What we're about

FITNESS ADVENTURES MIDLANDS is for those who enjoy the great outdoors ...

... but, above all, for those who embrace fellowship and fun in the company of like minded people ...

... creating great value innovative and bespoke adventures; at home and abroad.

At FITNESS ADVENTURES MIDLANDS, there will be something for everyone, ranging from country walks, to weekends away, to adventure activities. Since the Group formed in March 2017, we have canoed, climbed, cycled, hiked, scrambled, run, swum, walked ... and, drunk; of course.

We hope the Group can become a platform where you can meet others who might encourage you to pursue that elusive personal goal; maybe to achieve something on that "bucket list" that requires other, like-minded people. Obviously, the success and longevity of the Group depends upon members embracing the adventures; please become an active member of the Group; we would love to hear from you with your ideas for developing the Group.

Some of our programmes may well be challenging but all should be within reach of those with an average level of fitness; fellowship and fun is at the centre of all we do.

The Group is about personal well-being; about being comfortable, healthy and happy; embracing the outdoors. Whilst fitness may well be a core value, we are absolutely not a Group of fitness fanatics. Please do not be put off from joining our activities with the "excuse" that you are not fit enough; we hope you will join us, try new activities, visit new places and make new friends.

Our goal is to create programmes where you can improve your fitness in a fun an friendly environment. Our trips will often utilise either expert local guides or specialist instructors in their field; when travelling abroad, this will allow us to explore with local people gaining an insight into the customs, culture and traditions of that country, visiting places "off the beaten track" and away from the more usual attractions.

FITNESS ADVENTURES MIDLANDS is about fellowship and fun, encouraging each other to develop our fitness, explore new places and enhance personal well-being. We look forward to welcoming you to our Group.

TERMS AND DISCLAIMER

In becoming a member of Fitness Adventures Midlands (“the Group”), you agree and acknowledge that the Group, the Group organiser(s) or any host of the Group’s events or activities (be they other members of the Group or guest hosts), either individually or collectively, do not have a legal duty of care to Group members and/or guests of the Group and that the Group organiser(s), including event hosts accept no liability for any accident howsoever caused occurring from, or for any injuries or loss arising out of, participation in any organised events or Group activities, including any travel to and from events.

The purpose of the Group is to arrange social activities for the members of Fitness Adventures Midlands (“the Group”). Members of the Group and any guests participate in events entirely at their own risk. It is not the responsibility of the Group's organising team or event hosts to check the suitability of individuals to take part in any event; it is the specific and sole responsibility of the individual participating in any Group event to ensure that they are in a fit medical state to do so. Further, it is not the responsibility of the Group’s organiser(s) or event hosts for the actions of any individual Group member or their/any guest.

Group members are expected to be respectful towards others, be they Group members or members of the public and to property. Any behaviour, physical or verbal, thought to be inappropriate, abusive, threatening or offensive in any way will not be tolerated. The Group organiser(s) reserve the right to exclude any Group member and/or any guest where behaviour is deemed to be unacceptable; the Group organiser(s) decision will be final and binding; no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.

It is a condition of joining the Group that you acknowledge that the Group organiser(s) including event hosts of any Group activities do not necessarily hold any professional qualifications and that they may not have attended any formal training in relation to any of the events organised by the Group. The organising team and event hosts merely volunteer to organise and host events; the organising team of any event and any event hosts thereof accept no liability for any accident, injury or loss howsoever arising.

The Group organiser(s) and any event hosts will not be held responsible for the welfare, safety or access requirements of any member or guest who participates in any of the Group's event. Every member is responsible for their own safety and no liability will be accepted for any loss, injury or damage, howsoever caused. Members attend all events at their own risk and it is mandatory that you and any guests have valid and up to date insurance covering all risks before participating in any Group events; when travelling abroad, you are also required to carry a valid EHIC card.

