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About Elaine

I'm Elaine and I'm a web content writer at GO Outdoors. That means I write a variety of content for the website, including our Expert Advice Guides. This involves writing guides to help people buy outdoor gear as a beginner. As well as this I work on the reviews- moderating and approving them, so I think I know a little bit about what our customers like and don't like! My aim is to help you understand the outdoors so you can get out there and enjoy it, whatever you've got planned.

Spartan Races- “You May Die”

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A look at the Spartan Races, an extreme obstacle course for the brave hearted!

If you’re a dedicated trail runner, fell or road runner- or just up for a challenge- you need to know about the extreme obstacle courses of the Spartan Races. Developed by Selica Sevigny and Richard Lee, if the warning ‘You May Die’ for the events doesn’t put you off, you might want to take part!

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Staying Safe Out On The Hills

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Accidents happen to the most cautious walkers- so what can you pack to stay safe?

If you’re off to the hill or the cliff tops this weekend for a spot of walking or climbing , don’t forget to check your gear and go steady, especially on slippery rocks after the recent rainfall across most of the UK.

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Traffic Free Cycling For Women

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Any woman who wants to get fit but is concerned about safety should take a look at Cycletta coming this September and October to both the North and South of England. 

If you want the practice of getting out on your mountain bike, road bike or hybrid bike, without the fear of angry bus drivers, easily bashed school children and compacted traffic, then you need the Cycletta race.

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Have Fun Getting Lost!

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With a plans  for a new Yorkshire maze, we take a look at other mazes for you and the kids.

New plans have been revealed for a giant North Yorkshire maze- made of 4000 tonnes of stone! Mark Ellis, a craftsman, has plans to build the maze in Pickering, Dallby Forest on the North York Moors over the next 3 years.

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Grilling recommences for Islington residents

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BBQs in Islington’s public parks are now allowed after a ban on them was revoked by the council earlier this year.

This Summer, residents of Islington North London will be able to grill in peace, as the council have revoked their prohibition of grilling of food in its parks. Meanwhile residents of other boroughs may just have to smell the sweet scent of Islington’s victory against the ban, as places like Camden still consider the use of BBQs a safety hazard.

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Catch Of The Day!

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Neil at GO Outdoors Southampton reels in a big one- and there’s nothing fishy about that!

Here at GO Outdoors, as staff we all have our favourite outdoor activities, but it’s the anglers who get the most impressive pictures!

 

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Walk Tall

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News suggests mountain walking is as safe as it was 30 years ago!

Great news if you’re a walker or a climber, or even if you’re part of Mountain Rescue as according to The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, mountain rescues have fallen to the lowest recorded point in the last 30 years.

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Barking Mad

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What to wear for dog walking in all conditions! 

Following the story that Kherson in the Ukraine now has a law that states it is “illegal for dogs to bark between the hours of 10pm and 8am”  in order to ensure a quieter community, we wondered how the animal loving Brits would take a similar law! As well as being hard to enforce, this law would have to account for the 27 million pets in the UK!

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Best Tents for the British Summer

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GO Outdoors Top Five Tents for tackling the unpredictable Summer.

If there’s one thing you can never predict, it’s the British weather, so we’ve selected 5 of the best tents for all weather conditions to help you camp through the summer in comfort and style!

The best thing about get a family sized tent is that it’s going to give you the space you need.  Larger tents also offer extras like canopies, porches, footprints and carpets, that can all take camping to ‘glamping’ without spending too much. Read more

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Safety First

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Tragic camping accident emphasises the importance of gas safety.

The importance of not using gas barbeques in enclosed spaces was sadly highlighted this weekend with the news that a camper died, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning after using a gas barbeque in a tent to keep warm.

Vincent Clare, 50, would have been unable to detect the gas, as carbon monoxide is both colourless and odourless. It is important that barbeques and stoves are never used in enclosed spaces to avoid a similar tragedy.

When used in the correct ventilated areas and ways, BBQ’s and stoves are very safe and new campers shouldn’t be discouraged from using gas to cook, but time should be spent on researching the correct manner to use these pieces of equipment.  Read more

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‘Cache’ The Latest Craze- Geocaching

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We take a look at the world of Geocaching.

Remember treasure hunts as a child? Ever wish you could recreate these, on a global basis? Geocaching is the answer. An outdoor treasure hunt for everyone- adults, children, those in rural or urban areas -if you’ve got an iPhone, android or a handheld GPS system, you can get involved!

You might be feeling a bit puzzled and wondering ‘what is geocaching?’. If ‘trackables’ (traceable chips), ‘muggles’ (non-geocachers) and ‘TFTC’ (A ‘Thanks For The Cache’ acronym) are all Greek to you; here’s a quick guide. Read more

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

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Packing tips for those Summer holidays.

Perhaps if you’re lucky- you’ve already jetted off somewhere, been camping, or been adventuring away from home. But maybe you’ve wanted to hold out for the cheapest deals- or to take a holiday before the kids go back to school. Perhaps, like plenty of others,  you’re now the proud owner of a last minute holiday!

If you’re in a rush to pack and leave, you need to get your luggage right! Depending on where you are flying to and what airline you’re using, your luggage allowance can vary. Many airlines charge more for you to take more than the bare minimum, so you need to pack smart to avoid getting stung! So what are the rules when it comes to baggage limits?
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How two faced! Two headed Ukrankian snake rears it’s heads.

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Two headed snake found in Ukranian Zoo.

News of the two headed Ukranian snake has been the talk of the office today at GO Outdoors HQ. Based in a Urkranian zoo, a 2 foot long California Kingsnake comprises one snake’s body – with two totally independent heads.

Called ‘Skazka’ meaning ‘Fairy Tale’ after the Slavik tale of a two headed monster, the snake has been attracting plenty of fans at the zoo. Our snakes here in England aren’t too dangerous, and you’re out walking you’re more likely to meet an Adder or a grass snake than anything else.  Read more

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Bring Me Sunshine

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A healthy dose of Sunshine could benefit you more than you think.

A new article has come out from the NHS advising the different levels of activity that adults need to undertake to stay fit and healthy. Many people have presumed that simple, daily activities like housework or non strenuous activity will suffice, when in fact; new guidelines tell us this is not the case. A minimum of 150 minutes a week of intense exercise that leaves you sweating with an increased heart rate is key. In England just 40% of men and 28% of women are meeting the new guidelines.

According to the NHS, the new advice for adults is that “adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.” Read more

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Keep On ‘Ronning’…

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‘Ronning’ of course refers to a man who still wows us here at GO Outdoors, running every single day- well into his 70’s. It is, of course, Ron Hill MBE.

Ronhill was started by Ron, as was Hilly. Ron was born in 1938 and has a variety of achievements, many of which are listed on his website.

In his 70's and still running every single day!

Here are a few.

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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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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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