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    REVIEW: Grayl Ultralight Water Filter
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    Examining a wild camp site - tracking and reading the ground
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    17 Different ways of making fire
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    Pacing, timing or ticking off - measuring distance when navigating on foot
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    UK Wild Camping Laws Explained
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    The Six-Bundle Fire Lay
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    REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel
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    Extreme Low Tide Foraging - How to find the lowest tides

The Original Outdoors Blog

We’ve had a blog page on the Original Outdoors site ever since, well, we’ve HAD a website. The posts are a random mixture of UK-centric outdoor articles, opinion pieces, trip reports, gear reviews and even some video tutorials.

Most of the reviews are written by Richard Prideaux, with occasional blog posts by guest writers and contributors.

Latest articles from Richard Prideaux

  • tracking courses uk
    Examining a wild camp site – tracking and reading the ground
    December 5, 2018 by
    So there I was, wandering through the woods with the dog. This is one of several woodland sites that we occasionally rent to run some of our bushcraft, survival and other wilderness skills courses in North Wales. I am far from any of the footpaths, both the public ones and the ones made by locals through the trees. It’s about 15 minutes after sunset and the light is poor – nearly time for the head torch. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • pacing timing ticking off
    Pacing, timing or ticking off – measuring distance when navigating on foot
    November 28, 2018 by
    On our navigation courses we always end up coming around to the subject of distance. Indeed, it’s one of the ‘D’s of navigation and unless you intend to just stand still and survey the surrounding countryside you’ll need to deal with the problem of measuring distance both on the map and on foot at some point or another. There are three ways that we cover in depth on the EST Framework navigation courses – ‘pacing‘, ‘timing‘ and the enigmatically named ‘ticking off‘. They each have their merits, but also a few drawbacks. Like pretty much every other navigational technique – they...
    Read more
  • UK Wild Camping Rules
    UK Wild Camping Laws Explained
    November 22, 2018 by
    Can I Wild Camp in the U.K? Good question. I suppose it depends on what you mean by ‘can’. If you mean ‘is it physically possible to find somewhere to camp?‘ then of course the answer is ‘yes’. I wild camp somewhere in the UK about once per month and have a decent success rate. I have been camping in the mountains and forests and on the coastline of the UK since I was about 18 Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • bushcraft fire lighting
    The Six-Bundle Fire Lay
    November 11, 2018 by
    This fire lay requires six bundles of dry, straight dead wood and a good ignition source. It relies on good airflow at the beginning, and the fire lay ‘collapsing’ in on itself in the later stages to ensure a good bed of coals and ash to cook over. It is also a good option for making a ‘One Match Fire’. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • coastal foraging course wales
    Extreme Low Tide Foraging – How to find the lowest tides
    November 1, 2018 by
    Extreme Low Tide foraging is becoming popular and one of the increasingly common requests we get for a private coastal foraging course over here in North Wales. It’s easy to understand why – when all of the most interesting and edible parts of the beach are under the water for part of every day then there’s a lot more to see when the water has retreated to its lowest point. The UK is home to one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world – the Severn Estuary can have a difference of as much as 15m (49ft). The tidal range...
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Outdoor Gear Reviews

