Getting out into nature with the family is certainly one of the most unique bonding experiences on Earth. Not only do you get to spend a few solid days with your young ones but you’ll also teach them a thing or two about the world and survival. Of course, going camping with children is a

The open canoe is a remarkably versatile craft and it can open the door to a variety of great adventures.  Load it up with the family and a picnic for a gentle float on your local loch or pack your tent, or load the camping kit and head off for a canoe camping adventure.  To

Canoe sailing brings a new dimension to canoeing and is FUN! Having recently tried canoe sailing for the first time in May this year, I enjoyed it so much that I’ve just gone out and bought one. It’s not perhaps something that many ‘new-to-canoeing’ paddlers might consider doing, but it doesn’t have to be difficult

This is for all you parents out there with wee ones growing into big ones that are just desperate to get on a bike. I’m a parent of 5-year old, into everything, twins who just love what the outdoors has to offer. While researching how to get them started on a bike we decided on

If you’ve ever done a walk that spans more than one map sheet then the faff will be familiar; and it’s usually raining and windy when it comes to the swap, too. More and more people are using handheld mapping devices but when all else fails you may still need a map. To get around

I enjoy paddling (a lot), and by that I don’t mean taking my shoes off, rolling up my trousers and stepping into the icy North Sea.  I prefer the paddling that involves a boat and a paddle. I’m not alone though as there are growing numbers of people at all ages getting involved in the

Carrying on where we left off yesterday – Yesterday’s post Sarah Howcroft sees her new website project as a start. “I do believe this is the only way we will see sustained progress.” The OIA boss said: “The trick then, in walking the ‘Fine Patagonian Line’, is to use the position of responsibility we have

Recyling outdoor gear: first industry steps towards a greener future? How green is your outdoor gear? No, not the colour; do you ever consider the environmental consequences of the clothes and equipment you use, or the trips you make to the mountains and moorland to enjoy your outdoor pursuits? There are moves afoot to acknowledge

Spectacular winter mountains can also be a dangerous place to be. Scotland’s mountaineering experts are offering a series of events that could, they said, save your life. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is staging its annual winter safety lectures at two popular venues, along with five further evenings at Tiso stores across Scotland. This season’s

Even if the Bushmen of the Kalahari used to go hunting and gathering for months at a time with pretty much only their weapon as essential gear, today’s adventurer needs to bring quite a lot more in order to survive. Here is a suggested list of 23 essential items the modern adventurer is likely to