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Undiscovered Alps Cote d'Azur - Provence -> France

Taking you off the tourist track, we specialise in adventure and multi activity holidays in the beautiful and undiscovered parts of the Southern French Alps

Activities include Abseiling, Bivouac/Camping, Bouldering, Canyoning, Caving, Gorge Walking, High Ropes, Hill Walking, Horse Riding, Ice/Winter Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Via Ferrata, White Water Rafting, Wild Swimming and Zip Wire View All

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Spice Thames Valley and Solent Oxfordshire -> Cotswolds

Adventure and Outdoor Activities in Oxfordshire, Cotswolds

Activities include Abseiling, Archery, Bungee Jumping, Coasteering, Dragon Boating, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Helicopter Flights, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Off-Road Driving, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Skiing, Sky Diving and Water Skiing View All

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Min-age from 18 years (18 if unaccompanied)

Spice up your life
Brenscombe Outdoor Centre Dorset -> West Country

Adventure and Outdoor Activities in Dorset, West Country

Activities include Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft, Canoeing, Clay Pigeon shooting, Dragon Boating, High Ropes, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Power Boating, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing and Wind Surfing View All

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Min-age from 8 years (8 if unaccompanied)

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Activities include Abseiling, Archery, Bridge Swinging, Canyoning, Coastal Traversing, Coasteering, Fun Yakking, Gorge Walking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Paintballing and White Water Rafting View All

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Activities from £15 per person

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Activities include Abseiling, Canoeing, Caving, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Kayaking, Orienteering, Power Boating, Rock Climbing, Sailing and Wind Surfing View All

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Activities from £14 per person

Min-age from 8 years (8 if unaccompanied)

It's a shore thing!
Blue Dot Adventure North Cornwall -> Cornwall

Jump into the Blue!

Activities include Abseiling, Canoeing, Coasteering, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Surfing and Wild Swimming View All

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Auchengillan Outdoor Centre Glasgow & Clyde Valley -> Scotland

Adventure and Outdoor Activities in Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Scotland

Activities include Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, High Ropes, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Raft Building, Rock Climbing and Zip Wire View All

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Activities from £2.21 per person

Min-age from 6 years (6 if unaccompanied)

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Open Door Adventure North Wales -> Wales

Adventure and Outdoor Activities in North Wales, Wales

Activities include Archery, Canoeing, Gorge Walking, High Ropes, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Paintballing, Quad Biking, Rock Climbing and White Water Rafting View All

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Activities from £35 per person

Min-age from 8 years (10 if unaccompanied)

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Parc Bryn Bach Powys & Brecon Beacons -> Wales

Activities, facilities and family fun set in beautiful Welsh parkland

Activities include Archery, Canoeing, Caving, Gorge Walking, Hill Walking, Kayaking, Laser Tag, Orienteering, Paragliding and Rock Climbing View All

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Activities from £17 per person

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Sbri Cymru Powys & Brecon Beacons -> Wales

Adventure through learning

Activities include Archery, Bushcraft, Canoeing, Caving, Coasteering, Gorge Walking, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Paintballing and Rock Climbing View All

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Activities from £55 per person

Min-age from 10 years (10 if unaccompanied)

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Dow drill blowing tinder bundle Fire by Friction Buskcraft skills

If you were to ask a member of the public ways to start a fire in the wilderness, 9 times out of 10 they’ll reply with something along the lines of “rub two sticks together”. This is indeed the most basic form of fire creation, short of collecting fire from pyroclastic flows or harnessing fire from lightening strikes. What the majority of folk don’t understand is that these two sticks need to be of the correct type of wood (usually two used in conjunction) and must be seasoned precisely - a few months too young or too old can make the difference between success and failure!

It is important to consider the most appropriate friction fire-lighting method with relation to what’s around you and where you are. Due to the temperate weather that we have in this country, coupled with indigenous woods that are found here the practice of the Hand-drill (spinning a long thin spindle of wood on a hearth board with the palms of ones hands) could, in many places, be impractical. Hence in the Northern hemisphere one method was prevalent, being the most reliable and basic to learn - The Bow-drill.

The Bow-drill is comprised of four components; The (a) spindle, (b) hearth board, (c) bearing block and (d) strung bow.

The spindle as you can see from figure 1 has a sharp end and a blunt end and is usually made from a hard wood. The hearth board has a socket with a notch carved out to receive the blunt end of...more

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