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Terra Nova Adventure Tarps Back In Stock

August 29th, 2013

If  you fancy doing some ultra lightweight camping and hiking before the summer ends then Terra Novas Adventure Tarps are an essential piece of kit. There low weight and pack size means you have an almost instant shelter without having to lug around poles and pegs – Just use your walking poles and stones. These tarps are available in two sizes.

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Walk With The Ramblers

August 26th, 2013

The Ramblers is at the heart of walking in Britain; working to promote walking and protect the places where people walk for over 75 years. It has helped build and protect Britain’s 140,000 mile long path network, it runs over 45,000 walks a year, and campaigns for better walking routes and more walking opportunities.

Follow Ramblers on Facebook – www.facebook.com/ramblers and Twitter – www.twitter.com/RamblersGB.

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New Primus Eta Power Pots Now In Stock

August 24th, 2013

With Primus Eta pots you reduce your fuel consumption and boiling time by 30 percent compared to conventional pots. The new Eta pots are manufactured from hard-anodized aluminum and feature an integrated heat exchanger, non-stick ceramic coating and a spill-free pouring rim. Other features include capacity markings for accurate measurement, transparent plastic lid with silicone grip and an integrated colander. Everything thought through to improve your outdoor experience! Available in 1, 1.8 and 3 litres.

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Charity Fund Raising Mud Run Challenge

August 22nd, 2013

Runners and outdoor pursuits’ enthusiasts are being encouraged to take part in a fun, yet gruelling, challenge this autumn to help raise vital funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. The Shropshire Mud Run Series, organised by outdoor activities company Ultimate Fitness Experience, is a 10K challenge which takes participants through ditches, caves and trails and, of course, plenty of mud!

The team at Ultimate Fitness Experience is planning two events to help raise money for the charity. The Follies Mud Run at Hawkstone Park in Shrewsbury takes place on Saturday 28th September 2013, while the Marshbrook Mud Run at Church Stretton is being held on Saturday 30th November 2013.

Fitness coach Tom Meehan said, “We’re aiming to attract over 250 entrants to each of the mud runs, and we’re encouraging people taking part to raise sponsorship money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. In addition, proceeds from the car parking at each event will be donated to the charity.”

Maria Jones, Shropshire fundraising manager, for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “The Shropshire Mud Run Series sounds like great fun and will be an excellent way help boost funds for our service. At Midlands Air Ambulance we don’t just attend missions where patients require urgent medical treatment, we also airlift people who have had accidents in remote areas where land ambulances just can’t get to the scene, so support of the mud runs from keen runners and outdoor enthusiasts will really assist our fundraising total.”

You can kit yourself out from head toe with Sub Zero – hats, gloves, socks, baselayers and a great warm jacket to cheer you up at the finish.

Entrance for each run will cost £26 and if you would like to find out more about the Shropshire Mud Run Series, visit www.shropshiremudrun.com. For more information about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, contact the team on 0800 8 40 20 40, alternatively visit www.midlandsairambulance.com .

 

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Outdoor Gloves Sale – Up To 50% Off

August 20th, 2013

Unfortunately Autumn is not far away. Why not take advantage of our outdoor thermal gloves sale and grab a bargain. Your pinkies will thank you when the cold weather sets in.

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Win A Sub Zero Merino Wool Baselayer Set Worth £124.99

August 18th, 2013

For the month of August we have 5 sets of Sub Zero Merino Baselayers to give away worth £124.99. All you have to do is follow this link to fill  in your details.. We will collate the entries and randomly draw the winners on September 3rd 2013.

Good luck everyone!

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View The Northern Lights At UK Campsites

August 16th, 2013

According to experts at NASA, November 2013 is supposed to be the best year ever for the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon which causes unearthly-like colours to dart around the night sky. What better way to view them than from a great British campsite where light pollution is at a minimum and you can lie back and enjoy the view? The north east of England and Scotland are said to be amongst the best potential viewing points in the UK so Pitchup.com has compiled a guide to Northern Lights spotting from some of its best-positioned sites.

