Archive for the Mountain General Category

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Autumn Navigation Courses

Autumn Navigation Courses

Autumn Navigation Courses in North Wales Autumn normally marks the start of the ‘quiet season’ for outdoor companies. The busy summer months have given way to fewer folk in the hills and time to reflect and recover before the everything starting again in the early spring. It

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Real UK Survival Skills?

Real UK Survival Skills?

Real UK Survival Skills? There is a problem in the UK outdoor skills training world. For most of the last three decades the majority of outdoor skills training came through the mountain or river environment – navigation courses, Mountain Leader courses, instructor courses, kayaking/paddling and so on.

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All you ever wanted to know about ticks but were too afraid to ask…. ……

All you ever wanted to know about ticks but were too afraid to ask…. ……

All you ever wanted to know about ticks (but were too afraid to ask)… There are only two safe ways to remove an attached tick: With fine-tipped Tweezers or with a tick-removal Tool Using your fingers fingers for tick removal is likely to compress the body of

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5 things you need to add to your kit…

5 things you need to add to your kit…

5 things you need to add to your kit (if you haven’t already) I am Mr. Multi-Activity. I walk up/climb mountains, live in forests, journey down rivers in a canoe and ride muddy trails on a bike. I have a personal gear room that contains enough ‘specialist’

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International Distress Signals

International Distress Signals

International Inland Distress Signals In European and North American countries there are commonly recognised distress signals for use by persons in distress to communicate with the outside world: Europe In the mountains and remote areas of Europe a signal (a noise such as a whistle blast, or

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Interviews with Richard Prideaux

Interviews with Richard Prideaux

Interviews with Richard Prideaux Recently I’ve done a couple of interviews about the business – one for Gareth on his rather excellent outdoors blog, and then another video one for a top-secret project we have on the go!

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10 things you didn’t know about mountain rescue

10 things you didn’t know about mountain rescue

10 things you didn’t know about Mountain Rescue This blog post is mainly about volunteer Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales, because that is the area I have direct experience of. But after talking to some international SAR team members I have had the pleasure of

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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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