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Winter Nordic Walking Weekend – 12-14 January 2018

Winter Nordic Walking Weekend – 12-14 January 2018

What is it?  The “Winter Nordic Walking Weekend” is aimed at Nordic Walkers who want to experience and enjoy the winter conditions, mountains and surrounding areas safe in the knowledge that they are being led by an experienced and qualified International Mountain Leader who has been exploring and leading expeditions in the Brecon Beacons National Park for over 15 years.

When?  Arrival is from 4pm on Friday 12th January. Each days walking starts at around 9.00am and finishes around 4pm with “tea & cake”.

Where and What is the Accommodation?  Llanddeusant Youth Hostel, Brecon Beacons.

The Red Lion is a 200-year old former Inn located in the heart of the Black Mountain on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park overlooking the Sawdde Valley, and is ideally suited as a base for this Hill Skills Course, and for getting away from everyday life for the weekend. Upon entering the Hostel, you pass through the ‘boot and drying room’ before entering the open plan living downstairs, comprising sitting room, dining room and self-catering kitchen, meaning you can be toasty in front of the open log fire and still be part of everything going on. Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms (sleeping, 8, 6, 4, 4, 4). Bed linen is provided. There are also 2 showers and 3 toilets, with hand basins in each of the bedrooms.

When can I arrive? The accommodation is available from Friday afternoon at 4pm, and we will have exclusive use until we depart on Sunday afternoon. There is also ample parking for 10 vehicles.

What are the sleeping arrangements?  Llanddeusant Youth Hostel has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 20 people.

What is the Cost?  The “Winter Nordic Walking Weekend” is £220.00. A £50 non-refundable deposit is required by 16th November 2017, with the balance to be paid by 14th December 2017.

An “Early Bird Fee” of £200.00 is available when booking and full payment are received by 16th November 2017.

What is included in the all-inclusive Residential Cost?  2 nights B&B, lunches on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Friday & Saturday evening plus ‘tea & cakes’ on Saturday afternoon. Tea & coffee will be available throughout the weekend, as will orange squash and Ribena.

How do I book?  Please contact Steve (steve@geminioutdoor.com) asap, for a ‘Booking Form‘ and additional details of how to pay your deposit/full payment will be forwarded.

 

 

 

 

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Mountain Day – Brecon Beacons

Join us for a Mountain Day in the Brecon Beacons. We will be leaving Malmesbury around 6am thus getting into the hills in good time to maximise our day. We will make a decision on the area and route as we get a clearer picture of the expected weather. This mountain day will be a great opportunity to practice your navigation skills and learn a few new techniques. If you would like to join us please let us know asap. A minimum of 6 is required to run this mountain day.

Cost: £32 per person

Mountain Day Plan

The plan for Sunday is as follows:
– Leave Stanton St Quintin at 6am (outside Steve’s house – parking on roadside)
– Share transport to the Brecon Beacons (please let me know if you are willing to drive)
– Share fuel and bridge toll fees please (please have cash handy!)
– Arrive at Storey Arms car park around 7.45am-8am
– Fan Fawr and Fan Frynych are the mountainous area we will be walking on and around
— Great hill fitness opportunity
— Practice navigation skills (Please let me know if you need to borrow compass, map & map case etc)
– Lunch on the mountain
– Flasks, food, snacks, water required
– Depart Storey Arms around 2pm
– Arrive back at around 4pm

As always, if we have to adopt Plan B, C etc we will do so to ensure your safety etc.

Weather

It will be very cold. Temperatures will consistently be below 0 degrees C, added to that NE winds (18-33mph) will make it feel around -10C on summits and windward facing slopes. We may encounter fresh snow and wintry conditions, and inevitably patches of snow and potentially ice, as always we will risk assess each section as we encounter it and adjust our route if necessary to ensure your safety.

You can find the Fan Fawr forecast on this link http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjx0344w#?fcTime=1456617600 and the Fan Frynych forecast here http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcjx03q4w#?fcTime=1456617600

Clothing & Equipment

You will need to wear and carry as a minimum the following:
– Warm clothing (incl spare warm clothing & spare gloves)
– Sturdy walking boots
– Hat, gloves
– Waterproof clothing (jacket & trousers)
– Head torch (plus spare batteries)
– Personal First Aid Kit
– Sun glasses, sun cream and lip salve (high spf)
– Water (if using a hydration system, make sure you blow back any fluid into the bladder – otherwise, it will freeze!)
– Food (put snacks in jacket pockets so they are easy to get out!)
– Hot drink (please take flask – due to expected cold, we will not be stopping for too long to brew up with Jet Boil etc)
– Map & Compass (optional)

I will be taking group kit (group shelter, survival bags, FAK etc) that I may ask you to help carry.

