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  1. Polar Fleece Jackets and Body Warmers 25% Off

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    Sub Zero Polar Thermal Fleece Jackets and Body Warmers are manufactured from super warm 361g/m2 Polar Polyester fleece. These technical jackets and vests have a velour anti-pill finish on the outside and a deep pile lambswool structure on the reverse for added loft.

    These high performance fleece jackets and gilets are ideal for wearing in the winter months either on their own or as part of a layering system.

  2. New Stone Pillars On Snowdon

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    To encourage walkers to follow the correct footpaths on Snowdon and in order to reduce the number of call-outs to the local mountain rescue team, a number of distinctive stone pillars, recycled from local disused buildings, will be strategically placed on the mountain this summer.

    In recent years, it has become evident from Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team’s reports that walkers tend to get into difficulties in the same places on Snowdon. As a result, and following detailed discussions with Snowdonia’s MountainSafe Partnership and with the full support of the Northern Snowdonia Local Access Forum, the Authority has decided that setting stone pillars will be more sustainable and less obtrusive than ordinary signage.

    The initial phase of the project entails setting one stone pillar at the foot of each of the six main paths up Snowdon with the name of the path etched on its surface. This will then be followed by setting other stone pillars in places which have proven to be problematic for walkers in the past. Therefore, for safety reasons only, stone pillars will be placed to mark Bwlch y Moch and Crib Goch to encourage people not to go along these routes by mistake, another stone pillar will be placed to identify the intersection of Llanberis Path and Snowdon Ranger Path as walkers often mix up the two paths. Also, a stone pillar will be placed on the summit to identify accurately where the Watkin Path begins and another stone pillar to identify Bwlch y Saethau as walkers often make the mistake of descending the mountain this dangerous way.

    Mair Huws, Head of Wardens and Access at the National Park Authority explained the scheme further, “Obviously, we can’t ignore all the incidents that occur on Snowdon. Erecting signs all over Snowdon is not acceptable, therefore placing these stone pillars on the mountain is sustainable, it is a convenient way to keep people informed without being intrusive, and will not affect people’s enjoyment of the mountain. By placing them in this way, our hope is to create as little impact on the landscape and the atmosphere of the mountain as possible, encouraging walkers to be safe and responsible at the same time.”

    The Snowdon Paths are the Llanberis Path, Rhyd-Ddu Path, Snowdon Ranger Path, Watkin Path, Miners Track and the PYG Track. More information about the footpaths can be found on the Authority’s website, www.eryri-npa.gov.uk.

     

    Of course, don’t rely on signs to navigate around the mountain. Keep your map and compass handy and to make sure your rucksack is packed with:

     

  3. Thwaites Free Walking App Helps Thirsty Hikers

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    Northern brewer Thwaites has launched a free to download Wainwright App that brings together two of the UK’s favourite pastimes – walking and visiting the pub.

    Tapping into the 30,000 plus Google searches for pub walks, the new Wainwright App will bring together Thwaites’ own database of Wainwright stockists with Cask Marque’s 8,000 pubs and 6,000 walks from Walking World to deliver searchable pub walks.

    Wainwright, the 4.1% ABV golden ale, is now the UK’s fastest growing cask ale in the Top 25 beer brands and the App mirrors Thwaites’ Wainwright brand imagery and the strapline ‘A Breath of Fresh Ale’. It was named after Alfred Wainwright, author of the famous Lake District walking guidebooks, who was born in the brewer’s home town.

    The App uses the latest GPRS technology and comprehensive data resources and is able to locate pubs within half a mile of a recognised walk from the Walking World list of recommended walks. Walks can be selected based on walk type, length and current proximity.  The App also displays two levels of pub information as part of its functionality – basic and enhanced. Basic shows just the pub name, location and telephone number. Enhanced displays more information to the walker such as opening times, pub description, pub images and a website link. Only pubs stocking Wainwright are eligible to gain enhanced status on the App.

    Lee Williams, marketing manager at Thwaites, said, “The Wainwright Pub Walking App successfully combines two British loves – walking and pubs. It’s a useful tool designed to find either a walk or a pub or both, wherever you are in the UK. By accessing masses of accurate walking data from Walking World and pubs serving quality cask ales from Cask Marque combined with our own data on pubs serving Wainwright, this is a very comprehensive list of walks and pubs. It’s also fully interactive and supportive of the pub trade so landlords and stockists of Wainwright can upload their details via the Add Your Pub section on the App.

    The Wainwright Pub Walking App is available free to download via the Apple Store.

    Being Drinkaware is an obvious consideration. Not so obvious is the need to be well-prepared for what might appear to be easy country walks. Bad weather, short daylight hours and treacherous ground underfoot can all offer challenges to walkers’ comfort and safety even when they’re not exploring hills and mountains. Keep your map and compass handy and to make sure your rucksack is packed with:

    1. Extra warm clothing such as a fleece jacket
    2. Spare pair of walking socks
    3. Thermal gloves or mittens
    4. Thermal hat or balaclava
    5. Hand or head torch

  4. 4/5 Review For Sub Zero Mens Fleece Polar Jacket

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    There’s a new saying in our household; “As snug as a bug in a Sub Zero Fleece”.

    Snuggly!

    I’m a bit stingy when it comes to running the central heating at home. With the exception of an hour in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening when The Wife needs her NCIS and cocoa on the sofa, it can be see-your-breath cold in our living room, and the kitchen floor requires crampons. So, I find myself working from home and wearing a variety of very warm jackets. The Sub Zero Polar Thermal Fleece has been my jacket of choice for the last month.

    Fleeces, as opposed to micro-fleeces, appear to have fallen out of fashion in the last couple of years. We’re more used to being told to layer up with thin and functional layers, and store shelves are lined with garments which use technical words to convince you that they’re ‘the latest thing’.

    Well, this jacket is a more ‘classic’ 200 weight polar fleece which looks and feels like a thick wool. I just measured it and a double layer comes in at a whopping 1.5cm thick. It not only looks warm, but feels warm (psychologically as well as in reality).

    With a full-length front zip, and the inherent nature of fleece material to be breathable, wearing the jacket isn’t a stifling experience. It’s easy to vary your temperature by opening the zip and rolling up the sleeves.

    There’s an elastic drawstring at the waist to keep out the worst of the chilly breezes, but this isn’t a windproof fleece, so if it’s a cold, windy day then you’ll need a lightweight windproof jacket over the top to stop your heat being pulled away.

    Two very large and snuggly handwarmer pockets keep your mitts warm, but aren’t zippered, so are not perfect for storing wallets.

    One thing that caught my eye is that the jacket has an SPF of 100+, which is nice to know if you’re on the slopes in sun. I got burnt through a merino T-shirt a couple of weeks ago, so I’m now acutely aware of SPF in clothing.

     

    Gear We Are – December  2011

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