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Anodised Ghillie Kettles Now In Stock

October 31st, 2012

The UK manufacturers of Ghillie Kettles have extended their popular range of solid fuel camp stoves by introducing lightweight anodised aluminium versions of the popular Maverick, Explorer and Adventurer kettles. The anodosing process not only provides a smooth non-stick non-reactive surface but the strength of the kettles is vastly increased. Place one in your rucksack today for an impromptu cuppa in the wild.

 

Ghillie Solid Fuel Hard Anodised Aluminium Explorer Kettle 1.0 Litres

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Save £10 On A Set Of Sub Zero Thermal Base Layers

October 29th, 2012

With the weather getting cooler it’s time to dig out your thermals. If they have seen better days then why not take advantage of Sub Zero Stores October/Novembers thermal base layer offer. Buy a Factor 1 long sleeve top and leggings together and save £10 off the SRP.

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Keeping Warm In A Sleeping Bag

October 27th, 2012

Just jumping in to a sleeping bag at the end of a day out on the hills is not necessarily going to keep you warm during the night. Follow our top sleeping bag tips for keeping snug:

  • Sleeping bags are not warm – it is your body heat that warms the air in the insulating fill.
  • The warmer you are when you get your head down, the faster your bag will warm up.
  • Spread out your sleeping bag when the tent is pitched so it can loft fully.
  • Sleeping bags liners will extend comfort ratings.
  • A hot meal will boost your body temperature as will even a short walk.
  • We breathe out a lot of moisture so, as all fills start to lose their performance when damp, avoid burrowing into your bag; make sure the hood is held snug around your ears.
  • Wear fresh socks to bed; a pair used only for bedtime.
  • Wear baselayer top and leggings will not only help in staying warm, they’re appreciated if you have to get up in the night. Keep a warm jacket handy.
  • Have a warm hat handy.
  • Air your bag each day to avoid damp building up and reducing its insulating value.

 

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Ten Top Destinations For Outdoor Fun In England

October 25th, 2012

Wherever you go in England, there’s sure to be plenty to keep you active outdoors on holiday.

  1. Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland – At Kielder Water and Forest Park you can absorb the peace and tranquility or try something a little more adventurous. Enjoy events, land and water based activities, art, culture, heritage, wildlife, and star gazing.
    www.visitkielder.co.uk
  2. Lake District, Cumbria – From 16 sparkling lakes and England’s highest mountains, to sheltered valleys, heather moorlands and salty seascapes, Cumbria and the Lake District have inspired and captivated generations of visitors and famous writers and poets such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.
    www.lake-district.gov.uk
  3. Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria – Walk in the footsteps of the Legions, along the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail and around the beautiful surrounding areas or take a trip on Hadrian’s Wall Bus, visiting some of the friendly market town and villages along the way
    www.hadrians-wall.org.uk
  4. The Cleveland Way, Filey, North Yorkshire – There is no better way to take the weight of the world off your shoulders than to take a walk along the Cleveland Way National Trail. This 110 mile/176 kilometre walking route follows the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park, crossing stunning lengths of heather moorland and providing spectacular views of the North Yorkshire coastline.
    www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ClevelandWay
  5. Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire – A World Heritage Site, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and setting for an annual Walking Festival. Home to the World’s first Iron Bridge and 10 museums, all telling the story of life in industrial Shropshire. Blists Hill Victorian Town recreates life in a Victorian Shropshire town complete with costumed actors and traditional shops.
    www.ironbridge.org.uk
  6. The Broads, Norfolk – The Broads is England’s largest nationally protected wetland – the whole area is 303 sq km. Its rivers, broads (shallow lakes), marshes and fens make it a unique area, rich in rare habitats, which support myriad plants and animals.
    www.broads-authority.gov.uk
  7. Nelson Trail, Hampshire – The Nelson Trail has been designed to allow people to walk in the footsteps of Britain’s greatest naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson. This trail takes you through parts of the old town of Portsmouth, highlighting places and buildings of interest relating to Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and Portsmouth around the time of the Battle.
    www.visitportsmouth.co.uk
  8. Jurassic Coast – For stunning views steeped in geological and historical interest, the Jurassic Coast and its share of the South West Coast Path encompasses the elegant Regency town of Sidmouth, the former smuggling haven of Beer and the unspoilt and friendly Budleigh Salterton and reaches into fossil country. Rightly recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    www.jurassiccoast.com
  9. Dartmoor National Park – Dartmoor is a living, working landscape haunted by the ghosts of the past – today’s farmers, rangers and visitors tread in the steps of Bronze Age man, medieval monks and tinners. Walking, cycling and horse riding is the order of the day for many active enthusiasts or try ‘letterboxing’, a game originating on the moor with similarities to orienteering. Also must-sees are Dartmoor Prison and it’s museum and Buckfast Abbey.
    www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk
  10. Cornwall Coastal Path – With one of the most scenic, and longest stretches of the South West Coast Path, and an inland path network of over 2,400 miles no walker could ever get bored in Cornwall. Amble through lush countryside, across wild rugged moors or along stunning coast paths. Breathe in the fresh Cornish air and see places only reached by foot.
    www.cornishman.com

