top of page

AJ ADVENTUROUS

Hike

Booking Management
Preparation info

AJ Prep website
www.ecov.co/aj/prepwebsite

 

Everything that we can think of that your participants might need can be found on the prep website, including;

  • Group registration link

  • GPX files - so they can use their phone as a GPS if they get lost

  • Kit list

  • Kit guide

  • How to use a map and compass

  • How to fill in your route card

Group registration
Each group must register using the form at least 14 days before the AJ
The registration allows us to track assessment reports and is also how the groups can request to hire kit.  The link for registration can be found on the prep website.


Routes

You can find the basic route locations using this map;

https://ecov.co/teachers/aj/locationsmap

 

We will confirm your specific routes via email and provide links so that you can access maps, route cards and KMZ files (for use with google earth).

Screen Shot 2022-04-06 at 3.22.25 PM.png

Camp Operations
Pick up and Drop off

Pick up - 7 : 00 am
Drop off - 15 : 00 pm


Camp Operations
while on the AJ

Whats expected of you

Be prepared

  • Know how to use a map and compass to take and follow bearings.

  • Know how to pitch a tent.

  • Know how to use a camping stove.

  • Have your route card completed and checked.

  • Have appropriate kit as outlined on the kit list.

  • Know how to give basic first aid.

  • Check the weather forecast and know what conditions to expect.

Be self reliant, independent & safe for the entire journey

  • Carry sufficient food and water for the entire journey (water refill stations will only be available at the camp site, you will need to carry a minimum of 3L per person)

  • Carry Suitable first aid kit (1 per group)

  • Carry appropriate clothing for the expected conditions.


There are a number of things that you need to do before you set of on your Adventurous Journey, the first most crucial of which is to understand what is expected of you when you are on your journey. The document below outlines the requirements of the Adventurous Journey.

14 Conditions of the International Award.
These are the conditions that have been laid out by the International Award and have to be met in order to for your Journey to be considered a success.

  1. All journeys need to have a clearly defined purpose.

  2. Participants need to have the appropriate skills to undertake their journey, so must undergo relevant training.

  3. Participants must undertake sufficient practice journeys to ensure that they have the ability to be self-reliant and safe in their chosen environments.

  4. During the qualifying journey, the team needs to be no fewer than four and no more than seven young people, operating independently of others.

  5. All the team members must be involved in the planning and preparation of the journey.

  6. Not all participants on the journey need to be completing their award, but they should be peer group equals, making decisions together.

  7. All journeys must be supervised and assessed by experienced adults.

  8. The journey can take place on land or water. The team can travel by their own efforts (foot, cycle, paddle, oar and so on) by animal (horse, donkey, camel and so on) or by other non-motorized assistance (sail and so on).

  9. Accommodation must be in portable tents or other simple self-catering accommodation such as hotels, huts or similar shelter.

  10. The environment chosen must be unfamiliar at the participants. A natural and remote environment often provides the appropriate conditions for the group to be self reliant and independent.

  11. On completion, participants are required to present a report to their Award Assessor. The report can be written, photographic, verbal, a video diary or use other imaginative means.

  12. In exploration, at least one third of the minimum hours of planned effort should be spent on journeying.

  13. The distance covered will depend on the speed of the team, which should be established in the practice journeys and should then inform the planning of the qualifying journey. For a physically able group of young people traveling by foot, this would normally mean minimum total distances of 24, 48 and 80 kilometers at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Dense vegetation, very steep ground, or similarly challenging terrain would have course reduce what could be reasonably accomplished in the above minimum hour's effort. The important criteria is the time spend journeying during the day (6/7/8 hrs.) rather than the distance, which is dictated by terrain type.

  14. Purposeful effort means time spent towards accomplishing the purpose of the journey. Time associated with sleeping, cooking and eating is in addition to this.

Leave no trace philosophy

All participants undertaking an Adventurous Journey will be expected to follow the Leave No Trace philosophy to help protect the environment for future generations. The 7 principals of this philosophy are outlined below.

Plan ahead and Prepare

  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies.

  • Repackage food to minimize waste.

  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include establishment trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

Dispose of waster properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, litter.

  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
     

Leave what you find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Minimize campfire impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.

  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans or mound fires.

  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

  • Control pets all the times, or leave them at home.

  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young or winter.

Disposal of human waste

 

WHAT

Not leaving human waste (poo) in the remote areas of the UAE.

WHY

Packing out your waste is part of the 'Leave no trace' philosophy.
The wilderness areas we use for our adventurous journeys are remote and therefore public toilets are few and far between.
The gold standard for disposal is to carry out your waste and dispose of it in a suitable place eg: A bin or toilet.


HOW

We will provide each student with a 'poo pot' , a small sealable pot containing biodegradable dog poo bags.
After going to the toilet you will use the bag to pick up your waste, just like you would with a dog, tie up the bag and put it in the pot. At the end of the journey we will collect up all of the bags and dispose them in large municipality bin.

This is the minimum that is expected and your group will not qualify if there is uncovered waste, toilet paper or hygiene products left where your group has been going to the toilet.
If you are unclear on what is expected or have any questions speak to your teacher or a Ecoventure instructor BEFORE you set off, once you have started your journey it will be too late.
Remember you are expected to be sufficient so you should not be asking for help or advice once the journey has started.

FAQ

For participants

Q: What are the accommodation arrangements?
A: The students that would be on the AJ will be on camping on campsites and will not have any bathrooms.

Q; What is included in the cost?

A: The busses from school pick up to the starting point of the AJ, qualified Ecoventure staff, support vehicle, maps and water.

Q: How many adults will be supervising?

A: 1 Ecoventure staff for 15 students (1: 15)

Q: What's the food like?
A: On AJ, the participants are allowed to bring whatever they would like to eat.

Q: What I need to bring?
A: You can find a copy of the kit list on our AJ prep website:
www.ecov.co/aj/prepwebsite

 

Q: What care is available during the night?
A: Teachers and Ecoventure staff stay in the same location as the participants each night.

Q: What is the procedure in case of an emergency?

A: For minor incidents participants are expected to do their own first aid. The Ecoventure staff will also have a comprehensive expedition 1st aid kit with them. For more serious incidents we may have to travel to the nearest hospital or medical center. if we do have to travel to hospital the teacher will contact the parent immediately. If we do have to travel to hospital an Ecoventure member of staff will accompany the students along with a teacher.

Top
Booking managment
Camp operations
FAQ
bottom of page