Episode 40: Cooking In The Fells For Mental Health with Fellfoodie
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
3M ago
Cathy and Wayne are joined by outdoor cook and all round smashing bloke Harrison Ward to talk about getting out in the fells to cook. Perhaps better known by his Instagram handle @Fellfoodie, Harrison shares his own version of haute cuisine among his native Lakeland Fells alongside his personal recovery from alcoholism and poor mental health. Harrison openly describes how combining his newly found passion for hillwalking with cooking tasty nutritious food has lead him into a new realm of positivity and ultimately, the realisation of a childhood dream. There is plenty of talk about kit, camping ..read more
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Episode 39: Endurance Sport Nutrition - Will It Stay Down?
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
4M ago
Cathy and Wayne are joined by Voom Brand Manager and Team GB Triathalete Beau Smith to seriously geek out on nutrition for endurance sports. Listen and learn what energy bar ingredients mean, the difference between caffiene and guarana, what are the key causes of stomach issues (and potential solutions), why hydration is so critical alongside energy foods, how electrolyte drinks work, why B vitamins are so important, discover that Recovery Fudge is a "thing" and how plant protein is increasingly popular in race nutrition. From baby milk to hangover cures - we discuss the lot! Grab a brew (and ..read more
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Episode 38: Baselayers - Tight Fit
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
4M ago
Cathy and Wayne are joined once again by the brilliant Stuart Smith to discuss  undergarments. You'll hear all about why a baselayer should be close fitting to work effectively in our climate, how they work, why some niff more than others, how to make a stinky baselayer smell better (and last longer), the difference between natural and man made fibres and what is good merino vs bad merino. There are tales a-plenty (including vanishing underwear) but beware - you may never be able to eat a Polo mint again! Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen c ..read more
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Episode 36: Kit Lists - Trekking In Nepal
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
If trekking in Nepal is on your bucket list then join Cathy and Wayne as they chat with Denise Prior at Community Action Treks. She has 20 years experience and along with Nicola Terry from parent charity Community Action Nepal, explains not just the importance of packing the right kit but also how to travel and trek while having a positive impact on the country you are travelling in. Both Community Action Nepal and Community action Treks were originally set up by mountaineer Doug Scott - who summited Everest in 1975 alongside Dougal Haston making them the first Brits to do so. You can find ou ..read more
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Episode 35: Wayne Singleton - Swimming The Cumbrian Coastline
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
In September 2023 Outdoor Gear Chat Co-Host Wayne Singleton stepped into the water at Bowness-on-Solway on the North Cumbria coast to "celebrate" an upcoming birthday. Some say he'd taken a wrong turn as originally, he'd started out planning to swim the English Channel. When he couldn't find a pilot he decided on a different type of swim challenge, one no-one had ever tried before - to swim the entire coastline of his home County of Cumbria. With no idea what to expect, no idea if three years of training was enough, 10 days off from work and an acute fear of sea wildlife, Wayne describes dark ..read more
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Episode 34: Women's Technical Clothing Fit and Function
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
Cathy & Wayne are joined by Author, Walking Leader and Outdoor Swimming Instructor Suzanna Cruikshank to talk about women's technical clothing for sizes beyond the norm. This fascinating insight into clothing fit follows on from our extremely successful online symposium held back in 2021. Listen as we discuss what is available, the difficulties of finding technical equipment for larger body shapes, why technical shops can be intimidating, colour, features and dodgy swim models. But what is being done about it? Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our cho ..read more
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Episode 33: Trail Running Shoes - Nice Lugs!
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
In this episode Cathy and Wayne are joined by The Climbers Shop Manager and Spine Race veteran Chris Worton to talk about the wonderful world of trail shoes. Why are there so many different types? How is a trail running shoe different from a road running shoe? Can the right shoes make you feel less tired? How can you make shoes last longer? What is the difference between pronation and supination? What is meant by drop? gait? neutral shoes? This episode is packed with facts and information about shoes, socks, gaiters, microspikes, laces and....... marmite - Wayne even get's grossed out about t ..read more
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Episode 31: Adaptive Outdoor Kit with Paul Pritchard
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
Ever wondered how to zip up a jacket when you only have the use of one hand? Or how to get in and out of a tent when half your body is paralysed? Cathy and Wayne are joined by the inimitable Paul Pritchard who re-defines "disabilty" with his continual adventures and expeditions after suffering a severe brain injury during a climbing accident. This podcast is a fascinating insight into adapting and using outdoor equipment for high altitude traverses, desert crossings, rock climbs and navigating that most extreme of environments - the airport. Full of dodgy humour and some gruesome description ..read more
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Episode 30: Kit Lists - 8000m Peaks with Jon Gupta
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
Cathy & Wayne are joined by Rab athlete Jon Gupta who has a wealth of experience climbing and guiding the worlds highest peaks - so many, in fact, just listening to the intro is exhausting! Kick back and join in the mirth as this chat offers a rare insight into life at high altitude and how little bits of kit and experience can make all the difference to being successful on a major expedition. Vital tips such as why you should never put your down suit on for the first time at 7000m, what is the ONLY eating implement you need, the importance of pillows, what type of deodorant works at alti ..read more
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Episode 29: Hats - The Importance Of Head Protection
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by Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton
5M ago
Cathy and Wayne are back to talk about the humble hat and the many headwear items designed to protect your head from the cold, the heat, the sun and vicious biting mcbeasties. What fabrics work well, what features should you look out for, why is a hat so important, does a hat define who you are, when would you want to wear one under a hood, why did Wayne look like a member of the French Foreign Legion while running the Marathon des Sables and does Cathy really have a collection of fascinators? All this and much, much more to help you remember to protect your head in every adventurous situation ..read more
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