The Southern Steppe — Expedition-Weight Backpack Training Day

April 13th & May 25th. Seven Sisters, South Downs
Individual price: £45

The Southern Steppe is an entry-level Turn Wild trek where you can learn the basics of serious hiking while taking on a classic British hike along the South Downs cliffs. As you walk this iconic route, passing the Napoleonic defences of a Martello tower, historic coastguards’ cottages and Beachy head, your international mountain leader-qualified guide will discuss a variety of important topics, including how to layer your clothes to remain dry and comfortable all day, how to properly pack an expedition bag, and how to prepare a Firepot expedition meal (included in the price). You will also learn about the emergency operating procedures that are necessary in the world’s remotest locations.

There will be plenty of opportunities on the Southern Steppe to discuss your expedition fitness training and get advice on incorporating Turn Wild training routines into your workouts. You can also try walking with pack weights if you want to experience hiking with a heavy pack to build your confidence for bigger hiking challenges with Turn Wild. The Southern Steppe route is approximately 22 kilometres long, with an ascent of roughly 320 metres. A guided stretch session will cap off the day

Only 20 places are available on this hike.

How to book

Cost is £45 non-refundable. If you cannot make it you may transfer your booking to someone of suitable age and fitness. In this instance as a sign of good faith Turn Wild will waive its £50 administration fee to transfer the booking.

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Getting there and getting home

If you are travelling from London we will be meeting outside WHSmith at Victoria train station at 8am, to travel to Seaford train station. If you are taking alternative transport please arrive at Seaford train station (BN25 2AR) by 10am. The finish point of the route is The Pilot Inn (BN20 7RW), which is 2.4 kilometres from Eastbourne train station. The hike will finish around 5pm. Transport is not included in the price of this trek. Train tickets should be booked ahead of time to avoid delays at the station.

What to bring

  • Rucksack — with up to 15 litres worth of plastic bottles filled with water if you want to try walking with pack weights

  • At least two litres of drinking water

  • High energy snacks (lunch is provided — please specify any dietary requirements when you book)

  • Sensible hiking clothes

  • Waterproofs

  • Sun cream and sun hat

  • A spoon (for eating your expedition meal)

  • Hiking boots and thick socks (pack weights may cause blisters)

  • Personal medications (if required)

  • Money for travel and pints at the end (if desired)

What is included

  • Professional guiding over the iconic Seven Sisters hike - this will include pace-setting to encourage endurance conditioning gains

  • Guided leg strength exercises with expedition packs

  • A professionally-led stretch at the end

  • A chance to discuss your fitness and nutritional needs with a qualified trainer en route

  • A dehydrated meal with instructions on how to cook it with wilderness camping equipment

  • A run-through of an emergency, and potential ways to establish communications (please note: this is not a first aid lesson)

  • A chance for a guide to look at your expedition equipment and make suggestions if you are on a Turn Wild expedition

What is not included

  • Snacks

  • Travel to and from the event

  • Any costs incurred from leaving the days’ training early (including issues caused by unfitness or injury)

  • A personalised training programme

  • Any drinks