June 29th, 2012
It has been a number of weeks since we last had the Eta PackLite in stock after a run on them at the end of May. We have just had a delivery of 20 units with another 30 on back order.
Speaking to our customers, they were purchasing the Eta Packlite in anticipation of a long outdoors summer season , as the stove is one of the best pieces of cooking kit to carry for lightweight camping and backpacking. It’s a shame that the weather is putting a dampener on all but the most dedicated of outdoor enthusiasts. Roll on the sun!
Tags: backpacking, camping, eta, gas stove, lightweight, packlite, primus
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June 22nd, 2012
Camping completely independent of any facilities, being truly self-contained, has always appealed but it needs careful organisation and easing of standards and expectations – it’s a tough person who rolls naked across a field for a grass bath. A simple campsite is one that offers the basics of loo and water and has that difficult to define element – ‘character’. It may come from the setting, the wider context or the personality of the owners. Some attract campers who enjoy privacy; others have an air of camaraderie from the moment you start to pitch your tent. Shops, pizza stalls, swimming pools, closely packed pitches and licensed bars add a layer of complexity to sites that shift them from camping holidays to holiday camps.
However, where simple farm sites once cost just a couple of pounds, ‘modern’ simple sites can rack up charges that reflect location, unmarked pitches and character. The emergence of web-based campsite guides – www.ukcampsite.co.uk; the Cool Camping series – www.coolcamping.co.uk ; and Tiny Campsites – www.tinycampsites.co.uk – have all not only spread the word about exceptional sites but actively helped to develop a new theme in sites. More privacy, open fires and an awareness of sustainability are linked to pubs in walking distance to make up a rounded package that delivers a more ‘authentic’ camping experience.
The downside of many smaller, simpler sites is not being able to book them in advance. Over the years, word of mouth and pot luck have been as useful as printed and electronic guides. No pre-booking means risking turning up to be turned away. Or, perhaps, finding that secluded site you enjoyed last year bursting at the seams. It pays to have alternatives up your sleeve and to be flexible in what you expect. You can book National Trust campsites online; many are run by tenant farmers – www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Campingninja is a free, independent campsite booking site that allows you to browse with search filters for campsites, find availability and book on-line all in the same place – no more phone calls or the frustration of unanswered emails. With hundreds of campsites in the system, Campingninja co-founder Rhian Evans said, “We have a great variety of campsites to book including eco-campsites, small campsites, campsites where you can have a campfire, campsites for all kinds of activities – the list is endless and you can easily search on all of these criteria and more.”
Tags: camping, campsites, glamping, holidays, privacy, site bookings, tents
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June 9th, 2012
These popular insulated commuter mugs are ideal for keeping drinks cool on hot days when out and about in the great outdoors. The press top button opens and shuts the drinking sip slot allowing one hand drinking, whilst the industrial grade silicon seals ensure no spills in your backpack. Depending on how much weight is an issue these mugs come in stainless steel and HDPE versions.
Tags: cooling mugs, mugs for cars, primus mugs, thermal mugs, thermos
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June 6th, 2012
Why bother with extortionate hotel rooms in inconvenient locations during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. Book a campsite on campingatthegames.com and stay in London for £10.
The website is a partnership between the UK’s largest online campsite booking website Campingninja.com and sports grounds within inner London. Not only will you be supporting local sports clubs directly but you will also have access to great facilities, lots of space, and excellent transportation links.
For further details and booking online please visit the website campingatthegames.com
Tags: accomodation, camping, cheap stays, london hotels, olympics
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June 3rd, 2012
The Superlite Air is one of the lightest and compact air mattresses currently available on the market and is ideal for competitive mountain racing, adventure sports and lightweight backpacking. The mattress incorporates an easy valve for fast deflation, which can also be temporary locked while adding air by mouth during inflation. Manufactured from ultra light 20D rip-stop nylon with a TPU membrane for an air-tight seal, these mattresses will keep you extremely comfortable when sleeping without taking up much room in your backpack.
Tags: air matress, camping mat, lightweight backpacking, multimat, superlite air
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