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Discover Adventure: Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch

 

 

 

Discover Adventure: Join a sport fundraising challenge to support your local branch

Are you an athletic and active person, do you want to embark on a new challenging experience, see some great sceneries…or do you simply want an excuse to start training? Why not join one of the fantastic and diverse sport fundraising challenges offered by Discover Adventure and support your branch at the same time?

Discover Adventure challenges have been designed to be achievable for most people of average fitness, there’s plenty for you to choose from and experienced Discover Adventure  staff will offer help and guidance along the way. Click here to see some examples of their most popular challenges but you will find lots more for you to choose from on their website.

 

What payment options are available? How will the Association support me?

Open challenges are open to anyone wanting to raise money for any charity. We really appreciate our supporters’ help but unfortunately - due to limited resources - the British Science Association can only be supported via the self-payment option.  By choosing the self-payment option you will agree to fund your own Trip Cost[1] and donate 100% of your fundraising – whatever amount – to your chosen charity. At the Association, we highly appreciate the contribution of our supporters and we don’t want them to sustain any extra financial burdens.

 

Once you register, the Regional Fundraising and Support Officer will receive notification from Discover Adventure that you have decided to support the British Science Association as your chosen charity. Although you will be dealing directly with Discover Adventure regarding administration of your trip and everything that concerns your challenge, the Association would like to support you and show you their gratitude. The Regional Fundraising and Support Officer will contact you and, together with your Regional Officer, they will give you fundraising tips and they will help you advertise your story on our newsletter, social media and website, and when communicating with our supporters.  

The Association wants to support you in the best possible way and help you cover trip costs/registration fees so please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Regional Fundraising and Support Officer. After previous agreement between you and your branch, your supported branch will be eligible to apply for match funding to help you cover your trip costs up to £250. If trip costs/registration fees exceed that amount and you are not able/willing to pay full costs, we would suggest asking your local branch if they are happy for some of the funds raised to be used to do so. In any case, this should not exceed 30% of the total amount raised. Discover Adventure also offer a Flexi Payment option so you can pay your trip cost in as many instalments as you like to help spread the cost.

 

Why choose Discover Adventure

Discover Adventure specialises in fundraising trekking and cycling challenges. They have been running worldwide trips since 1994 and have built a great reputation for quality of service, professionalism, their friendly, flexible approach and our competitive prices. Your safety is one of Discover Adventure’s highest priority. Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency satellite phones, extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to Discover Adventure’s 24-hour emergency back-up in the UK. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind. Click here to find out more

   



[1] Trip Cost: Trip Cost + Registration Fee covers your flights (where applicable, some trips exclude flights as part of the trip cost), transfers, meals, permits, accommodation, experienced leadership, medical back-up, trip support and lots more! Please see specific trip itineraries for details of what is included.

 

Why Choose Discover Adventure

Supporters choose Discover Adventure because:

Supporters choose Discover Adventure because:

  • They have over 18 years of experience designing and running worldwide challenge events for charities;
  • Safety is their highest priority;
  • Their trips have a high leader to group ratio and  tour leaders are very experienced and trained in expedition first aid;
  • A UK-based doctor or paramedic accompanies overseas trips (dependent on group size);
  • Experienced and friendly office staff provide help and advice in the lead-up to your trip;
  • Post-trip support as well provide full back-up, from vehicles to porters, camels, mules or yaks;
  • Comprehensive medical kit and satellite telephones on overseas trips;
  • 24-hour emergency back-up telephone in the UK manned by experienced Discover Adventure staff with tour-leading experience;
  • They understand that you might be stepping out of your comfort zone for the first time – they will take care of you;
  • They act on feedback, so continually improve the experience you will have;
  • They believe that their trips are the best value for money around – without compromising on safety;
  • There are no local payments to be made and no hidden costs;
  • They are committed to Sustainable Tourism practices and have a 5 star accreditation award from AITO;
  • They limit the group size on some trips for environmental or safety reasons;
  • They are very proud of their friendly reputation and value their long term working relationships with customers and ground operators all over the world;
  • They give their long-term support to two community projects in Peru and in Tanzania;
  • They are ATOL-bonded for your financial protection;
  • They are a member of AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) – ensuring best practices.

