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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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Episode 3 – Military Surplus in the Outdoors with Rich Brady

Episode 3  – Military Surplus in the Outdoors with Rich Brady

Episode 3 Using military equipment and clothing in the outdoors In the third episode of the Original Outdoors Podcast we speak to Rich Brady from North Wales family business Denbigh Army Surplus about the use of military surplus and camouflage clothing in an outdoor context. In this

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GPS Training Course Report November 2014

GPS Training Course Report November 2014

GPS Training Course Report A damp Sunday morning saw me walking the last few hundred metres up to Bwlch Pen Barras, the ‘top car park’ as it often known. This is a great meeting point for Moel Famau, and we often meet clients here for our navigation

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Natural Navigation Course Report November 2014

Natural Navigation Course Report November 2014

Natural Navigation Course Report This course is one of my favourites, as no two courses are the same. Natural Navigation, like foraging, is something that humans are ‘built’ to do. We have over 200,000 years of practice behind us and with only a little coaching most people

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Friday Night Video – Bill Mason, Waterwalker

Friday Night Video – Bill Mason, Waterwalker

Friday Night Film No. 2 – Waterwalker Bill Mason is somebody that everybody who canoes, wants to canoe or who just loves wilderness waterway travel should know about. A Canadian filmmaker, artist and naturalist he is almost synonymous with the canoe in North America, and his films

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Intermediate Navigation Course – November 2014 Course Report

Intermediate Navigation Course – November 2014 Course Report

Intermediate Navigation Course Report I’ve just returned from a cold and rewarding trip to the mountains of Snowdonia as part of our Intermediate Navigation Course. There is no such thing as a bad weekend in the mountains (unless it ends with somebody disappearing off over the horizon

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Basic Navigation Course Report, November 2014

Basic Navigation Course Report, November 2014

Basic Navigation Course Report This weekend we ran another Basic Navigation course up here in North Wales, honing the nav skills of a few more outdoor folk. These courses are aimed at beginners or complete novices and we start with the very basics of navigating with a

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No.3 – Mosedale Bothy

No.3 – Mosedale Bothy

Microadventure No.3 A trip to Mosedale Bothy I am finding this microadventure thing tricky to write up. We have so much fun here with our courses and trips that it can be difficult to separate the ‘work’ from the ‘adventure’. The end of October normally marks the

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2015 Course Dates and Offers

2015 Course Dates and Offers

2015 Course Dates and Offers Bonfire night and Halloween are safely out of the way – is it OK to start talking about Christmas yet? We have been working hard to ensure that we announce our 2015 dates in time for Christmas, as we sell dozens of

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Replacing the Piezo igniter on a Jetboil Flash

Replacing the Piezo igniter on a Jetboil Flash

How to change the piezo igniter on a Jetboil Flash Disclaimer:The guide below is based on my own experience of performing this task. I am not an engineer, nor do I claim this to be an approved method of performing this task. Anybody following this guide does

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Episode 2 – Talking to the North Wales Bushcrafters

Episode 2 – Talking to the North Wales Bushcrafters

Episode 2 Speaking with North Wales Bushcrafter For our second podcast we went to see North Wales Bushcrafters – a group who get together to share and learn wilderness skills, and we continue our series on the Outdoor Library. In this episode… The main interview in this

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Episode 1 – Interviewing Landscape Photographer Nick Livesey

Episode 1  – Interviewing Landscape Photographer Nick Livesey

Episode 1 Introducing our new podcast After nearly a year of interviewing, researching and trying to find time to get behind the computer and sort out the techie stuff we have finally managed to launch our long-promised podcast! This whole podcasting thing is relatively new to us,

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Navigation for Ultramarathons

Navigation for Ultramarathons

Navigation for Ultramarathons Ultramarathons are an area of huge growth in the UK outdoor market, and we are starting to see more interest from clients who want to improve their outdoor skills for this niche area of athletics. Last year we worked with Salim, who was heading

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How to join a mountain rescue team

How to join a mountain rescue team

How to join a Mountain Rescue team… Whilst doing that awful but necessary thing of trawling through a long list of social media feeds earlier this week I came across this blog post from the Ordnance Survey – ‘Become a Search and Rescue Volunteer’. At first glance,

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Navember

Navember

#NAVEMBER No, that’s not a typo! November is now officially the Original Outdoors Navigation month. We are running courses throughout the month, as well as offering discounts on our Advanced Navigation coaching days. The ability to navigate safely and confidently in all terrain is one of the

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The importance of experience in outdoor skills training

The importance of experience in outdoor skills training

The importance of experience in outdoor skills training This blog post is prompted by a few events of the last few weeks. The first was a discussion on a social media page about first aid courses, and the relative merits of choosing a provider who delivers a

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