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Preparation

Transport to and from the site will be by coach from the Institute, so students need not worry about transporting their equipment, you will also be provided with fairly basic but nonetheless nutritious and substantial amount of food (most of this food is vegetarian, and we will strive to accommodate any specific dietary requirements). We cannot predict the weather, but you should be prepared for typical British cold and wet weather as well as some sunshine. This means that you will require a range of equipment for your time in the field, and it is important that students bring with them all the items listed below.

  1. tent: if it will be used in the future for back-packing, the best choice is a good 1- or 2-person mountain tent - these are both portable and designed to cope with bad weather. Otherwise a 2-person dome tent is easy to put up and provides more vertical space. Tents should have at least a 3-season rating (to cope with the English weather). If it is not possible for a student to obtain their own tent, please write, or telephone Judy Medrington before 14 September.
  2. warm sleeping bag: (synthetic fillings are cheaper and dry more quickly if it gets wet). If necessary, blankets should be brought as well.
  3. insulating mat for under your sleeping bag, such as a Karrimat.
  4. waterproof clothing (e.g. Barbour-type or Goretex jacket, and waterproof over-trousers).
  5. waterproof footwear: heavy wellingtons or walking boots.
  6. plenty of warm clothing (include spare thick jumpers and socks!).
  7. warm / waterproof headgear.
  8. mug, bowl or plate, knife, fork, spoon, lunchbox and waterbottle.
  9. torch, alarm clock and penknife.
  10. several large dustbin liners, (useful for protecting sleeping bags and clothing from the rain).
  11. supply of pens/pencils - the course is assessed and students are expected to make notes in their Field Notebooks, which will be marked shortly after the course.

This may sound a lot, but all these items will be useful for future fieldwork.

Fieldwork often involves some inherent hazards, and common sense should be used at all times. Students should make sure that they have been vaccinated against tetanus. If they have not had a vaccination against tetanus in the last 10 years, they should have a booster.

If a student has a medical condition or other good reason which they think will prevent them from attending the course, or if you have any major concerns you would like to discuss then they should inform Judy Medrington as soon as possible.


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