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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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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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: 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". WeRead more...

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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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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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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