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How do you cheer yourself up? The Frontier team discuss how they manage their moods whilst working outdoors. Everyone at some point will experience a low, but how do we get over it? Read more...


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Even though it doesn’t feel like we’ve had much of a Spring, the year is progressing at pace. It doesn’t seem like long ago that I was writing about the March equinox but we are now just around the corner from the June solstice. The Frontier team has been out in the woods for a […] Read more...


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The aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, are a phenomena of high latitudes. Science informs us that the aurora are caused by solar wind interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. Long before modern science formed theories about the northern lights, indigenous peoples of the north observed their usefulness. I have heard anecdotes about aurora […] Read more...


Post image for Stopped Clocks and Navigation: What An Equinox Tells Us About Direction

Most of us have known the old adage that the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west for so long that we can’t remember where we first heard it. Somewhat like a stopped clock being correct twice a day, however, this old adage is only correct twice a year. Only on the […] Read more...


Post image for Natural Navigation: What’s Happening with the Three Brightest Objects in the Night Sky?

For the purposes of wayfinding, it’s important to have an understanding of the brightest objects in the night sky. The three brightest objects in the night sky are not stars but planets: The Moon, Venus and Jupiter. These planets are up to something rather special in our skies at the moment (read on). It’s at […] Read more...


Winter Walking on Wetherlam

by Paul Kirtley

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At Frontier Bushcraft we don’t need much of an excuse to get outside. In fact we need a good reason to remain indoors. So, on Wednesday after a morning of working on some documents, James Bath and I closed our laptops and headed for the hills to stretch our legs. It was a clear, crisp […] Read more...


Post image for Venus and The Moon: Direction from The Heavens

I was a child in the era of Voyager spacecraft, Carl Sagan’s ‘Cosmos’ TV series and the first Space Shuttle missions. As a result I’ve been interested in stars, planets and their motion for as long as I can remember. Later I read of Polynesian navigators using their knowledge of the heavens to guide their […] Read more...