My trips fall into 2 main categories:
- Student overseas expeditions, consisting of an extended trek, up to a maximum of 6000m, lasting up to 18 days, community project and a cultural experience
- Expeditions for young people with special needs, most commonly visual impairment. The visually-impaired student is partnered by a sighted guide. Treks last up to 6 days, reaching a maximum height of 3500m. A tactile element, involving animals i.e. elephants in Nepal, camels in Morocco, is generally included or the sounds and smells of Iceland.
- Adult overseas expeditions, consisting of an extended trek, up to a maximum of 6500m, lasting up to 21 days, a cultural experience and the opportunity to contribute financially to a community project.
- UK based expeditions, which follow long distance trails. These usually last up to 9 days and have the additional attraction of raising money for charity.
A training programme designed to help with team building, fitness and general preparation precedes all trips and expeditions.
My aim is to give everybody a lifetime experience and for the maximum number, within a group, to achieve the targets for their expedition. I have twenty years’ experience of leading expeditions. Over 700 people, young and not so young, have travelled with me on 30 expeditions.
In the UK I have a number of long distance trails to my credit including Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the alternative Coast to Coast (Lindisfarne – Ravenglass), The Lakeland Round, Holyhead – St David’s, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, John O’Groats – Lands End (as a relay), the Wye Valley Trail, the North Cotswold Diamond Way and most recently Hadrian’s Wall.
Every trip requires a basic level of fitness, which can be achieved through regular hill-walking or gym work. Group training walks build friendships as well as fitness. So come on, get involved, and have some fun!
For more information please contact John Walton