19 November 2016

Last Training Courses Of 2016

As the end of 2016 approaches here are our last few training courses for this year:

Bushcraft Skills 1 : 3rd & 4th Dec
Killarney : €250pp

Mountain Skills 2 : 10th & 11th Dec
Killarney : €170pp

Mountain Skills 1 : 17th & 18th Dec
Killarney : €170pp

We also have some availability for any bespoke private training or guided sea kayaking, so please do get in touch if this is of interest to you. Thanks, Nathan
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

11 November 2016

Safe System For Rock Climbing

Here's a simple communication and test system for safe climbing; whether you are bottom roping, top roping or leading.

Tied In & Climber On Belay - Then:
1. System Tight
2. Personal Check (Start Top With Helmet & Work Downward)
3. Buddy Check (Especially Checking Your Partner's Carabiners & Knots)
4. Call Of 'Climb When Ready'
5. Call Of 'Climbing'

6. While Climbing 'Slack' Or 'Take In' Are The Two Calls To Use
7. Use Your Partner's Name Before A Call In Windy/Noisy/Busy Conditions, To Get Their Attention

8 November 2016

Mountain Skills 1 - Wicklow - 19th & 20th Nov

Our next Mountain Skills 1 Course is this Sat 19th & Sun 20th Nov in Laragh/Glendalough, Wicklow. Price is €170 per person and the course runs 930am - 530pm. I have a couple of places left available for this course. This link will give you an idea of what we are covering: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/resources.php.

To book please get in touch on 086 860 45 63 or info@outdoorsireland.com. Thanks, Nathan - Outdoors Ireland

3 November 2016

Bushcraft Skills 1 & Bushcraft Skills 2 Syllabus

Bushcraft Skills 1 Syllabus : Two-Day Course With Overnight

Bushcraft V Survival
Bushcraft Circle
Survival Pyramid
Rule Of Three
Order Of Priority
Survival Kit

Efficient Movement
Leave No Trace
Resource Considerations
Water Considerations
Toilet Considerations
Knife Skills
Debris Shelter
Temporary Shelter
Fire Building
Fire Cooking
Water Sterilization
Wood Ash Uses
Wood Charcoal Uses
Pine Tree Uses
Sphagnum Moss Uses
Wild Foraging

Bushcraft Skills 2 Syllabus : Two-Day Course With Overnight

Camp Setup
Fire Building
Fire Pyramid Lay
Fire Horizontal Lay
Fire Star Lay
Fire Cooking
Fire Tripod
Pot Hook
Pot Hanger
Tarp Shelter
Swamp Fire
Swamp Shelter
Lean To Shelter

Click Here To See Our Bushcraft Skills Resources

30 October 2016

Getting Lost With No Idea Of Where You Are

Getting Lost With No Idea Of Where You Are; No Map And No Compass. Here Are Some Simple Rules For Finding Your Way Back To Civilization:

1. Head downhill, not uphill
2. Head downstream, not upstream
3. Follow linear features, such as a path/stream/river/spur/power line/tree line. They will often and eventually lead to a road and the road will lead to civilization
4. In swamp try to circle around until you find an exit stream to follow
5. In forestry trees are often planted in rows, so try follow a straight line row, to ensure you do not walk in circles
6. In mountains try follow a spur or re-entrant downhill - looking for a stream to follow
7. In a lake situation try to circle around until you find an exit stream to follow.
8. Animal tracks will sometimes lead to water, so can be useful to follow if all else fails

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