23 December 2015

Bushcraft Survival Tin

Small Pocket Size Tin

Packed Tight With Cotton Wool In Any Spaces

1. Polished Lid For Signaling

2. Emergency Knife

3. Fire Striker

4. Cotton Wool (For Tinder Starting)

5. Cord

6. Fishing Hooks

7. Fishing Line

8. Fishing Weight

9. Safety Pins

10. Candle

11. Solar Powered Torch

Ideally you are hitting the wilds with more equipment than this; including a larger/fixed blade knife, water container and cooking pan. However with enough practice and skill this small tin of equipment will provide so much for you.

With this tin you have the equipment to make shelter, make fire, make fishing rod, make snare, make mattress, make blanket, fix gear and signal for help.

Nathan - Outdoors Ireland

15 December 2015

Second Hand Kayaks For Sale

Second Hand Kayaks With Carbon Paddles For Sale

Blue 10.5 Foot 'Dagger Blackwater' With Rear Hatch & Drop Skeg - €450

Second Hand Kayaks With Carbon Paddles For Sale

Yellow 11 Foot 'Venture Kayak' With Rear Hatch & Drop Skeg - €350

Also For Sale In Good Condition:
Spray Decks

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

11 December 2015

Extra Bushcraft Skills Dates

We have three one-day/stand-alone Bushcraft Skills dates coming up just before Christmas. These are part of the Bushcraft Survival Skills 3 syllabus (BS3). However you can join them having completed previous training with us; or as a complete beginner.

Mon 21st Dec : 930am : €80pp
Bushcraft Shelter Building Skills
Order Of Priority / Shelter Considerations / Natural Cordage / Debris Shelter / Temporary Shelter / Raised Shelter

Tues 22nd Dec : 930am : €80pp
Bushcraft Fire Building Skills
Order Of Priority / Fire Considerations / Fuel Gathering / Fuel Drying / Tinder Drying / Fire Building / Fire Lighting / Fire Tripod / Pit Fire / Raised Fire

Wed 23rd Dec : 930am : €80pp
Bushcraft Water Gathering Skills
Order Of Priority / Water Considerations / Water Gathering / Water Straining / Water Purifying / Boiling Methods / Sweat Bag / Dew Bag / Rock Method / Pit Method / Solar Still

For More Details Please Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Bushcraft Water Gathering Skills

Bushcraft Fire Building Skills

Bushcraft Shelter Building Skills

Practice Ideas For Post-Mountain Skills 1 & Post-Mountain Skills 2

Post-Mountain Skills 1 Practice Ideas

Team Up With Your Course Participants For Quality Mountain Walks
Identify Contour Features On Map
Calculate Distance (1MM = 50 Meters)
Calculate Time (5KM = 60 Minutes)
Pace & Test 100 Meters Over Various Terrain
5 Plastic Toggles For Pacing
Identify Quality Mountain Walks On Map
Quality Mountain Walks (Every Second Navigation Point Should Be Obvious)
Use Handrail Features
Use Tick Off Features
Use Cut Off Features

Post-Mountain Skills 2 Practice Ideas

Team Up With Your Course Participants For Quality Mountain Walks
Distant Feature Recognition
Attack Point
Aiming Off
Use Full Flash Card
Compass Bearing
Back Bearing
Leap Frog With Compass On Steep/Boggy Terrain
Night Navigation
Steep Ground Work

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First Lead Climb/Lead Belay On A Lead Climb Course

First Lead Climb/Lead Belay On A Lead Climb Course

The emphasis is on moving at the sharp end of the rope on a straightforward climb, placing gear, placing runners, clipping in, communication with the second, and then setting up on top.

While for the second - the emphasis is on careful and dynamic belaying, watching the leader for issues, communication; then seconding the climb, removing the placed gear and the wrap up.

9 December 2015

This Sunday 13th Just Come Availabe

This Sunday 13th Dec has just come available, and I am available, if anyone needs an intensive one-day training program run. The areas available are:

Bushcraft Survival
Bushcraft Fire Building
Bushcraft Shelter Building

Map & Compass Skills
Advanced Mountain Navigation

Rock Climb & Abseil Intro
Rock Climb & Abseil Setup
Intermediate Rock Climbing
Lead Rock Climbing

Business Setup
Business Develop

If interested in any of these please do get in touch on 086 860 45 63. Thanks, Nathan - Outdoors Ireland

ABC Rule For Climbing

ABC Rule (Anchor/Belayer/Climber) Or Straight Line Rule

This means that your climbing system needs to be in a straight line at all times.

