Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Recent Photo Round-Up

Ewe On The Kerry Way Near Caherdaniel

Cormorants Drying Their Wings After Lunch

Sleepy Hiding Fawn

Freshwater Mussel On Bank Of Flesk River

Lunch Break On Flesk River

Rescued Bumble Bee On Lough Lein

Limestone Cave With Torc Mountain In Background

Friday, 3 July 2015

Outdoors Ireland Training School - Course Calender 2015

Here is our training course calender for the remainder of 2015. As well as the courses you see scheduled it may also be possible for us to run extra courses and private training, so feel free to get in touch.

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Oct
Mountain Skills 1 : Wicklow

Sat 10th & Sun 11th Oct
Kayak Skills 3

Sat 17th & Sun 18th Oct
Learn To Rock Climb : RC2

Sat 24th & Sun 25th Oct
Mountain Skills 2 : Kerry

Sat 31st Oct & Sun 1st Nov
Bushcraft Survival Skills 1 : Two-Day

Sat 7th & Sun 8th Nov

Mountain Skills 1 : Kerry

Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov

Bushcraft Survival Skills 1 : Three Day

Sat 21st – Mon 23rd Nov
Learn To Lead Climb : RC3 (Part 1)

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd Nov
Learn To Rock Climb : RC2

Sat 28th – Mon 30th Nov
Learn To Lead Climb : RC3 (Part 2)

Sat 5th & Sun 6th Dec
Mountain Skills 1 : Galway

Sat 12th Dec
Mountain Winter Skills : Crampon & Axe Skills

Sun 13th Dec
Mountain Rope Skills : Emergency Mountain Rope Work

Sat 19th & Sun 20th Dec
Mountain Skills 2 : Wicklow

Contact Us For More Details

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Bushcraft Survival Skills 1

We have a Bushcraft Survival Skills Level 1 Course scheduled for Sat 26th & Sun 27th Sep, in the wilds of Kerry...

This is a beginner friendly course, however is pretty intensive and jam packed.

Sat begins at 9am and will include foraging/fishing for dinner and overnight bivvy in the woods. Sun finishes at 5pm.
The price is €180 per person.

Please Click Here To See Course Content

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All Upcoming Dates:
Sat 26th - Sun 27th Sep (Two-Days)
Sat 31st Oct - Sun 1st Nov (Two-Days)
Fri 13th - Sun 15th Nov (Three-Days)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wild Foraged Lunch

Freshly picked wild strawberries and young hawthorn leaves for lunch last weekend.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Bushcraft Survival Skills

Bushcraft Survival Skills

One-Day, Two-Day & Three-Day Courses; Based In The Wilds Of Kerry & West Cork. Beginners Welcome!

Course Content:
Dealing With Hot
Dealing With Cold
Dealing With Wet
Efficient Movement
Emergency Fishing
Shelter Building
Fire Building
Water Work
Wilderness Resources

Wilderness Cordage

River Crossing
Bog Crossing
Leave No Trace
Toilet Building
Tooth Brush
Priorities Of Survival
Order Of Priorities
Five Cs
Map Work
Compass Work
Steep Ground Work
Night Navigation
Emergency Rope Work
Emergency First Aid

To Book Please Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Killarney National Park - Top Place To Be!

Beautiful Video On Killarney National Park By The Irish Times, As It Wins Ireland's 'Best Day Out' Competition! http://bcove.me/afjd3ree

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Killarney Advertiser - Kayaking Article

Thanks a million to Killarney Advertiser and Eve Kelliher for joining MJ recently for a kayak tour through the Lakes of Killarney.
Here is their article...

Dawn & Sunrise Kayaking On Lakes Of Killarney

Absolutely Stunning Kayaking Conditions, With Mist Streaming Up Off The Water...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Bushcraft Survival Tip: Sheep Resources

Sheep fleece makes a great blister patch or can be used to stuff into your jacket for warmth, especially in the neck/cuff/zip areas.

Sheep bone makes a great peg, stake or digging tool. If using as a digging tool it really needs to be sharpened.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Emergency On The Water (To Be Finished)

I have looked at Emergency Bivvy On The Mountain already. Now it is time to look at a similar emergency on the water; in a kayak, canoe or sit on top. Potentially more serious than a mountain as you are dealing with possibly being immersed in the water and being completely wet. Also we tend to carry less safety gear on the water than we do on the mountain.

Click Here To See A Suggested Rescue Kit
Click Here To See A Suggested First Aid Kit
Click Here To See Our Resource Page
Contact Us To Request A Route Card

1. Avoid getting into this situation in the first place. Be super safe, be super careful, be super planned. Carry the right gear, including mobile phone or radio. Leave a route card and really know the weather. When you look at the weather, look ahead to the next day also, as weather systems can travel in earlier than expected. Two good websites I use are www.met.ie and www.windguru.com.

2. Level 2 Skills is a min level to be at, and Level 3 Skills is a really solid/safe level to be at.

3. In an emergency there is no such thing as overkill in terms of the preparation you have done; or the gear you are carrying.

4. On lake and sea - wind is the major danger. On river - rainfall/high water level is the major danger.

5. Order Of Priority:
Protection - Get Yourself As Safe As Possible

- Call For Rescue On 112 & Request Coast Guard; Or Self Rescue By Getting To Civilisation

- Keep Your Body Working Well By Staying Hydrated.
Cool Water If Hot Day/Hot Ribena If Cold Day

- Keep Your Body Working Well By Staying Fueled With Good Food, Such As Decent Sandwiches/Fruit/Nuts

Please Remember What's First - Handy Acronym For Above!

6. Order Of Priority keeps repeating, for example if you are calling for rescue it it one job to get safe for the short term while you make your rescue call; it is another job to get safe for the long term, while you wait for rescue to arrive.

7. Make a super human effort if needed and make for land/river bank. If you can reach land/river bank things become easier and safer. However don't put yourself at more risk by trying to self rescue.

8. Otherwise raft together securely as quickly as possible if things begin to spin out of control. Ideally raft all facing the same direction, securely held together and paddles locked under your elbows. This is a good skill to practice. Being rafted gives you a working platform, allows a rescue call, allows basic first aid and keeps you out of the water. It is also a more visible target for rescuers.

9. Don't become complacent in your raft. If a boat capsises or someone swims it will be extremely difficult to deal with; however in your raft it may be possible for someone to reach into their hull/hatch/dry bag for equipment.

10. When making a rescue call, let one of the middle members of the raft call; meaning there is slightly less wind noise.

11. If you have a swimmer who is too exhausted to get back into their boat by normal x-rescue, you can make your raft against the swimmer and they can crawl onto the front deck of the raft, inch by inch.

More To Follow... Nathan - Outdoors Ireland