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At Howl we specialise in journeying skills, the Bushcraft we practice and teach is that of the traveler. There is a wonderful simplicity that comes from taking a trip in the outdoors, a pragmatism gleaned from necessity. We draw from this experience in the field to teach a set of skills and knowledge based in expedience and realism, skills that actually get used while outdoors. We provide an insight into the Natural world, opening up a vast array of natural resources and knowledge to help you travel with less reliance on the contents of your rucksack: it’s what you carry in your mind that matters.

 

 We teach these practical skills in a friendly and open way, our hope being to enable you to make your adventures into the Great Outdoors memorable and enjoyable. We'll help you cultivate a positive attitude, a confidence in yourself, and a connection with the natural world through which you travel.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

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Howl Bushcraft Blog

The Pineapple Flavoured Weed

Jamie Dakota

Pineapple Weed - Wild Chamomile - Disc-Mayweed.

Pineapple Weed a member of the ever chilled out Chamomile Tribe, under the bright and friendly Asteraceae (Sunflower) family.  In the Genus Matricaria, its cousin Chamomile (M. chamomilla) is commonly the source of most commercially available Chamomile tea, Pineapple Weed is the punk-rock version of its sell-out mainstream cousin, but we’ll get onto that in soon.

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Setting up a lightweight tarp

Jamie Dakota

During our Primary and Itinerant Courses I advocate carrying the ‘crazy 8’ everyday carry items that make life very much easier when outdoors. With the progress being made in hyper-light tough fabrics though I may start considering adding a super-light tarp to my list.

It’s now possible to get a single person tarp that literally packs down to pocket size, though I currently use a slightly larger one.

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Bannock: A backwoods staple

Jamie Dakota

I originally wrote this short tutorial for an online bushcraft store, I've recreated in full for you here.

I thought I’d share with a simple recipe that forms the basis of a staple bread in the wilds, needing only three primary ingredients which can be long stored and transported in such quantities as to sustain you during extended periods away from resupply.

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A Winter One Nighter

Jamie Dakota

I recently went for an impromptu camp out between two days of work in the Peak District, and with it being the type of adventure a lot of my clients do regularly I thought it might be fun to share some photos and compare notes.

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Looking After Your Axe

Jamie Dakota

Following along from the last blog on looking after your boots, I wanted to highlight a couple of quick things I do to my axes to care for them after returning from time in the woods.

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Canoe Portage Pack Kit

Jamie Dakota

Continuing a look at my preparations for the upcoming canoeing events I'm co-running (see here if you'd like to get involved!) this article will centre around what goes into the larger 'portage pack'.

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Canoe Outfit - Ditch Kit

Jamie Dakota

In preparation for our upcoming canoe trips I'll be posting a couple of articles on what I'm packing and why. I wrote a previous article on how I kit out my PFD for canoe touring, which serves as my most essential life support system should I be separated from the rest of my luggage during a remote trip. Building on that then, my next layer of planning is what I'd like to have should I take a swim in deep water to recoup once on dry land.

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First Aid - The Pocket Cuts Kit

Jamie Dakota

There are a few items that I consistently have with me no matter where I'm going, and a pocket first aid is one of them.

In terms of heading outdoors, it's a key piece of kit. Certainly if i'm taking a knife then my pocket cuts kit is the very next thing I pick up. The tiniest cuts can become a real issue if left open to the dirt and detritus of the outdoors...

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Canoe Outfit - PFD Kit

Jamie Dakota

With our canoe expedition launching next year I thought this to be a good time to refresh a key bit of equipment in my outdoor outfit: my personal buoyancy device. Until now I've typically borrowed PFD's from centres or friends when I've been out on the water, but given that this aspect of my outdoor pursuits in increasing in frequency I'm using it as a good excuse to finally buy my own! In this article I'll outline how I ready a PFD for backwoods travel, in unison with what I carry on my person.

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Tarp Knots- Keep it Taut

Jamie Dakota

The third and final knot in the series I use regularly to pitch my tarp when camping. In the last article we looked at anchoring one end of the ridgeline with the Evenk Hitch; this article with cover the knot at the other end- The Taut Tarp Hitch. These two hitches used alongside the slippery guyline hitch are all you need to secure a tight and evenly pitched tarp.

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June's Walk Follow Up

Jamie Dakota

Each month I lead a relaxed Sunday evening walk around the beautiful Grenoside Woods, we look at various aspects of tree and plant knowledge as well as some specific bushcraft knowledge. During June’s walk we had a couple of discussions which I wanted to summarise concisely here for those that attended, but also to those that haven’t been on a walk with us yet an insight into what we find when we’re wandering around.

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Tarp Knots- Tarp to Tail

Jamie Dakota

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE PREVIOUS ARTICLE IN THIS BLOG FEATURING THE METHOD I EMPLOY TO TIE A GUYLINE OUT TO AN ANCHOR POINT, I THOUGHT WE'D LOOK AT THE OTHER END OF THE LINE AND EXPLORE A COUPLE OF KNOTS I EMPLOY TO ATTACH THE GUYLINE TO THE TARP CORNERS.

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Personal Carry Kit for a Canoe Trip

Jamie Dakota

Following along with my prep for next week's canoe trip this quick article will highlight what I'll be carrying in my pockets and on my person. Generally I usually have a combination of all this equipment on me whilst in the outdoors, and it forms the foundation of my wilderness outfit.

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Making Garlic Bread With Jack...

Jamie Dakota

This time of year is an excellent time to begin an interest in foraging for wild food. I generally dip into natures larder to augment what's in the cupboards at home, and today I wanted to share a simple recipe for a garlic bread. Using three home ingredients and two foraged from a walk in the woods with my kids this morning, we'll smash out a amazing rustic loaf in about 30 minutes.

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The Start of a Canoeing Adventure

Jamie Dakota

Always the student of Nature, I've decided this year to increase my experience in canoeing... from not much to some! I also thought it might to useful to log my progress this year to see what it is I learn. Here, then, is my first attempt at a day pack for a two day trip I have coming up. Based largely on what I'd pack for hiking bag, with the addition of a 'ditch kit' for when (not if) I fall in the Loch. So, what's in my pack:

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