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How do I book on an open expedition?
We only have a group of 4. Can you offer us an expedition?
Yes we can. Our price of £40 per person per day is based on a minimum of 6, but we want to try and offer expeditions for everyone, especially those that are struggling to get a group together. Please email us for a quote, or alternatively you can join one of our Open Expeditions.
When will I receive details of my further coming open expedition?
The details of your expedition will be uploaded to the members area 4 weeks before the start of your expedition. You will be sent you login details once payment for your expedition has been received. If you haven't already received your login details then please email us.
I would like to do my expedition in a location that is not mentioned on the website. Is this possible?
Yes of course. The locations on the website are only a selection of the places where we can run expeditions. For inspiration on other expedition locations follow our Facebook page. Please email us with your requirements and we will see if we can accomodate you.
Can the payment be refunded if I drop out?
No, we will not be able to offer you a refund . This is why we recommend that you take out travel insurance for your expedition. However we will be able to transfer your booking to another date or location for free.
How do I pay for my open expedition?
You can either pay online, by BACS transfer or by sending us a cheque. We will send you details of these methods once we receive your booking form.
What do I do if I have lost my Member Login details?
Drop us an email and we will send you them.
I have found other Open Expeditions that are cheaper. Why is this?
Our prices are a true reflection of the cost of running a safe and quality programme ensuring you get the most out of your D of E Expedition. Our Open programmes are run over 6 days, and the first 2 nights will be spent in a bunkhouse to ensure you get the most out of your training. All of our group kit is of a high standard, giving you the opportunity to carry light weight tents that will stand up to any weather conditions that you might face.
Getting to know people
What will it be like not knowing other people on the expedition?
The instructors at Adventure Expeditions are experts in bringing together people that have not met before and getting them to work effectively as a team. You can rest assured that you will come away not only having completed your D of E Expedition but also having made new friends.
Is Adventure Expeditions on Facebook?
Yes. This is a good way for you to find out about our past expeditions and have an idea of what to expect. Click here to see our page.
Can I make contact with the other people that are going to be on my Open Gold D of E expedition?
Yes. If you agree to share your contact details on your booking form then you will be included in a group email to encourage you to get in contact beforehand and where possible travel together.
Who will my instructor be?
Details of who your instructor will be are included in the expedition information that we post in the Members area of our website three weeks before the expedition date. Please take a look at our instructor profiles on the About Us page for more details on your instructor and to see who you should look out for. We will be there to meet you when you arrive at your expedition venue, and be with you right through to waving goodbye at the end. Read more about us here.
What kit will I need to bring?
Once you have received your login details then you will be able to download a copy of our comprehensive kit list from our members area. This will give you all the information you will need. We can email this to you if you prefer.
What is meant by group kit?
"Group kit" is all the items that will be shared out amongst your expedition group. They are the items that we will provide and so you don't need to worry about bringing them: tents, stoves and fuel, group shelters, maps and first aid kits.
How will I know what food to bring?
Once you have received your login details you will be able to download information about what food would be best to bring on your expedition.
Can I bring spare kit for travelling home in after the expedition?
Yes, you can bring a limited change of clothes with you. We will be able to store a very small bag for you whilst you are on expedition. This should be no bigger than a school bag.
What if I forget something?
The start of your expedition will be near a food shop and an outdoor store so should you forgot anything (and remember before you set off!) then your instructor will be able to direct you to the place to buy it. We will also have with us a small supply of spares for those that have genuinely forgotton something (not those that decide not to bring something!). Remember we might not have your size.
Why do you not provide any personal kit?
In keeping with the D of E ethos of being self sufficient and planning your own expedition we asked that participants provide their own personal kit. This also ensures that it fits you, you have time to break it in and should result in a more enjoyable expedition. You will also have it to use it again on future expeditions.
During the Expedition
What is at the bunkhouse?
If you are on one of our Open Gold Expeditions then you will spend the first 2 nights at a bunkhouse. This will have beds (you will need to use your sleeping bag), cooking facilities, toilet and showers, and a communcal area.
Can I travel by public transport to the start of my Open Gold Expedition?
Yes, all of our Open Gold Expedition locations are designed so that you can reach them by public transport. Due to the remoteness of some of them this may involve a small taxi ride at the end, costing no more than £10.
Can I be guaranteed that your programme will count towards the award?
As an AAP we have been approved by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award but as with all AAP's you will need to check with your own Operating Authority that they approve our programme as they have the final say. More details can be found on the DofE website.
Can I be asked to do another practice?
Yes you can but this is rare on our Open Gold Expeditions as our programmes are designed to include all appropriate training and a productive learning environment over 6 days. There is not a set number of practice expeditions that need to be done (although everyone must do at least one) before you are signed off to do your qualifying expedition. The important thing is that you have aquired all the necessary skills. We work very hard on our Open Gold Expeditions to ensure that everyone has picked up the required skills and feels like they have become self reliant. If you work hard, are open to learning and have the required fitness level there should not be a problem.
I am a direct entrant to gold. Can I come on your Open Gold Expedition?
Yes, but depending on your previous experience you might find your skills are not as advanced as others in the group. We will work hard to build these skills with you, but the motivation needs to come from you too. You may find you need to do more training or practice expeditions than those that have come through bronze and silver. Alternatively, we run a pre-expedition training and practice expedition course lasting 7 days specifically for direct entrants to Gold - this course is designed to help you feel happy and confident to approach your Gold qualifying expedition.
What are the expedition conditions?
The Expedition Conditions are criteria that are laid down by the DofE for completing an expedition. You can download them here.
Are there any rules on expedition?
Ground rules will be set with your instructor at the beginning of our expedition. We will not tolerate anything that is illegal or is detrimental to the progress of your group. But you should find our learning environment adaptable to your needs. We will do everything we can to encourage you in the outdoor environment and make it fun for you.
How far do I need to walk?
The DofE no longer stipulate a set distance that needs to be walked, rather a number of hours of activity that should be done each day, whether it be journeying or research towards your aim. Details of this can be found by clicking here. The number of hours does not include campcraft time and is calculated from when you leave camp till when you arrive at your next camp. You should be prepared for long days and walking distances up to 20km per day in order to meet the time requirements, obviously this will be less if you do more uphill!
What is the difference between an instructor, a supervisor and an assessor?
Instructor is the generic term we use for those people with qualifications that are teaching people in the outdoors. Supervisor and Assessor are terms specific to the D of E. Your Supevisor will be the person that trains you and is responsible for your safety throughout the expedition. Your Assessor is someone accredited by the DofE to assess your expedition and make sure the expedition conditions are met. Alison and Cat are instructors who can work as both Supervisors and Accredited Assessors.
What licenses do Adventure Expeditions hold?
We hold an AALS license which is a legal requirement for us when working with under -18's. We are also recognised by the DofE as an Approved Activity Provider. For more details visit our Safety page.
What happens if I fall ill during an open expedition?
If you fall ill during you expedition this will be dealt with appropriately by your group and instructor depending on your location. You will be trained in emergency procedures before heading off on your expedition. This may involve being evacuated from the expedition and returning home, and coming back to do another expedition. If you feel at all ill prior to your expedition we would encourage you not to come and to rebook on another date.
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