Bushcraft FireInspired by outdoor expert Ray Mears, Isabel Lloyd and family head to the wilds of Kent to learn how to forage, start a fire, build a shelter – and avoid aggravating the resident insect life

A confession: I have a crush on Ray Mears. Physically, he’s not my type – too roly-poly, too bossy and Baden-Powell-ish around the eyes. But there’s something about the way television’s apostle of the wilderness can knock up a des res out of two branches of fir and some wet willow bark that makes me go all cave-woman. (more…)

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Parachute TipiSo it rained. A torrential downpour from mid-afternoon till around 11pm. Embers hissed before dying in the main fire pit – but we were prepared. A parachute became our tipi; another fire pit was dug and before long dinner was bubbling away in the potje. (more…)

Log FireOut in the wilderness it may seem that a map and compass are essential items to get back to the comfort of civilisation. And they probably are if you don’t have the bushcraft knowledge to read the landscape around you. But if it was going to take you some time to get to a populated area, what will keep you alive in the meantime? (more…)