  • review water filter 2018
    REVIEW: Grayl Ultralight Water Filter
    December 6, 2018 by
    Water filters are becoming increasingly popular in the Uk hiking and outdoors market, and what was once seen as a niche item for overseas travel and expeditions are now starting to be habitually carried in the UK by adventurers of all types. The Grayl Ultralight purifier bottle is a bit of a hybrid between a filtration bottle and something that can be used to transfer that cleaned water to another container – something that dedicated water filter/purifier bottles often struggle with. I have been trying it out since late summer, using it on wild camping trips and expeditions with clients in Snowdonia,...
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  • helikon-tex bushcraft satchel review
    REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel
    November 6, 2018 by
    It won’t take long to run through the features of this bag – but that is, I suppose, a feature in itself; the Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel is pretty simple. There’s an unpadded adjustable shoulder strap running between two clips, and slightly curved ‘ends’ where these clips attach. There is no padding anywhere on the bag, and it hangs symettrically – it isn’t contoured or ‘handed’ to fit on one side of the body or other. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • country innovation gear review
    REVIEW: Country Innovation Raptor Waistcoat
    October 30, 2018 by
    Photography waistcoats like this are basically load-carrying vests and systems for a very civilian market, and the Raptor waistcoat from Country Innovation seems to be pitched straight at that market of photographers, birdwatchers and anybody who regularly points optics at wildlife. I admit from the start that Country Innovation was a new brand for me, but a quick look through their website shows that their kit is trusted by the outdoor and wildlife photographers that I admire - so if it's good enough for the likes of Simon King and Bill Oddie then it might be good enough for a scruffy...
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  • GP xplor phr15 review
    REVIEW: GP Xplor PHR15 Head Torch
    October 19, 2018 by
    Head torch technology has come on a long way since I started working in the outdoors. My first 'proper' head torch was a Petzl Zoom. It had a massive alkaline battery and came with a spare bulb - it was also like a candle in a jam jar. LED head torches started to creep in soon after, with the early ones being fairly disappointing affairs - and quite expensive. Now it seems we can't move for fear of tripping over inexpensive and fairly powerful LED headlights - is the new Xplor range from pocket-power supplier GP Batteries worth a look, and...
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  • wunderbird review richard prideaux
    REVIEW: Wunderbird Gyrfalcon Hoodie and Kestrel Tee Shirt
    October 8, 2018 by
    The two Wunderbird items I have been trialling are the Gyrfalcon Hoodie and the Kestrel Short-Sleeve Tee. Both garments have some interesting design features, including slightly padded shoulder areas and zipped pouches on the chest and similar pouches on the front of the stomach area. The Kestrel is a technical base layer and the Gyrfalcon is more of a thermal mid-layer shirt. The idea with this range of garments is to provide the user with technical outdoor-appropriate clothing that also supports (literally) the use of binoculars. The chest and stomach pouches both support the weight of binoculars when worn from a...
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Latest bushcraft blog posts

  • review water filter 2018
    REVIEW: Grayl Ultralight Water Filter
    December 6, 2018 by
    Water filters are becoming increasingly popular in the Uk hiking and outdoors market, and what was once seen as a niche item for overseas travel and expeditions are now starting to be habitually carried in the UK by adventurers of all types. The Grayl Ultralight purifier bottle is a bit of a hybrid between a filtration bottle and something that can be used to transfer that cleaned water to another container – something that dedicated water filter/purifier bottles often struggle with. I have been trying it out since late summer, using it on wild camping trips and expeditions with clients in Snowdonia,...
    Read more
  • tracking courses uk
    Examining a wild camp site – tracking and reading the ground
    December 5, 2018 by
    So there I was, wandering through the woods with the dog. This is one of several woodland sites that we occasionally rent to run some of our bushcraft, survival and other wilderness skills courses in North Wales. I am far from any of the footpaths, both the public ones and the ones made by locals through the trees. It’s about 15 minutes after sunset and the light is poor – nearly time for the head torch. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • firelighting tips
    17 Different ways of making fire
    December 4, 2018 by
    ...
    Read more
  • pacing timing ticking off
    Pacing, timing or ticking off – measuring distance when navigating on foot
    November 28, 2018 by
    On our navigation courses we always end up coming around to the subject of distance. Indeed, it’s one of the ‘D’s of navigation and unless you intend to just stand still and survey the surrounding countryside you’ll need to deal with the problem of measuring distance both on the map and on foot at some point or another. There are three ways that we cover in depth on the EST Framework navigation courses – ‘pacing‘, ‘timing‘ and the enigmatically named ‘ticking off‘. They each have their merits, but also a few drawbacks. Like pretty much every other navigational technique – they...
    Read more
  • UK Wild Camping Rules
    UK Wild Camping Laws Explained
    November 22, 2018 by
    Can I Wild Camp in the U.K? Good question. I suppose it depends on what you mean by ‘can’. If you mean ‘is it physically possible to find somewhere to camp?‘ then of course the answer is ‘yes’. I wild camp somewhere in the UK about once per month and have a decent success rate. I have been camping in the mountains and forests and on the coastline of the UK since I was about 18 Continue reading ...
    Read more