General

Please also take spare clean footwear for wearing in the transport, along with a poly bag for dirty clothing and boots etc

If you have anything medical that I need to know about, please write it down and hand it to me on Sunday morning before we start walking – I will return it before we depart. Also, any changes to NoK please let me know again just write it down please.

If you haven’t already this week, please confirm you are joining us.

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Hill Skills Course – Llanddeusant Youth Hostel – Brecon Beacons

What is it? The Hill Skills Course is aimed at the beginner hill walker and ideal for those interested in developing a practical understanding of how to plan walks, become familiar with the use of a map, learn about the equipment required and also gain an understanding of the effects of weather, how to deal with emergencies and gain a valuable understanding of the upland environment. The course utilises countryside and moorland areas where the skills will be transferable to many popular walking areas of the UK and Ireland. Minimum age for this Course is 14 years old.
When? Arrival from 4pm on Friday 8th January. Course starts at 8.30am on Saturday 9th & finishes around 4pm on Sunday 10th January 2016.
Where and What is the Accommodation? Llanddeusant Youth Hostel, Brecon Beacons.
The Red Lion is a 200-year old former Inn located in the heart of the Black Mountain on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park overlooking the Sawdde Valley, and is ideally suited as a base for this Course, and for getting away from everyday life for the weekend. Upon entering the Hostel, you pass through the ‘boot and drying room’ before entering the open plan living downstairs, comprising sitting room, dining room and self-catering kitchen, meaning you can be toasty in front of the open log fire and still be part of everything going on. Upstairs there are 5 bedrooms (sleeping, 8, 6, 4, 4, 4). Bed linen is provided. There are also 2 showers and 3 toilets, with hand basins in each of the bedrooms.
When can I arrive? The accommodation is available from Friday afternoon at 4pm, and we will have exclusive use until we depart on Sunday afternoon. There is also ample parking for 10 vehicles.
What are the sleeping arrangements? Llanddeusant Youth Hostel has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 20 people.
Cost? Hill Skills Course and Residential Cost is £195.00. For Gemini Outdoor Members a £50 non-refundable deposit is required by 15th November 2015, with the balance to be paid by 15th December 2015. For non-Gemini Outdoor Members the full fee is required at the time of booking.
What is included in the Residential Cost? 2 nights B&B, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, plus ‘tea & cakes’ on Saturday afternoon, and dinner on Friday and Saturday evening. Tea & coffee will be available throughout the weekend, as will orange squash and Ribena. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

What’s included in the Hill Skills Course?

  • Planning – how to successfully plan a hill walk in the UK or Ireland.
  • Walking skills – what things should you consider while out walking and what can make life easier (pace, nutrition, movement skills etc.).
  • Clothing and equipment – being suitably dressed and equipped can make the difference between a great day out and a complete disaster.
  • Weather – how it affects the hills and your day out.
  • Navigation in the hills – everything from selecting a compass to navigation strategies and an intro to GPS.
  • Environmental knowledge – how to minimise your impact on the hill and information on good practice and useful organisations.
  • Hazards and emergency procedures in the hills – how to respond to any hazards you encounter and what to do in an emergency.

During the Hill Skills course, you can expect to start each day at about 8.30am. The first part of the course is spent indoors, getting to know the other people on the course and gaining an understanding of basic hill walking planning. We will outline the plans for the course before you head out into the hills. The end of the day will usually involve a short indoor session to review the day and plan the following days’ outing. You can expect to be out walking each day for around 4-5 hours and generally on the Hill Skills Course this will be on footpaths or trails that are rough underfoot. Much of the journey during the Course will involve learning opportunities and as such, the pace of the day is friendly and will include plenty of breaks.

You may also wish to register now for the ‘Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme‘ through Mountain Training, of which I am a Provider and Tutor for both the Hill & Mountain Skills Courses.

How do I book? Please contact us asap, for a ‘Booking Form’ and details of how to pay your deposit – steve@geminioutdoor.com

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Mountain Day – Sugar Loaf

Join us for a Mountain Day in the Brecon Beacons. This Mountain Day will be a great way to work on your fitness, whether for general health or specific training for events, whilst Nordic Walking in this beautiful area of the National Park. We will be using the ‘OL13’ map, should you wish to bring your own to follow the route.

We will be leaving Malmesbury from the car park at Station Yard, Malmesbury at 7am; aiming to arrive and depart Nordic Walking from our start point by 8.30am; whereupon we will head out on a circular walk for around 13km (8 miles), stopping for drinks, snacks and photos along the way. We estimate being back at our vehicles by 2.30pm, and back to Malmesbury around 4.30pm.

You will need your lunch, water, flask, waterproofs and hat, gloves, spare clothing etc.

This Mountain Day is also very close to Abergavenny, should you want to take this great little town in after your walk.

The cost of this ‘Mountain Day’ is £33.00 for Gemini Outdoor Members & £42.00 for non-members.

Please book onto this event asap by contacting us at nordic@geminioutdoor.com or 07752567959.

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