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Primus TiTech Ultra Lightweight Titanium Cooking Pots Now In Stock

March 28th, 2012

Primus have extended their lightweight cookware pans to include a new range of lidded titanium pots. The Titech range is currently available in two sizes, 0.6 litre and 1.0 litre. These have both been designed to accommodate a gas cartridge and a  small stove, keeping pack size to a minimum.  This is further aided by the  double handles folding back against the body of the pots.

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Vote For Conservation Projects!

March 25th, 2012

With record numbers of applications this year for the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s (EOCA) funding round, the association is asking the public to get involved in helping decide which conservation projects to support in 2012. Following a total of 31,000 votes across Europe last year and 74 application for funding this year, EOCA is again working with several magazines, which will be showcasing the shortlisted projects and asking readers to choose the projects they feel are most deserving of funding.  Divided into 3 categories – nature, outdoor and alpine, the public will be able to vote for one project in each category with the results being announced online during April, and officially announced, along with projects chosen by EOCA members in July.  With 100% of funds raised going directly into conservation projects, EOCA and its members also hope by the summer to be able to announce the raising of its first €1 million since its inception just 6 years ago. For more information on the projects in each category and to vote, go to www.outdoorconservation.eu, where you can vote immediately,

Nature Category: National Geographic Germany

Outdoor Category: TGO (UK), Wider (France), LIFT/ Bike & Trekking (Netherlands)

Alpine Category: Alpin (Germany)

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

The image shows the Kongu waterfall in Ivindo National Park, Gabon. Although the tropical forest along the Ivindo river and magnificent Kongou waterfall was declared a national park in 2003, its future is still uncertain unless consistent conservation activities can be put in place that can give the area an economic value in the eyes of the Gabonese government. It is proposed that regular wildlife surveys and the development of local wealth through tourism would add substantial economical value to the area, contributing to its preservation. Creation of new ecotourism opportunities through foot and bike trails and training of locals as guides, as well as surveys to assess the richness of the biodiversity of the primary forest would be carried out.  See more at www.trusttheforest.org

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Primus Polaris LED Lamps Now In Stock

March 24th, 2012

Primus Polaris LED Lamps are ideal for taking on camping and backpacking trips where a gas lamp mantle is not going to survive the journey. The instant availability of light at a switch of a button means no more scrabbling around for matches in the middle of the night or dousing your tent with water after accidentally setting it alight!

The Primus Polaris LED lamps come in two sizes, the compact original and the group sized Polaris XL.

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Test Your Paddle Power With Go Canoeing

March 22nd, 2012

People across England are being encouraged to get out on the water this Spring with the launch of Go Canoeing which aims to demonstrate to the nation how fun, social and accessible canoeing can be.

Go Canoeing offers a range of exciting activities to get people enjoying the inland waterways. Sue Hornby, Director of Development at Canoe England, said, “Canoeing is one of the UK’s most popular watersports and we want to open up this activity to a wider audience. There is little that can beat a leisurely paddle down a river on a beautiful sunny day and we want as many people as possible to experience this. There are currently about 1.2 million adults in the UK canoeing every year and just over 1% of households own a canoe or kayak. We hope that raising the profile of the sport and enabling more people to try it will increase these figures and also encourage people to participate on a more regular basis.”

The starter sessions, many offered free of charge by clubs and centres around the country, provide the perfect introduction to canoeing for adults and children. Many clubs and centres can provide the necessary equipment and sessions are supervised by a fully qualified canoe instructor. Those interested in taking up canoeing as a new hobby can book a follow up session and have the option of signing up for a course at a local club.

Brand new for 2012 are guided tours which are taking place at 14 locations around the country; they are aimed at adults and families who have already done some canoeing to help them discover new places to paddle with help from Go Canoeing guides. A half day tour includes supervision from a fully qualified Go Canoeing Leader and costs start from £20 per person.

“Two types of guided tour are on offer”, adds Howard Blackman, Head of Participation at Go Canoeing. “Firstly there is the ‘Explore’ tour. This is perfect for those who want to discover the waterways and enjoy the scenery and countryside from a tranquil perspective. Secondly there is the ‘Escape’ tour, aimed at those who are looking for a steady-paced paddle and a little more adventure.”

National Go Canoeing Week takes place from 6 – 15 April 2012. It features 10 days of canoeing activities across the country and is open to people of all abilities. The week also marks the launch of the new website www.gocanoeing.org.uk which provides a onestop-shop for those looking to get into the sport. Find out where to go and how to get started, hints and tips for taking to the water, recommendations for canoeing routes and details of local activities and events.

