In Part 1 we looked at the speed the sun, stars, planets and the moon appear to move through the sky and the reasons behind them. In part 2 we will look in a bit more depth at the sun’s trajectory through the sky and then how we can use this information together with the […]
The origins of the ever popular campfire coffee has its roots right back in the early harvesting of wild beans and then cultivation in Ethiopia from where it spread across the middle east. By the 15th and 16th century there were numerous coffee houses across the region with the drink even being in
In May 2017 we will be launching The Primitive Skills Year a course designed and delivered to instil students with the practical know-how of utilising natural materials in a woodland environment for their comfort throughout 10 modules spread over an 18 month period. This course was originally desig
As the nights draw in it becomes increasingly relevant to think about suitable light sources and their effectiveness in different situations in and around camp and out on the trail. Ideally we want camp set up before it gets dark as it is obviously easier to locate a safe and comfortable area to sta
Here is a brief insight into some of the skills of our Woodland Wayers in this case an overview of our two hide work weekends where our students begin with a raw deer skin and go home with soft smoked buckskin.
The movement of the sun through the sky has been used to determine direction probably since humans first existed. There are several ways that the sun can be utilised to give a general indication of direction, one of which is to track its movement through the sky by marking the movement of a shadow c
Each autumn we run a 9 day guided canoe trip into the Swedish wilderness area of Malingsbo Kloten. It is a truly stunning location and one that will provide ample opportunities to pit your skills and know how against the turning seasonal weather.
A happy man with some water. Time for that brew! In the previous blog we discussed a variety of ways that we can lose moisture from our bodies and subsequently become dehydrated in cold climes. Today I intend to discuss overcoming these issues and securing for ourselves an adequate supply of water a
The difficulties in getting a glass of water When operating in winter conditions in the boreal forest our first consideration is often given to dealing with the extreme cold that we can encounter through lighting a fire or seeking shelter. This of course is accurate and an issue that must indeed be
There is something really magical about sleeping out in the woods, normally just by walking into woodland we have shelter from many aspects of the weather. The canopy, dissipating the rain drops, or providing the shade from a relentless sun, to the tree trunks and shrub layer turning a brisk breez