Moroccan Winter Mountaineering
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by Alex
1M ago
Moroccan Winter Mountaineering Join us this winter for a week of Moroccan winter mountaineering in the High Atlas mountains with an ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m), North Africa’s highest peak Easily accessible high alpine walking, inspiring mountains, and the warm welcoming Berber culture make this an unforgettable quick winter hit. With one of our core team, accompanied by a local english speaking guide we will refresh and refine winter skills before exploring the 4000m peaks around our high mountain refuge. This is a great trip for anyone who wants to challenge themselves in high alpine w ..read more
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The Walk Together Pathway
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by Alex
2M ago
We are very pleased to announce our support of and involvement in the Walk Together Pathway. The Walk Together Pathway brings together eight walking groups representing people from the global majority: Black Girls Hike, Black2Nature, Bristol Steppin Sistas, Mosaic Outdoors, Muslim Hikers, NYCE (Nature, Youth, Connection, and Education)​, Peak District Mosaic and the Sheffield Environmental Movement. The fundamental aim of the Walk Together Pathway project is that as many people as possible are supported to enjoy the outdoors, to understand more about the natural world and the extreme cha ..read more
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Jetboil Stash Review
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by Alex
3M ago
Jetboil Stash Review; The Jetboil Stash is a lightweight and compact gas canister stove which is perfect for backpacking, wild camping and Mountain Leader expeditions. I've been using the Jetboil Stash for over a year now on all my mountain camps while working as a trainer and assessor on the Beyond the Edge Mountain Leader courses. I'm fairly fussy about stoves. They are a crucial item of equipment. They enable us to rehydrate and feed ourselves after long and strenuous days on the hills and mountains. They need to be lightweight and compact, boil water quickly and most importantly they need ..read more
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Earth Day and 1% For The Planet
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by Alex
3M ago
Monday 22nd of April is Earth Day! To celebrate we thought it would be useful to highlight the ideas behind 1% For the Planet and let our lovely course attendees know where we send the 1%. Earth Day 2024 The first Earth Day was on April 22nd 1970 and has mobilised over 1 billion people annually in support of protecting the planet. Earth Day has since evolved into the largest civic event on Earth. Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of environmental conservation and sustainability. This year the focus is on plastic pollution, with the campaign Planet vs Plastic.   https ..read more
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New Mountain Training Association Logo
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by Alex
3M ago
We always encourage attendees on our Mountain Training qualification courses to join the Mountain Training Association. It is a very worthwhile membership organisation for all climbing, walking and mountain leaders and instructors in the UK and Ireland. It's designed for all candidates of any of our qualifications - walking leaders, climbing instructors, coaches and/or camping leaders including Climbing Wall Instructor, Rock Climbing Instructor, Lowland Leader, Hill and Moorland Leader, Mountain Leader and the new Camping Leader Qualification. And now Mountain Training have just announce ..read more
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The 90 Year Old Cyclist
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by Alex
3M ago
Here is a link to a beautiful short film about Benjamin Piovesan. At the age of 90 he still cycles between 400km and 600km per month. https://youtu.be/tgUC0zyu4p0?si=UJ4HXQe2QoCpkdv9 FROM THE DIRECTOR “This is a life portrait of my grandfather illustrated through his love of cycling. From his immigration to France from Italy as a teenager and the hardships that came with it, to his role and influence as the eldest brother in a loving and close-knit family. Cycling has been a major part of his later life, and has contributed to his good health and longevity. And is also a reflection of how I s ..read more
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How to Buy a Down Jacket
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by Alex
5M ago
How to Buy a Down Jacket The longest night has now passed and we move slowly towards the Spring. In the remaining winter months we reach for our insulated jackets. We have two choices: down or synthetic. Both options have pro and cons. Synthetic is cheaper and more forgiving in wet conditions ie synthetic will still provide some insulation when wet and will dry quickly. However down is a lighter insulation with a greater warmth to weight ratio. And nothing beats the cosiness and instant warmth that a good quality down jacket provides. So how do you choose the best down jacket for your particu ..read more
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Nortent Vern 1 Tent Review
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by Alex
5M ago
A review of the Nortent Vern 1 Tent When I first saw the Nortent Vern 1 I was immediately intrigued, low and sleek, it just looked different. I've long been a fan of tents in which one sleeps side to the door. This design allows a bigger door and a better view of the outdoors beyond the tent. The Vern 1 takes this design a step further by allowing the two doors on either side of the central pole to be opened right out allowing a panoramic perspective of the landscape. The design is somewhat similar to well established designs such as the Terra Nova Laser or the Hilleberg Enan. A one person te ..read more
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PHD The Worlds Lightest Down Clothing
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by Alex
5M ago
PHD The Worlds Lightest Down Clothing If you spend any time wandering around the worlds highest mountains you might see a flash of an unfamiliar logo or the same logo seen in a picture of someone stood atop a 8000m Himalayan mountain. In the deserts, hills and mountains the same logo is seen on those competing in the worlds toughest ultra races. At the extreme ends of physical endeavour PHD Designs is the logo seen on the clothing of those who need or want the lightest possible equipment to enable them to perform and to survive in the worlds harshest conditions. PHD makes unassuming ..read more
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Top Ten Gear and Equipment Reviews of 2023
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by Alex
5M ago
Top Ten Gear and Equipment Reviews of 2022 Our blog and equipment reviews have been very popular over the last few months. Everyone loves outdoor kit and we love reading about the best equipment. Looking through the stats these are our most popular kit blogs of the year and our top ten gear and equipment reviews of 2023. 1. Emergency Shelter Review Chris writes with authority about what might be our most important  item of equipment. Emergency Shelter Review 2. Gloves for Scottish Winter Walking and Mountaineering This new blog on how to choose gloves for snowy adventures ..read more
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