Monthly Archives: June 2011

Layering in a nutshell

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If you live in Britain, you’re probably used to layering. You no doubt do it automatically, like reaching for a tea after a crisis, or falling into a queue at the first sign of a crowd! Our ‘diverse’ and unpredictable weather means that layering is an important part of how we dress so we don’t get soaked when the heavens open and sweat when the sun appears.

But staying warm is more advanced than shoving on a thick wool jumper and hoping for the best if you’re more inclined to be up Snowdon that hunkered into the sofa on the average weekend. 

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A tent is for life, not just for a festival..

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Today, we are all talking about festivals, naturally. Half the staff have come back as red as crustaceans from Glastonbury! Whether you went or stayed at home, the aftermath of Glastonbury is probably still ringing in your ears. It seems either you went there and watched Beyoncé, or you didn’t go and wavered between saying ‘blimey- look at that mud!’ smugly- and feeling miserable.

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Happy Birthday, Ordnance Survey!

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Happy 220th Anniversary to Ordnance Survey today, we’d be lost without you! Jokes aside, the history behind the Ordnance Survey (OS) is very interesting. Providing maps throughout both World Wars, to creating digital maps for our current GPS systems, the OS have seen maps across the ages. Today marks the anniversary of the OS, a time to remember the  people who died whilst striving to create a good visual picture of the country to protect our safety in the war.

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Bike Week

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To celebrate it being Bike Week here’s how to get started as a cycling commuter.

If you’ve had a car since you first grasped your driving licence, then the idea of commuting on a bike to work can seem a little daunting.

You probably haven’t thought about being safe on the road since you passed your cycling proficiency test back when you were 10 years old, in which time you’ve been more concerned with your car’s MPG than with advancements in bike technology. You certainly don’t spend too much time worrying about signalling in a car or being squashed to the kerb either. For whatever reason, you’ve decided to bike to work. Maybe you’ve been enticed in by a tax free bike on the cycle to work scheme, or maybe you just want to burn fat, not your hard earned money on fuel.

So what do you need?

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Waterproof, GORE-TEX and eVent explained

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Why can’t you wear a bin bag on the hill?

Did you know that a bin bag is waterproof? True. Not stylish, but still waterproof. It’s cheap too. We don’t sell them, but that’s okay. We don’t think you’d want one anyway. Even though water will run off it like you’re a duck, you’ll soon want a proper waterproof. Wearing a waterproof, but not breathable bin bag means you’ll probably lose 2 stone in sweat, as well as your sense of humour, and need to top up your Camelbak before you’ve even considered climbing a hill.  Our point is, for exertion, you probably need to shell out a bit more on your hardshell.

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Iconic Outdoor Gear

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Iconic in the real world can be anything. The iconic view of Paris with the Eiffel tower in view. That picture of Twiggy aged about 17 with those huge spidery eyelashes, or Marilyn holding onto her billowing white skirt.  Defining moments that create a cultural knowledge. In products, these are the ones like Vaseline, Nivea, Oxo and Campbell’s soup- usually products that have wormed their way into everyone’s subconscious through art, childhood, or simply having a brand that deviates very little over time and has rave reviews simply from doing it’s job, or sticking around long enough. These are iconic, cult items.

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Interview with Mike Park MBE – Mountain Rescue

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Mike Park is a leader of The Cockermouth, Lake District Mountain rescue team, and he has recently been appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mike Park MBE - In his element!

46-year-old Mike, who works as a land surveyor in Cumbria, took some time out of his day to have a chat with me about his life with Mountain Rescue, how he feels about the award, and to give some tips on what to take to stay safe on the hills!

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Mountain Rescue Put The Fun Back Into Fundraising

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For anyone near the Lancashire region, here are some of the great activities our friends at the Lancashire division of the Mountain Rescue are holding this month.If you’re not near the north of England, then don’t worry, we will follow nationwide events, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates!

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Twirlies Tour (It’s Never ‘Twirly’ Or Too Late To Donate!)

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In May 2011 two long-standing members of mountain rescue, Judy Whiteside and Gail Todd walked from Coast to Coast in aid of Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW)

Judy and Gail in their finest Paramo!

Because Mountain Rescue are a self funded organization, they operate with no government funding what so ever, which means they have to fundraise all the money needed to operate themselves to operate the teams.Their aim was to raise £5000 for a benevolent fund; but they are still in need of funds to hit their target! Literally every penny will help someone who has been hurt volunteering to help someone in trouble- so we need GO Outdoors lovers to dig deep!

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