If anyone is interested, I used to run a bushcraft course when I lived in the States and I'll happily answer any questions you guys might have.
i am organising a bushmeet in Gort, Co.Galway for 18th-20th of july. area is ideally suited to this kind of thing. have landowners support/permission. the main discussion thread for this is over on bushcraftuk.com (great bushcraft site)
for those not really arsed to go find it (as linking to the individual page is not working at the moment) here is a copy/paste of the last post there.
ok, all seems good to go for a meet in Gort from the 18th-20th of july. this date was chosen primerily because the next weekend is galway races, and that is a pain in the **** time to be trying to get into galway area.attending will be myself and my friends, many of whome have no bushcrafty experiance at all, so it will be a friendly introduction to hanging out in the woods.
cost = free, technically. i have not discussed money with Flor or Marian (landowners) and i am naturally not looking for money myself, but bringing gifts (financial or otherwise) for Flor and Marian to help them keep their beautiful woodland and excelent facilities would be appreciated.
insurance = not a chance. we wont leave you to die if you stab yourself though there will be capable first aiders an site.
food = bring your own. bring all sorts of stuff. i am sure food will be traded and exchanged. if anyone has anything interesting. cooking will be over a campfire and / or camp stoves.
equipment = bring what you can. i will bring what ever spare kit i can. tents, foam mats, tarps etc. but the more potentially self sufficiant you can be, the better. if you are short on a bit of kit, PM me and i will see if i can hunt you up something.
activities = its really up to yourself. play with fire, build natural shelters, do a bit of archery (if you have a bow. leftys can borrow mine), make your spoons, try out peoples kit, paddle on the nearby lake (if you have a canoe) play music. any further things you would like to try, just add say and we will see if its feasable.
so far, there are about 6 confirmed to be there. i would really like to make it an even dozen at least, so if you can, come along. hope this suits people.
anyone interested, post up here or send a PM or whatever.
here is a link to my blog. there are pics of the location there.
Krone Valley Forest, No wonder it took coillte so long to confirm it. They probably couldn't find it on their books or maps.
Krone Valley forest. I would like to go crapbag but I dont know where Krone valley is. Is it near the old øre mine in the scalp.
Got to agree with pirelli, I can't find a Krone Valley anywhere in Wicklow...
Actually, I've found "Crone" Valley Forest...
Here are the directions:
"From Dublin or Wicklow take the N/M 11 and take the turn off for Enniskerry R117. From Enniskerry take the R760 south and follow the directions for POWERSOURT WATERFALL. Leave the gates of the waterfall on your left and continue on the 3rd class road to Glencree on south side of Glencree Valley. Crone is about 1 km on further on the left."
I'm going to try to be there for about 14:00
(Sorry for the double post)
Well guys we finally kicked it off. The bushcraft club is now up and running. Our first meet up only had two of us plus a visitor but in my mind it was a great success. Personally I learned loads. Myself and irishlostboy set up camp on saturday morning. Got loads of practice in up to the evening. We woke up early on Sunday and did some more foraging, got some lunch and headed home. From my own personal experience, I learned a huge amount and got to dust off the cob-webs of rarely practiced skills. Although we had just the two of us it was a very constructive weekend. 'survival.ie' also dropped in for chat and some information exchange on saturday evening. If you are available to drop up to Gort for Irishlostboys meet, I would do so. We also have another potential trip to Kerry planned for July so keep your eyes on the boards for info. My thanks to Irishlostboy who has joined the club, his skills are excellent and enthusiam for it is similar to my own. We will be organising more meetings soon
hey all. i opened a new thread for discussing the Bushcraft Club here.
there are some pictures there, along with some scéal about what we got up to.
i hope this is ok with people. this thread was getting a little over-large, and i wanted to add pictures, which would have only made things larger.
sooo, go check out the new thread, then join up with the club and come out on our next trip.
How did the growing Bog myrtle go? I suppose you have taken into account the word 'Bog' in the name of the plant, so you realise it wont grow in ordinary backyard soil, unless you live in an Acid soil area? If you live in a Neutral or Alkali soil area, you can grow bog plants in pots, using 'Ericaceous' compost; that is a fancy word for bog-soil.
I am from England but now live in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipp, Ireland.
I have no experience in bushcraft although i do have knowledge from studying books etc.
I am REALY interested in bushcraft and am looking to purchase the necessary kit reletivly soon.
Before i do that however, i have a few questions to ask anybody who can answer them :
1)What exactly is the use of a bivi bag and do i NEED one if sleeping in a sleeping bag, would i need a tarp?
2)What ways (please be very specific with what you will need) are there for sleeping in woodlands in Ireland?
3)What references/tips have you got for boots, rucksacks, bivi bags etc?
4)Fire use. How to burn one, where is safe to burn one, do you need one in the daytime, do you let it burn through out the entire night etc?
