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White Cliffs Of Wight Beckon This May

March 29th, 2013

Adventure holiday expert Exodus is sponsoring the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2013 – the largest walking festival of its kind in Europe. It will take place across three weekends between 4 and 19 May 2013, featuring over 200 guided walks across the stunning Isle of Wight countryside.

Now in its fifteenth year, the festival will offer a full range of walking routes to suit all abilities, from leisurely ambles around the town of Ryde, to an epic twenty-four hour, non-stop journey along all 72 miles of the island’s perimeter. All walks will be led by one of 200 dedicated volunteer guides, each an expert in the area.

Exodus will be running a number of dedicated walks over the two weekends, from the slow and gentle Tennyson Trail on Saturday 4 May, which will follow in the footsteps of the famous poet, to the challenging Charybdis Passage held on Saturday 11 May. While the dedicated Isle of Wight Walking Festival guides will lead these walks, members of the Exodus team will be taking part and providing fun motivational treats along the way.

As well as getting their walking boots muddy, the Exodus team will be hosting their own special presentation evening event, led by Exodus director Jim Eite for the festival’s walkers to explore their range of overseas walking holidays.

Jim Eite, product director of Exodus Travels, says “We are thrilled to take part in this fantastic event. Though we have been taking walking holidays across the globe from Oman to Argentina for over 38 years, this festival is a great opportunity for people to discover the wonders of walking right here in the UK, as well as celebrating our new series of UK walking weekends that we’re launching this year.

To celebrate their involvement, Exodus is also running a competition to win a walking holiday for two to the Amalfi Coast of Italy. The lucky winner of this walking holiday will be announced at the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend between 25 and 28 October 2013.

More details and a full programme of walks can be found the Isle of Wight Walking Festival website at www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a gentle ramble or a tough trekking holiday in the Greater Ranges, you’ll find what you need to make the most of your time in the Sub Zero Store’s product index with all walkers’ and trekkers’ needs from toasty thermal baselayers to mugs, flasks and first aid kits.

 

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New Lifeline Survival And Hunter Bottles Now In Stock

March 27th, 2013

Are you prepared for emergency situations when in the great outdoors? You do not need to weigh yourself down with technical equipment that wouldn’t look out of place on Holby City to give yourself a fighting chance if you suddenly get in to trouble. Lifelines new range of survival kits in a bottle are ideal for popping into your rucksack, and at under 400g each they won’t weigh you down. Choose between the Survival Bottle and the Hunter Bottle for  piece of mind when in the countryside. Both feature a 800ml (28floz) Tritan plastic water bottle and the bare essentials for keeping warm and dry in emergencies, as well as signalling kit for alerting rescuers to your position.

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New Lifesystems Emergency Survival Shelters Now In Stock

March 25th, 2013

Lifesystems have improved on their successful 2012 range of emergency bothy bags with an upgrade of the 2 and 4 man shelters. Not only are these lightweight  survival bothies bigger than last years versions, but they are almost half the price!

So if you are planning on trekking or hill walking this Easter break then the Lifesystem Bothy Bag should be part of your emergency back-up kit.

 

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Enjoy Easter Safely In The Scottish Mountains

March 23rd, 2013

It will soon be Easter, but it’s still full-on winter in Scotland’s mountains. That’s the message from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). The MCofS and BMC advise that climbers and hill walkers need to be realistic about the seriousness of the Scottish mountains at this popular time of year, and of the need to match knowledge and experience to mountaineering objectives.

 

The Easter warning is being issued because:

  • Easter in Scotland is popular with groups travelling from further afield
  • Easter is quite early this year
  • The current winter conditions could continue through and beyond the Easter weekend.

 

Sadly, this winter has seen a significant death toll on Scotland’s mountains, many of them related to avalanches. Avalanche awareness should be a key component of planning a trip to the mountains over the Easter holiday period. Anyone heading to the Scottish mountains at Easter is being encouraged to give serious consideration to the following ten-point checklist:

  1. Check the mountain weather and avalanche forecasts.
  2. Follow the MCofS on Twitter and Facebook, and check the “Something for the weekend” #sftwe safety tips on Fridays and Saturdays.  These messages warn of likely hazards over the coming weekend.
  3. Be realistic about your ability to interpret and act upon weather and avalanche forecasts.
  4. Be prepared to lower your expectations if weather, visibility and pace dictate.
  5. Allow for the remoteness of many Scottish mountains.
  6. Plan routes carefully and consider likely hazards like avalanche-prone slopes, river crossings and steep cliff faces.
  7. Read the Winter Safety pages on the MCofS website and watch the Ice Axe Self Arrest video on the MCofS YouTube channel.
  8. Day length increases at this time of year, but it is still easy to be caught out after dark.  Everyone in a group should carry a head torch and spare set of batteries or a spare head torch with new batteries.
  9. Be aware of everyone else in your group and don’t allow your group to get separated in poor visibility.
  10. Never be afraid to turn back. The most important objective of a day in the mountains is for there to be more days in the mountains in the future.

 

MCofS President, Brian Linington, said, “There are always more visitors to Scottish mountains at Easter and Whitsun and we urge them to act upon this advice.  Many are keen to get to grips with the mountains, but the pattern when I was part of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team was for a high number of incidents at Easter.  This was due to a number of factors, including loose holds after winter ice had loosened everything up, together with very icy old snow patches in critical shaded spots.  Both factors caused fatalities in the Cuillin at Easter.”

