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Last weekend I jumped in my Land Rover and braved the motorways to visit a great group of bushcraft enthusiasts in the Midlands. The group are all active members of BushcraftUK and regularly get together at Rough Close Scout camp for social meets where they share skills and time in the woods together. On waking […] 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...

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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...

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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...

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Venus and The Moon: Direction from The Heavens

by Paul Kirtley

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...