29 February 2020

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is becoming very relevant and very prevalent to us in Ireland. It can be very difficult to recognise, very difficult to test for, very difficult to treat. Different types of treatment seem to work for different people.

It is like the 'perfect illness' in terms of how it can mask itself and how it can move around the body. There is still major lack of knowledge, especially in the conventional medical arena - which is generally where we turn to first. There is denial about the illness, misinformation about the illness, and there seems to be an air of conspiracy about the illness (see the above video).

There are so many examples of people being treated incorrectly for years upon years, for example, depression or multiple sclerosis; when in fact they have lyme. There are so many examples of people crippled, bed-ridden, wheelchair-bound or suffering major chronic fatigue - due to lyme and not being treated correctly for lyme.

I was told by Dr. Lambert of www.iddoctor.eu; Ireland's main lyme specialist; that there is currently not one single medical test that is truly accurate for lyme.

I imagine anyone reading this blog post will have had a family member/friend/neighbor contract lyme. Or if not - will have heard of someone locally who has lyme.

Are people involved in outdoor pursuits, especially hiking and camping, more at risk of contracting lyme?

I honestly don't believe so. For every outdoor enthusiast I know with lyme; or have heard of with lyme; I also know an equal number of 'conventional people' with lyme. These are babies and children (some in the country, some in housing estates), footballers, farmers, housewives and regular business people living in towns.

Lyme Disease is relevant, prevalent, dangerous - but don't let fear of it stop you living your life and don't let fear of it stop you engaging in outdoor pursuits. Know about it. Be aware of it.

Be vigilant for it; the same way we are vigilant for flooded rivers on a wet day; lightning on a hot summer day, hypothermia on a cold day, rockfall while rock climbing or weils disease any day.

Knowledge, Awareness, Vigilance will go a long way to keeping you safe; recognising lyme in the short term; or recognising lyme in the long term.

There is a lot of information out there about lyme, how to try prevent it, how to recognise it, how to treat it. What I say to students on our training courses is:

If you ever contract a medical issue, small or large, that is not clear-cut (such as sprain/fracture/cancer); then suspect lyme. Especially if you are going down the road of fatigue, depression, personality change, immune system or multiple sclerosis - suspect lyme. Don't necessarily believe your initial doctor or initial test. In fact the current Irish lyme blood test can often be a waste of time.

1. Only Some Ticks Carry Lyme
2. Only Half Of Infected Ticks Leave The Classic Bulls Eye Mark
3. The Other Half Of Infected Ticks Leave No Mark
4. Your Lyme Bite May Have Happened Years Ago
5. Lyme Is Thought To Possibly Be Sexually Transmitted

1. Wear long leg pants and long sleeve tops
2. Tuck your pants into your socks
3. Wear decent hiking boots and decent gaiters
4. Be sensible where you walk, climb, sit for lunch, camp
5. Spray an insect repellent such as deet on your boots, gaiters, bottom of boot soles, bottom of pants
6. Possibly wear darker colors, instead of lighter/brighter colors (this is not fully confirmed)
7. Check carefully for ticks daily (in the shower can be a good place)
8. There is a lot of discussion and fussing about the best way to remove a tick. The main thing is to remove immediately and remove quickly/smoothly. The more a tick is agitated, burnt with a match, smothered in vasoline, etc; the more likely it is to spit venom into you. I have always found quick simple removal with a tweezers to be effective.

This Is My Recommended Approach In Whatever Order You Feel:
1. Bio Magnetic Testing & Therapy Dublin : www.bmptireland.com
2. Bio Magnetic Testing & Therapy Kerry :
3. Lyme Herbalist : http://herbalist.ie
4. Lyme Doctor Ireland : www.iddoctor.eu
5. Lyme Doctor Poland : http://swietylukasz.pl/en/home
6. Lyme Test Germany : www.arminlabs.com/en
7. Infra Red Home Sauna : www.firzone.co.uk
8. Epson Salt Bath : your local chemist

Useful Links:
1. http://ticktalkireland.org
2. https://www.arminlabs.com/en/services/tick-borne-diseases/lyme-borreliosis
3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lyme-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20374651

