Dartmoor Adventures are raising £5,000 to provide affordable access to nature and adventures.
Dartmoor Adventures is a husband and wife partnership, between us we have over 10 years of experience in Outdoor Education. Our combined, and slightly differing experience gives us a huge range and depth of experience. I (Chris) will be running most of our adventures, my range and depth of experience allows me to provide safe, enjoyable adventures. Over the course of my career in the outdoors I have attained a lot of qualifications, underpinning these sport specific qualifications I am a qualified teacher and hold a BSc (hons) Degree in Outdoor Education.
Values are important, they underpin every decision we make so we think it is important to communicate ours! In summary, we believe in responsible and sustainable use of wild spaces as well as affordable access to nature and adventures.
Responsible and sustainable use of wild spaces
Our wild spaces suffer due to inappropriate use and the people that look after these places cannot manage this alone. We believe that providers should place the environments needs above our fun, both in planning and use. We also believe that adventures should be more than just exhilaration or skills learnt, but also encouraging a connection with nature as well as education about and in nature. This begins with advocating and demonstrating the leave no trace ideology and the countryside code. This doesn’t end there; we will arrange and rearrange our plans so that our adventures do not cause damage to the environments we use.
We view our approach to coaching and education as holistic. In the education world, this means that your child is more than academic achievements: they also require social, emotional and moral education. In outdoor sports, our adventures are more than skills and Instagram moments. Our adventures can be: a history or geology lesson; a chance to connect with nature; challenge yourself; or learn how to enjoy nature whilst causing minimal damage.
Affordable access to nature and adventures
The outdoor industry has been taking criticism that it is the sole privilege of the wealthy, white and able. Whilst we cannot change the face of the outdoor industry, we can do our part. Ensuring that our costs are fair, both valuing the educators experience whilst offering affordable access to the outdoors is a key value of ours.
This year our nation has learnt the importance of access to green spaces: The physical, social and, importantly, mental health benefits of Outdoor Adventures are numerous and well documented. Dartmoor National Park has seen a huge influx of 'new users'. This is fantastic. However, sometimes comes with a cost, some of these new users have never been told how to interact with wild spaces which results in damage and litter. Buy providing affordable adventures, we hope that we can instil in our customers a connection to nature and a respect for it. So that when they venture out on their own, they not only understand how to interact with nature but also have a motivation to enjoy their adventures responsibly.
Providing adventures is not a simple thing to do, it requires equipment. In some cases storage and transport solutions for this equipment. Some adventures require no more than a map and compass, whereas others require bikes and boats! We have a hire deal in the pipeline (slowed by lockdowns). However hiring equipment, creates an extra cost that one way or another is passed onto the customer. We are not fans of this, it flies in the face of trying to provide affordable access to adventures. So if we can raise funds now, in order to buy the equipment we need then we can have it ready to go for our clients, with no extra cost!
Some of you may be thinking great, I can donate a few quid to this. Wonderful, you're awesome. If you're thinking I like this, but I want something in return. You're still awesome, I'd be thinking the same, especially when money is tight like it is now! So we have a plan, almost like a pay-it-forward approach.
If you donate the amount for an adventure, (half day, full day, or over night). You will then receive a gift voucher, for that value with 2 years to redeem it!
We think this is a wonderful idea, we raise the cash needed for the equipment we need now. You get a great adventure on Dartmoor. And if all goes to plan, we will have all the equipment needed, without having to hire it for your adventure!
Equipment we are looking to raise funds for
We are looking to be able to purchase:
- A few bikes, and related safety equipment.
- Climbing Equipment
- Camping equipment (Dartmoor is the only place in England where wild camping is legal)
- Kayaking equipment.
If we exceed our expectations in fund raising, we will also look towards Canoeing equipment. This raises further costs in storage and transport, we do not have the space on site to store canoes and would likely need a small trailer. This is most likely a long term investment for us, whereas the rest of the equipment is feasible in the short term.
Thank you for reading this far, and an extra thank you if you've helped us out!
Explore our website for more information about us and our adventures: https://dartmooradventures.co.uk
A couple of little notes:
- The rewards are based on our current prices: However, ordering here not only helps us get off the ground, it also provides you with savings compared to booking through our website. The bigger rewards have bigger savings!
- If lockdowns are put into place through 2021, then we will extend the gift cards where necessary.
- If we have not managed to buy the equipment for your chosen activity, we will not charge you the normal hire cost. A cherry on the top, if you will.