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REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe

REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe

Simple pack axe from the Helko traditional range
My collection of axes needs to be carefully monitored. If I don’t keep it in check they will spread out of the workshop and take over the rest of the house. There are a number brands in there – Gransfors, Hultafors and even a few Elwell hatchets that I keep meaning to rehandle. Do I need another axe? No. Do I want another axe? Well, I could follow the tried-and-tested n+1 rule, where ‘n’ is the number of axes currently owned…
Helko UK offered the Black Forest Pack Axe for me to try out over the winter – will it make it into regular rotation or will it just become part of the collection? Continue reading

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UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained for the Outdoors UK legal carry law discussed with a former police officer What can I carry in the UK? Is my knife illegal? What knife can I carry for bushcraft? The above is a good example of questions we’re asked with regards

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How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods Setting up tarps and living by firelight with Kevin Field In this short time lapse bushcraft instructor Kevin and I set up two DD Hammocks 3mx3m tarps, light a fire between and settle down for the night in a simple woodland

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REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock

REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock

Richard PrideauxRichard Prideaux is a partner of Original Outdoors and our lead instructor. For more than a decade he has worked in outdoor education, expedition leadership, safety and management, mountain rescue and SAR and coaching and personal development. He has also worked with international restaurants and chefs

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REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock

REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock

I like this coat. I wear it pretty much every week and it has been deep into the mountains, dragged through forests and buried under piles of kit. But it has some serious issues…

Back in the middle of 2016 we visited the Fortis Clothing factory shop and this is the coat I walked away with. I wanted an all-round tough outdoor jacket, and the Fortis SAS Smock fitted my needs. I ended up with one of the last with the older ‘Country Covers’ branding, Fortis being the new name for the family business run by Oliver Massey-Birch, but as far as I can tell this is the same build and design as the current Fortis SAS Smock. It’s worth noting from the outset that I have sewn a patch onto the arm pocket, through the outer pocket layer only. Continue reading

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Gift ideas for an outdoors person!

Gift ideas for an outdoors person!

Gift ideas for outdoorsy people Christmas present ideas for that tricky adventurous person on your list There’s always one. That person who is always a bit untidy, always either just off on or back from an adventure. They are always a pain to buy for, and you

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The role of Mountain Rescue

The role of Mountain Rescue

The role of Mountain Rescue? What job should UK mountain rescue teams be doing? Below is a quote from the wife of a UK Mountain Rescue team member, posted on the Facebook page of a regional newspaper on a story about Police pay: It’s an interesting one.

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VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket

VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket

Paramo Velez Jacket Having a closer look at OTS 2016 Last year I spent a bit of time speaking with Helen from Paramo at their stand at OTS 2016 about their Alta 3 jacket, and we were drawn back over their for this year. The new Paramo

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Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s Green Woodworking Books

Doug’s 5 Favourite Green Woodworking Books As part of my work with Original Outdoors, Richard asked me about the Green Woodwork books that I thought were worth recommending to everyone and which ones were my favourites. This lead me down a road of looking out many of

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How fast is the incoming tide?

How fast is the incoming tide?

How fast is the incoming tide? Don’t get caught out on a beach Last weekend we took the dogs for a walk at Talacre beach on the North Wales coast about 90 minutes before high tide. It’s a wide, sandy beach that shelves off into the edge

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VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

How to zero an airgun scope Setting the sights on your target Tony from Tony’s Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney comes back for this second video on the use of airguns. In the shooting range adjacent to his shop he shows me how he teaches people

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VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

How to choose an air rifle Buying your first airgun Tony Dobson from Tonys Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney kindly gave us some time to explain the basics of buying an air rifle in the UK. The video details the different types of air rifle commonly

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Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Doug’s Acorn Whistle Instructor Doug Don hijacks the Foraging and Wild Foods Course to show off the shockingly loud whistle you can make from the cup of an acorn. This was shot on the last Foraging and Wild Foods Course of 2016 Richard PrideauxRichard Prideaux is a

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Diary 1 – Mountains, photos, TV work and MTBs on Snowdon

Diary 1 – Mountains, photos, TV work and MTBs on Snowdon

Diary 1 – Mountains, photos, TV work and MTBs on Snowdon The start of a new project – regular vlogs and video diaries showing what we get up to week to week. In this first episode I talk about working with clients on Ben Nevis, landscape photography

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UKH REVIEW: Exped Scout Hammock Combi

UKH REVIEW: Exped Scout Hammock Combi

Exped Scout Hammock Combi All in one hammock, tarp and bug net Our friends at UKHillwalking.com sent us the Exped Scout Hammock Combi to review – to find out what we thought you can read the full review HERE. Richard PrideauxRichard Prideaux is a partner of Original

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Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags

Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags

Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags We went back to the Outdoor trade Show at Stoneleigh Park to chat with a few of our favorite brands – and the first we bumped into were Snugpak. Snugpak are known for their sleeping bags and insulated clothing but

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How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe!

