The team arrived in Inverness and travelled to Alladale. They received training in approach and camouflage techniques before lunch.
In the evening they undertook a map reading and orienteering exercise – navigating cross country through the Estate, taking in the beautiful Scottish countyside.
The next day was when the real training began, with a survival-in-the-field course, including an introduction to survival and priorities, water, making fire, shelter building, edible plants, butchering and preparing small game.
All expeditions have an element of the unknown; team members need to be able to use their wit, think quick and stay calm with rapidly changing conditions and plans. To put the team to the test we took them on a helicopter sightseeing tour, which suddenly encountered problems and was forced to land. The pilot explained that the helicopter was overloaded and needed to drop them off in order to get back safely. They were left in the middle of nowhere, having to navigate their way back to Alladale, with nothing but a water bottle and knife.
On successful completion of their survival mission, the team spent a well-earned day relaxing at the lodge before returning to Inverness.