It is a further condition of joining the Group that you acknowledge and consent that photographs taken during any of the Group’s events may be posted on the Group’s Meetup Page and any other social media platform operated by the Group. If you do not wish photographs to be published, you should not attend Group events.

Upcoming events (4)

CAMEL TRAIN THE SAHARA DESERT - MOROCCO

Needs a location

£52.50

CAMEL TRAIN THE SAHARA DESERT, MOROCCO … just £499 per person.

IMPORTANT ... circumstances make it difficult to plan; a full refund will be given if the event is cancelled due to Covid restrictions prevailing at the time.

OUR INCREDIBLE EIGHT-DAY ADVENTURE takes us over the Tizi n'Tichka mountain pass of the High Atlas, through the city of Ouarzazate (‘The Door of the Desert’), and onwards to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert of south-east Morocco.

WITH ITS SOARING SKIES, wide open plains and diverse culture, Africa gets under your skin. And, within her vastness, lies The Sahara Desert, spanning the entire northern half of the continent. One of the most storied and unforgiving lands in the world, the Sahara evokes a poignant sense of time and nature's power, of antiquity and legend, of wonder and mystery. The Sahara has been the setting for some of the most pivotal chapters in Western history.

THE SAHARA DESERT IS AN INTRIGUING AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE, waiting to be explored. Our adventure embraces the iconic and majestic sand dunes of southern Morocco and the remote Erg Zahar dune field. This unique and remote desert region is the ancient home of the Ait Atta Berber nomads who have lived and travelled the area for centuries. This seldom visited region offers remote desert views together with astonishing, pristine landscapes.

TIMELESS SYMBOLS OF THE SAHARA, camel treks are an integral part of Morocco’s history and culture; no trip to Morocco is complete without experiencing this traditional method of travel in the seductive dunes of the Sahara Desert. Dramatic sunrises and sunsets together with spending nights under the myriad stars of the inky desert sky combine to give you an extraordinary life-time adventure.

This privately organised adventure is exclusive to Fitness Adventures Midlands; please message for a full trip itinerary as Meetup limits event descriptions to just 5,000 characters.

HIGHLIGHTS
The renowned ‘Timboctu 52 Jours’ sign in Zagora
Camel train routes of a bygone era
Breath-taking nights under the stars of the Sahara
The incredible UNESCO heritage village of Ait Ben Haddou
Superb, freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches, dinners
The sights and sounds of Marrakech

A FULLY QUALIFIED AND LICENSED AMAZIGH GUIDE will lead our adventure. The Atlas Mountains are home to the Berber people; their real name is Amazigh, meaning “free people”. We gain an insight into the life of these friendly people as we enjoy their culture, traditions and hospitality.

THE PRICE INCLUDES ALL MEALS on the trek (but, not in Marrakech), with the Moroccan cuisine a particular highlight of the adventure. The food photographs that accompany this description were taken on our recent Moroccan adventures.

OUR JOURNEY BEGINS AND ENDS in the vibrant imperial city of Marrakech, the spiritual heart of Morocco and a city like no other. Unravel the infamous Medina and Jemaa El-Fna, where you witness the true culture of Marrakech with street sellers, fire eaters and snake charmers.

DAY 1 - MARRAKECH to ZAGORA
Meet our guide, travel to Zagora via the Tizi n'Tichka pass; visit to Argan Oil Co-operative

DAY 2 - ZAGORA to NKHL
Morning walk in Zagora; the famous camel train sign ‘Timboctu 52 Jours’; continue to Oulaid Diss, the start point of our trek; meet our camel drivers

DAY 3 - NKHL to SIDI NAJI
Walk through the dunes to Sidi Naji, the grave of an old marabout and place of pilgrimage for the nomads

DAY 4 - SIDI NAJI to ZAHAR
We pass through the dunes of Bousnina before continuing to the vast dunes of Erg Zahar close to the Algerian border

Day 5 - ZAHAR to RAS NKHL
Early morning climb to the high dune of Erg Zahar for spectacular sunrise before heading to Jabel Bani crossing the Draa River; dinner around the campfire

