10 Tips for Hiking in the Summer Rain

Have you looked out of the window today? It's Friday and it's raining again! The inclement weather however has not scuppered my plans to go hiking this weekend. Indeed, as with many hikers in the UK, I actually like to be out in the countryside in the rain. Ok, there may not be so many … Continue reading 10 Tips for Hiking in the Summer Rain

Breathable Waterproof Fabric Care

Breathable waterproof fabrics such as Gore Tex, eVent and Gelanots are highly technical and can be expensive. So it is not surprising that there are numerous products on the market that claim to protect and prolong the life of waterproof clothing. Is it necessary to use these fabric care products or will my waterproofs be … Continue reading Breathable Waterproof Fabric Care

Midges and Midge Repellent – A Guide to Avoiding Bites

You can buy midge repellent at our online shop or read on to find out about midges and other possible ways to avoid getting bitten. With summer is fast approaching so are the dreaded midges, which have to be one of the most annoying creatures on this planet.  While they're hardly dangerous, they can be … Continue reading Midges and Midge Repellent – A Guide to Avoiding Bites

Brasher hillwalking boots grow in popularity…

We all know that Brasher make some of the best hillwalking boots available, and now they can prove it.  The increasingly popular brand of walking boots announced record sales for September, making their sales count an exceptional 87% up on the same time last year...quite popular indeed, especially considering the prevailing economic conditions! Working for … Continue reading Brasher hillwalking boots grow in popularity…

Scottish Natural Heritage Provides Eco-Camping Tips

Last month, the Scottish Natural Heritage announced that it was going to help the outdoor community via a trickle down affect.  Simply put, the Scottish Natural Heritage were going to teach 10 of the top outdoor instructors about being green and more specifically about being environmentally friendly when out camping. Leave No Trace Camping Education … Continue reading Scottish Natural Heritage Provides Eco-Camping Tips

Where's my nearest indoor climbing wall?

Looking for an indoor climbing wall in the UK?  Near Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Warrington, London, Wales, Scotland? Here's where to find it... List of Climbing Walls You can download a list of climbing walls created by the BMC here.  This directory of climbing walls is a fantastic way to keep you engaged in climbing by … Continue reading Where's my nearest indoor climbing wall?

Are you a heavyweight, lightweight or ultralight?

You may remember, a while ago we wrote this fun quiz asking whether you are serious about reducing the weight of your backpack, when out running, walking, climbing or riding, asking: are you a lightweight? Ultralight Specialists Years and years of working in the outdoor industry, has led us into our very own niche...one that … Continue reading Are you a heavyweight, lightweight or ultralight?

Cassowary's are about – look like a tree!

Travel Advice: Cape Tribulation, Australia When I was backpacking, I spent a little bit of time in North-Eastern Australia, in particular camping around Cape Tribulation, a protected World Heritage site.  Cape Tribulation is a coastal paradise, with tropical mangrove swamps behind you and flat sandy beaches and crystal blue waters in front.  A real haven. … Continue reading Cassowary's are about – look like a tree!