Recent visitors to my site may have noticed a banner announcing the imminent arrival of the “Expedition School Pyrenees” to run August 20th-22nd. Today I am formally launching the event.

The Expedition School is an opportunity for all of you to spend 3 days with me in the adventure playground of the French Pyrenees, learning and putting into practice the skills necessary to undertake your own extreme journey. Activities over the weekend include white-water rafting, mountain trekking, equipment selection clinic, discussion and planning sessions, sponsorship proposal writing, photography and videography class and very importantly a whole lot of fun! The school aims to encourage discussion, exchange of ideas and deliver practical exercises in a relaxed and inspiring environment. However, it is not a holiday camp! Participants are expected to get involved in discussions, share their own experiences, ask questions, help pack the van, sort kit and generally be part of the team. Sounds a bit like an expedition doesn’t it?

The event takes place in the adventure playground of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region in the south of France, close to the Spanish border. Nearby towns include Biarritz, San Sebastian, Bayonne, Bordeaux, Pau and Toulouse, making for easy access from the UK and all parts of Europe and the US. Big mountains, fast rivers and sweet surf make this part of the world an ideal base to live adventure. Add in to the mix the famous GR10 trekking path and the closing stages of the Tour de France route and it is difficult to ask for much more in a venue.

Throw in prize give-aways from companies like Zeal Optics and Rab (you can win just by getting involved online!), as well as participant-only deals on Suunto watches and it shapes up to be an awesome event! I am so amped to be putting on the weekend myself, I cannot wait!

For the full run-down on the weekend click here, or you can access the school pages by clicking on the Expedition School banner at the top of the home page at www.markkalch.com. On these pages you will find an overview, FAQs, costs and a full itinerary.

Places are limited on the Expedition School weekend so get in quick! I am stoked to be in a position to host such an event and can guarantee it will be a time to remember, both for the knowledge gained and the fun had.

For enquiries please email me OR phone +44 (0)7817 018224

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