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10 Views You Won’t Believe are from Hostels

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10 Views you won’t believe are from YHA Hostels 

At YHA we’ve always believed in helping people to get out and explore by offering great value accommodation across England and Wales. We’re positioned in some amazing locations for you to take advantage of, so, why not have a look at some of the most beautiful views to discover at YHAs? They might just help provide that crucial inspiration for your next adventure!

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Guest Blog: Can you identify a Kingfisher?

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Can you identify a Kingfisher? If so, you’re one of few Brits who can 

In a survey* carried out by holiday expert Camping in the Forest, figures reveal what we’ve all long suspected – we’re a nation of nature ignorant and ‘beWILDered Brits’.

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Guest Blog: OEX New Camping Range 2016

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OEX stop by to give us a preview of their bumper 2016 offering 

After our debut year in 2015 and all the fantastic feedback provided by GO Outdoors customers, we’re back for 2016 with an even bigger range than before. Since last years launch we’ve been designing brand new kit in a bid to make OEX a one stop brand for wild campers and expedition participants. The new OEX range features upgraded tents, improved tents, brand new tents, cookware, sleeping bags, rucksacks clothing and more.

There’s so much in fact that we’re going to split this into parts, and in this part we’ll be taking a look at the new tents and camping gear.

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Guest Blog: A Walkers Guide to Scotland

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VisitScotland – A Walker’s Guide to Scotland 

By Jodi Mullen

With nearly 2,000 recognised routes and some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the British Isles, Scotland is a country perfect for walking and has something to offer to walkers of all experience and fitness levels.  Read more

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Guest Blog: My Top 10 Northern England landscape views & walks

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My Top 10 Northern England landscape views & walks 

In 2015 for the GO Outdoors Awards, we nominated a selection of fantastic independent outdoor blogs and asked the public to vote for their favourite. The following is a guest post from winner Stuart Hodgson and gives you an insight into what you can expect from his own blog. Stuart has combined his love for the outdoors with his love for photography, so we asked him to name his top 10 views that he’s captured on his walks.

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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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Not why, but how? – Keith Foskett on Distance Hiking

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Guest post: Not why, but how? From Keith Foskett.

Keith Foskett and his blog were recently chosen as the winners of the inaugural GO Outdoors walking blog awards. Keith is a keen long distance hiker and writer, and with distance hikes covering thousands of miles at a time, we wanted to hear from the man himself about what it really means to be a distance hiker, below Keith covers in his own words some of the questions he is regularly asked about his hobby.

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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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Moving off the Trails – A Guide to Glacier Trekking

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A number of years ago I was lucky enough to be involved in the film ‘Touching the Void’, performing stunts and putting in place the safety rigging. During this film I was required to abseil, fall into and climb back out of lots of crevasses. Crevasses are spectacular ravines of ice, formed in glaciers when the ice is under tension or compression. For those not initiated, venturing onto glaciers for the first time is a daunting prospect. The fear of falling into crevasses Touching the Void-style (free fall arms flailing into the black abyss!) is what the majority of my clients initially think happens. In 23 years of alpine climbing I have only ever fallen into a crevasse like this whilst re-enacting events for the film. If you take the proper precautions and do your homework the worst that usually happens is you put one or both legs into a hole. Read more

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Why the mountain forecast matters to you

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Mountain Weather; A guest blog from the Met Office

The GO Outdoors blog is growing in 2014, and part of that growth we will be bringing you some special guest blogs from experts in the outdoors and associated topics. In this instalment of our guest blog series we’ve asked the Met Office to explain the importance of the mountain forecast and how quickly the weather can change in a mountain range. Read more

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