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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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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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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Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015

Bushcraft Basics Course Report, May 2015 We tend to work quite often same areas, and know them all very well indeed. However, given the nature of, well, nature itself, the familiar paths and trails we come to take for granted can all of a sudden change or

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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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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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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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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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6 Bushcraft Podcasts you should download

6 Bushcraft Podcasts you should download

6 UK Bushcraft Podcasts noun noun: podcast; plural noun: podcasts 1. a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. Podcasts are great.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A rather unique two-day bushcraft course…

A rather unique two-day bushcraft course…

This weekend we were joined at our bushcraft school site near Ruthin for a two-day bushcraft skills course – we call it The Woodlander. In previous years these courses have always been fully booked, or nearly so. We often receive bookings from groups who wish to attend a

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