29 March 2017

Upcoming Mountain Skills 1 In Kinvara, Galway

We have a Mountain Skills 1 coming up in Kinvara, Galway; based in the spectacular Burren Hills, on Sat 8th & Sun 9th Apr.

There are some places left available for this training course, so if interested please do get in touch on 086 860 45 63 or info@outdoorsireland.com. Thanks, Nathan

18 March 2017

Bushcraft Skills 1 Course Next Weekend

This coming weekend (Sat 25th & Sun 26th Mar) we have a Bushcraft Skills 1 Course, with a couple of places left available for it. More details here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/bushcraftsurvival.php

To book a place please contact info@outdoorsireland.com or 086 860 45 63. Thanks, Nathan

7 March 2017

Guide Training Last Sat - Wild Food Creation

Gorse Flower Cordial : Wood Sorrel + Bramble Leaf Pesto

Bog Myrtle + Gorse Flower Bacardi : Blackberry Gin
Guide training last Saturday for the awesome Ireland Walk Hike Bike, based in Tralee. Here are some foraged foods and drinks we put together...

3 March 2017

Softshell Jackets From Portwest's New Leisurewear Range

Erris Softshell Jacket

Larry Softshell Jacket
I have just entered into a pretty exciting relationship with Portwest; who are launching a really awesome, beautifully designed, range of outdoor leisure wear. It is designed for Irish conditions and I love the fact it is an Irish company, with Irish names for most of their gear!

Last week they sent down two excellent softshell jackets, for our Forest Skills Course. One for myself and one for a journalist - Lenny Antonelli.

Both softshell jackets stood up to wet and cold conditions beautifully, plus being hard wearing as we battled through dense undergrowth and breathable when the sun shone on the second day!

Portwest are on Twitter @PortwestIreland

2 March 2017

Two Videos From Our Weekend In The Woods!

Setting up a smoking camp fire in prep for our Forest Skills 1 students to take a compass sighting on it from a 1km away vantage point; then zone in on it. Part of what we call 'escape navigation'.

Here students on last weekend's course are blindfolded and use their sense of smell and sense of hearing to zone in on a camp fire. The blindfolds replicate zero visibility, which is actually pretty rare - even at night. You may notice some of the students are in what we call 'defensive position' for moving through vegetation in zero visibility. One hand protecting the stomach/groin area and one hand protecting the face. The face hand continually waves back and forth to cover the entire face/neck area.