Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Updates and a Cool Recipe

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the silence over the last couple of months, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Ali and I'd died. But no, I'm afraid that we still endure. The reason that it's been so quiet is that Ali and I are currently completing our A-Levels and unfortunately these have had to take precedent. We have however been camping as much as we can (although not as much as we'd like.)

So I thought I'd catch you all up to where Ravine Outdoors currently is; we have now successfully opened the online store (located at http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/ravineoutdoorssales/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686) and have received a second supply order containing lots of new exiting products(hopefully more on the way soon.)

We have also picked up some new tips and tricks whilst camping, some of which I'll share with you and some that you'll have to stay tuned for.

The first tip I've got for you is a great camp-fire recipe.
You will need:
- A stick-bark removed at one end and long enough to sit at a comfortable distance to the fire.
- A camp-fire-an obvious one I know but you'd be surprised. 
- A pack(or two) of marshmallows.
- Pack of coco pops or similar.

Take a few marshmallows and spear them with the stick, roast marshmallows on the fire ( as you normally would) then, here comes the fun bit, when the marshmallows become sticky plunge them into the box of coco pops. Beware it will be hot- you have been warned! This is an easy and tasty snack for round the camp-fire.

If you have any alternative camp-fire recipes then give us a shout and we will try them out and maybe even feature them on the blog.

The next thing we recommend is to try out different types of tent and camping styles, when testing out the new tepee tents now in stock at our store we were both pleasantly surprised that we preferred the canvas tepees rather than our regular nylon tents.

We urge you to try alternative camping methods such as; tarps, tepees, hammocks, old canvas tents such as bell tents, bivvie bags and any other method you can think of.

Lastly I have been reminded (by chief overlord Ali) to ask you to take a look at the new products in our shop and also to have a flick through of our instructional videos on our website (www.ravineoutdoors.co.uk) we hope that you enjoy them and find them useful.

- Luke

Monday, 6 February 2012

Hardcore Camping at minus 10

So I know this post is late but myself and Ali were camping on Friday night for our 'one night a month challenge' and then I spent the weekend sleeping. So down to the camping; just a basic camp, one night in a field with a fire and some tents. But it was a little more complicated than that, the tap had frozen by 18:00 so we had one burco of water to last 30 people a whole night and the morning. We spent the evening cooking sausages and marshmallows on the alter fire and just chilling, another highlight was my amazingly talented harmonica playing (although Ali disagrees). By 00:00 we decided it was time to call it a night, the one minor set back occurred when I tried to take my contact lenses out, only to find that the solution in the cage had frozen. 10 mins in a mug of hot water soon had it sorted but it was a stark reminder just how cold it was away from the fire!! After a cold night we were awakened at 06:45 by my alarm going off. It was a case of back into the cold and on with breakfast- we cooked 64 sausages and 50 rashers of bacon for the rabble that did not emerge from the warmth of their tents until 08:00. The things we do!! So all in all a very cold but very enjoyable night. We'll have some new videos up for you soon and keep your eyes peeled for the new shop up soon.

Thanks for reading,
Luke and Ali- Ravine Outdoors

Sunday, 15 January 2012

How to - Start a chemical fire

In this video Ravine Outdoors will show you how to start a fire using a chemical method.
For this you will need; a Knife or Spoon, Tinder, Potassium Permanganate and Granulated Sugar.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

How to - Cook beef stew

A simple recipe for a spicy beef stew.

You will need ;
2 Medium Chillies
Handfull of green beans
2 Carrots
150g Mushrooms
2 Leeks
500g Beef
2 Onions
Beef Stock
Dutch Over

Chop and place all ingredients into your Dutch over or similar metal pan. Fill to brim with water and allow to cook for 2-3 hours. You will need to stir and top up the water levels regularly.

Video instructions below.

Friday, 6 January 2012

How to - Prepare Birch Bark

Another instructional video from RavineOutdoors. 
For more information and videos please visit www.ravineoutdoors.co.uk.