Get active in the Borderlands after isolation

by Martin Sweeney in Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

Get active in the Borderlands after isolation

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Help our outdoor business through the months ahead and we'll be there to help you enjoy the outdoors afterwards.

by Martin Sweeney in Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom

The Borderlands tale so far...

Borderlands Outdoor started as a pipe dream 5 years ago. We (Laura and Martin) had been living in the Wye Valley for 3 years already and fallen in love with the area. We're both outdoor pursuits instructors and love sharing adventures with visitors to the area so we decided to set up our own little business; I mean, how hard could it be right? 

Three months working on our first (very basic) website taught me that there's a reason why people pay web developers and, with hindsight, it's not necessarily best to start a business and a family at the same time. Our son is 4 months younger than Borderlands! Despite all the sleepless nights early on (for more than one reason) we grew in confidence and enjoyed every minute.

The most satisfying bit of those early days was the first few activities and courses we ran. It was great to know that people were willing to put their trust in Borderlands.

Where we are now

5 years on and Borderlands has become a full time (and more) undertaking. We put on about 10 navigation courses per year, have taught bushcraft to brides, archery to architects and last year took the step of investing in the kit to provide rock climbing, abseiling and caving adventures. We now have a small team of trusted freelance instructors who help out with activities.

On top of all of that, our outdoor first aid courses have absolutely taken off. From 7 people on our first course we now train around 200 people per year including outdoor instructors, ecologists, mountain bikers and at least one Paralympian! We've spent much of the last year working to bring additional trainers in to help us cope with the demand for these courses.

Come and join us

The bread and butter of our business is outdoor first aid courses and it looks likely that we'll end up having to cancel several of these over the coming months, along with losing customers who are self-isolating. At the same time, we've been really looking forward to a summer of getting back to our roots, with a big push to get more people active in the Wye Valley on our bushcraft, archery, caving and climbing adventure sessions. 

We'd love for you to join us once the Covid-19 issues have calmed down, so we're offering discounts on courses and activities to everyone who jumps on board to book now.

Thanks for your support; we're really looking forward to seeing you on the other side of this!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£200 or more

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£200 FUTURE ADVENTURE DAY FOR UP TO 10 PEOPLE

Pledge £200 today and we'll reward you with a full Borderlands Adventure day in the Wye Valley. Choose from rock climbing, abseiling, bushcraft, caving, archery for up to 10 or a day of navigation training for up to 6 people. Usual price is £275 PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£15 or more

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£15 FUTURE ARCHERY EXPERIENCE

Pledge £15 today and we'll reward you with a space on one of our introduction to archery sessions, usually £20pp PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£100 or more

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£100 FUTURE 2 DAY NAVIGATION COURSE

Pledge £100 today and we'll reward you with a place on a 2 day Introduction to Navigation or Next Step Navigation course. Learn the basics or develop your existing skills with an experienced Mountain Leader. Courses take place in the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons National Park. Usually priced at £120pp PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

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