DAY 6 - RAS NKHL to AIT BEN HADDOU
Au revoir to our camel drivers; drive to the incredible UNESCO heritage Ait Ben Haddou

DAY 7 - AIT BEN HADDOU to MARRAKECH
Morning visit to Ait Ben Haddou; afternoon return to Marrakech

DAY 8 - FLIGHT HOME

DISCLAIMER - Whilst it is our intention to adhere to the route described, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

MANDATORY ITEMS - Insurance, walking boots above the ankle, waterproof jacket and head-torch are mandatory. You will be required to complete a Personal Declaration. This and a kit list will be sent to you.

THE DETAIL - a non-refundable deposit of £50 by bank transfer (£52.50 via Paypal) will secure your place on our ‘Camel Train the Sahara Desert’ adventure.

The cost of the trip is £499; balancing payment of £249 and £200 are due on 1 May 2022 and 1 August 2022. You risk forfeiting your place (and deposit) if payments are not made on time.

RETURN FLIGHTS are NOT included; however, this trip has been organised around specific flights; please do NOT book flights until the trip is confirmed (minimum numbers required).

IN PARTICULAR - you should familiarise yourself with the Group’s 'TERMS AND DISCLAIMER'.

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HIKE THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS - MOROCCO

Needs a location

£52.50

HIKE THE HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO … just £399 per person

IMPORTANT ... circumstances remain uncertain; a full refund will be given if the event is cancelled due to Covid restrictions prevailing at the time.

OUR EIGHT-DAY ADVENTURE explores Ait Bouguemez ('Happy Valley'), one of Morocco’s most beautiful areas, with the option to climb Jebel M’Goun, Morocco’s third highest peak. Along the way, we camp under brilliant night skies, see extraordinary landscapes and maybe share a pot of mint tea with Berber nomads. Our adventure concludes with dinner at our guide’s family home.

AS I WRITE THIS TRIP DESCRIPTION, I am enjoying a ten-day stay in our guide’s family home in the High Atlas Mountains; our end of trek dinner will be in the room where I am sitting. I can truly say that, by joining this adventure, you can look forward to one of the most remarkable experiences you will ever come to enjoy.

DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS … our adventure includes a walk to the incredible dinosaur footprints in the Lower Jurassic, 185 million year old grey-white limestone at Ibaqlliwn. We see three toed (tridactylus) footprints of carnivorous theropod dinosaurs and oval footprints of herbivorous, quadrupedal sauropod dinosaurs.

This privately organised adventure is exclusive to Fitness Adventures Midlands; please message for a full trip itinerary as Meetup limits event descriptions to 5,000 characters.

HIGHLIGHTS
Four day walks amid beautiful remote Berber landscapes
Optional trek to M’Goun Summit (4,071 metres)
Superb freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Walk through beautiful apple orchards of Ait Bouguemez
Visit the historic Sidi Moussa granary store
Day hike to the dinosaur footprints at Ibaqlliwn
End of trek dinner at our guide’s family home
Visit the sights and sounds of Marrakech

A FULLY QUALIFIED AND LICENSED AMAZIGH GUIDE leads our adventure. The Atlas Mountains are home to the Berber people; their real name is Amazigh, meaning 'free people'. We gain an insight into the life of these friendly people as we enjoy their culture, traditions and hospitality. You see traditional adobe villages where people live in ways unchanged for generations.

DATING BACK CENTURIES, MOROCCO IS A COUTRY OF INTRIGUE; an explosion of colour, tradition, soul and spice. Morocco conjures an image of ancient medinas, rolling deserts, blue painted hillside towns, appetising tagines and Berber men wrapped in blue turbans. Yet, beyond this, the diversity is extraordinary; towering peaks, landscape sceneries from another world and hospitality that knows no bounds.

