Mike Pullen from TA Outdoors and I have made a number of video collaborations. In our various conversations around the campfire while filming these videos, Mike had stated to me his desire to add the skills to expedition by canoe to his outdoor repertoire. It made sense to me. Mike loves the woods. He’s a fisherman. He likes to travel. So the Expedition Canoeing Skills Course with Ray Goodwin and me seemed perfectly suited to what Mike wanted to get under his belt. Mike has made a video blog of his experiences on the course and gives some indication of what he aims to use these skills for… Find out more here on the Frontier Bushcraft blog… Read more...

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Martin Tomlinson makes good use of a hare gifted to him by a local gamekeeper by producing a delicious campfire curry in beautiful natural surroundings. There’s some good campcraft and fire management along the way too… Read more...

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Alison Delaney explains how she makes one of her favourite uses of seasonal resources – beech leaf noyau – a liqueur infused with fresh, green beech leaves. Alison also describes an even easier variation on this theme too… Read more...

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Frontier Bushcraft team member Iain Gair first introduced this recipe to other members of the team as a campfire cookery treat. It has since become a firm favourite in the Frontier camp… Read more...

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Good campfire cookery is important – for basic nutrition and energy, of course. But food can be much more than this. Ultimately, it’s an opportunity to surprise and delight. We asked some of the Frontier Bushcraft team which of their campfire cooking repertoire surprises others… Read more...

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Ray Goodwin brings together his many strands of experience of introducing people – young and old – to canoeing to share some tips and insights on the dangers facing inexperienced paddlers as well as the joy and fun of it all…. Read more...

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Paul Kirtley argues deliberate practice is important to achieve higher levels of proficiency in outdoor skills such as canoeing but also within bushcraft. It’s not the hours that you put in but what you put into the hours… Read more...

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Knives are tools to be used and utility is their main value argues Iain Gair in an opinion piece as pared down as his first Mora knife, which now resembles a stiletto more than a bushcraft blade. Verging on a rant, Iain argues against preciousness in knife buying and use. Your knife is your life, is the accepted wisdom. But Iain throws a question or two at this too… Read more...

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“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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Having experienced the efficacy of bog myrtle as a natural insect repellent but also experienced the voraciousness of the midges of her native Irish peat bogs, Alison Delaney set about creating a bog myrtle-based insect repellent she could carry with her and deploy, regardless of whether there was any bog myrtle nearby. Along the way, she inadvertently discovered some other powerful properties of her creation… Read more...

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