Find out more at http://www.discoveradventure.com/why.aspx

Some of Discover Adventure’s exciting challenges

 

Hadrian’s wall weekend

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

 

Hadrian’s wall weekend

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

Dates 31 May – 2 Jun 2013; 2 Aug – 4 Aug 2013:  6 Sep – 8 Sep 2013; 6 Jun – 8 Jun 2014; 1 Aug – 3 Aug 2014; 5 Sep – 7 Sep 2014

Self Payment option – 2013: Registration Fee  (£59) + Trip Cost  (200)  Registration Fee.  2014 - (£59) Trip Cost  (£ 220) Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

Hadrian’s Wall originally ran from coast to coast and spanned 72 miles. Today we are left with only sections of this famous landmark, which cuts through Northumberland National Park. Starting at Lanercost Priory, you will trek for 25 miles (41km) alongside the only remaining sections of the wall, admiring ancient monuments, beautiful scenery and the skill of the Roman engineers who built this famous landmark, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This is a long, challenging weekend which gives you a great sense of achievement.


To book online for the Hadrian's Wall Weekend please click here

London Trekathon

Duration: 1 day

Trip Grade: Tough

Dates: Sat 31 August 2013; Sat 30 August 2014

Cost: 2013 and 2014 Registration fee £59.  Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

Join this Trekathon around our capital city, taking in world-famous sights and less well-known corners as you trace a 26-mile route through London. This challenging day takes you west from the Olympic Park in Stratford through peaceful parks and alongside waterways, passing famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral as you walk through the heart of the city, steeped in history, to your finish point on the Thames at Greenwich, right by the famous Cutty Sark. This is a tough one-day event through the urban landscape; at approx 26 miles, it forms an enormous challenge for walkers. There will be full support throughout the challenge with marshals and water stops along the route.


To book online for the London Trekathon please click here

Ben Nevis Weekend - Scotland

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

Dates: 14 Jun – 16 Jun 2013; 5 Jul – 7 Jul 2013; 16 Aug – 18 Aug 2013; 13 Jun – 15 Jun 2014; 4 Jul – 6 Jul 2014

15 Aug – 17 Aug 2014

Self payment option: 2013 - Registration fee (£49) + Trip cost (£220); 2014 - Registration fee (£59) + Trip cost (£240). Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

 

The Scottish Highlands are full of enchantment and ancient history. You will be overwhelmed by the increasing sense of remoteness and the unspoilt  environment as you leave the lowlands en route to our start point.  Ben Nevis (Gaelic translation ‘Mountain of Heaven’) itself is the highest point in Scotland and the British Isles, standing at the lofty height of 1343m (roughly 4000ft). Fort William, on the southern edge of the Great Glen and located on a sea loch, is the nearest town. Reaching the summit of Ben Nevis is your challenge – it involves a long, arduous uphill trek which will provide you with a wonderful sense of achievement.

To book online for the Ben Nevis Weekend Trek please click here

UNITED KINGDOM – The London Ride of Champions

Duration: 1 day

Trip Grade: Tough

Dates: Sunday 9 Jun 2013; Sunday 1 Sep 2013; Sunday 8 Jun 2014 ; Sunday 7 Sep 2014

2013 – 2014 Registration fee £59. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

This ride of around 90 miles follows the route of the 2012 Olympic road race. The ride will take you out through Richmond Park and into the Surrey countryside. You wil cycle Box Hill before heading back into London via, Hampton Court and Putney Bridge.

You will enter central London along The Mall, past Buckingham Palace and over the Thames before returning to the start/finish line. It will be a fabulous opportunity to get a feel for the route that the top riders of the world completed in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Raise some much needed money for a charity of your choice and have the unique experience of riding along a famous road racing route!


To book online for the London Ride of Champions please click here

Jurassic Coast Weekend Trek - Dorset, England

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

Dates: 10 May – 12 May 2013; 19 Jul – 21 Jul 2013; 13 Sep – 15 Sep 2013; 9 May – 11 May 2014

18 Jul – 20 Jul 2014; 12 Sep – 14 Sep 2014

Self Payment option: 2013 Registration Fee £59 + Trip Cost £190. 2014: Registration Fee £59 + Trip Cost £220. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks at Studland in Dorset, to Orcombe Point at Exmouth in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural World Heritage Site – is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow you to look back through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise. With a more recent history of mining, shipwrecks and smuggling, this is a fascinating stretch of coastline. You’ll take in some of its most spectacular scenery, from the renowned natural stone archway of Durdle Door to the beautiful circular Lulworth Cove, as you continually climb and descend the steep hills of the Jurassic Coast. You’ll camp at a lovely campsite a short distance from our route.


