Brathay Exploration Group

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Brathay Exploration Trust Formerly Brathay Exploration Group is a not-for-profit charity which has been providing worldwide youth expeditions since 1947. Based in Ambleside, Cumbria, BET aims to run around five expeditions per year, to destinations all over the world. The group is aimed at young people (aged 16–25) from all backgrounds who share an interest in the outdoors and who want to "learn new skills, make new friends, gain new self-confidence and discover new places on expeditions, in the UK, Europe and worldwide". Run predominantly by volunteers, BEG engages professional leaders on a voluntary basis.


The Summit of Jbel Toubkal in Morocco.

Founded in 1947, Brathay Exploration has since taken almost 10,000 participants on almost 700 expeditions all over the world. In 1997 the Royal Geographical Society awarded BET a Special Medal "for services to exploration and youth adventurous activities". Brathay Exploration was a founder member of the Young Explorers' Trust and has published a number of scientific and other reports, which are available from the Royal Geographical Society Expedition Advisory Centre.


Brathay Exploration Trust Ltd. is a Registered Charity (Reg.No. 1061156) run by a Board of elected Trustees. All of the Trustees and Members are volunteers, with the exception of the Trust's only employee, its part-time Administrator. The Administrator is responsible for running BET's Office and Headquarters at Shackleton Lodge, both of which are situated beside the River Brathay near Ambleside in Cumbria. Although all of the Expedition Leaders are also volunteers, many having risen through the ranks of members to eventually plan and implement their own trip and are now advised and guided by BET's Expedition Development Officer, a new role created in 2014 to help build and develop an exciting, diverse and high-quality itinerary of expeditions.

Stupa above Ki Gompa and the Spiti River in India.

Annual events[edit]

There are a number of regular events throughout the year:

Annual Reunion[edit]

There is an annual reunion (usually over the first weekend in the October half-term), where members and leaders of expeditions reunite and relive the fun of their expedition. In recent years, this has taken the form of formal presentations, followed by more informal discussions over drinks, followed by a ceilidh. The Annual Raft Race is also now a regular event.

Annual Dinner[edit]

There is also an annual dinner (usually held in January), where members can meet up and discuss past and future trips, as well as catching up on each other's news in yet another excuse for people to socialise!

Leaders' Weekend[edit]

The main Leaders' weekend (usually held in March) is where leaders meet to discuss one another's trips, plan future events, feedback together and receive relevant information and training. It is also where most of the expeditions undergo their external vetting.

Members' Weekends[edit]

Members' weekends occur regularly throughout the year. Accommodation at BET's Headquarters is free for all members, and it is a chance for members to catch up and spend a weekend in the hills.

Previous Expeditions[edit]

Past Expeditions
Year Destination 1 Destination 2 Destination 3 Destination 4 Destination 5 Destination 6 Destination 7 Destination 8 Destination 9 Destination 10 Destination 11
2010 - - - - - - - - - - -
2009 Norway Spain D of E - - - - - - - -
2008 India¹ Morocco Corsica Foula D of E - - - - - -
2007 Bulgaria¹ India Morocco Mull Norway Romania¹ Scotland D of E - - -
2006 Tanzania India Guatemala Malta/Gozo Alps Foula John Muir Trail Norway D of E Lake District¹ -
2005 Alps (Tour Du Mont Blanc) China Via Feratta Tanzania Guernsey* Morocco South Africa Mull D of E Lake District¹ -
2004 Corsica India Alaska Bolivia Belize Alps Foula D of E Lake District - -
2003 Norway Lake District - - - - - - - - -
2002 Belize¹ Corsica Ghana¹ India² Lake District - - - - - -
2001 Oman Ghana India South Africa Malaysia Canada Romania Corsica Greece Mull Lake District
2000 India Svalbard Mongolia Belize Alaska Morocco Norway Alps Scotland Mull Foula

¹ Expedition cancelled ² Due to problems in Kashmir, this expedition was altered to go to Morocco

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