Clueless as to how your body will react, how your new kit will fare and the little hacks to keep you smiling, several days out in the wild for the first time can feel like a leap of faith. With that in mind, we enlisted the help of expedition leader Lachlan Bucknall.
Lachlan spent over a decade in the British army training and leading people in the most extreme environments. He’s skied from summit to sea in the Arctic Circle, climbed Illampu (6,400m) in Bolivia and survived two nights in a bivouac on the North Face of L’Aiguille du Midi. For the past three years, he led the Secret Compass expedition into Myanmar’s Nagaland. After his first two attempts at reaching the summit of Mt Saramati were denied by poor weather conditions, in November 2017 he returned with our first successful team, complete with ear-to-ear grin!
Below are his seven steps to ensure a blunder-free first expedition.