Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When I arrive at Tamarack, what happens to my vehicle ?
If you have a 4x4 this is an advantage to get within 500 meters of the site. If not, there will be some car sharing to get to site and change over of equipment into other vehicles. If a non 4x4 needs to go to site, the vehicle will be parked in the nearby farmyard which is secure. Some vehicles will remain at Tamarack and parked adjacent to the shop, where there is CCTV in operation and the estate is locked at night.
Q: Do I need to be fit ?
You need to be of fair fitness, the hardest part of the course is the walk to and from the vehicles.
Q: What do I need to bring ?
You will need a stove (gas, woodgas or ethanol) and cooking pots (this is not essential, but is advisable if you want to fully wild camp and cook for yourself). Tent, tarp or similar shelter. Sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Waterproof and warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf along with walking boots or similar. Toiletries including wash kit, toilet roll and towel. Head torch, note book, pencil, foam pad to sit on, mosquito repellant. Camera and binoculars (not essential but useful). Spare clothing to change into once you get back to the car on the Sunday afternoon.
Our site is at 300m above sea level and is in a shaded part of the woodland, because of this it can get cool even in the summer months, so please dress warm.
All this must fit inside a rucksack or grip, remember you will have to carry all your equipment into the woodland.
A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Course Kit List.
Q: What meals are provided?
Soup and bread will be available on Thursday night, then all meals are provided as part of the course, until close of play on Sunday. Students are welcome to bring their own food if preferred.
Q: Do I get a discount on any equipment I need for the course ?
Yes, all course participants get a 10% discount on all products purchased at Tamarack for the course.
Q: What if the weather is bad ?
Don't worry about this, the course goes ahead whatever the weather - unless high winds are forecast.
Q: I am Vegan/ Vegetarian is this course for me ?
We can accommodate for the Vegan/Vegetarian diet but the course itinerary and food stays the same.
Q: I can't make the Saturday, but can I come on the Sunday ?
Sorry, full attendance of the course is necessary, even if you have been on another course previously.
Q: Can I bring along alcohol ?
Alcohol and any recreational drugs are not allowed on site for the duration of the course. Anyone found using either, will be removed from the course immediately. However, this does not include any student who is on medication.
Q: Can I bring my dog ?
Sorry, no dogs or pets allowed on site.
Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident ?
All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site. If a student needs to go to hospital, this is a 25 minute drive from site. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.
Q: What about insurance ?
Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have their own travel insurance.
Q: Is there water on site ?
Water is provided on site in NATO Jerry cans.
Q: What are the toilet facilities like ?
You will have to wash in a bowl or Billy can and go to the toilet in a hole/latrine in the ground, in a discreet area on site which will have been pre-prepared.
Q: How do I get rid of my rubbish ?
That's easy, you brought it in, so you take it out .