Nomadic Survival Weekend,
West Coast of Scotland
Take our Nomadic Coastal Challenge
Imagine you are washed up on a remote, wild, Scottish coast and have to survive on your wits to find your way back to safety! This is the challenge of Nomadic Coastal survival - a unique course in one of the most stunning parts of the country.
On Friday evening when you arrive at our base on the West Coast you will choose some "washed up" items to assist your survival. Then you will be driven to a nearby sea loch and travel by canoe to a small island. You will be given some practical training with regard to safety, local foraging, water purification, signalling, fire and shelter. You will spend the night under either a tarp, canoe or rock shelter. As a group, you will then make a plan within certain guidelines defined by the instructor. In the morning you will leave the small island by canoe and spend the day on a larger island. The objective will be to navigate to a cave and make camp (this is open overhanging rock with enough space for several people - see photo). You will forage for your supper from the shore, source water, and make a fire to keep you warm at night in the cave.
On Sunday you will navigate towards civilisation - the journey will involve getting off the larger island, and walking out over several kilometres of tough hilly terrain, through stunning west coast wilderness. Along the way we may throw in some additional scenarios to challenge you!
The idea of this course is to simulate a genuine short-term emergency (such as a shipwreck) and to encourage you as a group to take decisions and, within safety, make your own mistakes. For safety, everyone must carry a sleeping system (i.e. sleeping bag and roll mat) but you can choose whether or not to use it. Your choice will be reflected on your certificate at the end of the course. There will be very little food carried in (mainly flour and oil). Most of your food will be foraged (so we hope you like shellfish and seaweed!). Carrying in and eating additional food is discouraged as part of the course ethos and can result in failing the challenge (unless there is a medical reason to do so).
Here are some of the key skills you will learn:
marine foraging - shellfish, seaweeds and fishing
land based foraging
water sourcing and purification
signalling for help - reflection, whistles, ground to air, signal fires
tidal cycles and flows
shelter using natural features, and materials, also tarps
utilising found materials and survival kit selection
navigation with map and compass
route finding and safely crossing difficult terrain
paddling and portaging a canoe (short distances)
physical, psychological and physiological aspects of survival
Price: £180 per person
Location: Moidart, 35 miles west of Fort William.
Duration: 2 full days -
starts 19.00 on Friday evening; ends 15:00 Sunday afternoon.
Group size: usually 5-8 people - we keep groups small to minimise our impact on this pristine environment.
Facilities: overnight wild camping - sleeping in natural shelters or under group tarp. Drinking water, very basic provisions, fish and foraged food available. NB unless you need additional food for health reasons you are requested not to bring any.
What to bring: course-specific kit list