Survival challenge

The Challenge

This is an opportunity to learn basic survival skills, whether to equip you for an expedition, or just to have a go and see whether you could survive without the trappings of the modern world. During the weekend you will be given instruction in the following essential survival skills: Shelter building, water purification techniques, fire lighting techniques, preparation of wild game, trapping, plant identification and foraging, day and night navigation and search and rescue techniques.


Day 1 (Friday 12th May 2017): Ashclyst Forest
Arrive at our meeting place by 5pm, for an introduction to the weekend, before we start on our first task building our shelters for the night, with instruction on safe cutting techniques. Dinner is taken as a group at our site. Overnight: Sleeping in the forest in the shelters we have built! Building a poor shelter will mean little sleep so make sure its good!

Day 2 (Saturday 13th May 2017) Ashclyst Forest
A good breakfast prepares us for a busy day learning more survival techniques. This morning we learn about grubs before an important fire lecture and learning water purification techniques. After lunch we are taught about trapping techniques and receive navigation training which is put to the test after dinner with our night navigation exercise. Overnight: Sleeping in the forest in our own shelters

Day 3 (Sunday 14th May 2017)
After breakfast we discuss search and rescue considerations, before destroying our shelters and returning our site to normal. We aim to finish around midday for you to travel home.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your local guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • All materials for shelter building
  • Food and water
  • Instructors
  • Different Travel tour manager
  • Backup equipment
What is not included
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from Ashclyst Forest
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment
Trip Dates

12th - 14th May 2017

Other dates on request

Tour Price



£95 plus £200 sponsorship for any UK charity

Which payment option?

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (accommodation, food, guides etc) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Moderate to challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to challenging


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