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VIDEO: Flash flood washes away hiker in Hawaii

VIDEO: Flash flood washes away hiker in Hawaii

Flash flood washes away hikers We don’t normally share videos other than our own, but this one so perfectly captures the phenomenon of a rapidly rising river that it is really worth watching. Most people have a general sense that rivers in spate (i.e. flowing at faster

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Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015 Our second beach and coastal foraging course of 2015 took us back to Porthmadog and Borth y Gest to hunt for wild edibles along the rocks, beaches and shoreline of this corner of Gwynedd. On our courses we try to show

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Which is more accurate – mils or degrees?

Which is more accurate – mils or degrees?

Which is more accurate – mils or degrees? When folk book on to our mountain navigation courses we send a kit list over which includes something along the lines of “compass suitable for taking bearings, the baseplate type such as the Silva Type 4 is ideal”. We

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Charging Tech in the Outdoors

Charging Tech in the Outdoors

Charging Gadgets in the Great Outdoors For a lot of people technology and spending time in the great outdoors are uneasy bedfellows. For a lot of us one of the main reasons to head into the mountains or the woods or onto the water is to get

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Training for Tromso Skyrace 2015

Training for Tromso Skyrace 2015

About a dozen times per year we get asked to provide some private outdoor skills training for a group or an individual. It might be survival or wilderness skills, or maybe foraging. Often navigation training is requested – all of which is great, working on a 1:1

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Ten Foraging Books you need on your shelf

Ten Foraging Books you need on your shelf

Ten Foraging books you need in your life Following on from our surprisingly popular blog post featuring the Ten Coastal Foraging Books You Need in Your Life, we’ve put together a list of ten inland foraging books that we recommend. We have been discussing not only foraging

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Episode 10 – SAR, Mountain Rescue and Remote Area Medical

Episode 10 – SAR, Mountain Rescue and Remote Area Medical

Episode 10 A roadtrip podcast with Paul “Pouch” Smethurst, talking about Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue and Remote Area Medical jobs Our roadtrip podcasts are proving very popular, so whilst making the journey to Pembrokeshire from North Wales Paul “Pouch” Smethurst and I went through how Search

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Episode 9 – Gear for military recruits with Rich Brady from Recruit Packs

Episode 9 – Gear for military recruits with Rich Brady from Recruit Packs

Episode 9 We catch up with old friend Rich Brady to talk about Recruit Packs, the innovative offshoot of his family military surplus business Previous podcast guest Rich Brady joined us once again to talk about the innovative and rapidly expanding offshoot from the family military surplus

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Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging books you need in your life For the last few years we have made a name for ourselves with Foraging and Wild Foods courses, and we have led hundreds of clients through woods, fields and along beaches looking for food for free. Something that

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015 We tend to work quite often same areas, and know them all very well indeed. However, given the nature of, well, nature itself, the familiar paths and trails we come to take for granted can all of a sudden change or

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Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015 As the years have passed here at Original Outdoors we always try to offer new things, new courses and and new experiences. We have been running Coastal Foraging trips and tuition for chefs for a number of years, but in 2015

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How to use a map and compass

How to use a map and compass

How to use a map and compass I spend my days either teaching outdoor skills or guiding people in the great outdoors. It would take a lot for me to be convinced that I don’t have the Best Job In The World ™. I have been doing

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The Importance of Being… a navigator

The Importance of Being… a navigator

The Importance of being a Navigator A few years ago in an interview I was asked by the keen young journalist what my ‘Top 3 Survival Skills’ are. I paused for a moment to consider which I would choose, the immediate needs of water and shelter followed

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Episode 8 – Living and working in the mountains of Snowdonia with Kate Worthington

Episode 8 – Living and working in the mountains of Snowdonia with Kate Worthington

Episode 8 Interviewing Mountain Leader Kate Worthington from RAW Adventures and Climb Snowdon about working in the mountains of Snowdonia, gaining her Winter Mountain Leader award and helping combat litter in outdoor challenge events We first met Kate Worthington on the side of a mountain during a

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Foraging Course Report, May 2015

Foraging Course Report, May 2015

As the seasons roll forwards we find ourselves bouncing from course to course, and every weekend is full with one type of event or another. That said, each and every client we meet and work with makes all of the running around and the hard work worthwhile.

