Shelter building, fire lighting, cooking and night nav. This group of nine, inner-city, Year 8 students were challenged to the max with a survival night in mid October.
With long hours of darkness, a chilly breeze and damp ground, they performed excellently in tough conditions.
Teacher Chris having some well earnt down time. A roaring fire is a must for being comfortable in a cold, pitch black forest!
Wild horses, thick forests, open moorland… New Forest is a stunning location for a weekend escape.
I was very proud of this monster lean to shelter! It took approx. 1 hour 15 to build. It didn’t rain, so the slightly dodgy fern roofing wasn’t put to the test over night.
It was very satisfying to wake up with sunlight piercing through the wooden beams and ferns.
Horses and deer could be heard throughout the night, munching on flora surrounding our den.
A morning coffee and we were ready for the day. On our way out, we came across the beautiful sight below. Hundreds of spider webs coated in morning dew. It’s spider mating season, so having a dominant web is a must for attracting the females.
Tupperware box with cotton wool and lighter, metal skewers and knife… your go to items for a delicious meal in the woods.
This weekend was another Thames island mini-adventure (see previous post).
The objective… swimming back to the secret island and cooking up a storm!
During the walk in, we foraged for ripe corn in a field, later making for a tasty starter.
Steak skewers, with tomatoes and mushrooms, acted as the main. To cook, simply plant the skewer in the ground by the fire or whittle yourself a little A-frame setup from green branches.
A bacon sarnie breakfast provided a much needed morale boost before the swim out!
Armed with canoe bags, sleeping kit, food, GPS and a vague plan, we drove out of London on Saturday evening, with the aim to locate and sleep on an island on the River Thames.
Ditching the car after a short drive West, we joined the beautiful Thames path.
Locating our island as darkness fell, we dived in, swam over and established camp for the night.
Steaks cooked with metal skewers and wooden A-frame over a small fire, made for a delicious supper.
Waking to the morning sounds of geese and ducks on the river, we arose sleepy after a night under the stars.
A breakfast of frankfurters and buns was rustled up on the fire and, after a short swim back to the opposite bank, we set off home. A super spontaneous and fun night!
There are few places more remote than this in Britain. The Isle of Lewis, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is empty of people and receives uninterrupted wind and swell from the vast North Atlantic. Our aim was to explore and film.
It’s a tough place to be. Rainstorms, turbulent sea state and the cold make everything a little more difficult, but the rewards are great when conditions briefly improve! Watch this space for the upcoming film.
With a knee injury forcing me to quit on a summer guiding job in the Himalayas, a new adventure mission was needed. Living on a remote, wild beach in Scotland was the clear winner.
After convincing two friends to spend there precious holiday time in a wild, at times very cold, midge bitting environment, the plan was put into action.
10 hour drive up from London, overnight in Ullapool, followed by a walk in to our remote, secret beach (chosen on our map for its sheltered location and proximity to a small access road).
Days were spent swimming (watch out for jelly fish), collecting firewood, hiding from midges in our tents (they’re terrible when the wind drops but otherwise fine) and spear fishing (without any success!). The perfect escape in a crazy beautiful location!