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26 Nov 2017

Brand Spotlight: Patagonia – Setting The Example for The Outdoor Industry

In a world where our leaders appear to be getting progressively more unconscientious, it is a source of great comfort to know that not all our planet’s major players are cut from the same cloth. In the high echelons of the planet’s multinationals and positions of power, thankfully, there remain

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19 Nov 2017

Seven of the Most Beautiful Hiking Trails In The World

If you’ve grown tired of beating the same ole’ trails in your own neck of the woods and are looking for an epic adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime, then buckle up, because below we’ve put together seven of the most beautiful and renown hiking trails in the world. Perfect

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Reaching The Summit
02 Nov 2017

Conquering The Seven Summits

Back in the day, entry into the mountaineering hall of fame required ‘only’ a successful ascent of Everest, K2, or an unclimbed peak in Tian Shan. Since Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set foot on Everest’s summit in 1953, however, the bar for inclusion into the pantheon of alpine greats has

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16 Sep 2017

Buyer’s Guide To Purchasing The Perfect Mountaineering Boot

In the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in northern Italy, a roughly sewn scrap of deer, bear skin and lime tree bark takes pride of place in the museum’s prized collection of Stone Age artifacts. Dating all the way back to 3,500BC, this curious assemblage of materials was worn by

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03 Aug 2017

Wim Hof, AKA ‘The Iceman’: Remarkable, Revolutionary Mountaineer or Roguish Racketeer?

Over the years, Mount Everest has attracted a fine selection of the world’s weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful characters. For the most part, however, these days the idiosyncrasy of majority of those trying to scale the world’s highest peak tends to lie in the fact that they are very wealthy

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27 Jul 2017

Five Ways Spending More Time In The Outdoors Saved My Life

I stroll into my Monday morning lessons, my fingers well and truly shredded from a Sunday climbing sesh. Again. My students, as always, greet me with ironic and knowing smiles – in the few years that I’ve known them, they’ve come to expect little else. “I just don’t get why

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02 Jul 2017

Seven Must-Stop And See Locations While Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada and boasts an incredible variety of landscapes. Almost every day thru-hikers enter a new environment and experience the stunning natural diversity that exists. From the dry and windy deserts of Southern California to the lush and forested slopes of

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28 Jun 2017

Seven Must-Learn Mountaineering Skills Before Attempting Your First Summit

Viewing the summit-shots of successful mountaineers, we could be forgiven for thinking there’s not much to the art of mountaineering other than healthy levels of strength, stamina, fitness, courage and, of course, a good beard. Above, however, we have chosen our words very carefully, for mountaineering is indeed an ‘art’

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10 Jun 2017

Eight Overlooked Essentials Every Thru-Hiker And Backpacker Should Carry

Telling a thru-hiker, die-hard backpacker what they should or should not carry is rarely advisable. Chances are, they will not look favorably upon any attempt to deprive them of something they’ve already spent days, maybe weeks in their own heads pondering whether or not to add, remove from their already

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01 Jun 2017

Nine Common Beginner Climbing and Mountaineering Mistakes To Avoid

Whatever pursuits we turn our hands to in life, as beginners the chances of making mistakes are exceedingly high. Climbing and mountaineering are no exception to this rule, only the potential consequences of our errors in either of these high-risk activities are considerably more severe than in most others. While

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