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Seaweed – The benefits and how to use

Seaweed – The benefits and how to use

Seaweed – Benefits and how to use it… One of the benefits of living on an island is that we generally have good access to seafoods. The cold waters surrounding the British Isles are teeming with fish, crustaceans, molluscs and cephlapods, but our diet has become restricted

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Urban exploration (as a country bumpkin)

Urban exploration (as a country bumpkin)

Urban Exploration (as a country bumpkin) Okay, so this might be a bit of a strange one but bear with me… I’m currently down in London (Brixton to be precise) visiting friends, having a few business meetings and mooching about in the free museums and other metropolitan

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New range of courses from Original Outdoors

New range of courses from Original Outdoors

New courses from Original Outdoors We like to think that we run some of the finest, most innovative and inspiring outdoor courses in the U.K. – and the range we offer has just got a lot more interesting! Introducing the new Fundamental Outdoor Skills programme. This range

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A day off in Snowdonia…

A day off in Snowdonia…

A day off in Snowdonia… This weekend I experienced something rather unusual in our field – a day off! A couple of friends and I made our way over to the far western end of the Glyderau ridge, on the very edge of the national park. This

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I’m a Celebrity – fetch me a tampon!

I’m a Celebrity – fetch me a tampon!

I’m a Celebrity – fetch me a tampon! Who watched ‘I’m a Celebrity’ last night and the inability of one of the teams to light a fire? They tried in vain to make sparks on twigs and dry grass and even prayed, but had no success. The

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Outdoor Christmas Present Ideas

Outdoor Christmas Present Ideas

The perfect Christmas present for someone adventurous? At this time of year we sell more course places than any other – partly because we release our course dates for the next year, with up to 15% off each place booked before the end of the year –

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A new British Survival TV Show…

A new British Survival TV Show…

Well this afternoon we got a surprise phone call from a TV production company working on a new TV show for Channel 4. Filming begins in February 2014 that will involve surviving in a remote location for a number of weeks. We have been asked to help

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10 bushcraft books you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears)

10 bushcraft books you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears)

Ten bushcraft books that you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears) The various UK bushcraft forums are becoming populated with threads about the new Ray Mears autobiography, and particularly references to his involvement with the Raoul Moat manhunt. I have no doubt it will be a

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The great First Aid Kit debate…..

The great First Aid Kit debate…..

“Whats in your first aid kit?” ….This is a question likely to almost cause mass hysteria on some internet fora, bringing with it quotes about the Health and Safety at Work Act, Misuse of Drugs, Competencies, Approved Codes of Practice… I originally posted this article on another

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Torniquet use and Haemostasis in Wilderness & Outdoor First Aid

Torniquet use and Haemostasis in Wilderness & Outdoor First Aid

Unless you live in a cave it cannot have escaped you that for most of the new century we have been in armed conflict with someone, somewhere in the world – the one that always hits the headlines is Operation Herrick – The war in Afghanistan. Whilst

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A rather unique two-day bushcraft course…

A rather unique two-day bushcraft course…

This weekend we were joined at our bushcraft school site near Ruthin for a two-day bushcraft skills course – we call it The Woodlander. In previous years these courses have always been fully booked, or nearly so. We often receive bookings from groups who wish to attend a

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First aid for the outdoors…

First aid for the outdoors…

First aid for the outdoors… Obviously, you won’t know this from reading it but I’m typing with one-and-a-half-hands. This is following a slightly unfortunate incident this afternoon whilst out foraging for seaweed as part of our commercial wild food project with Rhug Estate. To ensure we only

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How to light a fire (Bushcraft Course)

How to light a fire (Bushcraft Course)

How to light a fire… We always start our bushcraft courses with possibily the most important wilderness skill – how to light a fire first time, every time. During one of our one-day bushcraft courses last year we caught one of the firelighting demos on camera: If

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Kelloggs Bushcraft Day

Kelloggs Bushcraft Day

Kelloggs One-Day Bushcraft Course A few members of staff from the Kelloggs factory in Wrexham joined us for a one-day bushcraft course earlier this week. We covered the basics of bushcraft skills such as firelighting, finding safe drinking water, building shelters and a few other essential skills

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Ticks, Lymes Disease and inspecting crevices…

Ticks, Lymes Disease and inspecting crevices…

The weather is getting warmer (finally) and we are entering the UK tick season. I was about to launch into a long blog article about ticks, the diseases and problems they can cause and how you should remove them, but it was pointed out to me that

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Spring foraging course in North Wales

Spring foraging course in North Wales

Our foraging courses have become well-known across North Wales in the last couple of years. They sprang from requests for extra foraging sessions as part of our bushcraft courses, and lasty year we ran a foraging and wild foods course every month from April-November. The first foraging

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The first of our bushcraft courses for 2013!

