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Never too old to get into the outdoor spirit

“I’m too old for the outdoors” – Now that’s an excuse that we can never use again, and especially after hearing about a certain 82 year-old yank who has become the oldest person to climb all of New York’s highest mountains.

On saturday, Jerry Levine, an 82 year old from Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County, US, summited Esther (4,239-feet) then Whiteface, the Olympic mountain (4,867-feet) which means that he’s summited all 46 peaks in New York – joining the ranks of the Adirondack 46ers. To become a “46er,” a person must climb all of the 46 major Adirondack Mountain peaks. All but three are higher than 4,000 feet.

So if ever you think that you’re too old for a hike in the outdoors, think of Levine and maybe you’ll think twice about complaining about being too unfit to hike! I know I will!

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25% off and Free Delivery at

A couple of great offers from Regatta have come our way! 25% off certain products and free delivery!

All you need to do is read the information about the Regatta Voucher codes below and head over to the site via this link :

Offer 1:
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Offer Ends: Midnight 17th May 2012
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T&Cs: *Free P&P on all orders £40 and over. Standard UK delivery only.

No code is required to take advantage of this offer, as Free Delivery will automatically be applied to all orders £40 and over at checkout.

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The Inca Trail: a gear guide

We´re currently backpacking around Peru and as outdoor enthusiasts the classic Inca Trail was a must do on our itinerary. We booked our trip back in March for June so we´ve had plenty of time to prepare for the 3 night/4 day trek.

First of all, a quick round-up of the trek. The whole trail was amazing. There were plenty of Incan ruins to see on the way as well as copious amounts of steps going up and going down – a trip not for the faint hearted! The first day was supposed to be the easiest but there was still a fair bit of incline to get through. The second day was dubbed the hardest, it was merely steps, steps and more steps, going up as well as going down, pretty hard on the knees! We reached the highest point of the trail on this day. The third day was the most interesting day. We stopped off at 3 ruins throughout the day and hiked through the rainforest where the colours of the flowers were just beautiful. To end the third day we had to walk down more than 3,000 steps down, also known as the gringo killer! The final day we walked a total of around 1.5 hours to reach Machu Picchu!
Gear guide
Walking boots – Make sure you´ve got a decent pair of boots on. We prefer the boots which provide ankle support as the terrain is very uneven and it is not uncommon for ankles to roll over. Other properties to lookout for is a high level of grip, especially if its been raining as the steps can be slippy. This brings us on to another essential property, water resistance. The weather in the mountains is highly unpredictable and you need to be prepared for all weathers. Another tip is to ensure that your boots are worn in as you don´t want any rubbing or blisters after the first day.

Walking socks – A good pair of walking socks are a must on this hike. Thicker socks will provide more comfort, and as it gets pretty cold at night, you will be thankful for a warm pair of socks to wear to sleep. A good excample is the Brasher Dual Trail Sock which are two layered and also provide thermoregulating properties.

Walking trousers/Shorts – It can get pretty hot during the walk so some zip off short/trousers are ideal. It also means that you can pack a pair of shorts as well as trousers in one item saving space in your bag.

Waterproof Jacket – As mentioned, the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains so a lightweight waterproof jacket is a must. One which is small to pack would be ideal as you will have to carry everything in your rucksack unless you have hired a porter. A good example would be the Craghoppers Endurance Jacket.

Warm fleece/Jumper – At night the mountains can be very cold and at such a high altitude, you will need some decent items of warm clothing. A warm jumper/hoody/fleece is a must as once you get to camp, your body temperature cools almost instantly. I took the Icebreaker Powder Hood as its thermoregulating properties which means that it can keep you warm at when cold and relatively cool when its hot.

Thermals – It is best to bring some thermals with you to sleep in at night to ensure that you are warm. Sleeping in tents in the mountains can be very cold but some of the best thermals for this are Icebreaker garments. We slept in Icebreaker leggings and a long sleeved Icebreaker top. Considering how thin the items were, they provided much warmth and didn´t take up much space in my bag.

Rucksack – If you are not hiring a porter, you will need as a minimum a medium sized bag – maybe around 40 litres. It will need to fit 4 days worth of clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag and a sleeping mat as well as snacks. A side pocket to hold a bottle of water also comes useful.

Sleeping bag – a decent sleeping bag is a must. Down sleeping bags are highly recommended as they can pack up prety small and provide a lot of warmth.

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Bear Grylls Enters The Survival Equipment Market

Gerber has launched a new range of multi-tools and survival equipment developed by Bear Grylls. The range, called the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series includes various survival kits, knives and fire starters – bascially everything you need to survive if for some reason you are stranded in the Amazon fighting against wild beasts for your life! (maybe a slight exageration there)

Bear worked closely with Gerber to develop the products. Our top pick is the Ultimate Knife which also has an emergency whistle integrated into the lanyard cord.

