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Screentime meets Wild Time for Outdoor People Launch

Outdoor People celebrated our launch and National Children’s Day UK with a wild screening of the documentary film Project Wild Thing on an expedition to Snowdon.  OP Launch 3 - Wild Screening As part of National Children’s Day UK, we took a group of families from Hackney and beyond out into the wild, on an expedition to Snowdon, Wales’s highest mountain. The group, joined by Andrew Denton leader of the Britain on Foot Campaign, enjoyed a ‘Wild Screening’ of the acclaimed documentary Project Wild Thing on a jury rigged screen on the mountain-side at the base of Crib Goch, just a few hundred metres below the summit. Our adventure was part of a whole 'Wild Weekend' of screenings organised by The Wild Network, with other groups scaling Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis and then loads of others simply screening the film trailer on iPads and mobiles in back gardens and wild spaces across the UK. This was all in celebration of National Children's Day UK 2014,  to help promote the new Children's Outdoor Charter and Project Wild Thing as a vehicle for helping communities think about the importance of getting outdoors.   IMG_9761 Our expedition was initially planned by my niece, Phoebe Prisk (15), who is an experienced mountaineer thanks to her dad. She's been going up mountains in all weathers since before she could walk, and as long as she can chat about Supernatural, has the right gear on and a pork pie in her backpack she just loves it.
“The best thing about being outdoors is the freedom. It doesn’t matter if it’s the park or up in the mountains. I just like being outdoors” Phoebe Prisk (15) from Frodsham, Cheshire
We did indeed set off on her chosen route up the Pyg track, but when we got to our screening place it was a bit windy... [wpvideo kYqg6MWh] Nothing deterred we watched the Project Wild Thing trailer, roping in a passing Snowdon Ranger to take the photos proving we'd done it! Andrew Denton, who is also the Chief Executive of the Outdoors Industry Association and a fellow Wild Network member, then helped us out and together we all agreed to shorten the walk with a fun cross country adventure down to the very well marked Miners Track. IMG_9902 As an aside I have to say that the National Trust does an amazing job maintaining the walking paths around Snowdonia.  It seems to be a little known fact that over three quarters of their land holdings are completely free to visit, and they make it ten times easier to get to see those wild places by simply building lovely, often wheelchair and buggy accessible, paths into them. The Snowdon paths aren't suitable for those with poor mobility, but are just fine on a good day for children with a bit of stamina who are with adults who have a basic idea of what they are doing and some common sense. Our kids were certainly not the only ones braving the winds and rain that day, and Phoebe's cousin Annabel Arden (11) made several other young people smile as they met us by handing out chocolates... Phoebe,  Annabel and the rest of us were of course a bit disappointed not to get to the top this time, but there will be another time. And when we do, we hope the Hackney and Liverpool children that were going to join us, the ones who had never been camping before, can come too! Annabel Arden, 11, from Stoke Newington, Hackney, said:
“It’s been such a fun day! Being outdoors just makes you feel so wild and your imagination can just go further. I love going outdoors, even if it’s just playing in the street. The best thing about the walk, despite the weather, was the views. We could see for miles!”
[caption id="attachment_237" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] After our mountain top adventures we went to find other random outdoor places we could show our Project Wild Thing trailer, using a mini projector kindly provided by the lovely East London Design Store. First stop was the fabulous Welsh National Slate Museum... (who did great hot chocolate!) [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] And then at Dolbardon castle, an amazing spot with a bloody history and glorious views only a few minutes walk from the car park. [caption id="attachment_213" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] We then decamped to Plas Y Brenin, the mountain skills training centre, where we were joined by lots of other families and friends and folk who were doing courses at the centre. The grown ups watched the full film inside (thanks PYB!), with popcorn and very welcome juice and beers provided by the Outdoors Industry Association (thank you to you guys too!). OP Launch 11 Meanwhile the children - and a few keen adults - got to go outdoors with the lovely Brendan from the PYB team for some more #wildtime. [caption id="attachment_225" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_223" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_240" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_226" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] [caption id="attachment_220" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] Rachael from Liverpool brought three of her daughters and said “This was the best Saturday night in yonks!” OP Launch 10 Gwyddion Outram (10) from North Wales, when asked if he wanted to join the #wildtime adventure put it simply: “We’re going to miss half an hour of Eurovision but I DON”T CARE because the outdoors is MUCH BETTER!” IMG_9962 And that's it, we are launched. Huge thanks to the sponsors and supporters of the event; to Richard Outram the photographer who also braved the elements with his camera; to my family and friends who made it all great fun and are always amazing to get outdoors with; to Philip our first volunteer who was unfailingly cheerful and a great help; and especially my husband Tom. [caption id="attachment_244" align="alignnone" width="665"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption] I, we, hope Outdoor People will be the spring-board to great memories for families, kids and communities they live in. We certainly laid down some memories last weekend! Well I'd better get on with making this social enterprise a reality... PS some more photos over on our Flikr page: Screentime meets Wild Time in Snowdonia - launch weekend [caption id="attachment_218" align="alignnone" width="5430"]Credit: Richard Outram Credit: Richard Outram[/caption]

4 comments

  • Cath Prisk

    Thanks Jill, one of mine too, which is why when The Wild Network asked for volunteers to get involved with this wild weekend we jumped at it. Didn’t expect it to be quite this wild though!

  • Jill Houlden

    Great. And I enjoyed the pictures of Snowdonia, my favourite area.

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