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.

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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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16 August 2016

Some Upcoming Killarney Lakes Kayaking Tours

Wed 17th : 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking

Thurs 18th : 6am : €60pp
Dawn/Sunrise Kayaking

Thurs 18th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Fri 19th : 6am : €60pp
Dawn/Sunrise Kayaking

Fri 19th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Sat 20th : 2pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Kayak Trip

Sun 21st : 10am : €80pp
Killarney National Park Full-Day Kayak Trip

Sun 21st : 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking

To Book Please Contact Nathan:086 860 45 63 / 00353 86 860 45 63

10 August 2016

4 August 2016


Insect eating Butterwort; mountain and bogland plant.

Amazing healing properties - can be used as a wound dressing. Here I applied a clean slimy leaf, under a plaster, to a slow-mending cut. The healing process within eight hours was fantastic.

Butterwort produces a bactericide which prevents insects rotting, while they are being slowly digested by the plant.

It was used at one time on cattle sores and wounds. I would guess that especially their udders were treated with butterwort.

It was used at one time to curdle milk and make a buttermilk type product in Sweden and Norway.

27 July 2016

Bog Myrtle

Bog Myrtle, Also Known As Sweet Gale, Bog Sally, Candle Berry

Found North Europe, West Europe, Parts Of North America

Grows Bog, Marsh, Wet Mountain Terrain

Catkins Generally Collected In Spring

Leaves Generally Collected In Summer

Midge/Flea Repellent - Crush leaves and rub on skin

Candle Wax - Boil fruit, known as drupe. Not commercially viable

Beer Flavoring - Known as gruit, replaced by hops. Used up to 16th century. Reputation for causing headaches

Vikings used to drink an alcoholic brew made from sweet gale, which they believed gave them extra strength and battle madness

Astringent Herb - Stems Bleeding/Discharge

Antiseptic Herb - Slows/Stops Infections

Diuretic Herb - Increases Passing Of Urine

Used To Treat Wounds, Acne, Skin Problems, Digestion Problems

Dried Bark Used To Treat Intestinal Worms

Make Tea From Fresh Or Dried Leaves

Flavor Soup/Stew/Meat From Fruit Or Leaves. Use small amounts

Used To Dye Wool Yellow

Used In Scottish Wedding Bouquets

Abortifacient Herb - Potential to cause abortion. Not to be used if pregnant

Considered a blessed plant in Irish folklore. In Mayo ash from bog myrtle was used on Ash Wednesday

Another Irish legend has it once being a large tree, but its wood was used to make the crucifixion cross. The tree was then cursed, becoming small and stunted.