Howard Blackman continues: “Canoeing has something for everyone; all ages and abilities can experience the adventure and excitement of the water sport. Many people would have taken to the water on holiday or during an activity day; through the Go Canoeing starter sessions and tours we hope to attract these people back on to the water, more frequently. As the excitement builds for this summer’s Games, we’re confident that Britain’s success at canoeing will also encourage the nation to give the sport a try.”

 

Test your paddle power with Go Canoeing

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Primus Eta Power Pots With Heat Exchangers Now Available

March 17th, 2012

Primus Eta Power Pots are made of hard lightweight anodized aluminum with a multi-layer titanium nonstick surface on the inside. The pots have lids and either fold flat or separate handles for low pack volumes. All the Primus Eta pots are equipped with a heat exchanger on their base which will make your stove approximately one third faster and more efficient. These Primus Eta Power pots are available in 1.0, 1.2, 1.7, 2.1 and 2.9 litre capacities that will suit the lone backpacker to larger polar expedition parties.

 

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Top Ten Eco Cooking Tips From Primus

March 15th, 2012

Ten Tips That Make  A Difference

1. Use a lid – it makes boiling quicker.

2. It is best to use an aluminium cooking pot with a heat exchanger. Used together they reduce boiling times and fuel consumption by around a third.

3. Choose food that cooks quickly. Food like spaghetti or other thin pasta.

4. Small pieces are better. It is quicker to cook food that has been divided into small pieces.

5. Do not cook the food completely. Let the food finish cooking in the after-heat, which you can do in an insulation bag.

6. Reduce the output. Use a maximum of around ¾ of the stove’s output as this will make best use of the energy.

7. Protect the stove from the wind. Shelter it from the wind and use a windscreen.

8. Gas is good. Gas does not need any preheating and is more efficient than liquid fuel.

9. Save on heat. If you have any hot water left over, save it in a vacuum bottle for your next meal.

10. The right combination gives the best effect. Do not use a small pot on a large burner. It is best to make sure that you have the right burner for the right size pot.

 

 

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New Website For Explorers

March 14th, 2012

Explorers Connect is a unique, free to join social network for the budding adventurer

“Whether you plan to conquer Everest or a personal challenge, follow a dream or the latest expedition news, raise money or self esteem, need info or inspiration, or just want to share you interest with heroes and friends, Explorers Connect makes the world a bigger place”.

Explorers Connect was started by Belinda Kirk in 2009 and now the team has grown to include some of the world’s leading adventurers including Expedition Leader Alastair Cole, Expedition leader Dom Hall, Polar Explorer Antony Jinman, Expedition Manager Tim Moss, Desert Expert  Sam McConnell and the first Welsh woman to climb Everest Tori James.

For more information visit the website www.explorersconnect.com

 

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Sub Zero Thermal Base Layer Top and Bottom – Save £10

March 10th, 2012

Buy a Sub Zero Factor 1 award winning thermal base layer long sleeve top and bloo john leggings and save £10.  The thermal underwear in this offer is only available in black but you can choose different sizes in the top and the bottom from XSmall to XXLarge.

 

This thermals offer is only available at Sub Zero Store.co.uk

 

 

 

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Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 9-11th March 2012

March 8th, 2012

Over 75 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked for you from around the world.

Screened over one weekend at the art deco Showroom Cinema in Sheffield – UK’s biggest independent cinema outside London, voted the region’s best cultural venue. Also talks and lectures on epic climbs, runs and rides by world-class adventurers, activities, live music, kit sale, competitions, a locally produced festival brew and a cracking vibe.

For further details please click here or watch the trailer below

 

 

 

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Simon Yates Latest Speaking Tour On His Last Ten Years Of Expeditions To Unclimbed Peaks

March 7th, 2012

Tieing in with the release of his third book in March, The Wild Within covers the last ten years of Simon’s expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, the Wrangell St-Elias ranges on the Alaskan-Yukon border, and Eastern Greenland. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man. At the same time he must endure his role in the film adaptation of Joe Simpson’s Touching The Void, having to relive the events of that trip to Peru for a Hollywood director.

Recounting his experiences of teaming up with mountaineering legends Doug Scott, Andy Parkin and Joe Simpson, Yates focuses on the significance of the mountain environment and his perpetual quest to seek out the world’s few remaining wildernesses.

Simon Yates Speaking Tour On His Last Ten Years Of Expeditions To Unclimbed Peaks

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