Feb
2

Winter Camp 2018 (38228)

Event Overview

OutdoorLads' first ever event was a camp at Great Langdale in the Lake District and consequently every year we have used our annual Winter Camp to celebrate the group's birthday.

OutdoorLads Winter Camp is a unique event and one of the most popular in our event calendar. Great Langdale is situated in the heart of the Lake District surrounded by stunning landscape and on the doorstep of some of the most iconic walks the country has to offer.  

Join us at the Great Langdale National Trust campsite to enjoy the classic mountains which surround it and the great facilities the site provides (some of the best campsite showers we...

OutdoorLads' first ever event was a camp at Great Langdale in the Lake District and consequently every year we have used our annual Winter Camp to celebrate the group's birthday.

OutdoorLads Winter Camp is a unique event and one of the most popular in our event calendar. Great Langdale is situated in the heart of the Lake District surrounded by stunning landscape and on the doorstep of some of the most iconic walks the country has to offer.  

Join us at the Great Langdale National Trust campsite to enjoy the classic mountains which surround it and the great facilities the site provides (some of the best campsite showers we have experienced!).

Camping Pods are available for those who like a few more home comforts. The pods have a separate event page:

http://outdoorlads.com/event/winter-camp-2018-pods

Please register for this tented camping event, or for the pods, but not both! 

 

Itinerary

On the Friday night, once you've set your tent up you can either cook for yourself on site or head to one of the local pubs. Either Bryan or Matt will be there to meet you on site when you arrive and direct you to your pitch or pod. 

On Saturday morning, we will be heading into the hills for a day of winter walking. Depending on the number of leaders we have, we will try to offer some variety in the length and difficulty of walks on offer. In the evening, you are welcome to cook on site or have food down the local pub. 

 

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What to bring

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.

Change of Clothes:  A full change of clothes should be brought and kept in waterproof bags, as well as multiple pairs of socks.

Large Rucksack/Bergen:   A large rucksack of around 60 litres is required.  This rucksack should be capable of carrying all necessary equipment on the inside, as well as providing back support.

Tent: A tent if of course essential when sleeping out in the open.  Walker’s should make sure that they have pitched the tent before, and have all parts of it, such as poles and pegs.  The tent should also be light enough to carry as well as being able to stand up to the weather.  A 3 season tent is recommended as a minimum level of protection.

Sleeping Bag / Mat: A sleeping bag is of course required for camping.  Walker’s should look for one that provides adequate warmth, below the temperature that they expect.  If in doubt walkers should bring a sleeping bag for colder conditions than they expect.

Cooking Equipment: Walkers should bring some kind of cooking equipment so that they can cook hot meals, and enjoy hot drinks when cold.  Being able to cook hot food is essential during the colder months.

Food & Drink

Please note that no food or drink is included in the event price.

As on all our camping events, you are always free to prepare your own food at the site if you wish. Certainly on the Friday night that option tends to be popular, or lads make their own arrangements to eat at one of the two nearby pubs.

For the Saturday walk, please ensure you have a packed lunch, snacks, water and a hot drink.

On the Saturday night, it's a popular option to visit one of the local pubs for dinner. Details will be confirmed closer to the time. 

Meeting & Times

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Camping Pods

Spaces in the famous 'Langdale Pods' are available to purchase on a per-person basis - see the link to buy your spot:

http://outdoorlads.com/event/winter-camp-2018-pods

Please register on one of these event pages, but not both! 

Staying Warm at Night

In previous years the temperature has dropped to below -7c at night! Clearly you will need to make sure you stay warm.

You must make sure you have a 4 season sleeping bag. If not bring lots of extra blankets, sa leeping bag liner, a duvet etc. Make sure that you have a good groundmat, camp bed or air bed to get off the ground - the more space and layers between you and the ground the warmer you will be. Get some cheap thermal clothes, the likes of Aldi do them in the winter pretty cheap. Tent heaters can be good if used correctly but are dangerous otherwise. If you buy a cheap tent heater and it drops below minus temps then there is a chance that it might not work!!!

The key words are: BE PREPARED!

Directions

From the North: Leave the M6 at junction 40 and take the A66 signposted Keswick. Once at the village of Threlkeld turn left onto the B5322 signposted Thirlmere. This road meets the A591 at the head of Thirlmere where you should turn left and follow the road into Ambleside. Once in Ambleside turn right onto the A593 signposted Coniston. Once at the village of Skelwith Bridge turn right onto the B5343 signposted Langdale. Follow this road past Elterwater village. The campsite is just off the B5343 on the left just after the Stickle Barn Inn.
From the South: Leave the M6 at junction 36 and take the A590 becoming the A591 signposted Kendal then Windermere then Ambleside. Once in Ambleside turn left onto the A593 signposted Coniston. Once at the village of Skelwith Bridge turn right onto the B5343 signposted Langdale. Follow this road past Elterwater village. The campsite is just off the B5343 on the left just after the Stickle Barn Inn.
By public transport: Take the train to Windermere and then the Langdale Rambler bus (daily service 516 - reduced service in winter). Get off the bus at Langdale Campsite just after the Stickle Barn Inn.

Campsite Facilities

Great Langdale is a National Trust campsite, as such it is very well kitted out.  There are two large shower blocks (free) with adjacent toilets and basins.  In addition there is a pot washing room and a very efficient drying room.

The site also has a shop stocking basic supplies and serving light snacks during the day.


Event Reference No:
38228