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  1. Essential Kit For Spring Expeditions

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    On group expeditions you’ll probably have a porter or pack animal to carry most of your personal gear. Each day, you’ll only need to carry a daysack with what you’ll need until the evening. Obvious items are a water/windproof, water bottle and a warm layer. After those key items, it’s very much a matter of personal preference camera, snacks, notebook/pen, small first aid kit, spare socks, hat, gloves and so on. Of course, if you’re exploring independently, then you may hire a porter or find yourself carrying all your own gear. That’s when ‘lightweight’ really matters!

    Whatever style you choose, it makes sense to have a checklist of what you will probably need and take advice from your expedition company, if appropriate, on local variations. If you’re independent, then ask fellow explorers for up-to-date advice and tips from their own experience.

    Clothing should be flexible enough to cope with a range of conditions so layering makes sense, especially with fast drying materials. To get you started, here’s a useful list that you can readily add to and adapt to suit your plans.

    • Photocopies of your passport and other important documents
    • Tough, comfortable mountain footwear
    • Light sandals
    • Trekking  poles
    • Waterproof duffel bag
    • Daysack
    • Sleeping bag and liner
    • Warm hat
    • Wind/waterproof jacket
    • Polar fleece jacket
    • Thermal underwear
    • Thermal socks
    • Sunglasses
    • Gloves
    • Wash kit
    • Water bottle
    • Small first aid kit and insect repellant
    • Sun cream and lip balm
    • Head torch and spare batteries
    • Whistle

  2. Good Clothing Advice For Spring Walks

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    Despite the benign appearance of many British landscapes, it pays to be well-prepared for fast-changing weather conditions when out for a day’s walk.

    Baselayers are the foundation of comfortable outdoor clothing. With a variety of styles, weights and materials available, there’s bound to be an option that appeals – and at prices that mean there’s no need to stick at just one! Underwear for women who love the outdoors has been a rather neglected area but we have top options for active women. Plus, we haven’t forgotten about the kids who get their own sizes in thermals to share the fun and stay outdoors longer.

    Midlayers add extra insulation that turns a chilly day out into a cosy adventure. For general use, down the pub or at work, they are versatile, smart and hard wearing.

    Softshell has really come of age and is no longer seen as an ‘odd’ category. Technical fabrics combined with shrewd design and sound manufacturing result in garments that are versatile and flexible in use in a wide variety of conditions. Windproof, warm and almost waterproof, softshell is a great choice for most days outdoors in Britain.

    Headgear rounds off dressing sensibly outdoors – you can’t have too many hats! It’s not just hats, of course, and our neck tubes offer a range of ways to make the most of the benefits of the simple but effective design.

    Cold hands and fingers can ruin an active day out so our thermal, windproof and waterproof gloves are ideal for staying comfortable whatever the weather. With head and hands sorted, don’t forget to treat your feet and toes with thermal and waterproof socks.

  3. New Manbi Technical Ski Socks And Tube Socks Now In Stock

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    We have just added five new designs of Manbi Ski socks and ski tube socks to our thermal ski sock range. These socks are proving very popular with our customers not only for skiing but also for walking and trekking – the colours and designs are more exciting than some popular outdoor sock brands! So if you want to be seen on the slopes whilst keeping your feet warm and dry, then Manbi socks are what you are looking for.

    *These Ski Socks are in limited supply due to there popularity , and once they have sold out we will not be getting anymore until August 2013 when new stock becomes available.


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