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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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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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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New range of courses from Original Outdoors

New range of courses from Original Outdoors

New courses from Original Outdoors We like to think that we run some of the finest, most innovative and inspiring outdoor courses in the U.K. – and the range we offer has just got a lot more interesting! Introducing the new Fundamental Outdoor Skills programme. This range

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Outdoor Christmas Present Ideas

Outdoor Christmas Present Ideas

The perfect Christmas present for someone adventurous? At this time of year we sell more course places than any other – partly because we release our course dates for the next year, with up to 15% off each place booked before the end of the year –

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The great First Aid Kit debate…..

The great First Aid Kit debate…..

“Whats in your first aid kit?” ….This is a question likely to almost cause mass hysteria on some internet fora, bringing with it quotes about the Health and Safety at Work Act, Misuse of Drugs, Competencies, Approved Codes of Practice… I originally posted this article on another

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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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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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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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