Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ray Mears Woodlore Fundamental Bushcraft Lochside Scotland

It is now confirmed that I will be attending the Woodlore Fundamentals Course in Lochside, Perthshire, Scotland in the Autumn of this year (2016). This is the first Fundamental Bushcraft course that Woodlore have run at Lockside so it will be a great adventure for all those attending.

The course lasts for seven days and involves many aspects of woodland survival such as, wild foot, tracking, trapping, foot preparation and cooking. In addition to this there will be instruction in knife use and carving plus shelter building plus a wide variety of other Bushcraft skills.

It will be a very interesting experience and I hope to come away from the course with a lot of new skills and knowledge plus a better understanding of woodland survival, and a stronger connection with nature. I have not camped in a woodland for more than a couple of nights so a full week of camping will hopefully help me me feel much more at home in that environment.

There will also be a wide variety of wildlife to observe including Roe and Red Deer, Otters, Badgers, Foxes and Ospreys. Hopefully I will be able to capture some of these in photographs to share with you on my blog.

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Green Bothy, Kielder

I’ve watched a lot of videos on YouTube about people staying in Bothies but I had not stayed in one myself, so I thought it was about time that I did, the Bothy that I chose for my first stay was Green Bothy in Kielder.

A Bothy is a building that is made available for people to stay overnight, usually free of charge. Bothies are most often maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. You can join the Mountain Bothies Association for a small fee and the money goes towards the upkeep of Bothies.

I had asked a friend of mine (Mick) if he wanted to come along for a trip to Green Bothy in Kielder and he said he would, so I planned the route we would take from a small village called Stonehaugh. As usual I used OS Maps to plan the route and then downloaded the route into my phone.


Route to Green Bothy

I had arranged to meet Mick at 2 pm but I got a text from Mick saying he was going to be late and he would meet me at the Bothy, so I set off on my own. It was about 4.5 miles to walk from Stonehaugh to Green Bothy.

It was about a two hour walk to get to Green Bothy, a lot of the route was up hill and there were some quite steep sections. The scenery on the way there was beautiful and there was a beautiful fragrance from the pine trees.

Once I got there I had a quick look around and then started unpacking my bag, There were three rooms which were available for people to sleep in, each with a raised platform. I setup my sleeping mat in the main room where there was a log burning stove. Mick Arived a couple of hours later and picked the room just off the main room.

One we got settled in we got the log burning stove lit and cot some extra fire wood, we sat around the stove and discussed our adventures and shared knowledge. Mick has an excellent YouTube Channel and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the outdoors: 12thSagitarrian YouTube Channel

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Camping Equipment

Taking the correct camping equipment is essential for a good camping experience. If you are new to camping or have not been camping for quite a while it is not easy deciding what

Camping Equipment - Tent

Camping Equipment – Tent

camping equipment you need to take. The camping equipment that you will require depends on a number of factors, including; Considerations for children, amenities available at the camp site and how long you will be camping for. In this article I will provide a list of basic items that you will need, you may need to add additional items or multiply the items by how many people will be going on the camping trip.

Camping Equipment Checklist

– Tent Family/Backpacking.
– Camping Mats Family/Backpacking.
– Water Bottle Family/Backpacking.
– Table Family/Backpacking.
– Chair Family/Backpacking.
– Stove Family/Backpacking.
– Fuel for Stove
– Food  (Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Meal plus Snacks)
– Wash Kit.
– Plates, Knives, Forks, Spoons, Kettle, Pans, Cups, Chopping Board and Sharp knife.
– Towels, Dishcloth, Washing up liquid.
– Tea, Coffee, Sugar and Milk.
– Sleeping Bag (Must be warm enough for camping conditions).
– Waterproof Clothing.
– Hat
– A Change of Clothing.
– Bedtime Clothing.
– Warm Clothing and Footwear (It can sometimes be wet and muddy).
– Lamp, Torches (Head torches are useful) Family/Backpacking.
– First Aid Kit.
– Batteries and Chargers for phones and torches.
– Games (Useful if children are camping).
– Books.
– Plastic Bowls (For washing dishes etc.).
– Plastic Bucket or Portable Toilet.
– Toilet Paper.
– Hand Wipes , Hand Wash.
– Sanitary Items.
– Toothbrush and Toothpaste.
– Backpacks.
– Maps and Compass, GPS.
– Sunscreen.
– Insect Repellent.

New camping equipment can be quite expensive and sometimes you can pick up a bargain and find some excellent Used Camping Equipment

I hope this camping essentials checklist helps you decide what you need to take on your next camping trip. Camping is a wonderful experience especially for children and I am sure the experiences they have will stick with them throughout the whole of their lives as it has done for me.

Some of the items in the list may not be suitable of you are a backpacker camping on your own but I have tried to provide a reasonable basic list of camping equipment requirements that will help a family going on a camping holiday.

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