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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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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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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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GPS Training in North Wales

GPS Training in North Wales

Yesterday we ran a GPS training course in the hills above the Vale of Clwyd, and it reminded me that I intended to write a blog post about it… Our GPS training courses are normally held in North Wales, and are priced rather attractively at £55.00. Most

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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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Should you help or leave people to learn?

Should you help or leave people to learn?

Should you help or leave people to learn? A conversation with another outdoor instructor today about an upcoming trip to Skye triggered a memory about an ‘interesting’ evening myself and a friend experienced a few years ago whilst on a climbing trip to the Cuillin Ridge. It

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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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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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How much to drink when walking in the mountains?

How much to drink when walking in the mountains?

Yes, it’s quite warm at the moment. No, I won’t go on and on about it like everyone else is. But sweating my way up a mountain the other day started me thinking about the wet stuff…   Something that often gets overlooked when we are packing

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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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Three Peaks Challenge Training Weekends

Three Peaks Challenge Training Weekends

It’s a wet Monday morning here in North Wales, and a telephone enquiry about one of our training weekends has prompted me to write a post about preparing yourself for the National Three Peaks. Now, if you are reading this then there is a good chance that

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The snow has finally arrived (in North Wales)…

The snow has finally arrived (in North Wales)…

After the last couple of years we have been lulled into a false sense of entitlement when it comes to snow and ‘proper winters’. 2009-2010 saw some real snowfall on the mountain across the U.K., with Snowdonia seeing several feet at times and most of the ice

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Something medical for the weekend…

Something medical for the weekend…

Have you ever had an experience where you felt too old and too stupid at the same time? I had mine this weekend when I was one of the instructors helping NEWSAR with a course they were running for the Wilderness Medicine Society students from Manchester School of

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Y Rhinogau (now without the big bits)

Y Rhinogau (now without the big bits)

Last weekend I had a rare day of not being busy with Navigation Courses, Guided walks or Mountain Rescue… so what did I do? I went for a walk in the mountains 🙂 The mountain range that separates Trawsfynydd and Dolgellau from Llanbedr and Harlech is like a

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