Having the right equipment makes being outdoors much more enjoyable. Therefore please check the list and key below to ensure you have the correct equipment for the course you are attending. Equipment marked with an "options" thumb means you can choose one of the options. Eg. If you are bringing a tarp and hamock, you dont need to bring a tent as well.
If you are unsure of the equipment you need or are struggling to find/buy the right equipment please contact us and we will do what we can to help.
Bush Craft Basics - 2 day
Navigation Level 1 - 1 day
Navigation Level 2 - 1 day
Navigation Level 3 - 2 day inc night navigation
Drink bottle 1ltr min
Spare set of clothes
Bush Craft Knife
Personal 1st aid kit
Cutelery & plate
Pots and Pans/stove
Rucksack to suit
We can loan out
Inc in course
Fire Skills Course - 2 day
Water Sourcing and Treatment Course - 1 day
Bush Craftt Expedition (Scotland) - 5 days
Sumer Survival Course - 3 days
Winter Survival Course (Scotland) - 3 days
Trapping and Snarring Course - 1 day
Remote Rescue Care 1st aid course - 2 days
Natural Navigation Course - 2 days
Cordage Making and Knotts - 1 day
Introduction to Hill Walking - 1 day
Rucksacks - For 1 and 2 day courses a 25 - 35ltr should be fine. For 3 days and over a 55ltr upwards. Rucksacks are not waterproof so use a rucksack liner or rubble sack to put your gear in.
Boots - Sturdy and the best quality you can afford.
Waterproofs - The best quality you can afford, prefferably Gortex lined.
Sleeping Bags - Make sure the sleeping bag you bring is appropiate for the time of year. A 2 season bag in a scottish winter will leave you feeling very cold. Equally a 4 season bag in an English summer will leave you sweating.
Sleeping Mats - Foam or inflatable is fine. Its main job is to insulate you from the ground.
Head Torch - Rechargeable is fine so long as you have a battery one too and spare batteries for it. LED torches are best.
Knife - Sturdy, sharp and around 3 - 4" in length is fine.
Personal 1st Aid - A small kit containing the first aid for 1 person. These are readily available on line or in the shops.
Survival Bag - Large orange, plastic bag sold by most outdoor shops.
Food - Food is heavy. For camp based one day courses by all means bring a packed lunch. For longer courses where we will be carrying our equipment and supllies consider hydrated or dried food which only needs water to prepare it. Ration packs and the Wayfarer type meals are ideal. Or bring pasta, rice etc. Go for foods that contain high carbohydrate, protein and a good amount of fat too. Also bring some emergency rations for the longer courses. Something you dont like. That way you will only eat it in an emergency. Some of our courses include food as indicated by the green dot on the list. Please notify us if you have any special dietry requirements.
Compass - A proper map reading compass like those produced by Silva.
Warm Hat & Glooves - A must for outdoor activities.
Clothing - Avoid cotton if possible as it absorbs moisture and holds on to it potentialy leading to hypothermia in cold and/or windy conditions. Synthetics such as fleece or natural wool are better becasue they wick the moisture away from the body and still work well even if wet. If the list indicates you should bring a set of spare clothes. Please do including underwear.
Tarps, Hamocks & Tents - Should be tested before attending a course in all weathers to make sure they are adequate for the job.
Camp Equipment - Equipment such as pots, pans, mugs etc should be as light weight as possible and suitable for 1 person. On the longer courses group equipment will be supplied by us and shared out to limit the amount we all have to carry.
Survival Kits - Either buy one or make your own. It should contain ways to get help (whistle) a way to cut (knive) a way to start a fire and some dry tinder. A way to catch fish and game. A way to treat and carry water. Some basic 1st aid.
If you need any further advice please do not hesitate to contact us.