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Bushcraft experiences in and around the Peak District

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For adventure lovers and outdoor types, the Peak District Derbyshire area is a great place to experience bushcraft. With stunning scenery, dense woodlands, miles of trails and pathways, rivers to cross, and hills to climb, there are ample opportunities to hone your survival skills. An organized course is the best (and legal) way to enjoy wildcamping and bushcraft.

Bushcraft courses usually take place over a weekend, so those wanting a true Peak District experience could choose to make a holiday of it, and stay in one of many stunning Peak District cottages in the area.

Bushcraft is essentially survival skills, living in the natural environment, and using your surroundings to thrive. Used for centuries in Australia and South Africa, bushcraft has gained recent popularity in the UK with Ray Mears’ television series. Wildcamping is technically illegal in England, so bushcraft, camping and survival courses are great ways to experience the outdoors without the trappings of a conventional campsite.

There are now plenty of places to enjoy bushcraft experiences in the Peak District area. Organized outdoor adventures, led by qualified guides and instructors can be incredible learning experiences for the whole family. A weekend experience is a great way to begin your bushcraft adventure – learning basic survival skills such as: shelter building, tracking, firecraft, fishing and foraging. For die-hard adventure lovers, why not combine your bushcraft experience with some of the Peak District’s many extreme sports, such as rafting, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling!

Bushcraft weekends are perfect for the outdoor loving family, a corporate team building experience, or maybe an alternative hen or stag weekend. Head to Moorlands Bushcraft for weekend experiences on the edge of the Peak District, or to Shipley Country Park for bushcraft taster experiences. Also try Woodland Ways experiences, for a huge choice of bushcraft days, weekends and even week-long courses.

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Diving is Too Expensive

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This is a big one. First, remember what you’re getting for your money besides just the dive: A day on the water. A day in the sun. A picnic. A chance to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Maybe one of those once-in-a-lifetime underwater experiences. The opportunity to watch members of the opposite sex struggle in and out of wetsuits.

Piggyback diving. A way to stretch both time and money is to piggyback dive trips on to business or family trips ­the travel is already paid for. How many times have you seen business people traveling with golf clubs or tennis rackets? Why not a mask and regulator?

Make your stay less expensive. Check to see if there are accommodations with cooking facilities, such as a condo or an efficiency. Buying a few groceries local and having one or two meals a day “at home” will save a bundle.

Reason for the season? High season is often simply a measure of how many people are on vacation from school and work or are fed up with winter and ready to go anywhere warmer. It does not mean it’s the best time to be there for diving, but it does mean higher prices and bigger crowds. Check your dive travel specialist for destinations where low season coincides with the best diving conditions.

Pay less­, carry a big club. Dive clubs are able to negotiate group rates for diving and travel. Resorts will often offer free spaces for group leaders and the savings can be split among the entire group.

Watch the world. Keep up-to-date on your destinations­. For example, the current global financial crisis is making some of the best diving in the world suddenly more affordable.

Tax actions. It’s about time the government paid for some of your diving. Expenses incurred while participating in diving activities like fish counts and reef surveys organized for non-profit corporations are tax-deductible. Your dear Uncle Sammy may be happy to pay for almost a third of these dive trips­. Just don’t tell him how much fun they are. Also, any cost to join a marine-related non-profit organization that is considered a donation is deductible.

Solution: Realize what a great bargain you’re getting; scrimp and save; be a smart dive consumer.

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Choosing a rod and reel for catching trout

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When fishing for trout it is very important to have the correct gear. If you have an unbalanced rod and reel you may have difficulty casting and fighting a fish, which isn’t an enjoyable experience. Fortunately, it is not difficult to set yourself up with some quality gear that will make fishing for trout a pleasure. The following tips will help you select a rod and reel suitable for trout fishing.

The Rod
Choosing from the many trout fishing rods on the market will basically come down to the type of fishing you plan on doing. If you want to take up fly fishing you will need a specific rod, and reel, to do this. Bait and lure fishing is a little more flexible, but most people choose a spinning or baitcaster fishing rod. Spinning rods are great for those who are new to the sport because baitcasters can be slightly more difficult to master in the short term.

The Reel
The general rule when choosing a fishing reel for trout is to match it with the sort of rod that you purchase. For instance, a fly fishing rod can only be matched with a fly fishing rod, a spinning rod requires a spinning reel, and so on. It is important to purchase a reel that suits your rod so that it is correctly balanced. You can ask the tackle shop owner to check this for you or have them select an appropriate match for you. This way you can be sure that you have a correctly balanced fishing rod and reel combo.

