Into the Wild
6th & 7th April 2024
Do you want to spend more time in nature? Perhaps get off the beaten track, away from the crowds? During this course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to allow yourself to confidently venture INTO THE WILD
Taking place over 2 full days, you'll learn a broad range of skills that assist with ensuring your time in nature is a safe and rewarding experience.
If you're just starting your bush walking journey or are an experienced hiker looking to go that little bit further, you're be sure to gain new knowledge and skills that will help achieve your goals.
Perhaps you're wanting to get into bushwalking but are unsure on how to start, what gear do you need? Is it safe? Maybe you're looking to step it up a bit, going on an overnight or multiday hike but are unsure on how to make that transition. You could be thinking of stepping off the path well trodden and trying some off track adventures. Well this course may just give you the confidence and skills to fullfill you're dreams.
Day 1 Saturday 6th April
9.00am - 4.00pm
Essential skills for the Outdoors
Day 1 is all about getting you ready and geared up with all the right equipment and knowledge to make your journey outdoors safe and enjoyable.
In addition to getting you prepped for the outdoors the afternoon will be spent starting our journey into Wilderness navigation.
Planning your adventures, a focus on tailoring your trips to suit your ability.
Route planning and research
Trip intention forms
Equipment essentials for short, medium and long day hikes.
Preparing for overnight & multiday hikes
Shelter options, pro's and cons
Hiking Nutrition and cooking options
Risk management in the wilderness
1st Aid kits
Snake bite mitigation, treatment and response
Emergency response and PLB's
Water filtration methods
Emergency fire lighting techniques
Basic navigation essentials
Understanding Topographical maps
Understanding the compass
We like to keep our workshops as interactive and hands on as possible, so lots to look at and try out.
When, Where and How Much?
Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th April 2024
Daily from 9am-4pm
Optional free waterfall hike-Monday 8th 7.00am to 11.00am
Where: Near the base of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) in the beautiful Tweed Valley
3034 Kyogle Rd, Kunghur, NSW
2 hrs - Brisbane City
1 hr - Burleigh Heads
50 mins - Byron Bay
$320 for both days. (plus booking fee)
$170 for one day. Each day can stand alone so you can come for one day on Saturday or Sunday.
*Limited positions available. Bookings are essential.
Camping onsite included - We have an onsite camping area with basic camp kitchen, incl gas cooker, sink and untreated water, compost toilet and hot rainforest shower.
**Camping Saturday night is free with ticket purchase
Optional camping available on Sunday night $20pp pn
****Book for two or more people (in the same order and receive 10% off your booking ..use the booking code "bringafriend")
About Me: Scott
Somewhat obsessed with all things adventure and the outdoors. Enthusiastic peak bagger, adventure racer, mountain biker and trail runner, a self diagnosed gear freak with a nack of being prepared for all eventualities.
19 years experience as a professional outdoor educator, survival instructor, white water guide + more. Former program coordinator and senior instructor for Outward Bound Australia.
Passionate hiker including 350+kms solo through the Himalaya.
Proud father of a my 4 kids with a deep love of the natural world.
Day 2 Sunday 7th April
9.00am - 4.00pm
Introduction to Wilderness Navigation
Day 2 Basic navigation and map reading should be an essential part of every outdoorsy persons skill set.
More often than not we tend to rely on our phones gps and inbuilt maps for navigation purposes. Although these tools are incredibly useful at times they should not be solely relied upon.
Todays focus on some good old fashioned (and reliable) Map and Compass navigation adding to the basic understanding learnt on the previous day.
Map types, pros and cons
Navigation resources, Online and hard copy
Topographical maps and features
Route planning for terrain, distance and time
Compass types and use
Taking a bearing
Pacing and estimating distance
You'll then get an opportunity to put your new route planning and navigation skills to the test by embarking on a short bushwalk on our property.
Optional - FREE - Monday 8th
7-8km 3-4 hrs
Visit one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Tweed/Byron region
Soooo.... You've just learnt all these new skills so lets put them to the test.
On Sunday evening you'll be given a map and start location. You will then plan the hike utilising your new route planning skills. We'll head off early Monday morning.
We won't be following the regular track to the top of the falls, we'll head off track and approach the falls from the creek below.
This is a great opportunity to lock in that knowledge and explore some ancient beautiful Gondawana Rainforest.
Please note...This walk ventures off track and includes rockhopping up a creek bed and a VERY steep exposed scramble. Please consider this before choosing this option.
What to bring?
Camping gear tent, mattress, torch etc (or sleep in your van etc)
Notebook and pen
Food and drinks for the duration
Towel and swimmers (we have 1.5km of the upper Tweed river on our property)
Coffee..... don't forget your coffee
The camping area has a camp kitchen with gas cooktop, sink,solar light, composting toilet and hot water outdoor shower.
Please bring your own plate, mug and cutlery.
Note: no power available at the campground
Uki is the nearest town - 14min drive - Small supermarket, cafes, pie shop, pub, petrol, Bastion Lane espresso bar and the best Mountain Bike park in the region.