What we're about

Join adventures with likeminded people: from kayaking, surfing and wild swimming weekends to ski & watersports holidays and overseas expeditions.

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 EC event yet, they're very informal and friendly. We've got singles, couples and sets of friends coming along, adventure professionals and complete beginners - what we all share is the desire for more adventure

FYI our main website www.explorersconnect.com (http://www.explorersconnect.com/) has much more information on us and the adventures we offer:

www.explorersconnect.com (http://www.explorersconnect.com/)




NB We've only use MeetUp a little so if an event 'looks' empty here, its not, all our weekends and events sell out well in advance - check out our main website to book

Upcoming events (5+)

British Canoeing Awards Course

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If you’ve enjoyed kayaking or canoeing before and want to take it further, this recognised qualification will provide you with all the skills to become a true wilderness paddler. All just 35 minutes from Central London. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at: https://www.explorersconnect.com/british-canoeing-awards-course OVERVIEW Get a recognised British Canoeing qualification to prepare you for all your water-based adventures with this weekend specifically designed to help you develop your paddling, wild camping and adventure skills on one of the most beautiful rivers in Britain - the Great River Ouse. Paddling through rural Bedfordshire, you'll start on the Victorian embankment and then make your way out onto miles of pristine river, known for otter sightings, kingfishers, herons and other wildlife. You’ll sleep in sheltered riverside woodland, learn bushcraft skills and enjoy open-fire cooking. Working in a small group of just 12, with coaching from professional instructors, you'll learn everything you need to be able to become a true wilderness paddler! WHAT YOU'LL LEARN Across both days you'll follow the syllabus for the current British Canoeing 1 Star and 2 Star Awards. These canoeing qualifications recognise a paddler's ability to control a boat using fundamental skills that are taught by qualified, experienced instructors. You'll get the chance to apply these skills on different types of craft and over the weekend most people, if not all, will achieve the 1 Star standard and many will also get to 2 Star standard (we're aware that British Canoeing are making changes to these awards in 2019 but don't worry, your skills will still be valid under the new award schemes). You can download the syllabuses below before the course so you know what to expect - you'll be required to meet certain criteria to achieve the awards but we promise you'll have fun in a friendly, informal setting too. British Canoeing 1 Star Award Syllabus British Canoeing 2 Star Award Syllabus You'll also get the opportunity to learn some really useful bushcraft skills too, like how to construct and maintain your own camp, campfire cooking over an open fire, shelter building, and fire lighting. ITINERARY Early on Saturday morning you'll meet your instructors and pick up your boats in Bedford, and after a short briefing and equipment check you'll go straight out onto the river. After a half day of paddling and learning skills along the way you'll arrive at a secluded riverside woodland to set up camp, start a cosy campfire, with steaming cups of tea and coffee, and enjoy a night wild sleeping under the stars. You can choose from shared teepees, small tents and hammocks, or you are more than welcome to bring your own tent or hammock if you prefer. As a group you’ll cook a free-range woodland feast over the camp fire, learning some top tips for preparing bush tucker, with a cosy pub down the road as a backstop option. Then it’s time to relax, toast marshmallows and enjoy being in the wild. Sunday will start with a hot campfire breakfast and you'll gather round to learn more bushcraft skills before packing up camp and returning to the water. You'll have another full day of learning while paddling back to your start point, stopping for lunch along the way, to finish around 5pm. ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND DRINK You'll spend the night in a private riverside woodland where you'll work together to light a fire and prepare dinner, with the option of a cosy local pub down the road. There will be a variety of camping options available including large, shared teepees, small tents and hammocks. You'll need to bring your own sleeping bag and mat and are welcome to bring your own tent if you want your own space. You'll need to bring your own packed lunches for both days but dinner and breakfast are provided. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at: https://www.explorersconnect.com/british-canoeing-awards-course

EC Stories Bristol: Packrafting Across Iceland

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE ONLY: www.explorersconnect.com/ec-stories-bristol-packrafting-across-iceland 330km, 35kg rucksacks, 14 days, 2 packrafts and 1 crazy idea. Follow the adventures of Neil Cox and Leanne Dyke as they battle their way across Iceland’s harsh interior highlands in a bid to complete an unsupported coast-to-coast packrafting traverse of the country. Their journey will take them over waterfalls, through snowy canyons and desolate volcanic landscapes as they attempt to achieve the first full source-to-sea descent of Iceland’s longest river, the Pjorsa. Neil and Leanne are non-professional adventurers who have undertaken hiking, kayaking, packrafting, caving, ski-touring and mountaineering expeditions. They met in 2015 and since then Leanne has been wishing for a sunny and warm holiday ever since! For this trip we were joined by Ben James, Neil Irwin and Andrew Hamp, all linking up with us through Explorers Connect. Ben, Neil and Andrew walked with us for the first few days before splitting off to complete their own crossing by foot. Neil and Leanne believe that adventures shouldn't feel scary, and enjoy helping others break down the barriers that hinder them setting out on their own adventures. WHEN & WHERE? The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, BS8 1HB Thursday 2nd May 2019 - 6.30pm: Doors open, 7.00pm: Talk starts BOOK TICKETS: Tickets are available in advance only - £6.60 or £4.40 to EC CLUB members www.explorersconnect.com/ec-stories-bristol-packrafting-across-iceland

