The latest news from Bigfoot Services

September 9th @ Cwm Carn Forest – This course is intended to be a “toolkit of ideas” to enhance navigation instruction. The NNAS has launched the NNAS Tutor Award, a course for those who teach navigation. It is a recognition that just because one can personally navigate it doesn’t follow that one can teach it! Who are the courses for? Successful completion of the NNAS Tutor Award will also enable those without a higher hill or mountain walking qualification but with experience and interest in the outdoors to help teach on a Bronze award under the guidance of a registered NNAS Bronze provider. The courseRead More →

February 18th – 24th, 2018 This opportunity exists for a small group to stay at the unique Kasbah du Toubkal and then climb to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain. Bookings are now being accepted for this trip which will be limited to 12 participants and by jointly led by an International Mountain Leader and a Berber Mountain Guide. Kasbah du Toubkal is the number one property of choice for comfortable hotel accommodation in the village of Imlil and the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Kasbah (1,820 metres) is Just 60 kilometres from Marrakech and set on a hilltop 100 metres above Imlil fromRead More →


December 7th/8th at Beechenhurst Visitor Centre in the Forest of Dean – THE COURSE IS CONFIRMED TO RUN Off-site Safety Management This course is a must for those involved in planned visits in the UK or overseas. Spread over two days, it offers an in depth look at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges and our course includes BS8848:2014 workshops. 1.1 Introduction The Off-Site Safety Management course (OSSM) was designed in response to concerns about safety in off-site activities. It addresses the content of legislation in this area and provides an opportunity for attendees to explore the applicationRead More →

September 2nd/3rd at PARKWOOD OUTDOORS DOLYGAER in the Brecon Beacons National Park. A two day course (16 hours). The emergency first aid course is designed to introduce a systematic way of first aid for managing casualties. Topic learning and practicals intermixed with scenarios of real situations. The course is delivered by Alan Ward (IML) – British Heart Foundations “Heart Hero Wales” in 2014 for CPR training to community groups. The course includes: The fundamental workings of the body, in particular the heart, lungs and airway Assessing a casualty Introduces a system to cope with all incidents as safely as possible Deciding how to deal withRead More →

Watch this space for exciting small group global adventures in 2018 to: February – Mt Toubkal (4,167m) – A trek to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain August – Kilimanjaro XL (5,895m) – Charity Trek for British Heart Foundation (Cymru) using an extended itinerary November – Everest Base Camp (5,300m) – Charity Trek for Wales Air AmbulanceRead More →

July 8th/9th – NNAS Silver training and assessment candidate feedback included: Alan helps everyone to feel relaxed and throughout the course there was a chance to ask questions – whatever they were! Alan is very personable and realises the needs of the whole group. He’s a nice person to have leading the group. I don’t think there is much to improve. I think Alan allowed us to practice our skills and learning in our own way which is the best way to do it, I think. Alan made this course a pleasure to be on, his knowledge and easy manner of teaching made it especiallyRead More →

September 9th, 2017 – our next one day (6hrs) NNAS Tutor Award course is confirmed to run at Cwm Carn Visitor Centre in South Wales – currently there are 5 places available as we have received 3 confirmed bookings. The NNAS has launched the NNAS Tutor Award, a course for those who teach navigation. It is a recognition that just because one can personally navigate it doesn’t follow that one can teach it! Current NNAS Training Providers are required to attend this course once, every three years. The course can also be attended by non-NNAS Training Providers who might be keen to improve their teachingRead More →


Bigfoot Services Limited was created in 2003 by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) to offer a wide range of worldwide training and adventures which can be viewed below. All of our activities are registered with our ISO9001:20​08​ registration and assessment and our clients include outdoor professionals and enthusiasts alike from all over the world and we have a proven reputation for managing private, corporate and charity treks and expeditions. Please Contact Us if you think our services are what you need. ACTIVITIES: Rescue Emergency Care (REC) and Remote Emergency Care (REC) outdoor First Aid courses are available every six weeks in the Brecon Beacons – courses are particularly relevant toRead More →

For further details on the Kilimanjaro (XL) trek, then please submit the Contact Form from for a prompt response. Why XL? This almost unique trek to the summit of Africa’s highest point (5,895m) has additional itinerary days added for those trekkers who might feel more comfortable and less pressurised than the normal trekking route itineraries. The XL itinerary will have eleven days on the mountain and be led by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) of Bigfoot Services Limited who has previous summit success. Flights are expected to be either KLM or Qatar Airways from Cardiff to Kilimanjaro International Airport.Read More →