Latest mountain blog posts

  • review water filter 2018
    REVIEW: Grayl Ultralight Water Filter
    December 6, 2018 by
    Water filters are becoming increasingly popular in the Uk hiking and outdoors market, and what was once seen as a niche item for overseas travel and expeditions are now starting to be habitually carried in the UK by adventurers of all types. The Grayl Ultralight purifier bottle is a bit of a hybrid between a filtration bottle and something that can be used to transfer that cleaned water to another container – something that dedicated water filter/purifier bottles often struggle with. I have been trying it out since late summer, using it on wild camping trips and expeditions with clients in Snowdonia,...
    Read more
  • tracking courses uk
    Examining a wild camp site – tracking and reading the ground
    December 5, 2018 by
    So there I was, wandering through the woods with the dog. This is one of several woodland sites that we occasionally rent to run some of our bushcraft, survival and other wilderness skills courses in North Wales. I am far from any of the footpaths, both the public ones and the ones made by locals through the trees. It’s about 15 minutes after sunset and the light is poor – nearly time for the head torch. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • pacing timing ticking off
    Pacing, timing or ticking off – measuring distance when navigating on foot
    November 28, 2018 by
    On our navigation courses we always end up coming around to the subject of distance. Indeed, it’s one of the ‘D’s of navigation and unless you intend to just stand still and survey the surrounding countryside you’ll need to deal with the problem of measuring distance both on the map and on foot at some point or another. There are three ways that we cover in depth on the EST Framework navigation courses – ‘pacing‘, ‘timing‘ and the enigmatically named ‘ticking off‘. They each have their merits, but also a few drawbacks. Like pretty much every other navigational technique – they...
    Read more
  • UK Wild Camping Rules
    UK Wild Camping Laws Explained
    November 22, 2018 by
    Can I Wild Camp in the U.K? Good question. I suppose it depends on what you mean by ‘can’. If you mean ‘is it physically possible to find somewhere to camp?‘ then of course the answer is ‘yes’. I wild camp somewhere in the UK about once per month and have a decent success rate. I have been camping in the mountains and forests and on the coastline of the UK since I was about 18 Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • helikon-tex bushcraft satchel review
    REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel
    November 6, 2018 by
    It won’t take long to run through the features of this bag – but that is, I suppose, a feature in itself; the Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel is pretty simple. There’s an unpadded adjustable shoulder strap running between two clips, and slightly curved ‘ends’ where these clips attach. There is no padding anywhere on the bag, and it hangs symettrically – it isn’t contoured or ‘handed’ to fit on one side of the body or other. Continue reading ...
    Read more

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  • review water filter 2018
    REVIEW: Grayl Ultralight Water Filter
    December 6, 2018 by
    Water filters are becoming increasingly popular in the Uk hiking and outdoors market, and what was once seen as a niche item for overseas travel and expeditions are now starting to be habitually carried in the UK by adventurers of all types. The Grayl Ultralight purifier bottle is a bit of a hybrid between a filtration bottle and something that can be used to transfer that cleaned water to another container – something that dedicated water filter/purifier bottles often struggle with. I have been trying it out since late summer, using it on wild camping trips and expeditions with clients in Snowdonia,...
    Read more
  • firelighting tips
    17 Different ways of making fire
    December 4, 2018 by
    ...
    Read more
  • bushcraft fire lighting
    The Six-Bundle Fire Lay
    November 11, 2018 by
    This fire lay requires six bundles of dry, straight dead wood and a good ignition source. It relies on good airflow at the beginning, and the fire lay ‘collapsing’ in on itself in the later stages to ensure a good bed of coals and ash to cook over. It is also a good option for making a ‘One Match Fire’. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • helikon-tex bushcraft satchel review
    REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel
    November 6, 2018 by
    It won’t take long to run through the features of this bag – but that is, I suppose, a feature in itself; the Helikon-Tex Bushcraft Satchel is pretty simple. There’s an unpadded adjustable shoulder strap running between two clips, and slightly curved ‘ends’ where these clips attach. There is no padding anywhere on the bag, and it hangs symettrically – it isn’t contoured or ‘handed’ to fit on one side of the body or other. Continue reading ...
    Read more
  • country innovation gear review
    REVIEW: Country Innovation Raptor Waistcoat
    October 30, 2018 by
    Photography waistcoats like this are basically load-carrying vests and systems for a very civilian market, and the Raptor waistcoat from Country Innovation seems to be pitched straight at that market of photographers, birdwatchers and anybody who regularly points optics at wildlife. I admit from the start that Country Innovation was a new brand for me, but a quick look through their website shows that their kit is trusted by the outdoor and wildlife photographers that I admire - so if it's good enough for the likes of Simon King and Bill Oddie then it might be good enough for a scruffy...
    Read more

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