I hope this finds you well. We are looking forward to getting courses back up and running when restrictions are lifted. Thank you for your patience, and a huge thank you to customers who have bought gift vouchers during this time. Meanwhile, i hope you find the following blog interesting.
In the midst of the current Coronavirus crisis, our dependence on industrialised society and the global production chain is put into sharp focus. Uncertain times lead many of us to think about how we can be more self-sufficient and localised. How can can we rely less on the supermarket? How we can have less impact on our planet?
"What are the 4 major things you need to survive outdoors?" I asked my survival students.
I was thinking of the classic pillars of survival - fire, water, shelter, food, however one young lad piped up “oxygen", causing some hilarity! It was kind of a joke, after all everyone knows we need oxygen to live and getting it is normally an automatic process, right?
However, over the years I have come to think of this as a more interesting answer. Perhaps it's even more topical right now as the current COVID-19 pandemic has such serious effects on the respiratory system. Also relevant to the challenges of the day is the effect of breathing on our immune system and stress levels.
I first became interested in breathing techniques about 3 years ago when I heard about the Wim Hof Method (WHM). Hof, an eccentric Dutchman with a string of physical World Records to his name, devised a method that combines breathing exercises, yoga, and cold exposure. The aim of his method...
Earlier this year I was very lucky to be invited to take part in a training course on glacier exploration in Iceland, thanks to the University of the Highlands and Islands' School of Adventure Studies. The course was part of a larger transnational initiative known as ADVENT (Adventure Tourism Vocational Education and Training). This project involves partners from Scotland, Iceland and Finland sharing their outdoor learning approaches and knowledge, and developing new ways of training people to work in the outdoor industry.
Iceland is an extraordinary country, just outside the Arctic circle. It is known as the Land of Ice and Fire due to its unusual combination of glaciers and volcanoes.
In recent years, Iceland's tourism industry has undergone unprecedented growth. Not only have tourist numbers increased but also the number new tourism experiences being offered. Only about 30 years ago, glaciers were viewed as dangerous places that were more or less off limits to tourists. Today w...