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 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
When you fancy going for a hike or walk there are plenty of route planner websites on the internet that can provide help and inspiration. Whether you are going to a particular part of the country for the first time or looking for a hidden gem in your own backyard, there are plenty of on-line … Continue reading A Guide to Best Walking Route Planners
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
The Thermarest Neo Air has been one of the most talked about products recently, but what makes it so special and why all the hype? The main features the NeoAir are the reflective aluminised barrier which reflects body heat and reduces heat loss along with the Triangular Core Matrix technology which is a welded-nylon grid of … Continue reading Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Mattress
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…
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
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?
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?
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!