5)What permissions etc. do you need when sleeping, hiking or whatever on privrate/public land.
I hope i find answers to my questions soon and will get a good responce.
Oh and one more thing, water!Do i need to bring litres and litres of it with me or do i find a source when im there? (same about food)
welcome to the wierd and wonderful world of messing about in the wild. the best place to get answers to your questions is to pop along to irishlostboy's link. it is further up the page from this.
bivy bags are minature tents, without all the guy ropes and poles. they keep you safe from all the weather, even if you are sleeping in a ditch.
a tarp is more tent, but useful for keeping the weather off you while you do other things besides sleeping; things like preparing food and eating and thinking.
a hammock is so that you can sleep without having a tree root or a rock materialise under your shoulderblade and start getting personal during the night.
for my money, tarp and hammock is the way to go for sleeping in the woods.
fire is quite a complex question. there are places in ireland where you just dont light campfires or the entire countryside goes up in flames, and burns for a few weeks. peaty soil, you know.
tell you what, why not come along to the bushmoot at gort. it is more fun to learn by doing than by reading. and so far, all the people who are going to be there a reasonably friendly
Peaty soil can reignite months later as well.
Well i dont have any equip and not much money lol im only 16 so i havnt got a job so it might be a bit of time before i get the money.
How important is a machette in bushcraft? And what would you guys take, knife/mashette/axe, i know you would defo need a knife but what about the other two, would you take them?
Also, what is peaty soil?
I have already seen and studied irishlostboy's blog, very good.
a bivy bag is a waterproof membrane that covers your sleeping bag. they come in different priceranges, and levels of durability. how vital they are depends on the terrain, weather and other equipment/camp techniques you use.
in winter i only use a bivy bag up the mountains. no tarp. so i can move fast and dont have to worry bout wind. if you are hamocking in summer, have a big tarp and have driplines set up in your hammock (lines to stop water running down the rop into the hammock fabric. a load of laces will do.) you dont vitally need one. but they are cheap. for lightweight i choose this
for winter i use a french army bivy bag as it is stupidly tough. the dutch, british and american ones are also great. and easy to find on the net.
as many as you can think of.
you can use a tent. i dont like them. its bringing indoors to the outdoors i think. might as well stay at home. but some like them.
hammock/tarp combo. most comfortable. a bit more heavy on long trips but great if you are stayin on one area more than just while you sleep.
you can use a sleepingbag/bivybag combo on their own. you will be invisible if done right. i have slept in peoples hedges like this and not been spoted.
you can buy a blue tarpaulin and some string from B&Q or your hardware store and just set up a camp with that. its ugly, but it works. and costs under a tenner.
you can wait for a reasonably warm dry period and just go out and lie down next to a tree. throw some branches over you if need be.
you can build a natural shelter. warning here though. you need to first know the landowner. second, not damage the world around you making it, third had a patch of woodland that is not full of people, and finally dismantle it when you are done and clean up.
this is very kit specific, and will vary from person to person.
boots. waterproof, comfortable, supporting. anything that fits this bill is good.
packs. comfortable, sturdy, and can carry all the stuff you want to bring.
bivi bags. waterproof.
i could talk all day on specific brand this and that. my kit is good for me. that means nothing to the next guy.
fire in ireland is a luxury. we dont need it while camping. until you know what you are doing, leave them alone. tips for fires. clean your area of where you are burning of all combustable material. find out what soil you have. a big rock sheet is best. peaty soil burns. avoid.make your fire only large enough. about a foot cercumfirance. ring it with stones. dont try burn big logs. burn pieces the size of your two thumbs. keep it low. dont burn rubbish in it. the most important use of fire to irish bushcraft is getting rid of the bugs. you only need the smallest fire for that. apart from that, if a billycan fits on it, its good enough. do not leave your fire burning. let it burn down and out before you sleep. when you are leaving remove the fire. dont just cover it. take all the ash out. ensure it is cold.best place to put the ash is the latrine. then totally mask the place you had the fire.
i wont even go there. let someone more knowledgable on the legalities take this. i just do what i do away from the type of people who this would be a concern to, and i dont do anything to attract any negative press from them.
only thing you really need is a small opinel knife. a number 8 will be fine. you will get these in most outdoor shops and also any better tobaconists. leave the big blades for when you know what to do with them. when a big blade goes wrong, people lose limbs.
i am glad you like my blog, although it is not intended to be tutorial material. here are some good links to tutorial material.
these should keep you busy.
Ive been away for a few weeks but back now. We just had a very successful weekend in Gort with visits from Anthonio Akkermans and Aebhric O'Kelly on Saturday. Irishlostboy (Tim) will be putting an update on the club thread with details of the weekend and some pictures. We also have made progress with our website and have some more great contacts both through the boards and other means. The club is off to a flying start with lots done and lots more to do. We are off again next weekend with an invite from Aebhric to Cahersiveen.