BMC Deputy CEO, Nick Colton, said, “The mountains of Scotland are glorious places to walk and climb.  Go prepared, plan and heed the advice that is available.  Remember conditions can change quickly and you may need to adjust those plans and expectations accordingly.  Enjoy the challenges and spectacular scenery that Scottish hills have to offer but, most importantly, get back down safely.”

The BMC runs training events and publishes good practice information, to enable climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to develop their skills.  Read the ‘Essential winter know-how’ at www.thebmc.co.uk/winter-climbing-and-walking-skills.

We would remind climbers and walkers of the need to dress warmly, comfortably and flexibly to make the most of winter days out by building layers of clothing – baselayers, mid layers and outer layers.

 

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Extremities New Guide Tuff Bags Now In Stock

March 21st, 2013

Extremities Guide Tuff Bag Mittens by Terra Nova are based on the award winning and highly popular Tuff Bags. The main difference between the two designs is that the Guide Tuff Bag has a leather palm for extra durability and grip when climbing and mountaineering. They still employ lightweight GORE-TEX® technology in the outer shell for keeping your hands dry and protected against the wind chill, and will pack down in to the smallest of pockets.

Available in four sizes (small, medium, large and xlarge) these are ideal for the technical winter walker.

 

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Plan A Highland Adventure For The Family This Summer

March 19th, 2013

More families can now experience the thrill of their own personalised and exclusive Highland adventure – including rock climbing, abseiling, hill walking and ridge walking to wild camping, loch fishing and navigation skills –  in the heart of some of the most stunning landscapes in the north west Highlands of Scotland. New outdoor activity company Highland Adventures based in Ullapool is run by qualified climbing instructor, mountain leader and local mountain rescue team member Ken Keith.

The company offers families the opportunity to try out a specific activity, or take advantage of a fun Taster Day package which includes a little bit of everything.  Half and whole day activity packages are planned to suit each individual family’s needs, ages and abilities, so no-one gets left out and everyone will finish the day with a sense of achievement.

The Highlands of Scotland provide a unique rock climbing environment, and the variety of rock types and scale of cliffs can present a challenge for mums, dads and kids alike.  And although families don’t have to be mad to abseil down a sheer cliff face, it certainly helps. The less adventurous can choose a gentle guided walk through scenic glens and smaller hills and learn about the history, geology and wildlife of the area, or try fishing in one of the many stunning hill lochs.

Spending the night camping out and sleeping under the stars in the wilds of Scotland is likely to appear on many people’s ‘things to do before you die’ lists.  Nothing quite beats sitting beside a remote Scottish loch miles away from anyone and anywhere, with a freshly landed trout sizzling on the frying pan and a dram in hand (adults only!) as the sun sets over the mountain peaks.

Highland Adventures is currently offering free kids places (under 18s) with two paying adults; B&B and packed lunches are an added option. For further information about all activities and packages visit www.highlandadventures.co.uk or contact Ken on 01854 666331.

 

As with any activity holiday, you’ll need to be dressed to suit the conditions. In the mountains, that means you should ensure that you pack your rucksack with the following – even in the summer:

 

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Win Extremities Multisport Pro Waterproof Thermal Gloves Worth £99.99

March 17th, 2013

Here at Sub Zero Store we have five pairs of  Extremities Multisport Pro Waterproof Thermal Gloves to give away in March worth £99.99 each. All you have to do is fill in your details at the following link and click the ‘send message’ button. We will collate the entries and randomly draw the winners on April 2nd 2013.

Good luck everyone!

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New Sub Zero Windproof Thermal Beanie Hat And Head Band

March 15th, 2013

Released this month by Sub Zero is a new range of windproof thermal head gear. The Factor 4 range is manufactured from the same fabric as Sub Zeros award winning soft shell jackets. The soft fleece inner fabric traps warm air, insulating your head, whilst the windproof outer fabric greatly reduces wind chill. A further benefit of the fabric is that it is waterproof so these beanie hats and head bands will be showerproof  (the seams are not watertight so they will leak after prolonged heavy downpours).

Currently these Factor 4 products are only available in black but more designs and colours will be introduced further on in to the year.

 

 

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Suggested Kit For Hill Walkers By The BMC

March 13th, 2013

The BMC has a suggested kit list for hill walkers:

Map and compass

Torch, plus spare battery and bulb

Watch

Walking boots and socks

Shorts / trousers

Wicking baselayer

Insulating midlayer

Fleece jacket

Waterproof jacket

Waterproof overtrousers

Hat and scarf

Gloves / mittens

Gaiters

Rucksack

Drink

Food

Emergency food

Sunhat / sunglasses / sunscreen

Insect repellent (seasonal)

Spare gloves

Spare socks

Whistle

Mobile phone

First aid kit

Bivi bag

Group shelter

Trekking poles (optional)

 

Photo: BMC

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Up TO 40% Off Sub Zero Polar Fleece Jackets & Gilets

March 11th, 2013

With the last Hoorah of the winter upon us, stay warm when venturing outside  with one of Sub Zeros award winning polar fleece jackets or gilets. For March we are offering these products with 40% discount, so there is no excuse for anyone to be cold!

The polar fleece jackets are available in both male and female versions whilst the gilet is a unisex design. For a concise size chart please see each listing or click here

 

 

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