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Don't rely on electronics

Product/Skill: GPS/Navigation/Maps Interest: General Outdoor
Never rely on your GPS! Sooner or later it will run out of batteries or break and you could be left stranded. Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. You never know when a day trip could turn into a cold night out or worse.
Posted on Aug 22, 2013 by JackPearson

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Rolling off your sleeping mat?

Product/Skill: Camping Equipment Interest: Camping
Do you keep rolling off your sleeping mat?.....A quick fix is to put your mat inside your sleeping bag.So no more sleepless nights
Posted on Jun 7, 2013 by ken b

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Dont forget the Buff!!

Product/Skill: Other Outdoor Equipment Interest: General Outdoor
A irreplaceable piece of kit for any outdoor enthusiast! Wear it as a hat, a headband, a scarf. Use it as a sling, a bandage, or a piece of strapping. Twist it, fold it, tie it. Whatever you can think of! It is one piece of kit I could never be without...and you shouldnt either
Posted on May 27, 2013 by Emma Rigby

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Dry Bags

Product/Skill: Camping Equipment Interest: Camping
So we all know dry bags are the thing to have to keep your equipment nice and dry in your rucksack. But.... if your VERY CAREFUL they can also make extremely handy windshields for your stove (preferably the heavier weight bags which can be bent into shape), blocking the wind and stopping your stove from blowing out when you don't have a proper windshield. But always keep a hold of them and keep away from any flames!
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Stu P

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Sun Cream

Product/Skill: General Outdoor Skills Interest: General Outdoor
Sun Cream....it doesn't matter how hot or cold you feel, when the sun is out and you are walking always have sun cream with you. Whilst walking the wind migt be blowing keeping you nice and cool, but if the sun is in the sky, always remember to protect your skin. Especialy your face and arms as I found out just recently.
Posted on May 24, 2013 by Stu P

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cold toes?

Product/Skill: Tents/Sleeping bags/Mats Interest: Camping
If you, like me, find that no matter how many socks you wear you still get cold feet at night then try activating one of those disposable hand-warmers and chucking it down inside the bottom of your sleeping bag. It's like in-built central heating.
Posted on Apr 1, 2013 by Debbie Datson

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SNOW !

Product/Skill: Winter Skills Interest: Winter Sports
Just got up. . . . SNOW !. Best drive safe and make the most of it.
Posted on Mar 23, 2013 by energa94

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Get Out !

Product/Skill: General Outdoor Skills Interest: General Outdoor
With a Bank Holiday on the way, Get Out and make the most of the UK !
Posted on Mar 22, 2013 by energa94

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Tents

Product/Skill: Tents/Sleeping bags/Mats Interest: Camping
Remember when you start to go camping again, to keep your tent well ventilated to reduce the chances of condensation
Posted on Feb 26, 2013 by KatieD

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Dont forget...Your poles

Product/Skill: Tents/Sleeping bags/Mats Interest: Camping
It may sound obvious but have you checked your tent before you leave? I went camping this summer with a friend of mine and when we came to pitch our tents it turned out he didn’t have his poles!! In his defense he had lent it to a friend and they hadn’t returned his poles but it made me think. But trying to use walking poles and spare guy ropes to keep your tent up is harder than it sounds. Do you check that you have all the parts to your tent before you leave the house? Do you check a brand new tent before you go away with it for the first time?
Posted on Feb 17, 2013 by I.H.M.J.

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Cotton Clothing!!!

Product/Skill: Baselayers Interest: Mountaineering
Do not wear any cotton or wool clothing when walking/hiking, There are many good technology fibers that work just right, such as: coolmax, capilene, polartec, ultra wick, microfiber, gortex. i am sure there are more other fibers to choose
Posted on Jan 15, 2013 by idtdavies

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Feet care

Product/Skill: Ropes & Protection Interest: Mountaineering
Carry a small hard rubber ball and roll your bare tired feet over it at rest breaks.
Posted on Jan 15, 2013 by idtdavies

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Walking Poles

Product/Skill: Other Outdoor Equipment Interest: Mountaineering
Walking Poles: they reduce the wear and tear on your knees and enable your upper body to participate in the hike.
Posted on Jan 15, 2013 by idtdavies

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Waterproofing

Product/Skill: Waterproof Clothing Interest: General Outdoor
Never underestimate the importance of looking after waterproof's. Nikwax do a great twin pack of Tech Wash and TX Direct. The Tech Wash is brilliant for cleaning, and revives the DWR in the garment sustaining its water resistancy. If the Tech Wash doesnt quite do the job, clean the item first and then use the TX Direct to re-proof it. Dont forget to rinse the draw of the washing machine out before you proof or wash waterproofs, the detergent residue can be damaging to the products.
Posted on Jan 6, 2013 by Sarah_Howell1

