September 18th, 2013
Septembers competition at Sub Zero Store is to win one of ten Lifesystems Mountain First Aid Kits. Either click on the image below or follow this link to the competition page.
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September 15th, 2013
For over 25 years, through snow, sleet, rain and under clear winter skies; in parks, forests and on mountain tops, the footsteps of thousands have dotted the countryside each year as family, friends and avid walkers step out to enjoy the Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks.
This year, the Ramblers is once again providing wintery walks for all to enjoy with two weeks of festive wanders, led by volunteers, from 21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014. It’ll be here before you know it, so why not bag a winter warmer now? Baselayers, mid layers, softshells and other outer layers, hats, gloves and socks will ensure you make the most of days out however cold it is. Whether it’s a merry jaunt to the pub on Christmas Eve you’re after, a festive Boxing day walk to burn off the mince pies, or a lengthy hike to start the new year on the right foot, there are hundreds of free walks to suit everyone across England, Scotland and Wales with the Festival of Winter Walks.
Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth said, “There is something wonderful about walking over the festive season; the company of family and friends, exploring beautiful winter landscapes under clear skies or the fun of being the first to make tracks in the snow, all of these things make getting out and about at this time of year even more of an adventure. Our Festival of Winter Walks is as popular as ever after 25 years. So, put on your winter coats, wrap up warm and join us again as we head out to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.”
This year for the first time ever you can also download one of their expert walking routes from Ramblers Routes to try on your own or with friends and family this winter, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/ramblersroutes for info.
For more information on the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the festive walks on offer visit www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks.
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September 9th, 2013
Walkers in Snowdonia are being encouraged by the MountainSafe Partnership to take advantage of the large number of walking trails as an alternative to the summits. However, with the unsettled weather, preparation is essential.
Mair Huws, Head of Wardens and Access at Snowdonia National Park Authority explains, “Walking on mountains can be very difficult if the weather’s hot, especially when you can’t shelter from the sun. Also, taking tired young children to a mountain summit isn’t fun and it can result in children having very negative attitudes towards walking for the rest of their lives! Please remember that you don’t have to venture to the high summits to enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia. What about taking one of the lowland routes or some of the forest trails – Coed y Brenin near Dolgellau or the Fisherman’s Path near Beddgelert or the Aber Falls path near Abergwyngregyn?”
There are plenty of suggestions for family walks on the Snowdonia National Park website, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/walking/family-walks
Once you decide where you’re going, remember that you need to prepare for your journey to be safe, even in summer:
- Prepare beforehand – take a map, compass and make sure that you take plenty of water
- Dress suitably – sun hat, sun cream, waterproofs and thermal baelayers – just in case!
- Weather – take a look at the Met Office’s forecast for Snowdonia and don’t be afraid to cancel your walk if conditions are unsuitable
- Respect the mountain and local communities, follow the Countryside Code and remember to take rubbish home.
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September 5th, 2013
Thank you to everyone who entered our Sub Zero Merino Baselayer competition for August
Congratulations go out to Miss J Clunes – Market Harborough, Mrs D Greene – Macclesfield, Mr A Drew – Bridlington, Mr P Jenkins – Oswestry, Mrs W Grovesnor – Margate. All the winners have been contacted and their Sub Zero Merino Baselayer have been dispatched.
Septembers competition is the opportunity to win one of ten Lifesystems Mountain First Aid Kits
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September 4th, 2013
By converting heat from fire into usable electricity, BioLite stoves recharge your mobile phones, LED lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite Camp Stove is a true on-demand source.
BioLite Solid Fuel Camp Stove converts heat from the fire into electricity via a thermoelectric generator. This powers an internal fan that creates airflow in the fuel chamber, improving overall combustion. Surplus electricity is sent to the USB port allowing you to keep small devices charged off-grid.
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September 1st, 2013
The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) is a national association for people who have the shared interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. By joining, you can meet other long distance walkers and have access to information on walking events and long distance walking routes all over the UK. It also organises many challenge and local group walks, as well as having details of many more organised by other organisations. Challenge events are usually 20-100 miles long and, generally, should be completed within a set time; group walks are normally led walks of around 20 miles. Membership of the LDWA is open to all, with individual members paying just £13 per year.
For more info, visit www.ldwa.org.uk
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