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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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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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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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Mountain Tracks – A Walker’s Guide to the Alps

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Are you fed up with damp British summers?

My first experience of hillwalking in the UK was at the age of 15 undertaking the ‘Pennine Way’. We set off with a large rucksack with enough to keep us self sufficient in the hills – tent, stove, waterproofs and most importantly midge repellent! We had a great adventure, but I have vivid memories of getting very wet and cold (and this was July!).

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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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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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“On the Wrist” navigation: Garmin Fenix vs Suunto Core

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Two men with healthy egos… two watches with a point to prove… and a race across the hills to the finish.

It was time to test the latest technology in electronic navigation and see which device could help Mike or Ollie become king of the navigators.

Who will prevail?

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Ultimate Winter Product – Yaktrax Ice Grips

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Imagine having the ability to never slip over on an icy surface, to be able to walk with ease in all conditions with 100% confidence. Is this possible?

Well this week on the GO Outdoors Show, Mike and Ollie decided to test this theory.

It was time to have a race…

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GO Outdoors Top 10 Christmas Gifts

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There’s only 12 days to go and you still can’t decide what to buy…well worry no more! We’ll do it for you.

When it comes to being organised at Christmas and getting everything you need way in advance, for some reason it never seems to happen. You just can’t think what to get!

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The Great Down Showdown

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So it’s time to test the products. Over the last few weeks we have immersed ourselves in the fascinating world of Down. But simply writing about the facts and figures surely isn’t enough to truly unearth this magical insulator.

It was time to make a movie…

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Down vs Synthetic: which insulation would you choose?

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You’re heading out for the day, it’s extremely cold, and currently not raining, which insulated jacket do you reach for…a Down or a Synthetic?

In the outdoor world this decision is becoming increasingly harder to make and when brought up for debate often creates a divide.

Which really is the best?

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The Down Jacket: Keeping us warm for over 70 years

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It’s minus two, everything around you is lifeless from the cold and the sun’s heat appears to be long gone, but you don’t feel it…why?

Revolutionising the way we keep warm, a lightweight, down filled jacket is trapping in your body’s heat and radiating it to keep you warm. Down jackets are simply brilliant at doing their job.

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