Nathan Kingerlee - Outdoors Ireland Training School

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18 February 2020

Bushcraft Navigation 1 Syllabus

Bushcraft Navigation 1 Syllabus

Escape Navigation - Hit Safety
Landmark Navigation - Hit Point
Cardinal Navigation - Hit North

Escape Navigation:
No Location - No Destination - Go Somewhere Invisible/Sensible

Landmark Navigation:
No Location - No Destination - Go Somewhere Visible/Sensile

Cardinal Navigation:
Yes Location (Approx) - Yes Destination (Approx) - Go Somewhere Definite

Cardinal Navigation:
Go North - Have Compass - Use Compass
Go North - No Compass - Make Compass - Use Compass
Go North - No Compass - Make Direction - Use Direction

Make Compass:
Wet Compass
Dry Compass

Make Direction:

Walking Pole
Rule Of Three

Five D:


Tick Off Point
Cut Off Point

Ping Pong

Map Use
Map Make
Map Memory

Grid Reference:

Vegetation Grade
Body For Vegetation
Pole For Vegetation

Body For Blind
Pole For Blind
Blind Defensive Position

Sense Awareness:

Slope Aspect
Taking A Bearing On Ground
Following A Bearing On Ground
Boxing Small
Boxing Big

Base Camp Boxing
Base Camp Radiating



Weather Interpretation
Weather Awareness

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16 February 2020

Learn To Lead Climb (RC3) Syllabus

Learn To Lead Climb (RC3) Syllabus

Day 1:
RC1 Day 1

Day 2:
RC1 Day 2

Day 3:
Lead Climb Set Up (Three Anchors) - Flat
Lead Climb Set Up (Three Anchors) - Crag
Climb/Top Out
Lead Climb With Pre Placed Gear/Safety Rope
Double Anchor To Single Anchor
Equipment Knowledge

Day 4:
RCI Scheme
Hard Climbs
Sling Placement
Wire Placement
Hex Placement
Place Gear/Remove Gear While Climbing

Day 5:
Lead Climb
Guide Book

Day 6:
Lead Climb
Guide Book

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13 February 2020

Learn To Rock Climb (RC1) Syllabus

Learn To Rock Climb (RC1) Syllabus

Rope Safety
Crab Safety
Clip In
Belay With Italian Hitch
Buddy Check
Climbing Calls
Crab Cross Load Check
Team Climb/Belay
Instructor Demo
Coaching Calls
Tie In With Figure Eight Stopper
Italian Hitch
Clove Hitch
Flake Rope
Coil Rope

Team Climb/Belay
Recap Day 1
Belay With Belay Plate
Belay In Top Rope Position
Climb/Top Out
Sling Daisy Chain
Sling Placement For Thread/Spike
Abseil Without Prussik, Using Safety Rope
Abseil With Prussik, Using Safety Rope
Foot Work/Watch Feet
Balance/Small Moves
Instructor Demo

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11 February 2020

Bushcraft Navigation 1 Course : 22nd & 23rd Feb

Have you always wanted to be able to navigate the wilds without map and compass; using natural bushcraft methods, such as vegetation, wind, sun, animal tracks?

We have a weekend Bushcraft Navigation 1 Course on 22nd & 23rd Feb. 930am-530pm each day and beginner friendly. Price is €200 per person.

These skills, and awareness, will cover you for all environments from jungle to mountain to desert.

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6 February 2020

Bushcraft Survival 1 Syllabus

Bushcraft Survival 1 Syllabus

Survival Pyramid
Order Of Priority
Rule Of Three
Personal Care

Gear Wear
Gear Carry

Sense Awareness
Landscape Awareness
Resource Awareness

Multi Task
Base Camp
Main Camp

Water Gather
Water Filter
Water Boil
Water Access

Forage Plant
Forage Animal
Forage Test


Fire Build
Fire Manage
Fire Cook

Shelter Build
Mattress Build
Bag Build


Wood Ash
Wood Charcoal

Knot Work
Knife Work
Tarp Work


Leave No Trace (Owner/School/Environment/Stealth)

Survival Tin

Survival First Aid (Blister/Cut/Sprain/Fracture/Stomach/Head/Back/Crutch/Stretcher)

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