Get priority entry into the Alpine Field Bootcamp through Patreon.com
A one week immersive learning in the mountains on independent hiking- navigation, camping, gears and traversing Himalayan terrains.
When & Where?
September 2022 – Full
May 2023 – Register to get notified once open
@ Manali (5 days leave + 2 weekends)
Participants will check into a beautiful remote basecamp in the mountains where above topics will be taught through theory and hands-on field assignments in the surrounding forests and meadows. They will plan and execute multiple day and overnight hikes to master the art of independent hiking.
Interested participants register here. Will be shortlisted by the organizer.
- Pre-joining Fitness – participants will undergo 2-3 months “Get fit routine” to get ready for the field assignments in mountains
- Himalayan Geography – understanding the geography of the Indian Western Himalayas, main ranges, valleys and rivers
- Map reading & Route planning – topographic maps, Open Street Maps, Survey of India, Satellite maps
- Navigation & Trail finding – master different techniques to navigate – GPS based, geo-referenced maps, pre-recorded routes, terrain reference, contours, compass
- Planning your journey – understand elevation profiles, acclimatization
- Weather & Seasons – importance of weather and seasons to plan your journey
- Night stay & Shelter – identifying suitable campsites, different types of shelters, how to pitch up tent, sleeping bag
- Food planning & Hydration – choose the right nutrition and planning food ration, cooking, identifying water points
- Fast-hiking & Minimalist gears – benefits of lightweight hiking, clothing, shoes, backpack, electronics & managing power, technical gears
- Himalayan Terrains – understanding valleys & streams, human settlements, high ranges & passes, forest & meadows, rock & ice, snow
- Managing Wildlife – precautions, avoiding surprise encounters
- Mapping Routes – map your own hiking routes in Open Street Maps for the international outdoor community
- Future Hikes – organizer will provide guidance in planning future self supported hiking
- Economical – one bootcamp equals the cost of one single commercial trek and gives you a lifetime free hiking
- Sustainability – independent hiking (solo or small group) leaves a smaller footprint on the environment vs. large organized groups
- Hospitality – experience unseen humanity in unexplored regions vs. frequented touristic places
- Gratification – of planning and executing your own independent hikes is immense
- Freedom – make your own way, chose your own destination, pace and schedule
- Knowledge/Learnings – gain insight in route planning, navigation, terrain study, weather & season planning
- Peacefulness – experience inner peace while exploring the lesser known paths far away from the crowded commercial locations
- Accomplishment – sense of accomplishment is far greater than an organized trek where everything is pre-arranged
- Decision making – your decision making and planning skills are tested every day
- Prioritize – between want to have (comfort) vs. need to have (essentials)
Ultra-runner, explorer, alpinist and minimalist. Born in Belgium, settled in India since 1998. Quit the corporate world in 2017 and into full-time exploration of the Indian Himalayas since then. Founder of the Chennai Trekking Club, a 40 thousand member volunteer based non-profit outdoor community. Explored the South Indian jungles for over a decade. An accomplished ultra-runner having ran self-supported ultras over thousands of kms across the Indian Himalayas
In recent years I have explored (mostly solo) over 10 thousand kms across the Western Himalayas (Uttarakhand, Ladakh, J&K, Himachal) alpine style, self planned and navigated. I have been teaching independent hiking to the outdoor community for the past 10 years. I strongly believe in independent hiking as a more sustainable way of exploring the mountains. In the same spirit I mapped the Indian Himalayas in detail to support the International outdoor community.
My motto “Die with memories, not dreams”.
Web site – ultrajourneys.org
Profile – instagram.com/petervangeit
|Alpine Style Hiking||Organized Group Hiking|
|Environmentally sustainable||Environmentally deteriorative|
|Plan own route and understand terrain||Guide shows you the way|
|Differentiate between needs vs. wants||Porters carry luggage, comfort|
|Hospitality in untouched places||Crowded commercial campsites|
|Sense of accomplishment||Everything taken care of|
|Discover yourself – push your limits||–|
|Total freedom||Fixed schedule, group, pace|
|Pre-trek preparation & fitness||–|
|Peacefulness||Crowded touristic places|
Advanced Field Bootcamp
Schedule: May/June 2023, 1 week
Agenda: planning and execution of a one week long OSM traverse with Peter Van Geit across a challenging (notch above above basecamp) non-touristic passes in Himalayas traversing glaciers, snow, moraines, streams providing full experiential learning on becoming an experienced independent hiker traversing the lesser known trails
Expert Field Bootcamp
Schedule: Winter/Summer 2022-23, 1 week
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