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Should you help or leave people to learn?

Should you help or leave people to learn?

Should you help or leave people to learn? A conversation with another outdoor instructor today about an upcoming trip to Skye triggered a memory about an ‘interesting’ evening myself and a friend experienced a few years ago whilst on a climbing trip to the Cuillin Ridge. It

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Who needs a first aid course?

Who needs a first aid course?

Who needs first aid? This evening I’m revising for an exam (well, right now I’m writing a blog post but you get my meaning). I’m a member of the local mountain rescue team and every three years the in-house first aid qualification (Casualty Care Certificate) is due

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Checking the map…

Checking the map…

It’s been a wild few days here in North Wales. First we had 8 inches of snow, this was followed by torrential rain (and snow-melt!) and now the wind has arrived. I’ve spent the afternoon tramping around the hills just east of the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen,

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A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A friends of ours (Steve) has been dropping hints about building a tipi in his small patch of woodland, or at least a modern approximation of one. A date was set for a few folk to meet in his woodland for a night sat around the fire

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Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips for packing for a wild camping trip… After a recent guided wild camping trip I realised that last year I had intended to write a blog post about the general outline you need to consider when packing for an overnight stay in the mountains.

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How much to drink when walking in the mountains?

How much to drink when walking in the mountains?

Yes, it’s quite warm at the moment. No, I won’t go on and on about it like everyone else is. But sweating my way up a mountain the other day started me thinking about the wet stuff…   Something that often gets overlooked when we are packing

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VIDEO: What’s it like to be winched into a helicopter?

VIDEO: What’s it like to be winched into a helicopter?

What’s it like to winched into a helicopter? Mountain Rescue teams work closely alongside the RAF SAR helicopters, and get the opportunity to regularly train with them both at their bases and on the hills. This video is from a headcam on the side of my helmet,

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Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video

Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video

Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video This is a great little tent and perfect for 4-season solo backpacking in my opinion. Tough fabric, not too heavy and goes up with the inner and outer together. There is absolutely no way you could get two people in it, but

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Is bushcraft good for the environment?

Is bushcraft good for the environment?

The news of a ‘hosepipe ban’ about to be brought into force in large areas of England started me thinking about bushcraft, sustainability and how we tend to view the natural resources that have been left in our care. We run several weekend bushcraft courses in North Wales every

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Three Peaks Challenge Training Weekends

Three Peaks Challenge Training Weekends

It’s a wet Monday morning here in North Wales, and a telephone enquiry about one of our training weekends has prompted me to write a post about preparing yourself for the National Three Peaks. Now, if you are reading this then there is a good chance that

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