23 October 2016

Forest Navigation / Jungle Navigation

Forest Navigation / Jungle Navigation:

I am putting together a really awesome two-day course covering the skills for forest/jungle navigation. Course content being developed at the moment and I will have 2017 spring dates for this soon. The course ties into both our Mountain Skills Scheme and our Bushcraft Survival Skills Scheme.

This two-day course will be based in a mix of rolling deciduous forestry, dark partially impenetrable coniferous forestry, plus deep swampy overgrowth; and will run close to Glengarriff/Cork.

More details here soon. In the meantime if you are interested in booking onto this please email bushcraftireland@gmail.com. Thanks, Nathan - Outdoors Ireland

18 October 2016

Mountain Tip - Walking Pole

Mountain Tip - Walking Pole:
Carry at least one walking pole (even strapped to your backpack if you do not usually walk with one).

This can be used to work your way through bog and swamp; helps your balance crossing streams; stabilises you in windy conditions; can work as a simple crutch and can be separated into three short lengths to splint a fracture.

Finally; although not encouraged; for a real short distance, two poles can be rolled up into the sides of a bivvy bag/survival bag (one on each side) and a makeshift stretcher made.

15 October 2016

Coming Up

This is what we have available coming up the next while:

Sat 22nd Oct @ 10am
Glengarriff Bay Half-Day Sea Kayaking Tour

Sun 23rd Oct @ 2pm
Glengarriff Bay Half-Day Sea Kayaking Tour

Mon 24th Oct @ 10am
Killarney Lakes Half-Day Kayak Tour

Sat 19th - Sun 20th Nov @ 930am
Mountain Skills 1 Training In Wicklow

To Book Please Contact Nathan Here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/contact.php

7 October 2016

Acorns Are Ready For Eating

The acorns right now are delicious to eat. Collect the ripe acorns; roast for five mins in red embers (or until brownish); then split the outer acorn shell with a knife or sharp stone and enjoy the white/brown nut inside!

28 September 2016

Bushcraft Fire Tips

Dig a small bowel shaped pit for your fire - this keeps it contained and gives you a better chance of a long term hot ember base. Windy conditions - deeper the fire pit. Calm conditions - shallower the fire pit.

Build a fire reflector from damp timber close to the downwind side of your fire. This captures some of the heat normally blown away and at the same time drys damp timber for later fuel.

Lay a fire foundation of dry timber; then lay your tinder and fire on top of this. As the fire begins, it slowly burns down into the dry fire foundation - giving you a good hot ember base.

In wet ground conditions or snow, place a foundation of wet timber beneath your dry fire foundation, to prevent the fire burning into the wet ground.

In heavy rain start your fire in a cave, under an overhanging rock/overhanging bank, or somewhere as dry as possible, before moving it out into the rain - if that is where it needs to go.

Generally keep your fire as small and as smokeless as possible. A small fire can still be plenty hot and do the job it needs to, but requires less fuel, less work and attracts less attention.

Keep out of the smoke as much as possible. Smoke dehydrates you, can give you a headache and can dry out/crack your hands.

Two wet logs/stumps, one on either side of the fire can help to keep it contained and provide a 'cooking hob'. To repeat from above; you generally want your fire as small and as contained as possible - the two wet logs/stumps can really help this.

A pyramid lay gets the fire blazing up and allows you to enlarge if needed.

A horizontal lay gets the fire burning steady and protects it from heavy rain/snow - if fuel is stacked two or three logs high at least.

A star lay, with three large logs pushing into the fire, gets the fire burning steady and cuts down on having to constantly fuel and look after your fire. With a star lay keep your upwind 'working/cooking corridor' free from log obstructions.

Bedding down at night a deep horizontal lay of thick damp/wet logs will help preserve your fire for morning.

Find yourself a green withy to use as a poker. Holly or hazel is nice.

More Bushcraft Resources Here

17 September 2016

Next Learn To Rock Climb Course (RC1) - 8th & 9th Oct

Our Next Two-Day Learn To Rock Climb Course (RC1) Is 8th & 9th Oct, In Kerry

This is a complete beginner friendly course, based on the sandstone crags of the spectacular Gap of Dunloe. Price is €160 per person, with all gear provided.

More details here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/rockclimbing.php

1 September 2016

South Georgia Centenary Traverse

Delighted and honored to be involved in some ropework and mountain training for the next generation of Tom Crean's family; who are planning to follow his footsteps through South Georgia.

Tom Crean Family South Georgia Centenary Traverse 1916-2016 from stop.watch television on Vimeo.

22 August 2016

Nearly Back To Bushcraft Time!

We are nearly back into our bushcraft season and cannot wait to get stuck back into making fire, building shelter and foraging!

Our next Bushcraft Skills 1 Course is 3rd & 4th Sep, including an overnight.

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