15 October 2019

Bushcraft Skills 1 This Weekend - One Place Available

One spot is still available for a Bushcraft Skills 1 this coming weekend in Killarney (19th & 20th). Weekend is beginner friendly and will give you the skills to build a shelter, sleep outdoors, make fire from spark, cook on a fire and an intro to foraging for food. Plus how to make water safe for drinking.

More Details Here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/bushcraftsurvival.php
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10 October 2019

Summer Mountaineering Or Scrambling - How To Get There

I meet a lot of experienced and accomplished hill walkers, wanting to get more adventurous in terms of ridges and scrambles; be able to pack a rope into the mountains and use it; but unsure how to get there. Basically moving into what we call 'Summer Mountaineering' or 'Scrambling'.

These are usually the three points they need to sort out:

A. Their backpack is usually too small and their gear is usually too minimal. A lot more backup gear/emergency gear needs to be carried (http://outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2016/06/what-kit-to-carry-in-mountains.html). Yes your backpack gets heavier - but you get self sufficient!

B. They do not see enough of the risks and dangers around them; like rope damage, loose rock, less than ideal anchors, the need for (safe) speed, a climber above you dislodging rocks, slippy grass ramps, traverses above big exposure.

C. 13 Clear Cut Skills:
1. Anchor Choice
2. Anchor Placement
3. Rope Flake/Coil/Knots
4. Body Belay Climb
5. Body Belay Lower
6. Ascending A Pitch
7. Descending A Pitch
8. Placing Runners
9. Communication
10. Equipment
11. Retrievable Classic Abseil
12. Retrievable Full Abseil
13. Moving Together

Get these three big things sorted - and you become a mountaineer or scrambler!

4 October 2019

Mountain Skills 2, Killarney Lakes Kayaking, Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking - All Upcoming

Upcoming Places:

Killarney Lakes Kayaking : Sat 5th @ 2pm

Killarney Lakes Kayaking : Wed 9th @ 930am

Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking : Fri 11th @ 10am

Mountain Skills 2 (Killarney) : Sat 12th-Sun 13th @ 930am

Killarney Lakes Kayaking : Sun 13th @ 230pm

Please Contact Nathan For More Details

18 September 2019

Learn To Rock Climb Training Course Coming Up - In Gap Of Duloe, Kerry

If you have always wanted to try rock climbing; or learn how to rock climbing properly, safely and well; we have a two-day Learn To Rock Climb Course happening in the spectacular Gap of Dunloe on Fri 27th & Sat 28th Sep.

Places available, beginner friendly and all gear provided: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/rockclimbing.php

12 September 2019

Killarney Lakes Kayaking - Special Offer

Great weather forecast next few days!

To celebrate the autumn arrival (and get some last minute bookings!) our Killarney Lakes Kayaking is half price from this Fri 13th to Wed 18th. So €30pp instead of €60pp for a half-day kayak trip.

To avail of this you need to mention this offer when you book with Nathan please.

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31 August 2019

27 August 2019

Awesome New Double Sea Kayaks Arrived

Delighted with the arrival of two of these awesome double kayaks. Stable and comfy. Brilliant for the very nervous, very small and very big paddlers. Even has a drop-down rudder that is foot operated!

22 August 2019

7 August 2019

What To Do If You Get Lost

One of the elements we cover on Mountain Skills 1 is what to do if you get lost in the mountains. Here are five options:

1. If you have been navigating in approx 500 meter legs, then you should only be lost by approx 500 meters. Retrace steps to your last known/definite position, for example by handrailing the wall/stream/forest/spur you are beside.

2. If you have mist/darkness, find shelter, sit and wait for visibility/daylight to reappear. This is where your survival bag, hot drink, spare food, spare clothing and storm shelter are vital.

3. If you have visibility open out your map and use distant feature recognition to identify obvious far off features; such as a bay/forest/major peak; then slowly focus closer, still identifying features, until you have figured where you are.

4. Switch on your gps or smart phone and get your grid reference. With a grid reference, for example V 619 802, you can locate your position on map and begin navigating again. A basic gps will do this for you, or several free smart phone apps, including Viewranger.

5. Use Collection Point technique. If you are lost somewhere on a huge plateau, and from your map you see a large lake to the west, set your compass to west and head west. Eventually you should hit the lake somewhere, no matter where you were lost on the plateau (within reason). Once you hit the lake you have a good idea where you are. Then handrail the lake to a specific point on it, such as a corner or a stream. At that point you have a definite location fix. Any big obvious feature can be used as a collection point, such as a forest or cliff.

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6 August 2019

Bushcraft Skills Course Dates 2020 - Outdoors Ireland Certified

Bushcraft Skills Course Dates 2020 - Outdoors Ireland Certified

Bushcraft Skills 1:
18th - 19th Jan 2020
8th - 9th Feb 2020
7th - 8th Mar 2020
18th - 19th Apr 2020
9th - 10th May 2020
19th - 20th Sep 2020
10th - 11th Oct 2020
7th - 8th Nov 2020
12th - 13th Dec 2020

Bushcraft Skills 2:
28th - 29th Mar 2020
29th - 30th Aug 2020
17th - 18th Oct 2020

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5 August 2019

Mountain Skills 2 Course Dates For 2020 - Mountaineering Ireland Certified

Mountain Skills 2 Course Dates For 2020 - Mountaineering Ireland Certified

Mountain Skills 2 Glengarriff:
25th - 26th Jan 2020
21st - 22nd Mar 2020
26th - 27th Sep 2020
28th - 29th Nov 2020

