31 October 2019

Last Training Courses Of 2019

As the oak trees turn brown, the beech trees turn yellow, and the swallows slip away; we're on the final countdown! Here are our four training courses left in 2019:

Mountain Skills 1 : Killarney/Kerry : 2nd & 3rd Nov
Bushcraft Skills 1 : Glengarriff/Cork : 16th & 17th Nov
Mountain Skills 1 : Kinvara/Galway : 7th & 8th Dec
Mountain Skills 2 : Glengarriff/Cork : 14th & 15th Dec

Contact Nathan For More Details

30 October 2019

Broken Finger & Useful Mittens

Had a student with a broken finger on a recent bushcraft course. Cleaned it with plenty of clean water, then couple of plasters over the wound, and some surgical tape to splint broken finger to a good finger. Thankfully he wasn't in much pain - fair play to you Gavin!

Obviously spare/emergency gloves and spare/emergency hat in your backpack should be pretty standard - hopefully! But you can see here the bonus of using mittens instead of gloves. Imagine trying to fit a broken/splinted finger into a pair of regular gloves. These were €10 lidl mittens. Mittens are a super way to keep an injured hand warm and protected once first aid has been done.

People often say to me that mittens are clumsy, but I've found with practice most things still possible, including tying laces, tying knots and sending a text message!

23 October 2019

Forest & Jungle Navigation Skills Weekend - Bushcraft Navigation

Places available for a Forest Skills 1 this weekend in Glengarriff/West Cork. This two-day, complete beginner friendly, course covers navigation skills using bushcraft methods and natural methods.

Learn to navigate in forest, jungle and moorland using things like the sun, wind, clouds, animals, cobwebs... Also some nice compass skills while crawling through undergrowth, using your nose, making progress blindfolded, and more.

For details contact Nathan on 086 860 45 63 or info@outdoorsireland.com.

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