Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wild swimming on the thieves road – Bill Whyte

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Bill gives a detailed description of a great walking route

Two hundred yards out, John tried out wild swimming, or so he claims. Ian and I think he fell into the path. Yes, into the path.  Best explain:

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Coach Potato to Mountain Climber – Paul Russell

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Paul catches the outdoor bug while summiting his first peak

For many years I have been a dedicated couch potato, doing very little exercise, glued to the TV watching Sky Football, having a glass or two of wine and the odd beers, and for being so short at 5 foot 3’ this sedentary lifestyle saw me weigh in at 12 stone 8.  Plump to say the least. Read more

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One on One with Patrick Haberland – Catherine Cunningham

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Catherine gets a helping hand from a Commonwealth Athlete

I love Mauritius for holidays because we can mix our favourite activities with sea and sun,  good food and lovely people. I like to cycle but my husband doesn’t and the cycle trips organised by the hotels are quite tame so I was pleased to find a company who specialised in cycling tours. Read more

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Via Ferrata in the Dolomites – Judy Lodge

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Via Ferrata in the Dolomites.

I got off the plane in Venice clad in boots, soft shell and walking trousers incongruous in the heat and amongst the many smartly dressed. Driving north to the Dolomites the scenery just got better! Read more

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Swimming with Sharks – Sharon Spencer

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Sharon gets up close and personal with Jaws

After a light welcome pre trip breakfast and a briefing before boarding, the boat set off to Geyser and Dyer islands from Kleinbaai Harbour, Gansbaai, South Africa at about 8am, the excursion lasted approximately 4½ hours. Read more

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Got the bug… Again! – Bruce Thompson

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Bruce takes his family camping for the first time in a long time!

For the first time since I was in the Air Cadets some 25 years ago I spent some time under canvas this summer. This time as a family with my wife and 5 year old son. Read more

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Beware of Adders – Chris Brazendale

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The day Sally got bitten by an Adder

Whilst walking down Mallerstang Edge with my enthusiastic Border Collie Sally, she found a snake.   On a long lead she was exploring the terrain either side of the path in this most peaceful and interesting ridge around the Cumbria/ North Yorkshire Border. Read more

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Climbing with purpose – Mark Moore

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Mark takes on the weather on Scafell Pike

My partner and I decided that we would take turns raising money for charity each year, after our daughter was diagnosed with C.F. And this year was my turn… Read more

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Short outdoor tips worth remembering

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Tweetable tips from GO Outdoors customers

Last week on our Twitter account we ran a competition to find out the best tweetable outdoor tips from our customers. These tips included handy DIY tips that you wouldn’t get from a store, or just hints for having the best time possible in the outdoors. Using the hashtag #gotip our customers sent in there best tips in 140 characters or less, and through a good few mentions of ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’ here are a selection of our favourites: Read more

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Wheelie Tough Mountain Day – Donald Pow

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Ascending Ben Nevis in a Wheel Chair

It’s 6.00am, in steady drizzle.  Already there’s a bustling crowd at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre car park, as eight teams from across the UK get ready to tackle the Bowmore Whisky Ben Nevis Challenge. Read more

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