Organise Your Own Expedition in the UK or Abroad

If you prefer to your own thing and find yourselves somewhere to do your expedition, you will need to start planning very early.   First of all, you need to find yourself a qualified mountain leader (ML) to be your expedition supervisor.  Andy Blundell is available if booked early! 

Then you need to decide on your expedition aim and choose where you want to go, find out where the campsites are and plan a suitable route.  The wild country areas are listed on the D of E Website, together with contact details for all the wild country panels, where you can go for advice.  Alternatively, you might consider heading for the Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees or elsewhere in Europe.

In July 2011, a group from Judd School did their qualifying expedition in the far north of Scotland, taking Andy along as their supervisor.  They had a brilliant time and one of their campsites was a full day's walk from any road - now that's remote! Click here to see some more pics of their trip.  They stayed on a couple of extra days to do two fantastic mountain ridge walks - An Teallach and the Fannichs. 

In July 2014, another group from Judd School, led by Marcus Gavin, undertook their expedition along part of the Tour de Mont Blanc from Argentière to Courmayeur continued afterwards to complete the whole 9 day trek.  They also had a brilliant but challenging time.  A second Tonbridge Gold group repeated the feat in 2017.

In the last five years, other groups have organised their own qualifying expeditions in the Pennines around the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks', mid Wales, the Brecon Beacons and in the Lake District  

The options are many - the only limiting factor is your imagination!