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Weekend fitness and Admin Drills Pontsticill Brecon Beacons 20-21st August £160/£128
20 August @ 9:00 AM - 21 August @ 10:30 AM£160.00
Discount to £128 for members
Intent: If you are training for the military, the Fan Dance, Test Week March series with AEE, Paras 10 or any other event or you just want to better improve your personal admin over a weekend with the assistance of your car too- then this weekend is for you. If you just want a taste of the SF training experience, then this is a great opportunity to get out and test yourself on a multi disciplined weekend that replicates the old 23 SAS selection weekend, yet…. you can pick and chose your participation in each phase of the Weekend to allow you to use it as part of your training program. This means your Weekend can be as easy or as hard as you would like to make it. Come on and challenge yourself, the last weekend all got through all aspects and our age groups vary from 18-68 years of age on these weekends!
This weekend is designed to enable a person to live out of a Bergen or ruck sac for a weekend yet you will have access to your car which will be located central to all activities, for kit, food, clothing and warmth. It is designed to tire yourself on day one with a short walk over the hills map ready and yet administer yourself after each part of the weekend, an option part of the weekend will be a boot run, and a night navigation for a few hours which is more designed to get people used to working the ground at night (It works the bodies balancing muscles more and relies on different capabilities than in the day)and is at a slower paced walk, where underfoot conditions have a compounding effect on fatigue, concentration, navigation and orientation, there is also a boot camp SF style DS led speed march the next morning for those that want to test themselves boots only or with weight. The second day is either a boot run, force DS led march or something a little different. All these are optional and can be at a reduced level and so it’s up to the individual how hard they work on each day. Rest time is your time.
Expectations: Too many people don’t sign up for these weekends because they think it’s going to be too hard. Its NOT or doesn’t have to be, these days are provided to encourage people to get out into the open air, in the hills, to start to help them to become healthier and you can bound in and out or all the sessions that are on offer, which will be as follows:
Days navigation training over the hills
Boot run (optional)
Night Micro Nav (Optional)
Speed march Weighted (Optional)
All weights are flexible depending on what you want to do and how you feel as well as not participating
These are great days, very chilled and designed to help, motivate you and increase your confidence in the hills and in the elements as well as understand how to sort your admin out. Nick runs through putting up Basha, feeding yourself, and living out of a Bergen or Rucksack. This might help you with fitness or even taking your kids out on hikes in the future. Its all good.
You will be shown how to administer yourself over this time, what kit might work better, packing of kit, preparation for rest, such as putting up a hammock and Basha, etc. Basic stuff which is all you need to survive in the harshest of conditions. This is the kit we always carry no matter if on Expedition with Trident Adventure or in the Brecon Beacons doing a fitness day.
You will need to bring your own food and water for 2 days. Cooking apparatus such as a Jet boil. Head torch, sleeping kit, such as a tent or hammock (to help you administer yourself and keep out of the element), bivvi bag with sleeping bag in it to sleep on the floor, roll mat and a large water proof canopy that has para cord attached to 6-8 points. Sleeping in wooded area. Full kit list will be provided the week before and help needed in any purchases.
Fitness Level: If you are not experienced please do not get put off, we have support staff that are there to facilitate supporting all our levels and we do that well. Come along, thats how you start your journey to be stronger in the hills or just in light undulation movement across the ground. All our days are based on a very manageable distance in the time given and is fully designed for a basic level of fitness. All we ask is that you can walk and sometimes jog lightly for a duration of 4 hours without weight before you attend the day.
Any questions then please just ask.
Joining instructions: These are the joining instructions yet there will be a WhatsApp group, so if you are not an EOF member (become one) WhatsApp Nick on 07855468103 so we can add you. You will need some equipment to include:
Day sack or Bergen that can carry up to 65lbs (even though you wont carry that weight)
Windbreaker jacket preferably with a hood that acts as an on the move lightweight jacket but not too warm
Windproof and waterproof gloves and hat ( the Gortex hats with side ear warmers are good) plus a lightweight warm beanie hat
Spare clothes for sleeping and admin- Lightweight trousers, Lifa tops x 2, socks, some sort of light weight shoes or trainers is a good idea
Lifesaver kit – very warm jacket (lifesaver) hat and gloves (Mitts area good) already in pockets, long & short sleeve warm top, a pair of walking trousers
Food to be eaten over the weekend- Boil in the bags, noodles, oxo cubes, food bars, snacks etc. You will eat more than you think. Main meals Sat night Sunday morning – Rest on the go
Tent or Large mil style rectangle Basha with eyelets in corners and sides (to attach para cord onto) to sleep under & Hammock with ties/cord extending to at least 3 meters each side to get round tree
Opportunity you can sleep in your car as this is your own time
*Para cord x 40metres (preferably already cut into 8 x 4.2m lengths and attached to 8 x eyelets on Basha (thinner para cord)
Waterproof bags medium to large ( 1 x main compartment 4 x side punches etc)
Boiler, (such as Jet boil or MSR) or what you want to heat food
Flask 1 litre
Sleeping bag and preferably some sort of very light weight synthetic blanket
Head torch x 2 with spare batteries
Spoon to eat with
Map of area (waterproof case- Ortleib are best) and Compass (Silva in MILS and degrees is the best) Look at the location and establish what map you need or just ask
2 Litres of drinking water. Camelbacks are good with drinking straw
Battery pack for phone
Basic first aid kit, to include comped for blisters, zinc oxide material tape, bandages, strapping, physio tape, paracetamol, Ibrofen as some good suggestions
Energy powder if you like
Mosquito head net is always a good idea x 2
Optional for normal pax but essential for Sandy Tier and others-
Ortleib 3-4 litre water bag
Sterilisation Tabs sealed and on para cord attachment
Roll mat cut down so it fits folded up I the inside back of the Bergen. Its only to cover your main part of your body in emergency and when in hammock
Spare poncho only if you have one as DS will bring one
Small torch for map reading with limited white light
Waterproof map case (Ortleib are v good) with para cord attached so you can attach it to your trouser belt loop. Compass (Silva in degrees and Mils is good) with para cord so you can also attach to your belt lop. Map of area LANDRANGER (1:50,000) 160 for Brecon Beacons area or area we are operating in. You can fold this and it will fit into the waterproof case, there will be time to do it on the day-remind me to show you.
Location: The location is shown here, make sure you know where it is, its not hard to work out on the map, ask if you are unsure. There is comms just before you enter the village but then nothing.
Note: EOF Members discount will automatically be applied at checkout.