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Open Gold Qualifier Expedition: 11-15 September 2020 – Highlands

Teams choose a destination area, normally in the North or West Highlands, then they choose their route and campsites. Gold Expeditions always include some wild camping.

The first day of the trip is an Acclimatisation Day, which will include travelling to the expedition area, a brief refresher training session, meeting the Assessor and a night on a serviced campsite. The expedition itself takes place on days 2-5.

We will meet at and return to The Risk Factory, 20 New Mart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RL, where our Kit Store is based. Transport will be provided from The Risk Factory to the expedition start location.

We would prefer participants to complete our Training and Practice Expedition in August, but you can still apply if you have recently completed a Practice Expedition with another Centre / Provider. The planning meetings are compulsory, and teams must deliver a presentation after the expedition.
Dates for your diary are:
Planning Meeting1: Wednesday 19th August, 18:00-20:00
Planning Meeting2: Wednesday 26th August, 18:00-20:00
Planning Meeting3: Wednesday 2nd September, 18:00-20:00
Kit collection: Wednesday 9th September, 18:00-19:00
Expedition: Friday 11th September, 09:00 to Tuesday 15th September, 23:00 (approx.)
Kit return: Thursday 17th September, 18:00-19:00
Presentations: Thursday 8th October, 19:00-21:00

For the expedition, we will meet at The Risk Factory at 09:00 on Friday 11th September, where you will be transported to the expedition area. Once you’ve completed your expedition on Tuesday 15th September, transport will return you to The Risk Factory for approximately 23:00.

We can lend you all the specialist equipment for your expeditions – everything from boots, socks and waterproofs, to tents, stoves and first aid at no extra cost. Participants are required to make an additional refundable deposit of £25 for equipment borrowed. This deposit is kept providing all borrowed equipment is returned clean, dry and on time then we will offer to refund your equipment deposit within 30 days. You still need to supply your own food, and we encourage you to share with your teammates whilst on expedition.

We pride ourselves on helping individual participants form effective teams which support each other. We support each team to plan and achieve their own unique, self-sufficient expedition that truly belongs to them. We can accommodate most additional support needs.

For more information or to book onto this training and practice, please visit our website: www.fota.org.uk/expeditions

Course date:
11th - 15th September 2020
Course location:
Course fee:
£175 (+£25 refundable kit deposit)