THE PRICE INCLUDES ALL MEALS on the trek (but, not in Marrakech), with the Moroccan cuisine a highlight. The food photographs that accompany this description were taken on our adventures to Mount Toubkal and Jebel Saghro.

OUR JOURNEY BEGINS AND ENDS in the vibrant imperial city of Marrakech, the spiritual heart of Morocco; a city like no other. Unravel the infamous Medina and Jemaa El-Fna, where you witness the true culture of Marrakech with street sellers, fire eaters and snake charmers.

DAY 1 - MARRAKECH to AIT ALI-n-ITTO
Meet our guide; lunch at Imin Ifri (not included); visit natural caves; see prehistoric rock art; overnight at Ait Ali-n-Itto

DAY 2 - AIT ALI-n-ITTO to TASSGAYWALT
Meet our mules and muleteers; explore Tassawt Valley ('Valley of the Birds'); lunch at Ichbbakn

DAY 3 - TASSGAYWALT to M’GOUN
Talkeddit plateau towards Akka-n-Wandrass, a place for nomads; lunch at Ideghmamn; incredible views of Tassaout Valley; overnight camp near Jebel M’Goun

DAY 4 - M’GOUN SUMMIT
Early morning departure; incredible summit views to Rose Valley and Ouarzazate; overnight at M’Goun basecamp

Day 5 - M’GOUN BASECAMP to TIMITE
Walk over Tizi-n-Oughrey passing Ikiss-n-Arous to Timite; end of trek dinner at our guide’s family home

DAY 6 - DAY HIKE IN AIT BOUGUEMEZ
Au revoir to our muleteers; hike to Ibaqlliwn to see dinosaur prints

DAY 7 – TIMITE TO MARRAKECH
Lunch at Azilal (not included); visit Ouzoud Waterfalls; return to Marrakech

DAY 8 - FLIGHT HOME

DISCLAIMER - Whilst it is our intention to adhere to the route described, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

MANDATORY ITEMS - Insurance, walking boots above the ankle, waterproof jacket and head-torch are mandatory. You will also be required to complete a Personal Declaration. This and a kit list will be sent to you.

THE DETAIL - a non-refundable deposit of £50 by bank transfer (or £52.50 via Paypal to reflect their fees) will secure your place on this adventure. The cost of the trip is £399; the balancing payment of £349 is due on 1 September 2022. You risk forfeiting your place (and deposit) if payments are not made on time.

RETURN FLIGHTS are NOT included; however, this trip has been organised around specific flights; do NOT book flights until the trip is confirmed (minimum numbers).

IN PARTICULAR - please familiarise yourself with the Group’s 'TERMS AND DISCLAIMER.

THE IMPERIAL CITIES OF MOROCCO

Needs a location

£52.50

SPEND NEW YEAR 2023 IN MAGICAL MOROCCO

THE IMPERIAL CITIES OF MOROCCO … unbelievably priced at just £499 per person; an almost 'give-away' price that you won't find in the glossy brochures.

'Morocco, though it is visited by thousands of tourists every year, remains an unknown country - the greater part of it as uncharted to the European or American visitor as was Tibet a hundred years ago.'
Gavin Maxwell, Lords of the Atlas, 2000.

IMPORTANT ... circumstances make it difficult to plan; a full refund will be given if the event is cancelled due to Covid restrictions prevailing at the time.

ALL TRAVEL IN MOROCCO IN MODERN, AIR CONDITIONED COACH
ACCOMMODATION IN THREE STAR OR EQUIVALENT HOTELS
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

OUR INCREDIBLE SEVEN-DAY ADVENTURE takes us to Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat, the four 'Imperial Cities' of Morocco and each one listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO; all have been Morocco’s capital at some point in time. In addition, our travels take us to Chefchaouen (Morocco's 'Blue City'), to the partly excavated Berber city of Volubilis and to Casablanca.

This privately organised adventure is exclusive to Fitness Adventures Midlands. Meetup limits event descriptions to just 5,000 characters; please message me for a trip itinerary that gives full details of this remarkable cultural and historic adventure.