Mountain Skills 2 Killarney:
22nd - 23rd Feb 2020
25th - 26th Apr 2020
24th - 25th Oct 2020
19th - 20th Dec 2020

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Mountain Skills 1 Course Dates For 2020 - Mountaineering Ireland Certified

Mountain Skills 1 Course Dates For 2020 - Mountaineering Ireland Certified

Mountain Skills 1 Glengarriff:
11th - 12th Jan 2020
2nd - 3rd May 2020
5th - 6th Dec 2020

Mountain Skills 1 Killarney:
1st - 2nd Feb 2020
6th - 7th Jun 2020
31st Oct - 1st Nov 2020

Mountain Skills 1 Galway:
29th Feb - 1st Mar 2020
1st - 2nd Aug 2020
3rd - 4th Oct 2020

Mountain Skills 1 Wicklow:
4th - 5th Apr 2020
11th - 12th Jul 2020
5th - 6th Sep 2020

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13 July 2019

Mountain Skills 1 Coming Up In Burren Hills, Kinvara/Galway

As well as our nearly daily kayaking trips in Killarney National Park; and Glengarriff Nature Reserve; we have a two-day Map Reading/Mountain Skills 1 coming up in the Burren Hills/Galway this 3rd & 4th Aug, with two places left to book.

Please Get In Touch To Book:
086 860 45 63

6 July 2019

Starting A New Vegetable Garden

Starting a new vegetable garden in between kayak trips. Making a major compost heap from those invasive weeds like dock, thistle, nettle; rotovating; planting and watering clover as initial 'green manure'; making a bee hotel. Now we just need rain!

2 July 2019

Good & Simple Bushcraft/Camping Food

'What's good food or simple food to bring bushcrafting or camping' gets asked on our bushcraft courses. To that I would say:

1. Tinned Soup
2. Tinned Baked Beans
3. Pasta & Tomato Sauce
4. Sausages
5. Fish
6. A Lump Of Meat
7. Bread & Cheese & Salami
8. Nuts & Dried Fruit
9. Regular Fruit

You are looking for nutritious/high energy/good quality food. Anything with salt, such as peanuts, is good for your hydration (drink plenty water also). Anything with fluid, such soup/pasta sauce, is also good for your hydration. Food in tins can often be heated directly in the tin. Avoid quick-fix stuff. Pre-cooked packet meals can be fine (like wayfarer meals), but ultimately much better to be cooking basically and properly yourself. Leave the packet meals at home!

The physiological benefit of a hot cooked and hydrating meal at least twice a day (breakfast and dinner) is huge.

28 June 2019

Bushcraft Skills 1 Course Available To Book For July

Due to request a last minute Bushcraft Skills 1 Course has been scheduled for 10th & 11th Jul, in Glengarriff/West Cork.

More details here: www.outdoorsireland.com/bushcraftsurvival.php

Get in touch please if you are interested in booking:
00353 86 860 45 63

26 June 2019


I know it can be awkward, but next time you are about to buy or accept something plastic; from a shopping bag, to a toothbrush, to a bottle of water or a takeaway coffee cup - just think this is how it ends up. This is the industry and environmental devastation we are adding to...

21 June 2019

Simple Climbing Gear Care

A question often asked on climbing courses is how to look after your gear. It's pretty straightforward. Any gear, (ropes/slings/hardware/harness) that is muddy, gritty or has been on sea cliffs gets rinsed well in fresh water; then hung to air dry out of direct sunlight.

Check ropes/slings/harness for abrasion. Check hardware for flaking, fracturing, gate stiffness or anything else obvious. Then hang somewhere dry, air temperature and out of sunlight.

15 June 2019

Bushcraft Skills 1 Syllabus

Bushcraft Skills 1 Syllabus:

Bushcraft V Survival
Order Of Priority
Rule Of Three

Efficient Movement
Efficient Gathering
Camp Consideration
Environment Consideration

Base Camp Shelter
Debris Shelter

Improvised Shelter
Survival Sleeping

Fire Building
Fire Management
Fire Cooking
Fire Utensil
Fire Tripod
Pot Hook
Pot Hanger

Water Gathering

Water Sterilisation

Knife Skills
Cordage Skills

Wood Ash
Wood Charcoal
Wild Foraging

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31 May 2019

Learn To Lead Climb Course Running This June

Have scheduled a last minute Learn To Lead Climb Course. This is a six-day course, beginner friendly, with all gear provided.

Places are available to book. Dates: 8th - 9th Jun Plus 13th - 16th Jun. Price €600 per person.

First three days are on sandstone crags in Glengarriff/West Cork. Last three days are on sea cliffs in Dingle/Kerry.

At the end of the six days you will be a safe and self sufficient climber, able to rock climb and abseil. Also able to rig/setup and deal with bottom rope climbing, top rope climbing, abseiling and lead climbing. This also includes all ropework, knots and anchor placement/gear placement.

For More Details Or To Book Contact Nathan 086 860 45 63

24 May 2019

Map Reading Weekend - Mountain Skills 1 - In The Wicklow Hills

We are running a Map Reading Course (Mountain Skills 1) next weekend in the Wicklow Hills, 1st & 2nd June. Places are available to book. Beginner friendly course.

Over the weekend you will cover map reading, contour features, timing, pacing, navigation techniques, how not to get lost, how to get sorted if you do become lost, plus what essential gear to carry in your backpack.

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