English Eiger — Wild Camping Weekend
June 21st to 23rd. Buttermere, Lake District
Individual price: £225
This exhilarating three-day hike in the Lake District is all about getting comfortable with long days on the trail that finish up with wild camping. The fitter you are for this event the easier it will feel — and the more you can soak in the world-famous vistas that surround you on every step of this route.
The first day of the English Eiger entails a moderate speed training hike designed to push your fitness levels, before the chance to cool your muscles off with a guided stretch session. You will spend your first night under canvas at Syke Farm Campsite in Buttermere, before we head into the hills for a night of wild camping. After a second day of hiking you will find yourself more familiar with the experience of wild camping and multi-day expeditions. The third day will involve a lighter, half-day hike back to Buttermere village, and a chance to reflect on your training and expedition goals. By the end of the weekend you will have covered around 25 kilometres and completed roughly 2000 metres of ascent. Firepot expedition meals will be provided as main meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast.
The English Eiger is a serious mountain training weekend in the Lake District which should not be attempted without some prior training — to take part in this Turn Wild event you should be capable of running five kilometres in at least 30 minutes. Suggested training routines can be found at Turn Wild Training.
Only six places are available on this hike.
Getting there and getting home
The hike will begin on Friday afternoon at 2pm at Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9XA
Please arrive at least an hour before. By train you will need to get to Penrith train station (London trains leave from Euston) then book a short taxi transfer to Buttermere campsite. If you are driving you can leave your car in the campsite car park. The hike will also finish here by roughly 1.30pm on the Sunday. Transport is not included in the price of this trek.
What to bring
Rucksack — with up to 15 litres worth of empty plastic bottles if you want to try walking with pack weights
At least two litres of drinking water
High energy snacks (Firepot expedition meals will be provided on main meals from Friday evening to Sunday breakfast — please specify dietary requirements when you book)
Sensible hiking clothes
Sun cream and sun hat
Roll matt and all-weather sleeping bag
A canteen, cup and spoon (for eating your expedition meals)
Hiking boots and thick socks (pack weights may cause blisters)
Personal first aid kit (plus medications if required)
Money for travel and pints at the end of the first day (if desired)
What is not included
Train or other travel costs
Transfer from train stations and back (if travelling by train)
Personal first aid kit
Personal cooking items (cup, kettle, spoon etc.)
Personal expedition equipment such as sleeping bags and rucksack
Additional travel and accommodation costs incurred because of injury
Car parking costs (the campsite car park is £4 per night)
Any food or drinks purchased during the weekend