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Embracing Darker Evenings

With the ever darker nights and dropping temperatures it’s easy to pull the curtains closed, snuggle under a blanket and close the door to the outdoor lifestyle for a few months. After a busy, adventurous summer season, the darker evenings try to put a hold on so many of our favourite post work adventures. If you don’t want to accept it just yet, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for making the most of the darker winter months Light it up Take to your favourite crag  ...

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The Deuter Guide: the Outdoor Professionals choice

First up, I must make it clear that Deuter have in now way sponsored this post. We have bought all 3 of our Deuter guides and love them so much that we need you to know how brilliant they are! (However, if you’d like to sponsor our (Hev’s) backpack addiction mr/mrs Deuter, we will happily comply!) Our first Deuter guide, the men’s 35+ litre sack is coming on for 10 years old. It’s been used for everything from ice climbing to multi pitch o alpine mountaineering and  ...

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Winter in the mountains – Should you be there?

We spent the last week in Snowdonia enjoying some amazing conditions that we were very lucky to have the time to enjoy. We are also incredibly lucky to have the skills and equipment to do it safely. There are so many photos on social media of people enjoying the snow capped peaks in the UK with nothing but trainers and a parker, leading many people into a false sense of security. On the drive back to reality I was looking through Instagram and came across someone on the North Face of  ...

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20 Things to do in the Brecon Beacons that aren’t Pen Y Fan

The Brecon Beacons. They’re lush and green and most people who visit focus on getting to the top of the rolling hills that we brits like to call mountains. It’s not just about the mountains though, there are plenty of places to visit and buckets of fun to be had without walking uphill for a few hours. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do that. In fact we’re great advocates of walking in beautiful places around here but should your legs get tired or the weather not  ...

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Our 7 Cold Weather Essentials

With the cold weather we’re getting at the moment comes the desire to get out and adventure in the beauty that winter brings. The kit we carry most of the year needs a few extra additions in order to keep us comfy and safe while we make the most of the colder months. Food flask What’s better than a warm meal after a long day on the outdoors? A warm meal while still in the outdoors of course! We love out stanley flask, but we also have the thermos one with its own little fork.  ...

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Fuelling Adventure with Real Food

Finding energy dense food that is light to carry, won’t get smushed in a bag and isn’t engineered In a factory can be difficult. Especially if you’re looking for a healthy balance of nutrients and plenty of energy to fuel your adventure. Over the years we’ve found a few things that we go back to time after time to help keep us moving. Having a SiS gel ready in your bag is always a great back up, but when you’re trying to eat well and give your body the  ...

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5 Best Long Distance Hikes in Wales

Wales has some of the most beautiful and dramatically changing scenery in the UK, second only to Scotland we think! If you’re looking for a challenge or an adventure with a difference, why not pack a bag with a tent and stove and take to the hills and valleys of Cymru. Get closer to nature, travel through little trodden spaces and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that it was your legs that got you there, with a bit of help from Jelly Babies of course! All of the routes pass through  ...

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You should keep getting outside in winter- here’s why

As we move into the colder, wetter months of the year our adventures slow down and the sofa starts to look rather inviting. Instead of taking the easy option, why not get out on your usual adventures and learn more about yourself while putting your skills to the test? Wrap up warm, pack a decent set of waterproofs, a headtorch and a hot flask and you’re good to go!You can have some of the best days out in the cooler months when the hills and rivers are less occupied and the sunrises  ...

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Fear in the outdoors and why we need it

The Fear. It’s gets us all at some point, it stops us making a move, paddling a rapid or stunts our enjoyment of what we expected to be a pretty awesome day. It’s a natural reaction to what can often feel like an unnatural situation. In years gone by the places we now like to explore were seen as dangerous, we learnt to avoid them to stay alive. We want to talk about 3 types of fear: Rational, Irrational and perceived. Let’s focus on the first 2 for now. Irrational fear  ...

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Cycling Scotland with Jayne Thompson

Hi Jayne, Would you introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Jayne, I live in Wimbledon and I have been a software developer for the last 10 years. I’m currently semi-retired, having quit my job back in May to go on a solo 12 week bikepacking tour of the Scottish Hebrides. I love to challenge myself and enjoy hiking, running and cycling; basically anything that gets me outdoors and away from a computer screen. I’m also a bit of a bookworm and am addicted to reading about  ...

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