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North Christmas 2017 (37620)

Event Overview

OutdoorLads returns to the stunning YHA Langdale for North Christmas 2017 with last year's top organising team giving you another event to remember! Located in the heart of the Lake District we'll have some of the best walking and views in the country. 

YHA Landgale is a truly magical place to stay. This sprawling Victorian mansion is steeped in history and perched above its own three tier arboretum that’s managed by the National Trust. Its labyrinthine corridors and ornate grandeur captivate most guests. Langdale’s enviable location is unmatched with stunning views including the...

OutdoorLads returns to the stunning YHA Langdale for North Christmas 2017 with last year's top organising team giving you another event to remember! Located in the heart of the Lake District we'll have some of the best walking and views in the country. 

YHA Landgale is a truly magical place to stay. This sprawling Victorian mansion is steeped in history and perched above its own three tier arboretum that’s managed by the National Trust. Its labyrinthine corridors and ornate grandeur captivate most guests. Langdale’s enviable location is unmatched with stunning views including the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg Fell and rolling views all the way down to Lake Windermere and Bowness. This is a Youth Hostel from which the central fells can be explored and enjoyed immediately upon stepping through the front door.

When you arrive we'll make sure you have some mulled wine and mince pies!

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What to bring

In addition to the walking gear, you will need clothes for the hostel (obviously!!), towel and wash gear.  We would also recommend your own pillow just for extra comfort :)

Boots:  Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere.  Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support.  Boots should also be in good condition.

Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.  Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.

Gators:  Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee.  They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.  They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet.  Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.

Waterproof Trousers:  Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall.  Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.

Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body.  This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.

Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt.  The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.

Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.  This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential.  The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.

Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading.  Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.

Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.

Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills.  Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are.  Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.

Food & Water:  At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required.  Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken.  Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.

Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass.  The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.

Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.

Food & Drink

The usual OutdoorLads buffet will take place on Friday, so please bring an item but don’t go buying enough to feed the 5,000.  Why not make something at home and bring it, home made stuff always goes down much better than a supermarket quiche!

On Saturday, we will start the evening with a drinks reception and then get ready to fill your stomachs with a 3 course of festive dinner. 

The menu will be confirmed at a later date.

You will need to bring your own lunches for activities on Saturday.

Tea and coffee will be available for the duration of the event.

Meeting & Times

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Activities

There will be a series of day walks on offer on Saturday, a list will apear here shortly.

If you are interested in leading then please contact Matt to let him know and suggest any route you may want to do.

Signup sheets will be available from Friday night after the briefing.

OutdoorLads Bar

Having the OutdoorLads Bar on events is not only convenient for you, but it also contributes to the charities funds.  This helps to cover costs of training our leaders, subsidising event costs for concession members and continuing to support our website and future development.

So why not enjoy a cold beer, cider, spirit or glass of wine (with ice too!!!) and help OutdoorLads at the same time.

The bar takes cash or debit/credit card including contactless payments.

Price List below:

Secret Santa

If you are all good boys…….then we may get a visit from a certain festive individual and his elve(s).  So be sure to bring with you a wrapped present at a value of less than £10 for handing out to someone.  Worry not, the handing out will be done for you.  But remember, if you don’t bring a present, you won’t receive one…..so don’t miss out!

Also....we need to be as festive as possible do bring with you a spare xmas decoration to really christmasify the place up!


Event Reference No:
37620