BCUK Arctic Expedition 2013
The Bushcraft UK, Arctic skills course is a 6 day (fully inclusive) Arctic bushcraft and survival course led by certified UK guides/instructors. The course is a "no frills" low cost opportunity for members of the Bushcraft UK community to experience and practice top of the range instruction, 400km inside the Arctic Circle.
This course has been devised after the completion of two other BCUK Arctic courses and feed back from them. The course is a mid - range course building on the feedback from these courses.
During the course students will be expected to participate in routine tasks around the camp such as firewood collection, water collection, and general camp duties.
Accommodation will be in Tents, snow holes and/or lean-to's. (The choice is up to the individual and can be a combination of the above)
NOTE: This course is not for those expecting a comfortable holiday! Moreover, it will be conducted in a wilderness location with no man made solid structures to return to in the case of inclement weather. There is no requirement for participants to have done any previous Arctic/cold weather course but they do need to have experience of wilderness living/camping and be able to cook/fend for themselves.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A BOOKING.
Course provider: Bushcraft Expeditions.
Minimum numbers: 10
Maximum numbers 16
Minimum age: 18 (16 if accompanied by an adult)
Date of Expedition: 11th 16th February 2013 (Inc)
Expedition go/no go date: 30th December 2012
Duration: 6-day itinerary. Arriving/starting day one/departing day six.
Timings and pick-up/drop off:
RV time 11:30hr on the 11th February in Bardufoss airport arrivals hall.
Drop off for travel home 09:00hr on the 16th February at BDU airport.
Accommodation and catering:
Accommodation: Tents, Snow holes and lean-too's
Catering: The Expedition is on a self-catering basis. Students can either bring rations from the UK or purchase locally. Transport will be provided on day one at a cost of £5.00 per person/per trip to the local supermarket to purchase rations. (This is payable on booking if you require this facility)
Cooking: Meth's burning (or similar) stoves Students to provide, (Meths and unleaded can be purchased locally) and/or over open fires.
Nb. Every student must bring a cooker regardless of whether they intend to cook on open fires or not.
Expedition Cost and payment details:
Expedition Cost: £480.00 (Fully inclusive of VAT)
A Non refundable deposit of £150.00 is required on booking THIS DEPOSIT WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL IF THE EXPEDITION DOES NOT GO AHEAD
Final payments: payable immediately from the 30th December if expedition takes place and by no later than 30th January (any one failing to pay their final payment by the 15th February will lose their deposit and forfeit their place to a reserve)
All bookings and payments should be made directly to Bushcraft Expeditions by the following means:
To pay by credit/debit card:
Contact Becky in the Bushcraft Expeditions office on 01432 356700. You will need to provide your full name, address, bank/card and contact (email and phone) details and BCUK user name.
To pay by Paypal:
Contact Becky in the Bushcraft Expeditions office on 01432 356700 or on the email address below. You will need to provide your full name, address, contact (email and phone) details, and BCUK user name. Do not make any payment until you have confirmed your booking with Bushcraft Expeditions office.
inforequest@bushcraftexpeditio ns.com (use this email address for Paypal payments)
To pay by bank transfer:
If paying directly into the bank by bank transfer etc please phone the number above for the account details. You will need to provide your full name, address, bank/card and contact (email and phone) details and BCUK user name.
All payments are by secure means.
On receipt of your booking and clearance of your deposit, all paper work will be sent via email,unless otherwise requested differently
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT NO STUDENTS BOOK FLIGHTS OR PURCHASE EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT OR FOOD UNTIL THE EXPEDITION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO BE TAKING PLACE. NIETHER BUSHCRAFT UK OR BUSHCRAFT EXPEDITIONS WILL BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY EXPENSE AS A RESULT OF STUDENTS NOT COMPLYING WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT
This course is an opportunity to put into practice true wilderness living skills and skills learnt from the previous week (If attended) and to learn advanced techniques for living in extreme cold away from conventional accommodations etc.
Subjects covered and practised:
1. Routine and living in the Arctic Wilderness environment.
2. Dressing for the cold environment.
3. Cold injuries recognition, and medical procedures in the cold environment. (Including situation scenarios)
4. Avalanche threats and other wilderness dangers
5. Tree felling in Cold environments
6. Natural Shelters. Quincy, Arctic lean to, emergency shelters snow holes and igloos - (conditions permitting)
7. Fire lighting and Extended fire husbandry in the extreme cold.
8. Campcraft and camp construction.
9. Arctic Tracking and wild life observation.
10. Ice Fishing.
11. Ice crossing procedures.
12. Traps and trapping lanes in the Arctic.
14. Signalling and rescue.
15. Water procurement, carriage and preparation for consumption in the Arctic.
16. Field cookery in the extreme cold.
Included in the price:
1. Full instruction in Arctic Bushcraft and Survival from UK/English speaking Guides.
2. All internal transfers from/to the meeting point.
3. Site fees (private land and National park)
5. Fully trained on site expedition medical cover.
Not included in the cost:
1. International flights/transport to designated meeting point.
2. Any additional activities other than those stated.
3. Clothing and equipment hire.
4. Personal travel/cancellation insurance
Optional/additional activities and equipment hire available on site:
1. Extreme cold clothing hire.
2. Extreme cold footwear hire.
3. Extreme cold sleeping bag + liner hire.
(all above subject to availability on a first come basis. If you require any of the above please notify Bushcraft Expeditions on booking)
Kit and Equipment
Clothing you will need to bring:
Wind/waterproof outer jacket. (ski wear is sufficient for this)
Wind/waterproof outer trousers or saloppettes. (ski wear is sufficient for this)
Warm outdoor/work trousers (1 pairs)
Warm outdoor shirts (1)
Fleece jacket or large sweater
Cold weather hat preferably with ear protection
Cold weather mitts or gloves
Cold weather boots or walking type boots (large enough to be able to wear two pairs of thick socks with and not be tight /restrictive)
Thermal underwear (1 set)
Thick socks, preferably wool (3 pairs minimum)
spare lightweight wool hat or similar
Thin pair of work gloves
Scarf or neck buff
Towel and swimming costume (for sauna if that is taken as an optional extra)
Slippers or trainers for indoors/tents
Long belt (Preferably leather)
Equipment you will need to bring:
Large (70ltr+) rucksack capable of carrying all your equipment and a Tent
Sleeping bag (four seasons for use in temperatures down to -15)
Insulated sleeping mat
Bivouac (Bivvi) bag
Head torch and spare batteries
Mug, knife, fork and spoon and cooker.
Billy cans (preferable) or mess tins (for cooking over open fires)
Small pocket knife
Small steel thermos type flask (optional but highly recommended)
10 metres of strong nylon cord
Note book and pencil
Two candles (long life preferably)
Ski goggles or similar eye protection (sun glasses)
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Cold weather clothing hire costs:
Rental of extreme cold weather boots - £5.00 per day.
Rental of extreme cold weather sleeping bag+Liner - £5.00 per day
Rental of snow suit - £4.00 per day
(All above on a 1st come basis)
The Airport you need to fly into is Bardufoss airport. You can book all the way via www.norwegian.no or go to most airports in Scandinavia via all the big operators and then connect up to Bardufoss with Norwegian (which is a budget airline).