Anchors, belayer, climber; in whatever order the system is set up; always need to be in a straight line.

If things are out of straight line and the climber slips then the climber pendulums across the rock face and these photos show what can happen to the climbing rope, as it moves across the rock face back into a straight line again.

29 November 2015

Mountain Skills 1 In Killarney Next Weekend

Mountain Skills 1 in Killarney next weekend, covering map reading, navigation techniques, equipment and dealing with getting lost. Nicely intensive weekend course but also beginner friendly.

Click Here For More Details
Click Here For Course Syllabus

To Book Please Contact Nathan On 086 860 45 63

27 November 2015

Top Rope Climbing In Gap Of Dunloe

Top Rope Climbing In Gap Of Dunloe On Our Current Lead Climb Course. This Is On Top Of A Beautiful Crag Called 'Rescue Rock'.

Great Exposure & Views Through Gap Of Dunloe!

22 November 2015

Fixing A Reversed Compass

1. A compass can sometimes become reversed; or to be specific the moving needle within the compass can sometimes become reversed.

2. This happens if the compass has a bang, or is exposed to a magnet.

3. To fix - take a magnet, such as a fridge magnet, and stroke along the compass needle.

4. One stroke should do the job. Stroke the magnet from south to north, then lift away from the compass.

5. Storing several compasses together is not ideal, but if this is the case store them parallel to each other so all needles are aligned.

6. With this in mind it shows that it is good to carry two compasses if you are out by yourself; or have two compasses within your team if there are a few of you out.

Nathan Kingerlee - Outdoors Ireland

18 November 2015

Rose-Hip & Sloe-Berry Scones

Rose-Hip & Sloe-Berry Scones

450g Flour
75g Sugar
125g Butter
125g Rose-Hip & Sloe-Berry
1 Egg
Teaspoon Salt
Teaspoon Baking Powder

1. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder.

2. Rub in butter.

3. Mix in hips and berries.

4. Whisk an egg into milk and add mixture to bowl. Add extra milk if needed.

5. Mix together well and scoop dollops of scone mixture onto a pre heated baking tray.

6. Have baking tray lightly dusted with flour beforehand.

7. Place in pre heated oven at gas mark 5, or 190 degrees, for fifteen to twenty mins.

8. On top of these scones before baking I added a little bog myrtle for seasoning.

Nathan Kingerlee - Outdoors Ireland

17 November 2015

Final Training Courses Of 2015

Learn To Lead Climb : Starts 21st Nov

Mountain Skills 1 In Kerry : 5th & 6th Dec

Crampon & Axe/Snow & Ice Skills : 12th Dec

Mountaineering Rope Work Skills : 13th Dec

Mountain Skills 2 In Kerry : 12th & 13th Dec

Mountain Skills 2 In Wicklow : 19th & 20th Dec

For Details Or To Book Please Contact Nathan
On 086 860 45 63 Or Here

16 November 2015

Thinking Of France

Our thoughts and prayers with France at the moment. We meet a lot of really awesome French tourists each summer, and are hoping they are all alright.

12 November 2015

What If I'm Wrong?

Took the below quote from an article in Backcountry Magazine regarding a Snow & Avalanche Workshop in Seattle.

Ask More Often: What If I’m Wrong?

Margaret Wheeler, the second woman in the U.S. to complete her IFMGA certification, also delved into uncertainty, discussing overconfidence and overexposure in the mountains. “Uncertainty is underrepresented in our decision-making process,” Wheeler said, suggesting we should do more to quantify what we don’t know before making a backcountry decision. “Ask: What is our list of uncertainties?” Wheeler said. “We have to match increased exposure with increased vigilance.”

Really interesting piece and I think we can borrow it here for either personal mountaineering/climbing/kayaking or as part of our professional guiding for mountaineering/climbing/kayaking.

Ask 'What If I'm Wrong' or 'What If Things Go Wrong' in terms of having some simple response actions planned in advance of something going wrong.

Nathan Kingerlee