Wild Camping Skills Course
All the skills you need to make yourself at home in the outdoors.
This course is aimed at people who are new to wild camping. ‘Wild’ means no campsite, no campervan, and no bringing anything that can’t be carried. The course is aimed for people who are new to wild camping, to equip you with the skills and confidence to head out on your own and start enjoying our spectacular countryside under your own steam.
Wild camping is a superb way to enjoy Scotland’s outdoors – whether you want to explore more remote areas of the country, or simply spend longer enjoying time outside.
Wild camping is for anyone that wants to discover a wonderful sense of freedom.
What You’ll Learn
- Access Rights
Where can I go? We’ll examine Scotland’s access laws which govern your rights and responsibilities as a wild camper.
- Leave No Trace
The golden rule of wild camping. We’ll take a good look at how to leave the wild a better place than we found it.
Learn about the essential kit we need to make wild camping comfortable – sleeping bags, tents, stoves and more. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of different gear choices.
- Planning and Packing
Together we’ll go through the process of planning our camp. We’ll then look at what we need to take with us, and how to make it all fit.
The skills that make camping easy. Everything from choosing the right site, to how to get your tent up and down quickly, and keeping yourself organised in camp.
- Camp Cooking
Whether it’s a simple boil-in-the-bag or an easy cooked meal, we’ll look at the options to stay well fed and satisfied. Then we’ll smell the options. Then we will eat them.
1 Day Course
We’ll cover everything in a day. After meeting in Aviemore we will head out to a nearby beauty spot and set up a campsite, just as we would if we were spending the night. Here we’ll cover all the content, and cook ourselves lunch, before returning late afternoon/early evening. Ideal for those short on time, or if you just want to cover the basics before doing it for yourself.
2 Day Course
On the 2 day course we can put all our learning into practice by enjoying a night out together. After meeting in Aviemore we will begin by discussing equipment and packing our rucksacks. We will then head out to our chosen camping spot (moderate walk) where we will continue our training and then spend the night. Return the next day after covering any remaining topics.
Private groups only, dates on request:
We are based near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. We have a huge area of natural beauty to enjoy, so we can decide where to go based on the weather conditions at the time. Options include beautiful loch-side camps, rare Caledonian Forest or even the Cairngorms themselves in good weather.