THE ULTIMATE INDUSTRY AWAY DAY: Bringing the outdoor industry together where they belong – outside

The Youth Adventure Trust unveils ‘Hike Bike Paddle: Snowdonia 2019’. A chance for adventure brands, retailers and other industry professionals to compete in the great outdoors whilst supporting the Youth Adventure Trust charity’s work with vulnerable young people.

The ultimate in team building and networking away days; ‘Hike Bike Paddle’ will take place on 30th September 2019 in Snowdonia. Businesses can enter teams of between four and six people who will get the chance to take part in an 18km hike or trail run, 50km off-road bike ride and 2km paddle on a self-built raft. Participants can choose to take on the whole challenge, or ‘pick and mix’ within the team. 70 km all in one day in recognition of Britain’s National Parks’ 70th anniversary this year.

The Youth Adventure Trust is a registered charity that has helped thousands of young vulnerable people through its three-year outdoor adventure programme which builds resilience, confidence, self-belief and essential life skills – transforming children’s lives.

The Youth Adventure Trust is supported by the Outdoor Industries Association, Ellis Brigham, Ordnance Survey and other industry members. The OIA will be helping to promote ‘Hike Bike Paddle’, which is all about getting outdoor businesses out from behind their desk, challenging themselves and making memories in the outdoors. All whilst helping a charity to change vulnerable young peoples’ lives through a long term outdoor programme – the ultimate combination.

Mark Davey, CEO of the Youth Adventure Trust spoke at the recent OIA conference and inspired many members to want to reach out and help the cause. Mark says: “This is an opportunity for outdoor brands to actually get outdoors and live their straplines. But more than that, it’s a great way to promote wellbeing in the workplace, build strong teams, network in the sector and position your brand as one which genuinely believes in the ‘power of the outdoors’ and its ability to turn young people’s lives around, by creating an outdoor legacy for vulnerable young people.”

How to get involved?

For further information visit To enter, each team will be asked to pay £1,950 to cover the cost of all expenses. And then asked to raise £2,000 for the Youth Adventure Trust which will be put towards the cost of one vulnerable young person’s place on the Youth Adventure Programme.

The 3 years Youth Adventure Programme is completely free to the young people participating, however, each place costs the charity £3,600. £2,000 represents the cost of excluding staff.

Watch this 3-minute film clip to see how the Youth Adventure Trust uses the ‘power of the outdoors’ to transform the lives of vulnerable young people.