Our trips are perfect for SOLO TRAVELERS - the vast majority travel alone allowing you to connect with other like-minded adventurers.

HIGHLIGHTS
Fully qualified and licensed, English speaking, Amizagh (Berber) guide
Professional and expert local guide in each Imperial City
Morocco's four Imperial Cities of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat
Chefchaouen (The Blue City) and the ancient berber city of Volubilis
Optional visit to Hassan II mosque in Casablanca
Private air-conditioned transport
Six nights 3-star accommodation or equivalent

OUR AMAZIGH GUIDE will host our adventure. The Atlas Mountains are home to the Berber people; their real name is Amazigh, meaning “free people”. We gain an insight into the life of these friendly people as we learn about their culture, traditions and hospitality.

THE VERY NAME MOROCCO conjures up an enduring fascination, culturally a world apart from neighbouring Europe. Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat are all listed as a World Heritage sites by UNESCO and all have been Morocco’s capital at some point in history. In addition, our travels take us to Chefchaouen (Morocco's 'Blue City'), to the partly excavated Berber city of Volubilis and to Casablanca. Dating back centuries, Morocco is an explosion of colour, tradition, soul and spice.

MOROCCO IS A COUNTRY OF INTRIGUE with so much to offer - vast mountain ranges, long golden beaches, the spectacular Sahara Desert all interspersed with lush green oases, cascading rivers and rich vineyards.

THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF MOROCCO is reflected in its magical architecture from majestic mosques to traditional riads. Many buildings feature the traditional tilework (zellige), decorative carvings and intricate plasterwork. We will see some of Morocco’s most beautiful buildings including the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh and the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez.

PLEASE NOTE - the order in which the cities are visited will be determined once airlines fully re-establish their schedules to Morocco.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE FEZ
Transfer to Fez; welcome picnic lunch in an olive grove

DAY 2 - THE MEDINA OF FEZ
Fes el Bali is the oldest walled part of Fez

DAY 3 - FEZ to CHEFCHAOUEN
‘The Blue Pearl of Morocco'

DAY 4 - CHEFCHAOUEN to VOLUBILIS to MEKNES
Volubilis UNESCO World Heritage site
Afternoon guided tour of Meknes

DAY 5 - MEKNES to RABAT to CASABLANCA
Oudaias Kasbah – the 11th-century kasbah district

DAY 6 - CASABLANCA to MARRAKECH
The spiritual heart of Morocco and African Capital of Culture 2020

DAY 7 - FLIGHT HOME
You can extend your stay in Marrakech; please message for options

DISCLAIMER - Whilst it is our intention to adhere to the route described, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

MANDATORY ITEMS - Insurance. You will also be required to complete a Personal Disclaimer.

THE DETAIL - a non-refundable deposit of £50 by bank transfer (£52.50 via Paypal) will secure your place on our ‘Imperial Cities of Morocco’ adventure. The cost of the trip is £499; balancing payment of £250 and £199 are due on 1 August 2021 and 1 October 2021. You risk forfeiting your place (and deposit) if payments are not made on time.

RETURN FLIGHTS are NOT included; however, this trip has been organised around specific flights; please do NOT book flights until the trip is confirmed (minimum numbers required).

IN PARTICULAR - you should familiarise yourself with the Group’s 'TERMS AND DISCLAIMER'.

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CLIMB KILIMANJARO

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£260.00

ONE OF THE WORLD’S TRULY GREAT NON-TECHNICAL ADVENTURES
Join us as we reach out for The Roof of Africa … £2,250:00 per person
And, when you reach Uhuru Peak, you will truly have Africa at your feet

SORRY ... KILIMANJARO 2023 IS FULLY SOLD OUT - 15 PEOPLE
PLEASE MESSAGE if you would like to be placed on the 'stand-by' list

PLEASE ALSO NOTE that trip dates are approximate whilst airlines re-establish their schedules

KILIMANJARO IS ONE OF THE WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD, an adventure within the compass of anyone who is reasonably fit. A beacon to high altitude trekkers, Kilimanjaro is also an important symbol of African independence; the summit at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) was renamed upon Tanzanian independence in 1961 as Uhuru (‘Freedom’) Peak.

