VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to rig a tarp

VIDEO: How to set up a tarp in the woods Simple rigging for a DD Hammocks tarp In a two part video I share how I set up my DD Hammocks 3m x 3m tarpaulin for wild camping and general camp use. It’s a quick, simple and

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Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality On Tuesday we were joined a by a group from 16Hospitality, owners and operators of pub, bar, hotel and restaurant businesses in North Wales and Cheshire. We had been approached by Operations Manager Matt Parker to create a unique foraging and wild foods

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Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot

Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot

Hunting for the Welsh Bigfoot with The Unexplainers About a year ago we were contacted by a production company producing a show for BBC Radio Wales to provide some training in tracking for the two presenters on a show called The Unexplainers. This isn’t too unusual for

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Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016

Outdoor First Aid Course Report March 2016 we’ve been working witht he team of volunteers at the Brymbo Heritage Project near Wrexham for over 6 months on a few projects, but the one that has really inspired us has been the pilot of a new outdoor qualification

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Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the GWR… The rise of the Facebook guides

Beware the Guy With Rucksack (GWR) We’ve seen a troubling rise in online groups taking people into the mountains without training, experience or any of the necessary skills over the last couple of years. There is a term in commercial photography, particularly the type involving models –

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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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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: 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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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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Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging books you need in your life For the last few years we have made a name for ourselves with Foraging and Wild Foods courses, and we have led hundreds of clients through woods, fields and along beaches looking for food for free. Something that

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Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015 As the years have passed here at Original Outdoors we always try to offer new things, new courses and and new experiences. We have been running Coastal Foraging trips and tuition for chefs for a number of years, but in 2015

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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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Episode 8 – Living and working in the mountains of Snowdonia with Kate Worthington

Episode 8 – Living and working in the mountains of Snowdonia with Kate Worthington

Episode 8 Interviewing Mountain Leader Kate Worthington from RAW Adventures and Climb Snowdon about working in the mountains of Snowdonia, gaining her Winter Mountain Leader award and helping combat litter in outdoor challenge events We first met Kate Worthington on the side of a mountain during a

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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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Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

Woodcrafter Weekend Bushcraft Course Report, March 2015

For the last weekend in March we welcomed seven bushcrafters into our private 90-acre woodland near Ruthin, Denbighshire for a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course. This is the course that follows on from our Bushcraft Basics course but is suitable for complete novices also. We began with

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Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is one of those wild plants that draws people into the world of wild food. It might be something thrust under the nose by an enthusiastic friend or family member, urging the wary novice to try. The three

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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, March 2015 At this time of year it is just one ‘first of the year…’ after another for us. Last week was the first Basic Navigation Course of 2015, and this weekend was the first time we erected our parachute shelter and lit

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Friday Night Video – Bill Mason, Waterwalker

Friday Night Video – Bill Mason, Waterwalker

Friday Night Film No. 2 – Waterwalker Bill Mason is somebody that everybody who canoes, wants to canoe or who just loves wilderness waterway travel should know about. A Canadian filmmaker, artist and naturalist he is almost synonymous with the canoe in North America, and his films

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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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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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A weekend with Celtic Britain

A weekend with Celtic Britain

A weekend with Celtic Britain Last weekend we had the pleasure of hosting a private booking of our Woodcrafter Course at our ‘forest’ site near Clawdd Newydd. The students were all part of Celtic Britain, a living history/re-enactment group from The Netherlands. Their chosen period and area

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