August 2012

Post image for Hadza Movie: By The Light Of A Million Fires

The Hadza are a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania. This statement, however, hardly emphasises their importance. The Hadza are one of the last societies anywhere in the world that survive by hunting and gathering. Furthermore, they live in East Africa, an area that is considered key in human evolutionary history. Despite this, traditional Hadza lands […] Read more...

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Post image for How To Wade Across A River

How to wade across a river or stream is a question often first asked by outdoors people when they are confronted by a potential water crossing. It is much better to have practiced techniques beforehand and thought about options at the route-planning stage, before heading out. Any potential water crossing, planned or unplanned, should be […] Read more...

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Post image for Tips to Maximise the Effectiveness of Your Sleeping Kit

Whether you are in a static camp or making a journey, looking after your sleeping kit is a priority. Moisture retained in your sleeping bag will significantly reduce its thermal efficiency. A damp bivvy bag will increase heat loss by evaporation. Moisture From Within We all give off moisture while we sleep. If we are […] Read more...

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Post image for Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course: A Student’s View

Duane Yates was a student on one of our Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft courses. Duane is a keen amateur photographer as well as an enthusiastic practitioner of bushcraft skills. Coming on one of our Elementary courses allowed him to combine these passions. During the bushcraft course he took a large number of photographs, including the time-lapse […] Read more...

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Post image for The Power of Paracord (And How to Make Sure You Always Have Some With You)

There are many clever ways of carrying paracord in your kit and on your person. But don’t forget the basics. Why do we want to carry paracord? Under what circumstances might we need to use it? Cordage from Natural Materials: There are a variety of natural materials we can utilise for making cordage and bindings […] Read more...

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Post image for A Bushcraft Camp Comes To Life

A student on one of our Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft courses took a great time-lapse sequence of the main camp coming to life one morning. Duane Yates got out of his sleeping bag not long after 04:00. He set up his tripod and pointed his camera towards the parachute shelter which forms the focus of our […] Read more...

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Post image for An Alternative Bow Saw Technique

A bow-saw is a very useful and safe cutting tool to have around camp. Unless you are in a semi-permanent camp, you are unlikely to have the use of a saw horse. Often you can find a log or stump to work on so you can set the wood in a convenient position to saw. […] Read more...

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Post image for How to Assess a Water Crossing

The first rule of water crossings is to avoid them whenever you can. If you can avoid, re-plan or detour around a water obstacle, then it is worth it. If you have no choice, then read on. Acronym Soup A quick perusal of outdoor literature, magazines or websites will uncover various acronyms of varying usefulness […] Read more...

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