 

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Win a Sub Zero Polar Fleece Jacket Worth £99

October 23rd, 2012

Sub Zero Store have 5 Sub Zero Polar Fleece Thermal Jackets to give away in November. All you need to do is fill in your name and email address at the following link

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Clothing Layers For Keeping Warm When Winter Walking

October 16th, 2012

In a few weeks’ time, the clocks go back, temperatures start to fall, days get shorter and walkers need to take even more care in the hills. Clear blue skies can change rapidly and windchill can sap energy and will. It’s not only those tackling airy mountain summits and ridges who need to be thinking hard about what to wear and what to pack in a rucksack as winter wraps around us but also walkers choosing less exposed routes. It’s always tempting to wrap up warmly and head off smartly but, if you’re not careful, it won’t be long before you’re hot, sweaty and uncomfortable.

The key to comfort is layers of clothing – a baselayer to shift moisture away from your skin where it would chill as it cools; a mid layer for insulating warmth and an outer layer that will offer protection from wind, rain and snow. As a cold wind can whisk away body heat carrying an extra warm layer makes sense as does a cosy hat and gloves. Avoid overheating by sticking to a comfortable pace and letting heat escape by quick simple ventilation options such as opening zips and cuffs and whipping off your hat.

 

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Sub Zero Seamless Merino Thermal Leggings Back In Stock

October 14th, 2012

The design of these award winning thermal merino base layer leggings has been improved for Winter 2012. For a start the waist band has been manufactured to accommodate more Elastane, providing extra support whilst still maintaining its low profile and soft handle. The shape of the legs and thighs has been contoured to enable a closer fit and also eliminating any baggy areas around the knees and ankles. The gusset area has been reinforced to increase the overall strength of the leggings. All in all a great pair of thermal leggings to wear when skiing, mountaineering or just walking the dog!

 

 

 

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Winter Walks Festival With The Ramblers

October 12th, 2012

Join one of hundreds of walks with the Ramblers this holiday season as part of the ever popular Festival of Winter Walks. This year there will be more choice than ever as the festival expands to include over three weeks of events across England, Scotland and Wales, with walks starting in the build up to Christmas and marching right into the New Year.

Ramblers’ volunteers put on these walks to make the most of the wonderful winter scenery on offer in Britain and there is an open invite for anyone to join in, share their love for walking and discover the benefits of being outdoors as you walk with the Ramblers into the new year.

Simon Barnett, Director of Walking Programmes and Promotions at the Ramblers said, “With hundreds of walks led by experienced volunteers exploring the best of the winter scenery, there’s no reason to stay indoors this winter. All walks are free to join and there will be something to suit everyone, so find a walk near you and join the Ramblers with this inexpensive, fun and social way to enjoy the festive season.”

From short festive walks to sup on mulled wine in cosy pubs, festive wintry jaunts and heartier rambles to explore crisp frosted landscapes, there will be plenty on offer for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Walks are already lining up and there will be more uploaded every day as the festive season gets closer. Just a few of the walks on offer include:

England: Join a Christmas Day walk in Welwyn, Hertfordshire with the Ivel Valley Ramblers; take the chance to walk of the Christmas Day feasts with a ‘non-stop’ boxing day stroll with the Isle of Wight Ramblers or start the New Year with a ramble though Newstead Abbey grounds via the Robin Hood Way with the Rushcliffe Ramblers.

Wales: ‘Burn off your calories for Christmas’ with Pontypool Ramblers; Join a ‘Turkey Trot’ with the Meirionnydd Ramblers; a leisurely 5 mile walk with Taff Ely Rambler sin Cardiff Bay; or walk to the top of Skirrid mountain with the Lower Wye Ramblers on the 1st day of 2013.

Scotland: Try an easy, scenic walk from South Inch to Buckie Braes with the Perth & District Ramblers; A social walk in the run up to Christmas Day with the Strathtay Ramblers from Aberfeldy along the river and old rail track to Grandtully with a stop for warming soup or easy, festive walking with the Kirkcaldy Ramblers along the Coastal Path – where a prize will be awarded for the best decorated hat & rucksack.

For details on specific walks or to find out more about the Festival of Winter Walks visit: www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks

Winter Walks Festival With The Ramblers

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Packing Your Rucksack For Autumn Walks

October 3rd, 2012

Everybody has their own preferences on what to carry for a day’s walking, depending on experience, activity, season and terrain but there are some items that everybody should carry in their rucksack:

  • Spare thermal underwear – it might be mild in the valley but wind and elevation cause the temperature to drop and mountain weather is notoriously fickle, so be prepared.
  • Thermal hat and thermal gloves – great for quickly adjusting warmth and comfort without fuss.
  • Hydration – water bottle and, perhaps, a thermal flask for a hot drink.
  • First aid kit – add any medication you need to the kit and top up items used. Even if you don’t feel the need to carry one, there’s no telling what you might encounter in the hills.
  • Lighting – nobody wants to become benighted on a walk but it happens; carrying a torch or head torch is an essential – make sure to check the battery life.

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