18 June 2018

Summer Solstice Lake Kayaking & Sea Kayaking

This 20th/21st Jun we have some awesome kayaking tours planned (dawn/sunrise/sunset) to celebrate summer solstice. We will be providing homemade vegan buns (that taste surprisingly good!) thanks to Aileen Kingerlee and homebrewed beer thanks to Nathan Kingerlee for anyone not driving: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/upcoming.php

To Book Please Text Message 086 860 45 63 Or Email info@outdoorsireland.com

15 June 2018

Mini First Aid Kit (Out Of Bag, First Aid Done, Back Into Bag - All Within 5 Mins)

Your proper mountaineering or kayaking first aid kit is often really well packed inside ziploc bags, plastic bags and a dry bag. I know personally you can sometimes be reluctant to pull out your first aid kit for something minor like a blister or cut - however not treating it isn't great.
So carry a second tiny first aid bag which has a sprain bandage, few safety pins and few plasters - carried in the top pocket of your backpack.
If something minor happens you can have it whipped out within a few seconds, deal with the small injury and carry on without delay, or without having to delve into your well waterproofed big first aid kit!

What Should Be In Your Proper First Aid Kit?

9 June 2018

Two Places Left For Bushcraft Skills 1 This Weekend

Two spots left for next Bushcraft Skills 1 Course on 16th & 17th Jun in Killarney area. Covering gear, shelter building, fire building, cooking methods, food foraging and sleeping overnight in the shelter you build. For more details: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/contact.php

26 May 2018

Some Lead Climbing Course Photos

Some photos from our six-day Beginner To Lead Climber Course (RC3). Mix of climbing in two of Ireland's best single pitch climbing locations; Gap of Dunloe and Dingle Sea Cliffs!

27 April 2018

Learn To Lead Rock Climb Outdoors - Course Coming Up In May

Our next six-day Beginner To Lead Climber Course is coming up in May (six days divided over two separate weekends). Two places left to book if anyone is interested.

You can come on this course as a complete beginner, or with previous experience - both are fine.

You will leave the course as a safe, competent and self sufficient climber; able to place anchors, set up and deal with bottom roping, top roping, abseiling and lead climbing.

Date: Fri 18th - Sun 20th May Plus Fri 25th - Sun 27th May
Price: €480 Per Person
More Details Click Here

19 April 2018

Guided Kayaking Trips Available Over Coming Days - Glengarriff Bay & Killarney Lakes

I have some spots left available to book on upcoming guided kayaking tours next few days; and conditions are looking pretty super! Plus brand new super-duper buoyancy aids arrived yesterday!

Glengarriff Bay Dawn/Sunrise Kayaking
Sat 21st : 630am : €60pp

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking
Sat 21st : 10am : €60pp

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking
Sun 22nd : 10am : €60pp

Killarney Lakes Kayaking
Tues 24th : 1pm : €60pp

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking
Fri 27th : 2pm : €60pp

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking
Sat 28th : 2pm : €60pp

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking
Sun 29th : 10am : €60pp

To book please touch base: info@outdoorsireland.com or 086 860 45 63. Thanks, Nathan


17 April 2018

Recent Work Photos

Some recent photos from driving to a rock climbing course in the Gap of Dunloe, guided kayaking tours on the Lakes of Killarney, and guided sea kayaking on Glengarriff Bay.

13 April 2018

Mountain Skills 1 Photos From Last Kerry & Wicklow Courses

Mountain Skills 1 Photos From Last Kerry & Wicklow Courses; including two mallard ducks (male and female) hanging out on a high, cold, misty mountain lake.

6 April 2018

Simple Butchering & Cooking Of Venison

Young stag, most likely killed by a car. 2/3 days dead. Body in good
condition, outside and inside. Cold air temp keeping meat well preserved.
Took two hind legs, with the utmost respect for the animal. Then took the
body off the road to lie discreetly in the heather, ready to feed fox and bird.
Hung for five days in cool place.
With a little care while skinning (sharp blade and small'ish knife) the skin
will come off neatly.
Hot and settled fire, with red hot ember base. This is two hours after lighting.
Freshly cut green withies, in this case sally willow. One of the few times it is
alright to cut a living bough. Green sappy wood will not burn easy, which
is what you want for your spits.
Using one spit or two spits will depend on your meat size and shape. In this
case two spits were needed to spread the meat out evenly to ensure even
heat and cooking.
You will see two spits here and two forks. Spits are de-barked and sharpened
to slide easily through meat. Make sure your timber is not toxic, for example
not yew wood.
Take your time to really securely set up forks and spits, possibly using
heavy rocks. After all your work butchering, skinning and fire lighting
you do not want a flimsy cooking arrangement dumping your meat into
the mud or the fire.
Five hours cooking, cooked hot and well all the way through. Test and taste
the meat as you go. What you want to avoid is burnt on outside and
under cooked on inside. Hold your hand to heat at a point where after 5
seconds the heat is too much for you. This distance from fire is ideal for
Flip the meat over on the spits from time to time, so the top side of joint gets
equal cooking to bottom side. Play around with your spits, forks and
rocks for this. The righthand spit here shows another method for getting
your spit height just right.
Ready to go. Good to mention taking meat from a dead animal, and even
more so when taking an animal's life, should be done with the utmost respect
to the animal. Even catching and killing a fish should be done with a little
sadness and a lot of respect - it is giving up it's life to feed you.
Using strong green sap-filled withies prevents them burning. You can see here
just a little scorching after five hours of use.