Summer Backpacking Gear

First thing first this is a minimalist approach, I used this on a 24-hour hike and wild camp, the only gear missing is the tent and food. This isn’t what I would take on a multiple day excursion, this is meant to be light to carry with the few things necessary for a short trip.... Continue Reading →

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Day Trips: Holford Combe SW UK

Fifteen minutes west of Bridgewater lies the Quantock Hills, a rolling landscape of moorland with pockets of woodland scattered amongst. The great wood lies in a central part of the Quantocks just outside the small village of Nether Stowey. You can roughly divide the Great wood into two parts, coniferous plantation to the south and... Continue Reading →

Wild Fishing

“Do you think there’s fish in there?” I hear another walker ask. “I bloody hope so” I quietly think to myself, as I wipe away the sweat from my forehead and eyes. Instead I look up and cheerfully reply,“only one way to find out.” As I reshoulder my heavy pack, provisioned for a night of... Continue Reading →

Primitive Fruit Preservation

Maybe it was a familiar sight for our ancestors, standing around a small tripod tied with nettle cordage, a few slats of hazel holding a red cake of hawthorns and blackberries drying as the weather cools signalling the beginning of the end of summer. As the bounty of summer is in full swing I always... Continue Reading →

Simple Stew

We all love our food and going into the woods is not a reason to forsake good cooking, there is no need to eat charred dry meat. I did some research and devised a simple versatile stew that can be used to add some flavours to outdoor cooking, perfect for camping backpackers or buschrafters. I... Continue Reading →

Simple Hide Bag

A woodsman can never have enough bags! If you need a pouch for your headlight, fire lighting kit or cooking pot this is an easy, efficient way to make one. It requires very little sewing skill and provides great satisfaction. All you need is some leather or hide, a needle, thread, ruler and a sharp... Continue Reading →

DIY: Belt Axe Loop

I recently picked up a little vintage hatchet, and figured it was a good size for a belt axe. The only problem was I didn’t have one of those nice axe loops that go onto your belt and didn’t really want to fork out loads of money for one. So I decided to make one.... Continue Reading →

Tree Profile: Lime (Tilia cordata)

  A tree found throughout much of Europe, it used to dominate ancient woodlands in the UK alongside Oaks. Now its range has shrunk slightly, but it still can be found in woodlands across the British Isles and it is an important tree to know about. The leaves are light green when young, and when... Continue Reading →

Summer Foraging

  Summer is the best time to get out foraging, as there is plenty of variety to choose from. I took a stroll in the woods and gathered a variety of common plants perfect for consumption, this will recount those plants to you, how to identify them and any uses they may have. Elder: Sambucus... Continue Reading →

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