Survival Training

Survival training

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.

Survival Training

Teacher Chris having some well earnt down time. A roaring fire is a must for being comfortable in a cold, pitch black forest!

Forest Shelter

Wild horses

Wild horses, thick forests, open moorland… New Forest is a stunning location for a weekend escape.

Forest shelter

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.

Forest shelter

It was very satisfying to wake up with sunlight piercing through the wooden beams and ferns.

New Forest

Horses and deer could be heard throughout the night, munching on flora surrounding our den.

Forest cooking

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.

New forest spiders

Wild Cooking

Tupperware box with cotton wool and lighter, metal skewers and knife… your go to items for a delicious meal in the woods.

Wild cooking

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.

Wild cooking

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.

Wild cooking

A bacon sarnie breakfast provided a much needed morale boost before the swim out!

Wild cooking

Wild swim

Island Sleepover

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.

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.

Thames swim

Wild swim

Steaks cooked with metal skewers and wooden A-frame over a small fire, made for a delicious supper.

Fire

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!

Wild swim

Remote Outer Hebrides

Isle of Lewis

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.

Surf Lewis

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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.

Surf Lewis

Wild Beach Living

Highlands

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.

Spear fishing

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).

camp fire

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!

Spear fishing