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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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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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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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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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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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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10 bushcraft books you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears)

10 bushcraft books you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears)

Ten bushcraft books that you should read (that aren’t by Ray Mears) The various UK bushcraft forums are becoming populated with threads about the new Ray Mears autobiography, and particularly references to his involvement with the Raoul Moat manhunt. I have no doubt it will be a

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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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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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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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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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