About The SHAC

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The SHAC (Surrey Hills Adventure Company) was born in 2013 as the brainchild of founder member Skip Innes. The original purpose of the SHAC was to re-engage adults and children with nature at the time of the digital explosion within society. 

When the SHAC was first imagined, Skip and Julie’s young children and their friends were becoming immersed in computer games and social media at a time when it was evident that the digital world could be addictive for us all. Having grown up in The Surrey Hills with a love of our picturesque surroundings, Skip and Julie set out on a mission to offer an antidote to digitalization and restore balance to people’s lives through outdoor activities and adventures.  

At the outset The SHAC offered woodland activities from their primary Woodland Camp at Belmont School in Holmbury St Mary and mountain bike training sessions in the Surrey Hills.  Over the years the SHAC have added to the selection of activities they offer, incorporating an extensive water element to their offerings in the form of open water swimming and SUP (stand up paddleboarding).  The SHAC has also grown from being a small, family run business into a fully fledged team of like-minded people with a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor education and adventures.

The ethos is still the same as it was in the beginning, to reconnect people with nature and outdoors through activities and adventure and we are always trying to find ways to reach more people and get them out with us too.

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