It’s been a pretty exciting journey since we started Back of Beyond Adventures in 2005.
The early days
Back of Beyond Adventures started initially as a Sunday Club for students looking to grow their skillset as they moved forward in life and to help them meet their aspirations in getting to those harder to reach locations on this planet.
Working their way through the canoe and kayak award schemes gave them journeying skills, completing the Surf Lifesaving Awards, Basic Life Support and Emergency First Aid gave them rescue skills, and wild camping taught them ensure the foundations of survival were in place: warmth, shelter, food and water and coasteering and surfing taught them to embrace change and to stay in the present…. and more importantly… that fun should be a part of this crazy life.
It wasn’t long before we were being asked to organise events for groups looking for weekend activities and overnight experiences. Local Search and Rescue teams joined us and were taught Casualty Care in context, shelter building, firelighting, night navigation and teams were built through this shared experience. Stag groups started booking our Bushcraft and Survival packages, hen groups jumped in feet first on our coasteering routes and parents looking for a way to entertain the kids and their friends would pack them off to us for the weekend.
That first season flew by and groups continued to join us into the winter and as the surfing and coasteering dropped off, so the moorland walking and climbing picked up. The constants throughout the year were canoeing and wild camping.
My business partner and founder, Simon, was in the process of leaving for Australia and I was starting to have doubts about my ‘real’ job and so in 2006 after 9 years teaching in further and higher education, i left to focus more intentionally on Back of Beyond Adventures.
Since those early days, we realised that there was a distinct lack of provision for