The Woodcrafter Course

The Woodcrafter Course

The Woodcrafter Course from Original Outdoors The Woodcrafter Course is a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course from North Wales training and activity provider Original Outdoors. The course is designed to provide participants with the skills needed to safely and responsibly light fires, build shelters and spend

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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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LJMU Foraging Field Trip October 2013

LJMU Foraging Field Trip October 2013

LJMU Foraging Field Trip On 10th October we were joined by students and lecturers from Liverpool John Moores University for a unique fieldtrip – looking at the complete field-to-fork process at Rhug Organic Estate alongside foraging and wild food lectures, demonstrations and tours. The day was packed

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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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Foraging Guide Books (a guide…)

Foraging Guide Books (a guide…)

An important part of our foraging courses is choosing the best foraging guide book. Which is difficult, as just using one guide book normally leads to uncertainty and even accidental poisoning… I have been intending to put this section online for a little while now, so here

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Spring foraging course in North Wales

Spring foraging course in North Wales

Our foraging courses have become well-known across North Wales in the last couple of years. They sprang from requests for extra foraging sessions as part of our bushcraft courses, and lasty year we ran a foraging and wild foods course every month from April-November. The first foraging

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The first of our bushcraft courses for 2013!

The first of our bushcraft courses for 2013!

This time of year is always exciting for us. Spring has normally made itself at home by now, the hedges and fields are starting to become full of wild food and our woodland courses have begun. We run skills courses all year round, but from April-October we

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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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Picking the one you want

Picking the one you want

Picking the one you want (foraging)… Every week for the last 10 months or so we have spent time hunting for and gathering wild food as part of our commercial foraging project with Rhug Organic Estate. It has been more than a little enlightening, and has taken

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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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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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A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A winter woodland shelter (Part 1)

A friends of ours (Steve) has been dropping hints about building a tipi in his small patch of woodland, or at least a modern approximation of one. A date was set for a few folk to meet in his woodland for a night sat around the fire

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Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips For packing for a wild camping trip

Top Ten Tips for packing for a wild camping trip… After a recent guided wild camping trip I realised that last year I had intended to write a blog post about the general outline you need to consider when packing for an overnight stay in the mountains.

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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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