Using what you know about your body and some practical experience you can take steps to make sure you avoid dehydration outdoors.
Whether you’re hiking, biking, doing some serious wilderness travel, preparing yourself for survival in the worst case scenario or just enjoying the great outdoors you should know about dehydration.
Your senses will surprise you if you give them the time to acclimatise and a little training. After a while artificial lights can be reserved for carrying out tasks that just can’t be done in the dark.
With the evenings rapidly drawing in and an autumn chill in the air, fire again becomes a priority. A great way to visualise what’s going on when you light and manage a fire is the fire triangle. It’s all about balance – keeping all three sides of the triangle fed and happy will give you [...]
Fire lighting is like everything else – it takes time to get it right. Follow these steps and you’ll be well on the way to failure-free fire lighting.
I often get asked “how can I improve my plant ID”? It’s a useful skill to have and, like anything, just takes a bit of effort to master. Find out how.
I’m often asked about the legalities of collecting and using edible plants in the UK. The law is actually fairly straightforward but before setting out to gather wild food you should know what you’re doing and where you stand legally. Here are some reminders: How to avoid poisoning yourself The number one thing to remember [...]
In a new regular Wednesday feature I’ll try my best to answer questions I’ve been asked by you, dear reader. We kick off with “what’s your favourite/most used fire lighting method?”. I’ve expanded on this slightly and added reliability into the equation too. When you’re in the back of beyond fire is an invaluable tool. [...]
It’s really important to know about this and to be able to recognise the symptoms – it could save a life. Of course hypothermia doesn’t only happen in extremely cold weather. In fact it’s more common in countries like the UK that have regular wet and cool weather. What is hypothermia? Hypothermia occurs when the [...]
Many people deliberate endlessly about fire lighting methods – ferro rods, flint & steel, bow drill, hand drill and tinder – char cloth, cat-tail down, cotton wool + vaseline. All the thought goes into technical stuff without considering a hugely important question - ”should I light this fire at all?” Unless you’re in deep doodoo and [...]