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Moments – A82 Journey

Moments – A82 Journey

Journeying on the A82 A roadtrip with mountains on the A82 through the West Hgihlands This (very) short film is pulled together from clips that didn’t make it into a film for a charity client on a trip to climb Ben Nevis. They just didn’t fit into

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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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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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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.

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Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot

Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot

Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot with The Unexplainers About a year ago we were contacted by a production company producing a show for BBC Radio Wales to provide some training in tracking for the two presenters on a show called The Unexplainers. This isn’t too unusual for

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Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016 we’ve been working witht he team of volunteers at the Brymbo Heritage Project near Wrexham for over 6 months on a few projects, but the one that has really inspired us has been the pilot of a new outdoor qualification

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Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the Guy With Rucksack (GWR) We’ve seen a troubling rise in online groups taking people into the mountains without training, experience or any of the necessary skills over the last couple of years. There is a term in commercial photography, particularly the type involving models –

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Weekend Navigation Course Report February 2016

Weekend Navigation Course Report February 2016

Over the past two days I was joined by George, Chris and Barley in the hills of North-East Wales and the Clwydian Range AONB for the first Weekend Navigation Course of 2016. Continue reading

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10 Books you need for your Summer Mountain Leader Award

10 Books you need for your Summer Mountain Leader Award

Ten books for your Summer Mountain Leader Award The Mountain Leader award is often seen as the gateway into a career in outdoor instruction in the UK. The effort required to gather enough Quality Mountain Days, to go through the registration, training and assessment process and to

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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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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: 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: 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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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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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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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, 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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