26 November 2019

Christmas Gift Vouchers, Including Half-Day Bushcraft Vouchers

Christmas Gift Vouchers we have available as normal.

Also just in time for the Christmas season we have a series of NEW half-day/three-hour 'Bushcraft Experiences' from learning to light a fire, to learning how to set up a wilderness camp, to foraging for food, or fishing and snaring.

All are priced at €65 and more details here: http://www.outdoorsireland.com/bushcraftexperience.php

23 November 2019

Dusky Sunset Kayaking In Killarney National Park

Dusky sunset kayaking at its best, out on the Lakes Of Killarney and Killarney National Park. Being on the water in conditions like this can be awe-inspiring, and certainly doesn't feel like work!

15 November 2019

Beginner To Mountaineer Six-Day Intensive Program

One more new course before the end of 2019. This is an intensive six-day Beginner To Mountaineer Course.

You can hit the course as a complete beginner and will leave as a safe, competent and well skilled mountaineer, able to plan a mountain route, plan a mountain expedition, navigate with map and compass, night navigate, deal with steep dangerous ground, deal with emergencies, tackle scrambling routes and ridges, and use a rope in a mountain environment.

You become a member of Mountaineering Ireland and will get qualified/signed off for completing Mountain Skills 1 plus Mountain Skills 2.

Next year the course will be priced at €652pp. This year, as a winter offer, the six-day course is €452pp; and this includes your MI Membership/MS Registration/MS Logbook.

Mountaineer Intensive Program : 930am
Become A Mountaineer In Six Days
Six Intensive Days Back To Back
Train In The Wild Caha Mountains Of West Cork
30th Nov - 5th Dec : €452pp
Price Includes Mountaineering Ireland Membership, Mountain Skills Registration, Mountain Skills Logbook

Mountaineer Intensive Program : 930am
Become A Mountaineer In Six Days
Split Into Three Weekends
Train In Three Different Mountain Regions
7th - 8th Dec Plus 14th - 15th Dec Plus 21st - 22nd Dec : €452pp
Price Includes Mountaineering Ireland Membership, Mountain Skills Registration, Mountain Skills Logbook

Course Director:
Nathan Kingerlee

Course Team:
Nathan Kingerlee
Dave Kingerlee

12 November 2019

Surviving The M50 / Motorway Survival

Surviving The M50 / Motorway Survival:

Have been thinking about this for a while, and have some dates planned for a one-day, intensive and fun, course; 930am-530pm and €100pp.

Ever wondered what you'd do if caught in a survival situation in day to day living? Stuck on the side of the M50, or a remote country road? Bus-breakdown or train-breakdown middle of the countryside? You always think these things will never happen to you - until they do! No communication, no phone battery, no emergency services, adverse weather, someone injured, snow storm, trees across road cutting access, simple breakdown in a heatwave...

Being close enough to see the lights of civilization/safety does not always mean you can reach safety easily, or safety can reach you. Sometimes, especially with your family in the back seat, the safest and best option is to hunker down and wait for daylight, wait for six-hours, wait for twelve-hours, let the storm pass...

This one-day outdoor based program will cover the preparation, the mental attitude and thought process, the skills and the basic equipment needed to give you knowledge, confidence and choices - should a situation arise

We also cover a basic kit bag or kit bucket of gear, similar to a survival bug-out bag. We cover how to enjoy the situation you are in, and learn from it; unless of course it is an extreme emergency situation - which will probably not be enjoyable - but will have high stakes and high consequences.

Sometimes even the simplicity of making a hot brew, heating a tin of beans, foil blanket wrap under your jumper, slapping on a bandage and having the patience/confidence to sit tight for a few hours is all that is needed.

Sat 16th Nov : Killarney
Sat 23rd Nov : Wicklow
Sat 21st Dec : Killarney

Nathan Kingerlee : info@outdoorsireland.com : 086 860 45 63

11 November 2019

Autumn Kayaking - Leaves Like Swarms Of Yellow Butterflies

Autumn kayaking - probably my favorite time to be on the water. Cold, but so peaceful and invigorating. The russet-yellow beech leaves, being blown in swarms across the water yesterday, were like clouds of autumn butterflies.

6 November 2019

Simple Wilderness/Bushcraft Fire Setup

Setting A Campfire?

Here's A Nice Way To Go About It:

1. Big wet log or stump at back of fire (downwind side of fire). This contains the fire, prevents spread, reflects back a little heat and may well give you some red embers in morning. Depending on the shape of your back log - you may be able to sit a pot to simmer, as in first photo.

2. Smaller log at front of fire, again to contain fire, and cut down on fuel wastage.

3. Pyramid lay or teepee lay to your sticks to get fire going and initially roaring up.

4. Two to four long logs in fire, placed in from sides. This is called a star lay. As the fire fully catches and your star logs burn nicely, you can simply push them in to keep fire going, or increase heat. Or pull the star logs apart to slow down fire. See second photo especially for this.

5 November 2019

Bushcraft & Wilderness Training For New TV Production

Just finished two great days work with Troy Studios; bushcraft and wilderness training for a new tv production.