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Foraging Course Report, April 2015

Foraging Course Report, April 2015

The start of Spring is always linked with the beginning of the Wild Food season for me. There have, of course, been sources of sustenance available all winter if you know where to look. But as the soil temperature rises above 6degC and the hours of sunlight

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Episode 7 – Jonny Davies the Arctic Ultra Athlete

Episode 7 – Jonny Davies the Arctic Ultra Athlete

Episode 7 Interviewing Jonny Davies from Ultramedix after his successful completion of the 2015 Likeys 6633 Ultra in the Yukon Jonny Davies has just returned from successfully completing the 350-mile ultra-marathon race in the frozen Yukon in North-Western Canada. Jonny was competing to raise money for two

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Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

For the last weekend in March we welcomed seven bushcrafters into our private 90-acre woodland near Ruthin, Denbighshire for a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course. This is the course that follows on from our Bushcraft Basics course but is suitable for complete novices also. We began with

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Natural Navigation Course Report, March 2015

Natural Navigation Course Report, March 2015

Natural Navigation Course Report, March 2015 On Saturday morning I once again wandered down through the fields and along the lanes to meet the group for today, this time for our first open Natural Navigation course of 2015. Working and teaching skills outdoors is one of the

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Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic/Ransoms Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) is often located through the nose of the forager rather than the eye. The unmistakable smell permeates the air of the woodlands and riverbanks it populates. I confess to probably eating more of this wild plant than any other

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Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is one of those wild plants that draws people into the world of wild food. It might be something thrust under the nose by an enthusiastic friend or family member, urging the wary novice to try. The three

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015 At this time of year it is just one ‘first of the year…’ after another for us. Last week was the first Basic Navigation Course of 2015, and this weekend was the first time we erected our parachute shelter and lit

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Basic Navigation Course Report, February 2015

Basic Navigation Course Report, February 2015

Basic Navigation Course Report, February 2015 Our first UK navigation course of 2015 was held this weekend past, with the first day once again based in the hills either side of the Horseshoe Pass, between Llangollen and Llandegla. We had a small group, with only two participants,

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Episode 6 – Climbing Mountains with Jason Rawles

Episode 6 – Climbing Mountains with Jason Rawles

Episode 6 A walk in the mountains of Snowdonia with Jason Rawles from JR Mountaineering For the sixth episode of the podcast we were joined by Jason Rawles, founder of JR Mountaineering for a winter walk and climb on Moel Siabod, one of the mountains of Snowdonia

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Episode 5 – Tracking and Working in the Outdoors with Andy Jones

Episode 5 – Tracking and Working in the Outdoors with Andy Jones

Episode 5 Clips from our recent Tracking Course and an interview with Andy from Seren Ventures In the fifth episode of the podcast we have some clips from our recent Basic Tracking Course and an interview with our friend Andy Jones from Seren Ventures In this episode…

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All Outdoor Courses in January 2015

All Outdoor Courses in January 2015

January 2015 Courses from Original Outdoors Tracking and Night Navigation Courses The New Year marks the start of our 2015 calendar of outdoor skills and activity courses, and we are starting things off gently with a couple of advertised dates for tracking and night navigation courses: Introduction

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Our Review of 2014

Our Review of 2014

Our Review of 2014 2014 has been a fantastic year for us here at Original Outdoors, and we wanted to show you some of the highlights of the year with the photos we have taken during our courses, trips and working with other companies. I hope you

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Episode 4 – Talking Military Survival with Mike Reid

Episode 4 – Talking Military Survival with Mike Reid

Episode 4 Ramblings from two instructors on their way to teach on a survival skills course… For the fourth episode we put a microphone on the dashboard of the truck and recorded a conversation between myself and Mike Reid whilst on our way to deliver a military

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Wild Camping – Why I am not signing the petition (yet)…

Wild Camping – Why I am not signing the petition (yet)…

Wild Camping Petition – Why I am not signing (yet)… This petition has found itself in my various email and social media inboxes over the last few weeks. It isn’t a new idea – it is at least the second attempt I have seen to lobby parliament

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6 Bushcraft Podcasts you should download

6 Bushcraft Podcasts you should download

6 UK Bushcraft Podcasts noun noun: podcast; plural noun: podcasts 1. a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. Podcasts are great.

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