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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17 May 2019

Bushcraft Skills 1 Training Course - Outdoors Ireland Certified

Bushcraft Skills 1

Leer bushcraft skills zodat je vaardig en zelfvoorzienend kunt zijn in het wild

Bushcraft Survival Skills is een tweedaagse cursus in de wildernis van Kerry en West Cork.

Gedurende deze twee dagen leer je over uitrusting, improvisatie bij noodgevallen, voedsel zoeken, vissen in noodgevallen, het bouwen van een schuilplaats, vuur maken, koken in de buitenlucht en een variatie aan andere basisvaardigheden m.b.t. bushcraft. Je overnacht in de wildernis, in de schuilplaats die je zelf hebt gemaakt.

Prijs: 250 euro per persoon
Als je bij ons een training afrondt, mag je dezelfde training altijd gratis nog eens komen doen

Tijd: 9 u - 17 u
Beginners zijn welkom

7 May 2019

Irish Times Article Last Weekend

Delighted with this Irish Times article last weekend, written by Jamie Ball; about a weekend spent in West Cork, staying at Eccles Hotel and sea kayaking with us out in Glengarriff Bay!
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3 May 2019

Kayaking Tours On The Lakes Of Killarney & Sea Kayaking Tours On Glengarriff Bay This May Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday Killarney Lakes Kayaking Available
Thurs 2nd - Tues 7th May Inclusive
Morning + Afternoon + Sunset
Please Text Message 086 860 45 63 To Book

May Bank Holiday Glengarriff Bay Sea Kayaking Available

Thurs 2nd - Tues 7th May Inclusive
Morning + Afternoon + Sunset
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Guided Kayak Trips Are Beginner Friendly, €60 Per Person, And All Gear Provided Including Wetsuit/Buoyancy Aid

29 April 2019

Always Have Useful Cordage Handy

Cord or cordage can be super useful in a bushcraft situation. A handy tip is to change your boot laces for paracord (which you'll get in a bushcraft or army surplus store). Cut the paracord twice as long as your boot laces need to be.

Then if you urgently need cordage use one of your laces as cordage, and cut the other lace in half to turn it into a conventional lace.

With such long laces there are a couple of ways to tie away all the surplus length. Photo 4 shows one way.

17 April 2019

Moving Safely Over Steep/Exposed/Rocky Mountainside (From Mountain Skills 2 Syllabus)

Moving Safely Over Steep/Exposed/Rocky Mountainside:

Break the mountainside into small pieces. Look to move through each piece via 'ramps', 'gullies' and 'steps'. Each piece should finish in a 'safe haven' where you can assess the next piece.

No matter how comfortable you are in terrain within a 5 meter radius of you; zoom out and look at what is below you, for example a cliff; or above you, for example possible rockfall.

Here are six good questions to ask before tackling each piece of steep ground:
1. Could we do this?
2. Should we do this?
3. What is the likelihood of a slip?
4. What is the consequence of a slip?
5. If we scramble over this piece can we also scramble back, if necessary?
6. Can I see a way on and out; or are we doing something tricky/risky/time consuming - only to have to backtrack?

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More Mountain Scrambling Skills

9 April 2019

Last Mountain Skills 2 Before The Summer

Our last Mountain Skills 2 before the summer is running this weekend in Killarney if you are interested in booking a spot. More details are here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/mountainskills.php

3 April 2019

Lake Kayaking, Sea Kayaking, Fire Making Skills Or Bushcraft Foraging Skills This Weekend

This coming weekend (Sat 6th & Sun 7th Apr) we have availability for any of the following: Kayaking In Killarney National Park, Sea Kayaking In Glengarriff Bay, Bushcraft Fire Making 1 Day Workshop, or Bushcraft Foraging 1 Day Workshop.

For More Details 086 860 45 63. Thanks, Nathan

19 March 2019

Bushcraft Skills 1 Coming Up In Kerry - Two Places Available

Two places have come available for a Bushcraft Skills Course in Killarney/Kerry on 30th & 31st Mar.

Spend two days and an overnight in the wilds of a wooded Kerry valley; learning fire making, shelter building, foraging and cooking skills.

Please contact Nathan for more details here: www.outdoorsireland.com/contact.php

14 March 2019

11 Simple Edible Foods To Forage In Ireland

Here are eleven simple wild foods to easily forage and eat. No preparation needed - just pick and eat. You will find these plants not quite year round, but pretty prevalent most of the year; and all over Ireland.

I have a mix here of meadowland plants such as sheep's sorrel, woodland plants such as old man's beard and mountain plants such as crowberry.

The seed of a yew berry can be fatally poisonous so exercise extreme caution. Also please give the plants priority over your food needs - pick carefully and sparingly - where you have permission. Leaving plenty for the plant to continue strong and plenty for the birds and animals. The environment and nature has to come first.

This is just a quick reference guide. You may consider joining one of our training courses or getting out with an experienced forager. More details here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/bushcraftsurvival.php and here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/resources.php.

Yew + Yew Berry (Caution Seed Of Yew Berry Is Fatal If Consumed)
Yew + Yew Berry (Caution Seed Of Yew Berry Is Fatal In Consumed)
Whitethorn + Haw Berry
Whitethorn + Haw Berry
Blackthorn + Sloe Berry
Blackthorn + Sloe Berry
Wood Sorrel
Sheep's Sorrel
Old Man's Beard
Spiral Wrack Seaweed
Spiral Wrack Seaweed