To book online for the Jurassic Coast Weekend please click here

London to Paris Cycle - UNITED KINGDOM & FRANCE

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

Dates: 15 May – 19 May 2013; 12 Jun – 16 Jun 2013; 31 Jul – 4 Aug 2013; 4 Sep – 8 Sep 2013; 14 May – 18 May 2014; 11 Jun – 15 Jun 2014; 30 Jul – 3 Aug 2014; 3 Sep – 7 Sep 2014

Self Payment: 2013 Registration Fee £149 + Trip Cost 640 2014 Registration Fee £149 + Trip Cost 640 . Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

Cycling from London to Paris is one of the great cycle experiences in Europe. Passing through picturesque Kent countryside, You’ll cross the Channel and continue through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France. With long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs, the sight of the Eiffel Tower, your finishing point, will evoke a real sense of achievement. Your last day in Paris allows you to explore the sights and soak up the romantic atmosphere of this majestic city!


To book online for the London to Paris Cycle please click here 

Mount Kilimanjaro Trek: Machame Route - TANZANIA

 

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Trip Grade: Extreme

Dates: 25 Jan – 3 Feb 2013; 22 Feb – 3 Mar 2013; 16 Aug – 25 Aug 2013; 27 Sep – 6 Oct 2013; 25 Oct – 3 Nov 2013; 24 Jan – 2 Feb 2014; 21 Feb – 2 Mar 2014; 15 Aug – 24 Aug 2014

26 Sep – 5 Oct 2014

Self Payment: 2013 Registration Fee £499 + Trip Cost £1580 2014 Registration Fee £499 + Trip Cost £1630. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

The highest freestanding mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m. Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty African plains; huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally. Your trek takes the Machame route, allowing gradual acclimatisation to the altitude and an excellent chance of reaching the summit. You will pass through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to Uhuru Peak, the highest point. This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive mountains in the world.


To book online for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek please click here

 

Everest Base Camp Trek - Nepal

Duration: 19 days / 18 nights

Trip Grade: Extreme

Dates: 23 Mar – 10 Apr 2013; 12 Oct – 30 Oct 2013; 9 Nov – 27 Nov 2013; 22 Mar – 9 Apr 2014

11 Oct – 29 Oct 2014; 8 Nov – 26 Nov 2014

Self Payment: 2013: Registration Fee £449 + Trip Cost £1500 2014: Registration Fee £449 + Trip Cost £1550. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

 

Nepal is a country in a league of its own with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a fascinating culture and friendly people. Meeting the villagers whilst trekking through this landlocked gem of a nation is one of its greatest pleasures. This route takes you via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers before you reach the renowned viewpoint of Kalapatar, on the approach to Everest Base Camp, and see the highest mountain on the planet. There is also time built in to trek to Base Camp itself. You also have time to explore the colourful and frenetic capital of Kathmandu.

To book online for the Everest Base Camp Trek please click here

 

Great Wall of China Trek - China

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Trip Grade: Moderate

Dates: 18 Apr – 28 Apr 2013; 19 Sep – 29 Sep 2013 ; 10 Oct – 20 Oct 2013; 17 Apr – 27 Apr 2014

18 Sep – 28 Sep 2014 ; 9 Oct – 19 Oct 2014

Self Payment: 2013  Registration Fee £349 + Trip Costs £1200  2014  Registration Fee £349 + Trip Costs £1250. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

 

Stretching 6000km in a snaking line across China, the Great Wall was begun in the 5th Century BC. As it meanders across the mountains it conjures up a sense of history which is difficult to grasp until you have had the opportunity to experience it.

This trek is very varied, as you trek through woodland and terraced farmland, and follow the contours of the beautiful hills and mountains in remote areas north of Beijing. You walk on old sections of the Great Wall, as well as restored sections with smooth flagstones and lots of steps!  This challenge is physically demanding and offers fabulous scenery and a fascinating insight into a rich culture and history.

 

To book online for the Great Wall of China Trek please click here

 

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu - Peru

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Trip Grade: Tough

Dates: 27 Apr – 6 May 2013; 2 Nov – 11 Nov 2013; 26 Apr – 5 May 2014; 1 Nov – 10 Nov 2014

Self-Payment: 2013: Registration Fee £449 + Trip Cost £1450 2014: Registration Fee £449 + Trip Cost £1500. Please contact Discover Adventure for further details/confirmation.

 

From high remote mountain trails to the first magical sight of the legendary Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, this is a challenging trek on steep trails climbing to 4200m in fantastic and diverse mountainous country. There is plenty of time built in to acclimatise to altitude as we enjoy exploring Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire, and the surrounding Sacred Valley. Our trek takes us through lush cloud forest, green valleys and high passes, with breath-taking views of snow-capped Andean peaks. You will have time to stop and explore fascinating Inca temples and settlements along the way, before your early-morning trek to the Sun Gate, with its famous viewpoint over Machu Picchu, from where you descend into the site itself.

To book online for the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu please click here

If you would like to know more and for all Discover Adventure challenges please click here