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    Due Diligence for the Adventurous

    Exercising due diligence concerning health and safety is paramount. Risk Assessments is required for all Adventurous Activities; especially in environments like mountains or during activities such as an Atlantic row. Neglecting safety measures in these settings could potentially lead to severe consequences. Reflecting on past experiences, particularly the tragic loss of a fellow oarsman during the Atlantic row in 2016, and the significant dropout rate in Rugby on Everest 2019 has significantly impacted my perspective. The incident underscores the importance of ensuring comprehensive safety measures are in place. The Skipper and owner of the vessel faced legal consequences, pleading guilty to failing to ensure the safe operation of the vessel. Their…

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    Rock Scrambling

    Scrambling lies in that grey area between the simplicity of hill walking with the technicality of rock climbing. Basic Guide to Scrambling How to Navigate Scree Loose Scree / friable rock is hair-raising, it makes the scramble tougher mentally Carefully maneuver your boots into the scree, especially effective when it’s just a few inches deep. Engage the front of your boot, securing a stable foothold, and meticulously shift your weight before replicating the process with the other foot. Keep your center of gravity low by slightly bending your knees and leaning forward. This helps you stay stable on shifting surfaces. Moving slowly with shorter, deliberate steps reduces the risk of…

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    Water Crossings: Techniques and Tips

    Water crossings offer a mix of excitement and challenge. There are various factors range from navigating shallow streams to traversing deep rivers. Whether one opts for fording, using a bridge, or sailing across in a boat, the primary focus remains on assessing the environment and choosing the safest approach. Essential considerations: Depth of the water , current intensity, and the nature of the terrain; emphasizing the paramount importance of prioritizing safety above all else. Look downstream; consequences are crucial if you get swept away by the current Slow, deep water is often safer than shallower, swift water!! Guidelines for Safe River or Stream Crossings: Prepare for Quick Release: Loosen your…

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    Knife Care and Usage Guide

    “Your knife is your life”: You’re only as sharp as your knife and your survival knife is the one that you have on you at the time.  Stephen Nowacki. Taking care of your knives and using them correctly is essential for their longevity and your safety. Knives are versatile tools, but they have their limits. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide valuable advice on knife care and usage to help you make the most of your tools while ensuring their durability. Section 1: Proper Knife Usage Section 2: Knife Maintenance Section 3: General Care Section 4: Maintenance and Sharpening Proper knife care and usage are vital for your safety and…

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    Fire Starter Kit

    Camping, trekking or in a survival situation FIRE can be the difference between life and death…. Fire is essential for keeping warm, cooking food, for boiling water, drying equipment and clothing. There are more than one way of lighting a fire — fire starter kits, firelight sticks, water proof matches lighter, fire striker; it’s always better to carry more than one method of igniting a fire, The best DIY Fire Starter is a cotton ball impregnated with petroleum jelly (Vaseline); it makes an outstanding Safe, Lightweight Fire Lighter; a practical addition in your Survival Kit Ingredients How to make a ‘Cotton Ball’ Fire Lighter Petroleum jelly in its normal solid…

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    Trail Etiquette

    My, not so secret tips on Tent Etiquette My, not so secret tips on the Trail Etiquette What to bring when hiking – a smile and a kind word! My, ‘not so’ secret Toilet tips in the Cold *You, nor your colleagues, want a frozen surprise on the next visit… #livealifetodiefor  #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx

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    FOOD… is Fuel

    An average person can survive up to 3 Weeks without Food Our body and brain require a steady supply of food and nutrients: without the body’s many systems will begin to deteriorate. The effects may include you feeling tired, weak, cognitive changes and ultimately organ failure. When on an Adventure – I recommend freeze dried meals for your health, enjoyment and survival. I have eaten freeze dried meals on many adventures and climates; including trekking to the North Pole , climbing Mountains and rowing the Atlantic; they are quick and easy to prepare, high in energy, carbohydrates, protein and other essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Firepot has a delicious selection of dehydrated meals: meat,…

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    Survival…Finding your way

    Adventure start here …. Always carry a Compass and Map as backup It is essential to know how to use a compass, it is a skill that everyone who enjoys the outdoors; trekkers, orienteers, kayakers and sailors will find indispensable. A map and a compass are still my basics for navigating and locating my position with confidence and ultimately surviving the wilderness; it gives you the choice to deviate from the trail and explore! My favourite is the navigation Suunto MC-2 G Mirror Compass, and a great sighting compass for global mountaineers; insensitive to water pressure, handy for sailor and adventurous kayakers. It is accurate, durable and able to handle the difficult conditions encountered in our changing world….  #livealifetodiefor…

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    How to Survive if your Lost or Disoriented in the Wilderness

    Don’t Panic stay Calm; Panic can cloud your judgment, waste your energy, and make you more vulnerable to dangers. Staying calm can help you assess your situation, conserve your resources, and make rational decisions. Firstly – get your head in the right place  Face your fears: challenge your fears S.T.O.P. (Stop- Think – Observe – Plan) Stay put. … Don’t wander!!! Take a good look around; try to pinpoint your location and identify landmarks **Signal for help: Use any means available to attract attention and let rescuers know your location. Shout, blow your Acme survival whistle Flash your mirror to attract attention Look and listen for signs of people Your 3 immediate…