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Bear Grylls – a fiction too far?

Bear Grylls – a fiction too far?

Bear Grylls – a fiction too far? Somebody asked me a question yesterday – a question that comes up most weeks with clients, or when people find out what I do for a living: “What do you think of Bear Grylls? Hmmm. Tough one. I normally answer

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The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox There are four dates in the year that are important for the natural navigator, and anybody whop wants to live their lives in touch with the seasons – the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and autumn equinoxes. Due to a 23.5 degree

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VIDEO: Private guiding in Lake District

VIDEO: Private guiding in Lake District

VIDEO: Private guided trips in Lake District Back in August we helped a mother and daughter with the Lake District leg of a mountain challenge they had set for themselves – read more about their story HERE. If you have a UK outdoor challenge in mind then

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VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015

VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015

VIDEO: Superfeet saved my feet James from Superfeet gave us some time to talk about their product range and their new items at the 2015 Outdoor Trade Show: A pair of Superfeet helped me get back on my feet and out into the mountains after a mountain

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VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing from a British brand

VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing from a British brand

VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing range from a British brand We caught up with Tony from Keela to talk about their new bushcraft and country range of outdoor clothing I have used Keela clothing both in my time in a mountain rescue team and more recently

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VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle

VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle

VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle We spotted Dave Shanks from Water-To-Go Ltd doing a demo of their water filtration bottle, turning dirty water into clean drinking water (with an excellent flow rate and inexpensive filter cartridge replacements!). Finding safe, clean drinking water is always a

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VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket

VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket

VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket Richard managed to grab a short interview with Helen Howard from Paramo Ltd at the Outdoor Trade Show 2015 to ask her about the Paramo Directional Clothing System, how Paramo works and the new Paramo Alta III jacket

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VIDEO: Low-Level Mountain Flying with the RAF

VIDEO: Low-Level Mountain Flying with the RAF

Low Level Fast Jets in the Mountains This popped into our newsfeeds this morning and it was just too good not to share! We spend a lot of time in the mountains of Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland – and we are often treated to the

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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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