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Interested in joining the next British Exploring Society adventure?

Adventure Leader Greg leads a practice river crossing from an expedition base camp.

British Exploring Society (BES) has been taking young people on expeditions to remote locations all over the world for over 80 years. Páramo has been BES’s official kit provider for three of those years, ensuring Young Explorers and Leaders are effectively prepared for the environment they are exploring.

Young Explorers taking a break after setting up camp at 5,200m.

Since 1932, BES has taken 11,000 young people on its expeditions. They are transformative not just in terms of honing practical skills and resilience, but in a new-found confidence and self-belief that their Young Explorers carry forward to their future life.

BES is recruiting for passionate, skilled volunteer leaders to join their 2020 expedition leadership teams. They are going to the Peruvian Amazon, Indian Himalaya, Iceland, Finland and Scotland. A Trainee Leader Programme, which is a selective course for the next generation of expedition Leaders, is also open to those who want to level up their experience and lead in a challenging environment. In 2020 Trainee Leaders will have the chance to gain expedition experience in the remote mountains of Scotland and in the Himalaya.

Young Explorers practice their crampon technique on a snow patch at 5,400m.

Young people (between the ages of 14 and 25) receive support and guidance on how to prepare for expeditions to remote locations where they face challenges, gain skills and learn about themselves – as well as acquiring knowledge relevant to their lives and to the fragile environments that they explore. Through their adventures together, young explorers, trainee leaders and leaders forge friendships for life and are invited to become part of a unique supportive and continuing community of Members with shared experiences, values and perspectives on the world.

Young Explorers practice their crampon technique on a snow patch at 5,400m.

For further information on Young Explorer places on 2020 expeditions, please email

For further information on Leader roles on 2020 expeditions, please email

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All photography © Ben Sullivan

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