If you have been watching TV recently you may have seen this fantastic advert from Timberland advertising the new Mountain Athletic Series. The advert follows a trail runner escaping various wide animals including wolves, hogs and a bear. The advert features Don’t Give It up from the Noisettes.
Following on from the post the other day about the spork we’ve since come across the titanium spork. Being made out of titanium the spork is a lot stronger but more importantly can be used for cooking. As a normal spork made out of plastic it will melt well learning on a pan, where as titanium won’t conduct the heat.
It’s a little more expensive that an plastic spork but will last longer and keep it’s shape.
Its now coming towards the winter months and the temperature is dropping. Those of you who are braving the outdoors in the colder months need to remember to pack extra layers.
The “snuggie”, which is a thin blanket with sleeves, is perfect for the colder evenings. The sleeves are large and enable the wearer to continue to use their hands without having to worry about the blanket around them falling off and being exposed to the cold – perfect for cooking your evening meal .
Another version of the snuggie is the slanket. The slanket is available in sizes for kids and adults. They also offer a siamese slanket – perfect for wrapping and snuggling up with a loved one in the colder evenings. Cosy!
What is a Spork? Well it’s half way between a spoon and a fork. There are two versions of the spork, one that have a fork / spoon on one end and another version that has a fork at one end and a fork at the other.
The spork has proved to be a very popular product for campers as it allows you to pack one item that has two purposes. If you going camping or traveling it’s essential to carry as little as possible, so if you can get an item that has multi purposes it’s a winner. Made out of plastic it’s great for soup, beans, noodles which are your top camping means (check out top ten camping meals blog post).
So if you’re going away look out for the Spork it’s a great item to have that will save you some space!
More and more people are opting to purchase trail running shoes for outdoor activities, such as walking or mountain climbing.
Trail running shoes have a strong and rugged sole to protect a wearer’s foot from rocks. They also provide the wearer with more stability by offering a high level of grip, and extra cushioning and support. Furthermore, they have been designed so that they are flexible enough so that you can run comfortably on natural surfaces which tend to be uneven.
Many of them also feature performance characterisitcs, including water-resistance and breathability.
A few of our favourites include the Salomon XA Comp 3 GTX shoe, the Brasher CalusaXCR, and the Merrell Reactor shoe.
It is important to plan your meals before you head off on your camping trip. Although you won’t have access to luxuries such as an oven or a range cooker, you can still make some decent, not to mention, delicious meals.
Here’s our top ten camping meals:
1. BBQ – always a winner. Having a BBQ has become highly associated with camping and, for some reason, the food always taste better in the great outdoors than in your back garden. Sausages and burgers can be cooked relatively quickly, and if you do them on a disposable bbq (which can be picked up for about £3-5), you won’t even have to wash up – bonus!
2. Pasta and sauce – A simple and easy meal. To spice it up a little, you can add various other ingredients such as frankfurters (another good camping food item) and carrots and mushrooms.
3. Bacon sarnies – A hot bacon sarnie with a bit of red sauce (or brown if you prefer) in the morning after a night’s sleep in the great outdoors is probably one of the best things you could wake up to! That, and a steaming mug of tea – divine!
4. Soup – a hearty meal for when the sun starts to go down and when the evening becomes chillier. Its sure to keep your cockles warm! If you’re planning on cooking tinned soup make sure you bring ring pull tins, otherwise don’t forget to bring your can opener.
5. Beans on toast – one of the simplest meals you can make and a popular meal for campers. As with the soup, bring tins with ring pulls, or bring your can opener.
6. Super noodles – another quick and easy meal. This is a popular meal for those attending festivals and newbies (particularly those participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award).
7. Spag bog – a great meal not just for the outdoors. Use ready made sauce for the bolognaise to make it easier. If you’re camping near a farm, why not see if they have any local cheese for sale to sprinkle on top!
8. