26 June 2022

Moving Blog To New Website

After using this blog platform for the past seventeen years; ever since I set up my business (back in 2006!); I am reluctantly moving my blog across to my new website; so everything will be all together.

This Is The New Website + This Is The New Blog

As one of my favorite radio presenters used to say 'if you have been - thank you for listening'

Thanks! Nathan

11 June 2022

Bushcraft Skills - Basecamp

Bushcraft Skills - Basecamp:

When you hit the wilderness and decide to stop to build a shelter, make camp, look for water, etc - the very first thing you want to do is get a decent basecamp.

This is where you can put your belongings and gear somewhere clean, safe, protected from elements and protected from animals.

Everything is together and organised. Up off the ground is good - a tree makes a great cupboard!

If rain or snow is likely however then under an uprooted tree stump or under an overhanging rock is good.

If you are going wandering have your gear prominent. Not being able to find stuff again can be more common than you would think!

More Bushcraft Resources Here
Bushcraft Training Courses Here

9 June 2022

Beginner To Lead Scrambler Course : In The Caha Mountains/West Cork & MacGillycuddy Reeks/Kerry

At the end of this Aug we are running a six-day Beginner To Lead Scrambler Course; split between the Caha Mountains/West Cork and MacGillycuddy Reeks/Kerry.

The course is divided into two three-day blocks (24th Aug-Fri 26th Aug Plus 31st Aug-Fri 2nd Sept).

This course covers the skills and ropework to lead and second on rock steps, mountain ridges and mountain gullies - safely and using a rope when needed.

Two places are still available for it.

More Here: www.outdoorsireland.com/activities/scramble-skills

+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

5 June 2022

Bushcraft Skills - Debris Shelter

Bushcraft Skills - Debris Shelter:

Made from whatever 'debris' is available to you. (All dead and on the ground - apart from bracken/rhododendron you should not be taking anything living generally).

You will see a long ridge-pole, an a-frame doorway, ribbing along each side, then the entire frame is covered with debris, such as leaf-mould. The covering should be compacted and should ideally be arm depth in thickness.

More Bushcraft Tips & Resources Here: www.outdoorsireland.com/resources

3 June 2022

Sunset & Half-Day Kayaking Tours In Killarney National Park : Sunrise, Sunset, Bioluminesence & Half-Day Kayaking Tours In Glengarriff Nature Reserve

This June Bank Holiday Weekend we've loads happening; and absolutely stunning weather forecast!

In Killarney National Park; half-day and sunset guided kayaking tours.

In Glengarriff Nature Reserve; sunrise, sunset, bioluminesence, and half-day guided kayaking tours.

For Details Or Booking:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

All Beginner Friendly

28 May 2022

Bioluminesence Night Kayaking Tours - Glengarriff Bay

Bioluminesence Night Kayaking Tours - Glengarriff Bay - This Summer!

10pm - Midnight
€75 Per Person
Beginner Friendly

All Gear Provided To Keep You Warm/Dry, Including Wetsuits & Buoyancy Aids

To Book Please Contact:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Kayaking in bioluminesence, on the dark glassy waters of Glengarriff Bay, In Bantry Bay & West Cork, is absolutely magical! However there is no guarantee of experiencing this bioluminesence; though we will do our best for you. Being on the water in a kayak, in the dark, is pretty awesome regardless! This guided sea kayaking tour is also weather dependent.

Fire Skills - Bushcraft Training

Fire Skills: This is what we call a horizontal fire lay. It is used once you have a decent red ember base, want to settle the fire, conserve fuel, and do some cooking.
Like on a bbq, you don't generally want to cook on flames, you want to cook on solid constant heat/embers.
You will see a back and two sides to this fire to keep it tidy and controlled. The front is left open to feed in longer logs. Feeding in longer logs, bit by bit, is a lot less work for you.
The burning logs are laid horizontally side by side. You will notice a couple of basic ways of heating water and cooking beans.
You will also notice a rock back to the fire which reflects back out heat towards you. Important that the fire is never actually built up against a rock, as it scorches the rock and can destroy things like lichen growth or bug habitats on the rock.

25 May 2022

Fire Skills - Bushcraft Training

Fire Skills: This is what we call a pyramid lay or teepee lay. It is laid on top of, and all around, your tinder. The pyramid shape creates a chimney updraft effect and helps get your fire blazing. This is all built before you strike your spark.

You strike your spark into the upwind side of fire setup; meaning any breeze fans the sparks and flames deeper into the fire.

The fuel being used here is rhododendron. Dry rhododendron makes a really good starting fuel.

13 May 2022

Bioluminescence Sea Kayaking Tours (Night Kayaking) In Glengarriff Bay This Summer!

Bioluminescence has been in Glengarriff Bay/West Cork in small amounts since March. To kayak or swim in it is absolutely magical!

I have tended not to run these kayaking tours up to now; as we end up short on sleep and also it can be temperamental and I don't like to see disappointed people heading home 😀

However due to the interest and inquiries happening we will start to run them on limited dates. Generally they will run 9pm-Midnight and the price is €75pp. Beginner friendly and all gear provided.

Next provisional dates for this Bioluminescence Sea Kayaking is 20th-22nd May; 27th-29th May; and June Bank Holiday 3rd-6th June. info@outdoorsireland.com if you are interested in booking. Thanks, Nathan