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NEW YEAR SALES

Product/Skill: Other Outdoor Equipment Interest: General Outdoor
Make the most of the new year sale, and kit your self out for a lot less.
Posted on Dec 9, 2012 by energa94

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winter

Product/Skill: General Outdoor Skills Interest: Winter Sports
Yes its old, but It is one to watch out for. Dont eat yellow snow ! Ever !. You know why........
Posted on Dec 2, 2012 by energa94

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Post cards

Product/Skill: Environmental Understanding/Weather Interest: Walking
Buy a post card of the mountain your climbing......as rain and heavy mist or hill fog can and will put an end to any photo you may wish to take. I found this out today on Pen y fan !.
Posted on Nov 18, 2012 by energa94

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Be prepared for cold and dark nights

Product/Skill: General Outdoor Skills Interest: Walking
If your venturing out on the hills at this time of year , make sure that your prepared for colder and shorter days. Make sure you have a torch and spare batteries and some extra warm clothes just in case of being out a little longer than planned
Posted on Nov 1, 2012 by Adyw

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Mates

Product/Skill: General Outdoor Skills Interest: Climbing
Only choose climbing friends with a sense of humour.
Posted on Oct 22, 2012 by energa94

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Head Torch For Shopping

Product/Skill: Casual clothing Interest: General Outdoor
On a recent visit to Hollister with my teenage daughter there was only one tip I could think of to help with the browsing. Buy a decent head torch before entering. I can't believe how dark it is. Yes I know at 41 it must be my eye sight failing me.
Posted on Oct 21, 2012 by Alison Higginson

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Wild Campsites

Product/Skill: Camp Craft/Bushcraft Interest: Camping
Rocks and other protrusions should be left in situ, or put back in position when striking camp.Where a camp site has not been previously used, consider dispersing tents over a wide area. This is true for North Wales or The Himalaya.
Posted on Oct 18, 2012 by energa94

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socks

Product/Skill: Other Interest: General Outdoor
Look to buy the best socks you can, then buy some more. Then you can change them half way through the day... GREAT !
Posted on Oct 18, 2012 by energa94

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Pack your tent separately to save volume

Product/Skill: Tents/Sleeping bags/Mats Interest: Camping
Most tents can be packed smaller by separating the poles and pegs from the flysheet and inner. Once the poles and pegs have been removed the tent can safely be compressed to 30-50% of the volume. If you discard the original tent bag and stuff the tent into a smaller air-tight dry bag you can compress it even further by pushing the air out and effectively vacuum packing it. This can make all the difference if you’re pushed for space in your bag, or want to pack your tent inside your pack where its safer and more secure. Read more about my kit and adventures on my blog: www.jonsadventures.wordpress.com.
Posted on Oct 16, 2012 by JonWood

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Keep your inflatable sleeping mat in a sock

Product/Skill: Tents/Sleeping bags/Mats Interest: Camping
This is a weird one, but bear with me. The manufacturers of inflatable sleeping mats (e.g. Thermarest) provide you with a stuff sack that is bigger than the rolled mat so that it is easier to pack. However, the annoying thing about this is that however tightly you roll the mat to reduce its volume in your pack, it always unravels and fills the volume of the stuff sack. Instead try packing it into an elasticated sock. It’s just as easy to stuff into the sock as the sock stretches, but when you let go it contracts and keeps the mat tightly rolled, therefore keeping its volume to a minimum. This is great when travelling fast and light where a small pack size is important. Read more about my kit and adventures on my blog: www.jonsadventures.wordpress.com.
Posted on Oct 16, 2012 by JonWood

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Make your second day a rest day

When you prepare and train for a expeditions you’re often limited to single days of training and this doesn’t prepare you or your kit for multiple days of exertion. The first few days are then tough and in some cases enough to put you off the rest of your trip. By doing a single day and then resting before you continue you take this shock out of the equation. This gives you time to physically recover, make any adjustments to kit before you go too far, and doesn’t knock your confidence if Day 1 proves to be tougher than expected. I’ve done this for all my big cycle tours (e.g. Canada/Alaska, South America, Europe) and it certainly helps – especially for the saddle soreness! For more about my adventures, including my cycle tours, see my blog: www.jonsadventures.wordpress.com.
Posted on Oct 16, 2012 by JonWood
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