1. Cross the UK: Lowe Alpine Zephyr 55:65 review

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    Overall Rating: 4.5/5 My last pack was a Macpac Cascade which I’ve had for nearly 10 years. It has a thick canvas outer and is seemingly bomb proof, as proved by 4 months backpacking through South America, without looking like it has even been used. However, the strength and hardwearing...
  2. Cross the UK: Bluegrass Goldeneye Helmet review

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    Overall Rating: 4/5 I have been an avid mountain biker for many years now. I spent my three years in Australia developing my skills in some amazing places like the You Yangs, Forrest and Stromlo. I then had the great fortune to ride in New Zealand around Queenstown and Rotorua...
  3. Religiously getting outdoors; let’s get spiritual!

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    I had always been jealous of people who had ‘faith’, whose belief in a spiritual being or concept is more than just an occasional attendance at church. Apart from being married in church (which was more through tradition than faith) I would say I am not religious.  I don’t believe...
  4. Why bother walking in the countryside?

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    As a Mountain Leader I feel a real sense of obligation to raise awareness of the outdoor environment for people walking in the countryside.  This can be a bit over the top for a leisure walker but it’s all too easy to take a stroll and not appreciate the abundance...
  5. Nina’s Blencathra Wild Camp

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    I am a 20 year old girl and instead of entering what would have been my third year of university I have decided to figure out what makes me happy and to step out of the pre carved footsteps of the academic system and find a career that is right...
  6. ML Training Week Review

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    Activities The range of activities undertaken was great to be involved in but also showed areas of strength and weakness very quickly. I have a mountain bike background but in recent years have got into rock climbing and this is the area which helped massively with the rope work. I...
  7. ML Training Week: Days 5 and 6 (Expedition)

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    Day 5 With the pack filled and ready for a little two day expedition with an overnight wild camp the excitement is always there. However, with the amazing weather it was vital to pack extra fluids which pushed my pack weight up to 17kg. I was less than happy about...
  8. ML Training Week: Day 4

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    Day four in the Coppermine’s house (YHA) and the group were tasked with putting the steep ground management techniques into practise. Again, we reinforced the weather forecasting with time spent discussing this on the morning. By this stage more subtle ways of identifying changes in weather were being discussed, such...
  9. A beginners guide to Cairngorm flora

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    An vital part of enjoying the outdoors is the flora which makes up a huge part of what you can see and enjoy. This simple guide identifies some of the more obvious species that you can spot in the Cairngorms, although the species are not exclusive to the area and will be visible across...
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