  • Bluebell at Birdsong Garden is a cosy glampervan located in a secluded English garden in Alnwick, Northumberland. This is a perfect location for enjoying views of the night sky as there is no light pollution and a double outdoor hammock in which guests can lie back and look towards the glowing night sky. A two night stay in November costs £90 for the van.
  • Ayres Rock Hostel and Camp Site on the Isle of Sanday in the Orkney Islands is about as remote a location as anyone could wish to find for spotting the Northern Lights. With a clifftop location, visitors enjoy panoramic and unspoiled views for miles around. During the day there are beautiful sandy beaches to walk along, wildlife to spot and a lighthouse to explore. Accommodation options include tent pitches, camping pods and a two bedroom holiday home. Prices start from as little as £12 per pitch, per night.
  • Tan Hill in North Yorkshire is another location that is expected to offer a stunning light show and Usha Gap Campsite is just five miles away. Set on a working farm, campers on this site can pitch a tent or bring along their own touring vehicle. With beautiful views of the surrounding valleys and hills it’s an ideal choice for enjoying the night sky. Pitches cost from £24 per night.
  • For a more rustic experience, Cowclose Woodland at Consett, County Durham is a wild style campsite where visitors walk 1km to their rural peaceful site. The idea is for visitors to truly get back to nature. There are cooking facilities on site including wood fired pizza ovens, barbecue grills and fires for warmth. Once on site, visitors can truly get in touch with nature and enjoy their natural surroundings – another great spot with no light pollution. There is room for just 20 tents and pitches cost from £20 per night.

Multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of camping and caravanning in the UK, Ireland and France. The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book a camping or caravanning holiday. The site goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for a site based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions.

For more information, visit www.pitchup.com

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Congratulations To June/July Sub Zero Store Competition Winners

August 14th, 2013

Thank you to everyone who entered our Sub Zero Cool T Short Sleeve Top competition for June/July

Congratulations go out to Mr H Drew – Scunthorpe, Mrs P Darlinson – Boston, Mrs R Batley – Croydon, Mrs L Smith – Falmouth, and Mr D Lowry – Milford Haven . All the winners have been contacted and their Sub Zero Cool T’Shirts have been dispatched.

Augusts  competition is the opportunity to win one of five sets of Sub Zero Merino Baselayers

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Top Tips For Planning Your Own Outdoor Microadventures

August 5th, 2013

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. Modern adventurer Alasdair Humphreys believes, “You do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to find wilderness and beauty.” Put the two observations together and outdoor adventures can start on your doorstep.

Alastair loves microadventures – www.alistairhumphreys.com/microadventures – where you can have fun for an evening, a night, a day or weekend with challenging or relaxing time spent outdoors. We call them ‘micrads’ and with our help at Sub Zero Store, you can most the most of the time. How much more fun at work would it be to share the experience of an overnight bivvy rather than talk about last night’s TV?

 

Here are some tips to start you on your way:

  1. If time is tight, you might want to consider doing a little research or, at least, thinking before setting out. On the other hand, you can just pack a few essential and head off. Sometimes, planning an off-beat micrad can be half the fun off actually carrying it out. Freedom to set your own challenges, timescale and style is what it’s all about
  2. If you’re planning to stay out overnight, consider where you might sleep – and how. Or walk through the night for a completely different experience.
  3. Aim to travel as light as possible, bearing in mind your safety and comfort. Into your rucksack, pack a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, waterproofs, map, head torch, something to eat, a full water bottle and a small first aid kit. Spare warm clothing, such as a base layer set or down jacket, is sensible and you might want carry a small stove and tent or tarp if your micrad would benefit from carrying the extra weight.
  4. If you’re not bothered about carrying the weight, then a few luxuries, like an iPod, phone and favourite snacks will take up little room. If you’re heading for the hills or remote areas, then it’s sensible to carry a map, compass, whistle and bivvy bag.
  5. Check the weather before you leave but, unless the forecast is dire, don’t let bad weather put you off – make dealing with it part of the adventure.
  6. It’s always sensible to let family or friends know what you’re planning to do and how long you’ll be away.

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