Skills for the Hills

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Increase your confidence whilst out walking and learn the basic skills to enable you to confidently and successfully take to the hills yourself and plan your own adventures. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at: https://www.explorersconnect.com/skills-for-the-hills OVERVIEW This three day course, held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, is designed to help you improve your independent hiking skills and enable you to confidently and safely plan your own adventures in the hills. You’ll learn from experienced instructors in small groups in the beautiful Peak District National Park. The course is suitable for anyone who enjoys hiking in remote areas but would like to feel more confident planning adventures on their own or with friends. Tuition will be in small groups and arranged by ability level so no previous experience is necessary. You’ll be out in the hills for much of the weekend learning practical skills but there will also be some evening lessons indoors. Over the course of the weekend you’ll cover topics such as: Clothing and Kit - what to take, how to pack it and tips on how to use it Route planning - how to estimate timings and understand terrain Navigation Skills - how to use a map / compass and night navigation Hiking Skills - making it easier and more fun eg pace, movement skills on steep terrain etc Weather - how to read the weather reports and impact on your planning Safety - how to assess and avoid hazards and deal with emergencies Environmental Awareness - best practices on how to leave no trace Introduction to outdoor first aid There may also be the opportunity to award National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Awards to participants after the course to those that meet the criteria. There is also the possibility to award NNAS Silver Awards but this is dependent on the level of skill at the start and the ability of the group as a whole. Spend the long weekend walking in the Peak District with like-minded people. In the past we have found that the course provides you with hard skills but also new contacts who you can go on adventures with. Our superb location means we’ll be able to walk straight from the door into the spectacular scenery of the Peak District. We’re walking distance from Stanage Edge, one of the Peak District’s famous gritstone. We’ll be staying in a cosy converted barn, just minutes from the village pub. LOCATION AND FOOD We’ll be staying in a bunkhouse on a working farm in the middle of the village. Rooms will be shared with adult sized bunk beds. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow case and a towel. If you haven't done 'communal living' for a while it is lots of fun but you might want to bring earplugs just in case! We’re providing breakfast each morning and a group dinner on Saturday and Sunday evening. We don’t provide food on Friday night as we expect people to arrive at different times. You will need to provide your own lunches. WHAT'S INCLUDED Two and a half days tuition with experienced instructors Three nights accommodation Three breakfasts Two dinners EC Host Find out more about this adventure and how to book at: https://www.explorersconnect.com/skills-for-the-hills

Packraft Snowdonia

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Enjoy this picturesque Packraft journey from mountain to coast in some of North Wales’ most stunning landscape. Begin with a short hike in Betws-Y-Coed, then paddle north, camp with your crew overnight in a secluded woodland and continue your paddle adventure the following day, go with the flow all the way to the coast at historical Conwy Town. Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/packraft-snowdonia-2019 OVERVIEW What better way to explore Snowdonia than from the water. Spend a weekend with EC testing the expedition industry’s most exciting new bit of kit: The Packraft, an inflatable, extra tough, raft-for-one. Begin your journey in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, spend 2 days paddling along some of North Wales’ most beautiful river scenery, idylic woodland and across an upland lake, finishing in World Heritage Site Conwy Town, with its 13th Century Castle and historical suspension bridge You’ll spend a night under the stars with expert guidance on how to wild camp comfortably for an enjoyable and hassle-free experience, learn new skills on responsible fire-making, using tarps and importantly, how to ‘leave no trace’ when on adventures. ITINERARY Day 1 – 9am meet your guide in Betws-Y-Coed for a kit check and brief. Your group will then hike to the start point at Capel Curig where the packrafting adventure begins That evening set up a wild camp and learn the skills for a comfortable night outside, cook up your dinner and share stories around the fire. Day 2 – Continue paddling down the valley to Conwy Town where you’ll finish mid-afternoon and can enjoy fish and chips or spend time exploring. Take the public bus back to Betws-Y-Coed or stay the night and explore some more. ACCOMMODATION FOOD AND DRINK You’ll need to arrive on Saturday morning having eaten a hearty breakfast, and will need to bring all of your food and snacks to sustain you until around 3/4pm on Sunday when you arrive in Conwy. TRANSPORT Please travel by train if you can! Parking in Betws-Y-Coed is very limited, especially in Summer. You will need to meet your packraft guide at 9am on Sat 1st June in Betws-Y-Coed, there are lots of accommodation options if you wanted travel up on the Friday and stay over the night before, but book accommodation soon as Betws-Y-Coed is a popular spot in the Summer season! Your journey will end around 3/4pm in Conwy, where you can hop on the bus back to Betws-Y-Coed or stay a while, grab some well earned fish and chips and explore the town. Trains from Conwy link to Cardiff, London Euston and Birmingham lines. DIFFICULTY LEVEL Suitable for those with little or no paddle experience, the route is not difficult but does cover a long distance, around 20km (12.5 miles) each day (with the flow of the water). You will carry your personal kit, camping kit, food and paddling equipment. To enjoy this adventure you will need at least an average level of fitness. All safety and packrafting equipment is provided, you’ll need to bring a large 40-50Li rucksack and waterproof liner/drybag (can be borrowed/hired if pre-arranged) a sleeping bag suitable for the season, and a form of shelter for wild camping, (tarp and groundsheet, tent, or tarp and hammock), food, cooking stove and fuel, and lightweight or neoprene shoes to get wet in. Full kit list will be sent in advance of the trip. WHAT'S INCLUDED 2 days guided packrafting through Snowdonia National Park with two experienced and qualified paddlesport experts 2 days use of packraft and paddling equipment All safety equipment needed throughout the expedition A nights supervised wild camping in a stunning woodland location Collection of the packrafts at the end of the journey Find out more about this adventure and how to book at https://www.explorersconnect.com/packraft-snowdonia-2019

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Yorkshire Caving & Canyoning

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