea cliffs of North Wales and spend the night camping on a ledge suspended in mid-air, high above the swirling sea… you’ll never forget this experience! Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/wild-west-cliff-camping-and-climbing-july-2019 Although cliff camping and sea cliff climbing may seem dangerous, it is a very safe activity. Your instructors will set everything up and stay within reach the whole time to make sure you’re are safe, happy and comfortable. Overnight you’ll be sleeping on portaledges, also known as…portable ledges! These were invented to provide climbers with something flat to sleep on while they’re climbing multi-day, vertical routes up big walls. Imagine a hammock large enough to accommodate a few people made of super strong textiles - they’re surprisingly comfortable and relaxing, allowing you to sleep in places you wouldn’t otherwise expect to be able to! You’ll be on the Anglesey coast in northwest Wales, which frequently provides much warmer and drier conditions than anywhere else. If the weather does turn, the portaledges have windproof and waterproof covers so it will be just like being in a tent - you’ll stay warm and dry all night. On Saturday morning you’ll meet your instructors for a briefing and intro to your day of climbing, and after you’ve collected all your kit you’ll head down to the sea cliffs to begin! You’ll get to try all sorts of routes (dependent on group ability and conditions) and throughout the day you’ll get some top tips from your instructors who will coach you to improve your movement and you can even try your hand at some knots and rope rigging if you like! You’ll finish climbing around 4:30pm and have a chance to relax at the cliffside as your instructors set up your portaledge. You’ll abseil down to catch a (hopefully!) glorious western sunset and enjoy a hearty hot meal and a nightcap before settling down to sleep. If you need to go to the toilet during the night it won’t be a problem - the instructors will help you go up and back down, all you have to do is ring the ‘bell’! On Sunday morning, you’ll leave your sleeping bags for some breakfast and hot drinks, with a chance to stretch and admire the beautiful morning views around you before heading back up to solid ground… We’ll provide all the technical kit – all you need to bring is some warm clothes and a sleeping bag, a camera for those cliff-side selfies and a big appetite for adventure! You are also welcome to bring your own climbing shoes, harness and helmet but we can provide these if you don’t have them. No previous climbing experience is needed, though a good head for heights is obviously an advantage. WHAT'S INCLUDED A full day of expert tuition with instructors climbing the awesome sea cliffs of Anglesey One night cliff camping on a portaledge with all technical equipment included and accompanied by experienced instructors at all times A hot dinner to eat in the evening as you watch the sun set Breakfast and hot drinks the next morning, ready when you wake up! We will provide further info and directions on how to get there in the joining instructions once you book. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/wild-west-cliff-camping-and-climbing-july-2019

Bikepacking for Beginners

Bamford

With bikepacking, you can create wilderness adventures right from your front door. All you need is a well-packed bike, a little bike-maintenance know-how, some navigation and wild-camping skills, and the whole world becomes your playground. This course covers all this and more, from the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/bikepacking-for-beginners-2019 OVERVIEW Bikepacking is a true wilderness adventure, combining the freedom of long-range, multi-day trips with the thrill of riding a mountain bike, carrying only your essential gear. It’s about seeing more, doing more, and going to places less-travelled, which are sometimes right on your door step. The idea behind bikepacking is that you explore on trails and dirt tracks by day, and set up camp anywhere you like by night - in the woods, in a field, on the side of a mountain, by a lake. On a bike, the possibilities are often endless as you can cover more ground. With this beginners guide to bikepacking, you’ll learn how to plan and roll out your own adventures, with the opportunity to rent any kit you don’t have already, meaning that it really is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at exploring the world by bike. Based in the heart of the Peak District, we’ll have the cream of the crop in terms of rich and varied routes, with breathtaking scenery. Alongside route-planning, the course will also cover off-road mountain biking skills, bikepacking kit requirements, packing techniques, and basic bike maintenance. As a key part of bikepacking is venturing into remote locations, you’ll also learn about wild camping including what to take, where to sleep and how to make food. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN The beauty of bikepacking is that you can head out on your own with just a little experience - but so that you can get the best out of your adventures its always good to have the basic skills nailed down first. On this course you'll spend most of the time outside with experienced bikepacking professional Pete, learning all about: Gear: What to take and how to pack your bike Bike skills: Loaded off-road riding Basic bike maintenance Navigation Wild camping: what to do, where to sleep, how to make shelter Fuel: Camp cooking & nutrition ITINERARY On Saturday morning you'll meet your guide to go through your kit, what to take, how to pack the bike, basic maintenance and route planning. You'll then head out into the Peak District at a gentle pace with plenty of stops - you'll spend the day riding off-road, going through skills and techniques before finishing up at a beautiful secluded wild camp spot in plenty of time to set up before it gets dark. After you've enjoyed a night sleeping under the stars, on Sunday morning you'll pack up and slowly cycle back, enjoying the scenic views of the National Park along the way. There will be time to cover any other skills that you want to learn about and you can choose from an easy or more challenging ride back! EXPERIENCE No previous off-road cycling or mountain biking experience is necessary and only a moderate fitness level is required - but you need to be happy cycling around 20-30 miles per day and sleeping outside on Saturday night. You are welcome to bring your own bike (we recommend a hard-tail mountain bike) and equipment or you can hire it all from us. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and a sense of adventure. WHAT'S INCLUDED Experienced and qualified bikepacking professional guide Two days high-quality bikepacking instruction in a small group of 6, with the chance for one-to-one tuition, advice and support Overnight wild camping mini-adventure Not included: Food and drinks - you'll have the chance to pick up food on Saturday if you need to Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/bikepacking-for-beginners-2019

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