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‘Mind Over Mountains’ Impact Hill Walking Weekend in the Lake District

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Adventure Uncovered Presents: 'Mind Over Mountains' Featuring Adversity Adventurer Alex Staniforth
The Lake District, Cumbria | 5-7 May 2018

Event Summary:
Adventure Uncovered’s inaugural event takes you to the Lake District National Park, a newly acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site, and England’s unique northwestern corner of natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural heritage.

Do you fancy taking a step back and escaping to the mountains for a long weekend? Joining an inclusive group of like-minded adventurers? Want to return home feeling inspired, more confident and mentally resilient?

Limited to only 20 places, Mind Over Mountains will be a laid-back weekend of walking, talking and self-discovery, where we will aim to summit Skiddaw and Blencathra, two of the Lake District’s best-loved mountains. The benefits of being outdoors for our mental and physical health are widely promoted - and with 1 in 4 people in the UK now experiencing a mental health problem, we believe that by climbing mountains, we can put our minds over mountains - no pressure, no expectations, no worries!

In a supportive environment, you'll also get the opportunity to look inward, explore and discover yourself through NLP and mindfulness workshops, be inspired by talks from fellow adventurers and learn about the Lakes (a UNESCO world heritage site) from passionate local experts as we unwind for the evening in good company!

Staying at the highest hostel in Britain (YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse), you will enjoy a fascinating weekend of truly getting away from our hectic busy lives, which make little time for our mental or physical wellbeing.

Suitable for ages 18 and above, some of the weekend’s highlights include:

- Two guided hill-walks on Blencathra and Skiddaw in the Lake District
National Park
- Unheard talks from record-breaking adventurers and passionate local
- Evening NLP and mindfulness workshops
- Two night’s accommodation in one of the UK’s most beautiful and
remote youth hostels
- Optional wild swimming (or dipping!)
- Other fun surprises throughout the weekend!

We will pass through one of the UK's most scenic hill walks, a great destination for intermediate walkers and hikers:

Type: Mountain
Location: Northern Fells, Lake District, Cumbria, England
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance(s): 23 miles, throughout the weekend
Availability: Only 20 places
Price: £175 Early Bird, £195 Standard.

Participants will:

- Experience two substantial hill walks, exclusively guided by adventurer
and mental health fundraiser Alex Staniforth, and mountain leader Emma
- Feel motivated by a host of fantastic speakers, including adventurers
Alex Staniforth and Oli Broadhead who open up about their own mental
health struggles, plus NLP expert Chris Spray and Mindfulness coach
Mike Henshall
- Discover, explore and understand more about the environment in one of
Britain’s most scenic landscapes in the UK (courtesy of the Blencathra
Field Studies Centre)
- Be reinvigorated and reconnected with your own mind and nature;
enjoying the present and making memories with like-minded people in a
supportive environment.

What does the adventure include?

- Food, water and hot drinks (however we do encourage you to bring your
own snacks too!)
- Two nights accommodation at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse
- Guided walks by fully-trained mountain leaders
- Wide-ranging inspirational talks and workshops
- Free access to event photos and positive memories!

The adventure excludes:

- Transport to/from the start/end point at Blencathra Field Studies Centre
- Outdoor equipment and clothing.

Join us on an Adventure with a purpose - together we can put our minds over mountains!


Provisional route maps and descriptions to follow.

*Please note this itinerary is subject to change up to and including the event weekend. The organiser reserves the right to adjust the schedule if necessary for safety reasons/factors beyond our reasonable control.

Day 1 - Saturday, 5th May

08:30 Meet & greet and kit check (incl. coffee/tea) at Blencathra FSC
08:50 Welcome talk and quick introduction to the weekend (Alex/AU)
09:00 Walk to YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse (approx. 3 miles)
Joined by BFSC ranger to introduce local environment, wildlife,
and fauna. Visit hydroelectric projects and ponds en-route
10:45 Arrive at YHA Skiddaw House (Base Camp). Leave personal
gear and belongings not required for the walk. Drinks stop.
11:00 Begin WALK #1 to Skiddaw (approx. 3.25 miles to summit)
*Walkers can choose to stay at the hostel or return from the
waterfalls if they wish
16:00 Return to Skiddaw House for tea and biscuits.
Settle into Base Camp
18:00 Regroup for NLP session #1 with Chris Spray (title TBC)
19:00 Evening Dinner (prepared by AU and Alex)
20:00 TALK #1 by Oli Broadhead
20:30 Relax and unwind
Maximum distance: 8.5 miles, 2,650ft ascent

Day 2 - Sunday, 6th May

07:00 Breakfast, coffee, and tea
08:00 Mindfulness exercise “Busy lives”, Mike Henshall
08:30 Final toilet stops and kit checks
08:45 Depart for HILL WALK #2 - Blencathra
10:30 Mid-morning tea/coffee break
Summit Blencathra and drop down for lunch
14:00 Afternoon Tea by the tarn, with an optional dip if the
weather's hot!
16:00 Latest arrival back at Base Camp
Relax and unwind
17:30 NLP Session #2 with Chris Spray - “Resourcefulness”
18:30 Evening Dinner by the campfire
20:00 TALK #2 by Alex Staniforth, “Mountains of the Mind”
21:00 Relax and unwind, or bedtime!

Maximum distance: 11.5 miles, 2,660ft ascent

Day 3 - Monday, 7th May

08:30 Breakfast, coffee, and tea
09:30 Pack up Base Camp
10:00 ‘Check out’ exercise
10:30 Begin walking back to Blencathra FSC (with a couple of
12:30 Arrive back at Blencathra FSC. Cake and farewells (Lunch not
13:00 End of Day 3 / Depart Home

Maximum distance: 3 miles, 400ft ascent

Mind Over Mountains will be curated by Adventure Uncovered and led by Alex Staniforth, a record-breaking Adversity Adventurer, Inspirational Speaker and Mental Health Fundraiser.

*For the detailed itinerary and FAQs, visit the event website here: www.adventureuncovered.com/mind-over-mountains

To read more about Adventure Uncovered, visit: www.adventureuncovered.com

To read more about Alex Staniforth, visit: www.alexstaniforth.com