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England to India – the products in their element!

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On June 16th Jude Kriwald set off on a 6000+ mile journey from Yeovil to India.

His aim is to raise £25,000 for St. Margaret’s Hospice and undertake the journey of a lifetime.

About to cross into Iran, Jude has already covered a phenomenal distance on two wheels and has probably cycled more than most of us would ever dream of. Keep up the good work Jude!

Back in June, inspired by Jude’s trip, we were able to donate some kit to his cause and help him along on his adventure. Did it do the job?

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Half term Climbing Kili – Sade Bamgose

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A diary extract from Sade Bambgose

Dearest Family & Friends,

I thought this diary extract would give you some idea of the life I am living during my 6 month stay teaching english in a Tanzanian school. Read more

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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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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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A weekend at Leeds Festival

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Raj rocks out in the mud

Last month I was lucky enough to be given a pair of camping tickets to Leeds festival; however I was really worried about it being wet and mucky. Read more

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Camping in Snowdon – Steve Ridgway

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Our Camping Adventure in Wales

On Thursday 7th July 2011, my girlfriend Carla and I went away on a camping weekend to Wales, my aim was simple, I wanted to tackle the Miners Path of Yr Wyddfa, or as it’s more commonly known, Mount Snowdon. Read more

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Enduring the Para10 – Sean Russell

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Sean endures the Para10 for charity

This weekend adventure took me to Cattrick Garrison. I travelled down over 200 miles to England where my friend and I, ran Para10. Read more

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Proud Mum and Wife – Helen Boot

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A Dad and his sons tackle Ben Nevis

My family and i have just returned from a 4 week holiday to scotland. We visited numerous places as we toured around in our caravan. We decided we were going to tackle Ben Nevis, this was going to be interesting with 4 children aged 13, 11, 6 and 1 1/2. we did it anyway. Read more

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Tackling Mont Blanc – Jim McClarnon

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Mont Blanc ascent and acclimatisation

There is only so much time you can mull over and plan something before you do it, i think 3 years was long enough so this year i booked and paid to go to Mont Blanc. Read more

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Making the outdoors accessible – Julie Marriott

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Going outdoors is a family affair

There is no excuse for not getting outdoors, but our family do have to temper that statement sometimes re the weather, as we have a son who is a wheelchair user (aged 13). Read more

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Flip flops? On a Mountain? – Matt Pillinger

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Matt goes prepared

Last Autumn I climbed Mount Sinai, this isn’t a huge challenge. but it’s still over 2000 metres high (twice the height of Snowdon). Read more

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Skiing, Beginners Luck – Jamie Bowditch

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Jamie takes a nasty bump

Earlier this year I went skiing with my partners family (brother+girlfriend, mother) to Bulgaria, their first time, I have been twice before. Read more

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Well worn Walking boots – Lead Wilde

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These boots were made for Walking

I am outdoor mad and have been brought up loving the country life which grew into an addiction for walking. I love being able to take in the surrounding sights that you otherwise take for granted. At the age of 15 I took part in Ten Tors which I fell in love with. Read more

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