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50 Reasons to Visit the Lake District

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The GO Guide to the Lake District: 
50 Reasons to Visit the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the nations favourite National Park, and if you ask many fans of the outdoors it is their go to area of the country for many different outdoor activities. We’ve pulled together a list of reasons you should definitely make a trip to the Lakes this year.

 

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Staff Stories: Old Climbs Lead to a Trip Down Memory Lane

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Enjoying Christmas Curry for the First Time in 30 years

GO Outdoors founder John Graham recounts a day in Snowdonia with the Mail on Sunday health editor, Barney Calman, climbing some routes that he hadn’t tackled in years.

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How to fit a rucksack and pack it correctly

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Walk in comfort with your pack correctly fitted 

All too often a rucksack is chosen based on price, or features alone, with no thought for how it might fit and feel when you’re out and about. In this article we’ll take you through how to correctly fit your rucksack, and the best way to pack it.

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Staff Stories: Tackling Everest Basecamp

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Giving you an insight into the adventures of our staff members

At GO Outdoors, we love to hear about the adventures you’re planning when you pop into our stores for your gear. We love the outdoors as well, and our store and head office staff are often out on their own adventures to tackle the great outdoors.

In this blog we hear from Tim of our Colchester store as he prepares for a month long trip to Nepal to take on Everest basecamp.

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10 Spots You Have to Climb in The Lake District

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The GO Guide to the Lake District – Climbing

As part of our guide to the Lake District, we’ve also hunted out some brilliant climbs for the more adventurous among you. The Lake District is full of some diverse climbing routes and here we’ve compiled 10 of our favourites for your to try out.

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Q&A with Berghaus Mountaineer Mick Fowler

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We sit down and chat with a real pioneer of British rock climbing. 

Outdoor sponsored athletes come in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve even had some working with us here at GO Outdoors, but when we were given the chance to sit down with a real British favourite of the climbing world in Mick Fowler, we couldn’t resist.

For those who might be new to the name, Mick Fowler is an award-winning mountaineer and author. He was voted the ‘Mountaineer’s mountaineer’ by The Observer, and has picked up prestigious awards such as the Piolet d’OR and the Golden Piton for his climbs. He was one of the first people to rock climb at E6 difficulty, and winter climb at grade VI – it’s no doubt that Mick Fowler is a real pioneer when it comes to adventurous climbing.

While he’s not conquering the cliff face, Mick works full time for HM Revenue and Customs, and while not in the office he has been working as a Berghaus-sponsored athlete since 2008.

We asked you to send in your questions for the man himself, and here is how it went:

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An introduction to Alpine – Mountain Tracks

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Guest post: An introduction to Alpine from Olly @ Mountain Tracks 

The summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about alpine mountaineering again. Undertaking an alpine adventure as an independent team from the UK can seem like a daunting proposition with many new skills to learn. This is partly the appeal of alpine climbing, with it having many facets which take time to master: after 25 years of climbing in the Alps I still learn new things every season.

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Which Six Nations country is best for the outdoors?

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You’re pretty good at rugby – but what are your outdoor pursuits like?

We asked you to help us rank the six nations countries to find which had the most to offer somebody who was interested in the outdoors. You voted, and here are the results:

 

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: Scotland

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. The country that you voted top of the list is here: Scotland!

High life in the highlands

Six Nations of the Outdoors: 1st Place Scotland

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: Wales

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. In second place we visit Wales.

The best things come in small packages.

Six Nations of the Outdoors: 2nd Place Wales.

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: England

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. In third place we have England.

Ignore the weather, there’s plenty to see!

Six Nations of the Outdoors: 3rd Place England.

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: Ireland

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. The second of our joint 4th blogs, it’s Ireland!

There’s much more than the craic on the emerald isle

Six Nations of the Outdoors, joint 4th place – Ireland

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: France

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which of the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. In joint 4th place you voted our friends, France.

Lets take a look at why France is great for adventure.

Six Nations of the outdoors joint 4th Place – France

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Six Nations of the Outdoors: Italy

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It’s difficult to escape the popularity of the Six Nations rugby tournament at this time of year, but while the teams duke it out on the field, we asked GO Outdoors blog readers to vote for which if the Six Nation countries was the best for the outdoors person. In sixth place and receiving the wooden spoon we have: Italy.

Is Italy underrated for adventure? We think so.

Six Nations of the Outdoors: 6th Place Italy.

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An introduction to Via Ferrata – Mountain Tracks

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Via Ferrata – Trekking with a Twist!

As a hill walker and trekker you may have enviously viewed posters and videos of climbers hanging from their finger tips on huge alpine cliffs with the sweep of the rock face falling away below. Well, fear not, you can join them with only a few hours of training and a head for heights.

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15 outdoor challenges to try before 2015

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What will you challenge yourself to do this year?

At GO Outdoors we’re all about making the outdoors more accessible to everyone. Whether you’re a total novice or an seasoned explorer, we love to hear your stories of triumph and adventure. 2013 finished with a fantastic story of the Meek family and their quest to complete 100s of outdoor tasks (all here in the UK) to help their daughters stay clear of too much TV. If they can do it – what new challenge will you do in 2014?

We’ve listed 15 challenges below to get you started:

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14 Outdoor Stocking Fillers

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Ideal outdoor gifts for under £10

Try as we may, we can’t all be great at knowing what to buy somebody for Christmas. You usually get some help with that ‘main’ present, but when it comes to some small optional extras for the stocking, or even for that colleague in the work ‘Secret Santa’, you can be left scratching your head. In this article we’ll take a look at some of our low cost favourites.

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Mountain Tracks: Taking you from ‘Zero’ to ‘Alpine Hero’

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I’m sitting in my kitchen with the smell of fresh coffee slowly awakening the sinuses. My porridge with banana and a dash of honey is starting to congeal, my attention being drawn to the GO Outdoors product booklet. Even though I seem to have amassed a mountain of kit over the years, I still can’t resist eyeballing the offers. The depth, breadth and value of the products offered always amazes me.

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National Parks Week

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29th July – 4th August is National Parks Week 

One of the best things about Britain is the beauty of our countryside spaces. The end of July and beginning of August is set aside to celebrate our National Parks, get people into the outdoors and enjoying the natural beauty of Britain. National Parks Week offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, over all of the 15 locations.

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Staff Choices: Top 5 Packs 2013

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Which gear would our staff choose from the upcoming season?

In this series, we’ll be asking our head office staff to tell us what their favourite 5 products are in specific categories, so you can really get an idea over what we’re excited about this season.

Top 5 Packs from Dan and Joe – Web Content Writers.

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