Fishing for trout can be a frustrating experience if you don’t have the right equipment. Fortunately, getting setup with the correct gear isn’t difficult. The biggest advantage of doing this is that you don’t have to worry about the quality of your tackle when connected to that fish of a lifetime.

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Fishing Kayaks Are Great Alternatives To Motorized Vessels

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Fishing from a kayak is a great alternative to using motorized fishing vessels. Kayak fishing is a very popular hobby in certain parts of the country such as North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Part of the appeal of using a kayak is that you do not need to worry about the maintenance expense compared to owning and operating a diesel or gasoline powered fishing boat. There are also less rules and regulations because kayaks are not motorized. You do not need to obtain a boating license, or expense permits for the purpose of kayak fishing.

Kayak fishing can be done in canals, lakes, ponds, swamps and other types of tributaries. In certain parts of the country people also fish from the ocean as well with Kayaks. Saltwater fishing is also very popular because of the more diverse fish species in ocean environments. If you haven’t tried fishing kayaks before, it can be a great way to spend a day relaxing on the open water.

One of the best ways to experience kayak fishing is by joining a fishing vacation tour. This is especially convenient if you do not have your own equipment. Kayak fishing tour operators usually have great package rates which include all your equipment (i.e. safety jackets, emergency radios, kayak boat, and transportation) for less than $100 per day. This can be a good way for you to try out this hobby, without having to purchase all of the fishing gear and equipment. Another benefit to joining an organized fishing tour is that you can minimize your chances of spending an entire day without catching fish.

Kayak fishing tour operators are very experienced and know exactly where to go when it comes to finding the best available fishing spots. You can fish for various kinds of species include sun fish, striped bass, salmon, and trout.

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Bass Fishing Game

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One of my favorite hobbies is fishing.  I love to just get out in the outdoors and enjoy nature while fishing.  I am open to all types of fishing, and have pretty much done them all.  From catfish jugging in the midwest to deep sea fishing off the Florida coast to salmon fly fishing in Alaska, all of these fishing activities have the opportunity to bring me joy, and help me to find peace in nature.

Bass fishing is one type of fishing that I am particularly fond of.  Growing up in the midwest, I was surrounded by ponds, rivers, and lakes full of small and large mouth bass and striped bass.  Early on, I made friends with others who also loved to fish.  Our fishing adventures started out as explorations.  We experimented with methods and baits and lures, and found out new ways to catch bass.

Eventually, the competitive nature in us led to fierce competition.  Each fishing trip turned into a bass fishing game:  catch the most bass or catch the biggest bass.  The nature of our competition evolved from bragging rights to full on bets:  win one of the bass fishing games and win lunch or dinner from the others.

This competition added a lot of fun to our fishing trips.  It pushed our skill sets to the max.  We were constantly put in situations where we needed to evolve and adapt to win the game.  These experiences have partly shaped who I am today, and have helped me land a competitive, lucritive job.  And aside from the learning experiences that I gained, I also grew to appreciate fishing more and more.

If you too are involved in fishing, and like myself, engage in friendly or even cut-throat competition on the water, remember to always be safe, and to first and foremost have fun!

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6 Man Tent Sale Benefits

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One of the problems with education is the fact that many schools have a very limited amount of money available to plan school trips for their students. However, these trips are important for children because it can help them to learn to be social in different environments and encourage bonding through spending time with other students. A camping trip is one of the easiest ways you can plan a school trip for children and spend very little money. Camping is budget friendly because of the fact that you only need to purchase simple foods that can be cooked oven a fire or camping stove. Additionally, these children can sleep in a tent that you can buy online. Buying a 6 man tent sale here will allow you to find the least expensive prices on tents that offer a nice size. A typical classroom of children will only require thee of these tents and this makes it possible to take a trip on a vacation.

All of the tents that you will find here will easily fit many children without needing to fit them into small spaces. The children will sleep in comfort and the thick material that is used in the construction of these tents will help the children to feel less of the environment while they are sleeping. The key to going to bed while camping is feeling like you are a home, selecting a tent that is large enough to provide a place to sleep for several students will help them to feel comfortable during this trip. A backpack beach chair is the perfect addition to any camping trip, this chair is light enough to carry on your back, it is portable enough to be enjoyed by all the children and it is less expensive than other seating solutions.

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