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Bushcraft Basics Course Report January 2016

Bushcraft Basics Course Report January 2016

Bushcraft Basics Course January – What the clients thought… Our first Bushcraft Basics course of 2016 was run on Saturday, amidst snow showers and a steady breeze. We were joined by five others (and a spaniel!) in our private woodland for the course – and we hijacked

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REVIEW: Darkfin Black O P S Glove

REVIEW: Darkfin Black O P S Glove

Darkfin Black O P S Glove Review Tough and tactile waterproof glove I have a difficult relationship with gloves. If I feel the need to put them on then it is either: – damned cold OR – I want/need to protect my hands. Anybody who knows me

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Helicopters over Glyder Fawr

Helicopters over Glyder Fawr

Helicopters over Snowdonia On Wednesday afternoon anybody arriving at the summit of Glyder Fawr in the Glyderau range of Snowdonia would have found some strange, parallel tracks on the summit plateau: Around 1.5-2 metres long and about 8cm across ( a little narrower than my huge size

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VIDEO: See How quickly a flash flood can happen

VIDEO: See How quickly a flash flood can happen

VIDEO: See how quickly a flash flood can rise This 2013 video from Utah Moto Trails shows firsthand how quickly a flash flood in a Utah canyon can rise: From their blog description: Normally the canyon is dry as there are very few areas for water to

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No.4 – Porth Llechog to Beaumaris

No.4  – Porth Llechog to Beaumaris

Microadventure No.4 Porth Llechog to Beaumaris It’s difficult to determine what constitutes a ‘microadventure’, particularly when your job involves wild camping, exploring mountains and rivers and enjoying trips into wet, muddy and remote places a few times a month at least. For me it is something out

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REVIEW: Pedco Ultrapod 2

REVIEW: Pedco Ultrapod 2

Pedco Ultrapod 2 Review Lightweight travel tripod A lot of our work involves photography or video, either on one of our Nikon DSLRs or Fujifilm compacts, or via a smartphone. It has always been a big part of our trips in the UK and overseas, and we

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Ten Books for Adventure Inspiration

Ten Books for Adventure Inspiration

Ten books for Adventure Inspiration Sometimes you need a push. Something that will make you stand up and say “right, I’m off out for a bit”. Something that will change your ideas and make your feet itch. So many of my adventures, big and small, have begun

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NAVEMBER 2015

NAVEMBER 2015

NAVEMBER 2015 Every year we run a month of navigation training courses in North Wales and the Lake District during November. The courses run from entry-level Basic Navigation Courses through to GPS and Natural Navigation courses. November Navigation Course Dates Basic Navigation Course (Grasmere, Lake District) 7th-8th

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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