How to sharpen an axe! In another of our series of tutorial videos with green woodworker (and axe hoarder) Doug Don we look at his technique for sharpening axes, using inexpensive materials and a technique that can learned easily and done safely. It’s a longer video, but

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How to make a mallet!

How to make a mallet!

How to make a mallet! Green woodworker Doug Don from Heartwood Treen shows us how to make a useful camp tool in a few minutes using a green piece of wood, a saw and an axe. A mallet can be made quickly if you have the right

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How to make a spatula (flat spoon)

How to make a spatula (flat spoon)

How to make a spatula (flat spoon) In this video I spend some time in the woods with Doug Don learning how to split down and process a log into a useful kitchen implement. Even if you aren’t interested in making a spatula there is a lot

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BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016

BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016

BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016 At OTS 2016 we once again booked some time with BCB Adventure to talk through some of their kit and George, star of the Dragon Fuel video last year, showed off the 2016 changes to the BCB Dragon Cooker System Richard PrideauxRichard

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Moments – Bow Drill Demonstration

Moments – Bow Drill Demonstration

A Bow Drill Demonstration Instructor Kevin goes through an honest demonstration of lighting a fire with a bow drill set (note the thick smoke and flames just visible in the last few frames) towards the end of a Woodcrafter course. Getting a valid ember (and eventually flame)

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Moments – Breakfast in Camp

Moments – Breakfast in Camp

Breakfast in camp A morning timelapse in a bushcraft camp The morning after the first night in any camp is always interesting. If you’re up early it’s fun to watch people arrive at the communal fire area and go through the same conversations: “how did you sleep?”

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Visiting Fortis Clothing

Visiting Fortis Clothing

Visiting Fortis Clothing Last month I was down in Cornwall and Devon doing some promotional work and foraging around on the beaches of the south coast – and I couldn’t resist diverting to Axminster on the way home to drop in on Fortis Clothing, a family-owned and

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What are the best plants for natural cordage?

What are the best plants for natural cordage?

What are the best plants for natural cordage? A resource list of plants that can be used for natural cordage This is a guide we have put together to list the best plants for natural cordage, based on our own experience. Sitting next to a campfire slowly

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VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to set up a tarp in the woods Simple rigging for a DD Hammocks tarp In a two part video I share how I set up my DD Hammocks 3m x 3m tarpaulin for wild camping and general camp use. It’s a quick, simple and

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REVIEW: Grisport Keeper Boot

REVIEW: Grisport Keeper Boot

Grisport Keeper Boot Review 2 years of use – the best boot for bushcraft? I need most of my kit to just ‘work’. If I am aware of how my footwear feels on my feet then they’re probably demanding too much of my attention. I purchased these

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Equipment for Sharpening Knives and Axes

Equipment for Sharpening Knives and Axes

How we sharpen knives and axes – the equipment we use We use a variety of metal cutting tools on our bushcraft and wilderness skills courses, and on our own trips. Knowing how to safely use a cutting tool is only part of the skillset you need

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UKH REVIEW: Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Water Filter

UKH REVIEW: Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Water Filter

Katadyn Gravity Camp Water Filter We were sent the Katadyn Gravity Camp water filter by our friends at UKHillwalking.com. To read the full review of the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L water filter please follow this link. Richard PrideauxRichard Prideaux is a partner of Original Outdoors and our

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REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

Flint and Steel Kit 4.2.2 Review Traditional firelighting kit in leather case Traditional firelighting techniques should be familiar to anybody interested in the development of our species and forms part of our cultural heritage. A small kit containing a piece of carbon steel, a flint or other

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Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality On Tuesday we were joined a by a group from 16Hospitality, owners and operators of pub, bar, hotel and restaurant businesses in North Wales and Cheshire. We had been approached by Operations Manager Matt Parker to create a unique foraging and wild foods

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