This isn’t the first time that Bear has developed his own products. He already has an established range in the outdoor clothing market.

And for all those Bear Grylls fans, you can also download the Bear Grylls Bear Essentials app. The description states that it is “the ultimate, hands-on survival tool from the ultimate survivor. Intimately presented by the man himself, this info in this app is tested and proven in the wild and may well help save your life in an emergency. A complete blend of survival hands-on advice, interactive instruction manual, wilderness quiz, mini-games and adventure photo gallery, all rolled into one.”

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Glastonbury 2011 tickets re-sale

The Pyramid Stage
Image via Wikipedia

If you want to go to this year’s Glastonbury, it may just be your last chance to get a ticket tomorrow. A limited number of tickets are up for re-sale tomorrow (April 17,2011) at 9am so don’t forget to set your alarm clocks!

Tickets are priced at £195 plus postage and packaging and a £5 booking fee.

Glastonbury 2011 will take place during June 24-26, 2011, and be headlined by U2, Coldplay and Beyonce with a whole host of other artists playing over the weekend. However, eager festival goers can arrive on June 22nd.

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Some highlights of the Berghaus autumn/winter 2011 collection

We love Berghaus gear at Outdoor Enthusiasts and we’re very much looking forward to their new products this year. So we thought that we’d share some highlights of their new products for the autumn/winter 2011 collection.

Berghaus will use the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric in new Extrem jackets and trousers, including the Velum jacket and Velum smock. The fabric, which was developed under a partnership with W L Gore and Berghaus, is said to be “the most breathable Gore-Tex fabric ever”, and uses a lighter, thinner membrane and laminate technology. Clothing made from this fabric are ideal for fast paced adventurers.

At the heart of the new Trail collection for autumn/winter 2011 is a range of men’s and women’s jackets and trousers made from two-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabrics. The new lines are said to offer a combination of classic and contemporary styles.

Trail Sports
Again, there will be the introduction of new jackets made using the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric. Berghaus has used the fabric in the minimalist men’s and women’s Rapide jackets which are waterproof and light—a men’s size large weighs in at just 219g.

Everyday Outdoors
Products in this category are designed for pretty much everyone. You don’t have to be in the mountains to be wearing high performance outdoor clothing! For men, Berghaus will be offering the new Brecon Jacket which delivers waterproof, breathable technology through the two-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric.  The Brecon can be worn in the hills or on the high street. For women, there is the Aumont cold weather jacket made from a mixture of the company’s own water and wind resistant AF fabric and duck down fill.

For autumn/winter 2011, the company is offering the Foot Furnace Mids mountain boots for men and women, Prognosis boots for children, and the Faraja Leather boots and Sannine boots for women. We would expect all the boots to be manufactured to Berghaus’s highest standards.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures to show you.

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Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) to launch an online outdoor guide

Next month the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) will launch The Active Guide (TAG), an online interactive guide to the best outdoor locations and activities around the UK.

Developed over six months, TAG’s aim is to encourage greater participation in the outdoors while promoting UK outdoor businesses.

The guide will be accessible via and will be a complete guide for those who want to participate in outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, climbing, camping, caravanning and a variety of water sports. The site will have an innovative map based interface, where visitors can use to quickly locate service providers, activity centres, clubs and retail outlets. It will also direct visitors to user generated content including people’s favourite locations, routes, videos, photos, and other useful information.

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Valentine’s Day outdoor gifts

Its less than a week until Valentine’s Day! For those who have partners that love the outdoors, here are a few ideas on how to spoil them.

Walking guide books – One of the most popular walking book is 100 Greatest Walks in Britain (Country Walking). Currently, this is being sold for £8.78 on Amazon. These guide books make a great Valentine’s gift and it may even spur them to organise a nice romantic weekend away with you to go on some of the suggested walks.

Berghaus stainless steel flask – A thermal flask is useful on outdoor adventures, especially on colder days. A nice cup of tea up in the hills is always appreciated!

Portable camping stove – Camping stoves are great fun and add to the outdoor adventure. You can get some decent camping stoves with not just gas stoves but also grills. Check out the Yellowstone 3 Burner Gas Cooker With Grill which can be purchased from Amazon for just £27.50.

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Safety Advice in the Mountains

Scafells, mountains in the English Lake District.
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Mountain Rescue England & Wales and Mountain Rescue Council of Scotland have produced three leaflets offering tips and advice on staying safe in the mountains. In particular, the leaflets provide advice on what to take, things to remember to do before you set off, things to be aware of whilst in the mountains, and emergency contact numbers.

The three leaflets include a general version, a version for the Lake District and a version for Scotland. They can either be downloaded by clicking on the links above or by picking them up in select outdoor stores.

So if you’re thinking about heading into the mountains, particularly during the colder seasons, have a quick read through of these leaflets to ensure that you stay safe and have a great time.