James Bath

Post image for Basic Mistakes To Learn From: Thinking Back To Corsica

“I’m human so I make mistakes”, says James Bath. He continues, “I’m not afraid of trying things but I absolutely detest getting things wrong. This may make me sound like a spoilt child but I completely thrash myself when I get things wrong. It’s my personality, and whilst it may not show on the outside, on the inside I’m being brutal with myself.” In this article James thinks back to some naive mistakes he made on a hiking trip in Corsica, a place he thought he knew well… Read more...

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Post image for Old vs New – A Quest For The Quickest

James Bath often wondered if power tools were actually quicker than hand tools when felling and chopping logs. So he set up a completely unofficial and absolutely scientifically useless experiment to find the answer! Incorporating this into a family ‘wooding’ day justified this firewood production exercise… Read more...

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Post image for How To Cross Deep Water: A Serious Business

We have no choice. We simply can’t walk around the body of water in front of us. It’s deep and wide with no chance of us wading. We have looked at the body of water and deduced there is nothing actually in the water that can harm us. There is no outrageous flow, we have […] 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 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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Post image for The Dangers Of Water Outdoors (& What To Do If You Fall In)

Water is one of the most beautiful and oft discussed of the natural forces. It has inspired countless songs, poems and literature and is vital to all natural life – simply our planet could not survive without it. It is, however, one of the most powerful and deadly forces we can encounter. Annually thousands of […] Read more...

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