25 May 2017

Is It Hard To Find Good Locations For Bushcraft?

On bushcraft skills courses people often ask how to find the ideal bushcraft location in their area. Or mention how difficult it is to find somewhere with all the resources needed.

My answer is - of course some places can be sparse, but in general it is about improvisation.

Photo 1 here shows birch woods for shelter, tinder + fuel. A glade of birch in a hollow like this can often mean a stream. Yellow gorse for eating. Bracken for building shelter + mattress. Young bracken shoots also for eating.

Photo 2 here shows dense pine forest for shelter + fuel. Pine sap is nicely flammable and makes a good antiseptic wound dressing. Pine root is one of the best (and simplest) cordages you will find. There will be sphagnum moss in the pine forest - also hugely useful. Birch trees on the edge for birch bark tinder. Green and brown bracken for building shelter + mattress. Brambles for cordage, eating + making bramble leaf tea.

Photo 3 here shows similar resources to previous photo; along with puddles for gathering water (use sphagnum moss to soak up, then squeeze into a pan to sterilize). Ditch on either side of road you would expect to hold moisture. Road leading into forest great as a linear location feature/collecting feature.

Top Rope Session On A Lead Climb Course - Gap Of Dunloe

Part 1 Of A Learn To Lead Climb Course, Running In Gap Of Dunloe & Dingle Sea Cliffs. Here the students are setting up a top rope anchor system, then bringing up their climbing partner. The aim of this session is to work on solid top rope belaying plus the 'start procedure' or communication needed.

18 May 2017

Kayaking Trips & Mountain Skills 1 This Week

Over the coming days we have the following available:

Fri 19th : 6pm : Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking : €60pp

Sat 20th & Sun 21st : 930am : Mountain Skills 1 Course : €170pp

Sat 20th : 10am + 2pm + 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Half-Day Kayaking

Sun 21st : 10am + 2pm + 6pm : €60pp
Killarney Lakes Half-Day Kayaking

Tues 23rd : 6pm : Killarney Lakes Sunset Kayaking

To Book Any Of These Please Email info@outdoorsireland.com Or Text Message 086 860 45 63. Thanks, Nathan