IMPORTANT - current travel restrictions make it difficult to plan; a full refund will be given if the event is cancelled due to Covid restrictions prevailing at the time.

KILIMANJARO RISES MAJESTICALLY FOUR MILES INTO THE SKY, high above the African plains. Situated just 205 miles south of the Equator, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain, the highest free-standing peak in the world, and one of the famed ‘Seven Summits’, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

EVERY YEAR, AROUND 35,000 PEOPLE set foot in Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, having beckoned climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889. On a clear day, the mountain can be seen from more than 100 miles away.

EACH CLIMBER HAS THEIR REASON FOR BEING THERE. Some come purely for adventure, others because friends talked them into it. Some climb for charity, whilst others have deeply personal reasons. Some come to prove that disabilities can be overcome with determination and perseverance; others merely to challenge themselves.

WHILST THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE IS IMMENSE, Kilimanjaro can also test your mental and emotional strength as you battle with extreme exhaustion and challenging weather conditions.

THE LEMOSHO ROUTE - the route chosen for our adventure is The Lemosho Route for its excellent scenery, lower crowds, and 8-day duration to increase chances of success. Climbing an itinerary that is too short is the most common and preventable reason that climbers fail to reach the summit at Uhuru Peak.

This privately organised adventure is exclusive to Fitness Adventures Midlands; please message for a full trip itinerary as Meetup limits trip descriptions to just 5,000 characters.

THE LOWER SLOPES OF KILIMANJARO have been inhabited by African peoples for hundreds of generations. It is probable that the first hunter gatherers were displaced by later waves of Bantu and Nilotic peoples. Today, the main African tribe to inhabit the Kilimanjaro region is the Chagga (or Wachagga) people. They are agriculturists and make good use of the fertile lower slopes to grow tea, coffee, bananas and corn.

WHILST THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE IS IMMENSE, Kilimanjaro can also test your mental and emotional strength as you battle with extreme exhaustion and challenging weather conditions.

CLIMBING KILIMANJARO, 'EVERYMAN'S EVEREST', does not require any technical skills. It is known as a ‘walk up’ mountain, requiring no specialist mountaineering equipment, with very little risk of injury due to a fall or steep drop offs on the trails. There are some short sections where scrambling is required but the majority of the climb only involves trekking.

THE LEMOSHO ROUTE - this is perhaps the most beautiful route passing through forest and moorland from the west. It takes a little longer in duration, allowing better time for good acclimatisation, and so the success rate is good. Lemosho is a relatively little-used and unspoiled approach route; the rainforest is particularly beautiful.

The Lemosho Route joins the Machame Route near Lava Tower before traversing under the visually dramatic southern icefields of Kibo on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu Camp.

DISCLAIMER - Whilst it is our intention to adhere to the route described, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

MANDATORY ITEMS - Insurance cover to 6,000 metres. You will be required to complete a Personal Declaration. This and a kit list will be sent to you.

THE DETAIL - a non-refundable deposit of £250 by bank transfer (£260 via Paypal) will secure your place on our on our 'Climb Kilimanjaro' adventure. The cost of the trip is £2,250; balancing payments of £500 are due on 1 April 2022, I June 2022, 1 August 2022 and 1 October 2022. You risk forfeiting your place (and monies paid) if payments are not made on time.

RETURN FLIGHTS are NOT included; however, this trip has been organised around specific flights; please do NOT book flights until the trip is confirmed (minimum numbers required).

IN PARTICULAR - you should familiarise yourself with the Group’s 'TERMS AND DISCLAIMER'.

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BLACK COUNTRY CANAL & PUB WALK

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£22.50

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