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Wilderness Skills Challenge

Original Outdoors Wilderness Skills Challenge

Multi-Day woodland survival challenge held in North Wales

£150.00 per person

bushcraft survival course walesThe Original Outdoors Wilderness Skills Challenge takes place in our private woodland in North Wales. It has been created to allow participants to test their outdoor and bushcraft skills and resilience in a wider environment and with minimal equipment.

In the U.K. it can be difficult to find a place to practice real wilderness woodland skills over several days, with the freedom to light fires, build shelters and indulge in other aspects of bushcraft. The course begins on Friday morning and finishes at Sunday midday.

A strict kit list will be enforced and although a safety team will be on hand all participants will need to use their own skills and problem-solving abilities to perform a set number of wilderness skills tasks.

To successfully complete the challenge each participant must:

  • Build a sturdy and appropriate shelter from natural materials
  • Demonstrate two distinct firelighting methods
  • Safely gather and filter/purify all water required
  • Make at least two camp tools/items
  • Find four edible plants
  • Identify at least one game/wildlife trail
  • Build a viable snare or trap
  • Show competent personal outdoor safety skills
  • Demonstrate a respect for the natural environment and other users
Challenge Venue

The Original Outdoors Wilderness Skills challenge is run in a private 90-acre woodland in North Wales, just outside the town of Ruthin in Denbighshire and on the edge of Clocaenog Forest. A mixture of coniferous and deciduous tree cover, plus a limestone gorge, river and access to clearings and meadows ensure that challenge participants can make the very most of the available natural resources. Full joining instructions, including kit list, meeting points and other information will be sent once bookings have been confirmed.

Challenge Timings

The Original Outdoors Wilderness Skills Challenge runs from a Friday morning to a Sunday midday. The challenge does not have strict timings once it has begun, but the limitations of daylight and fatigue will need to be planned for by participants:

Start at 10:00am Friday
Finish by midday Sunday

Equipment List

Participants will need to bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag or wool blanket
  • Fixed-blade bushcraft knife and folding saw
  • Metal cooking pot
  • Water container
  • Compass (a printed map will be issued to you)
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Firelighting equipment
  • Small amount of cordage
  • Suitable clothing and footwear
  • Rucksack
Each participant is asked to submit a proposed equipment list before the challenge. No tents, tarps, hammocks or bivvy bags are permitted.
A small amount of dried rations will be supplied, plus fresh game.

Certificates and Prizes

All participants who successfully complete all of the tasks and make it to the end of the challenge will receive a certificate of completion.
The participant that completes all of the tasks to the highest standard will also receive a Hultafors Trekking Axe and £100 of Original Outdoors course vouchers.

2016 Original Outdoors Wilderness Skills Challenge Dates – £150.00 per person

(See below for booking information)

26th-28th August 2016 (Summer Challenge)
2nd-4th December 2016 (Winter Challenge)

Challenge Booking Information

You can select a date (or Gift Voucher option) and choose to pay the full amount or deposit using the options below.
If you have any problems with booking please contact our offices on 01824 703121, by mobile on 07799031128 or email adventures@originaloutdoors.co.uk

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Who are we?

Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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Original Outdoors
Maes Gwyn
LL15 1UL

+44(0)1824 703 121 (Office)
+44(0)7799031128 (Richard)
+44(0)7733220197 (Ann)


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