The first of our bushcraft courses for 2013!

This time of year is always exciting for us. Spring has normally made itself at home by now, the hedges and fields are starting to become full of wild food and our woodland courses have begun. We run skills courses all year round, but from April-October we

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The most realistic outdoor first aid course in the U.K?

The most realistic outdoor first aid course in the U.K?

A report from one of our recent North Wales Outdoor First Aid Courses Something we wanted to offer from the very beginning were outdoor first aid courses. I have done many hours of first aid training in a variety of different fields – but to run the

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Charity balloon releases

Charity balloon releases

There are few things than can annoy me when walking the dogs around the farm. I normally switch my phone off, try and forget the stresses of running a business and get on with enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Part of the beauty of living

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Picking the one you want

Picking the one you want

Picking the one you want (foraging)… Every week for the last 10 months or so we have spent time hunting for and gathering wild food as part of our commercial foraging project with Rhug Organic Estate. It has been more than a little enlightening, and has taken

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Who needs a first aid course?

Who needs a first aid course?

Who needs first aid? This evening I’m revising for an exam (well, right now I’m writing a blog post but you get my meaning). I’m a member of the local mountain rescue team and every three years the in-house first aid qualification (Casualty Care Certificate) is due

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Checking the map…

Checking the map…

It’s been a wild few days here in North Wales. First we had 8 inches of snow, this was followed by torrential rain (and snow-melt!) and now the wind has arrived. I’ve spent the afternoon tramping around the hills just east of the Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen,

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A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A friends of ours (Steve) has been dropping hints about building a tipi in his small patch of woodland, or at least a modern approximation of one. A date was set for a few folk to meet in his woodland for a night sat around the fire

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Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips for packing for a wild camping trip… After a recent guided wild camping trip I realised that last year I had intended to write a blog post about the general outline you need to consider when packing for an overnight stay in the mountains.

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Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video

Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video

Macpac Microlight 2 Pitching Video This is a great little tent and perfect for 4-season solo backpacking in my opinion. Tough fabric, not too heavy and goes up with the inner and outer together. There is absolutely no way you could get two people in it, but

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Is bushcraft good for the environment?

Is bushcraft good for the environment?

The news of a ‘hosepipe ban’ about to be brought into force in large areas of England started me thinking about bushcraft, sustainability and how we tend to view the natural resources that have been left in our care. We run several weekend bushcraft courses in North Wales every

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What does a bushcraft instructor do out of season?

What does a bushcraft instructor do out of season?

Most of our bushcraft courses are held in the warmer months, from March to October. So what do I do when not teaching clients to light fires, build shelters and generally have fun in the woods? Well the website always needs updating somewhere or other, we are

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2012 Bushcraft Courses in North Wales

2012 Bushcraft Courses in North Wales

We’ve been as busy as a flock of fieldfares putting the finishing touches to our 2012 Bushcraft Courses, and we are already taking bookings for next Summer!  We split our courses into three distinct types: One Day Bushcraft Taster Sessions Two-Day Bushcraft Discovery Sessions The Woodland Living Course

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Review of the 2011 Summer

Review of the 2011 Summer

That was a busy summer then! With the early spring heat the whole season was moved forward by about 3 -4 weeks. The trees were in full leaf by the end of March, new shoots were maturing by June and the leaves started to turn in August.

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The woodland clearances

The woodland clearances

Saturday saw us attacking the second piece of woodland I mentioned in the previous post. It’s a lovely bit of mixed beech, hazel ash and alder woodland on a steep-ish hillside not too far from the Original Outdoors offices. It’s also in need of some serious TLC

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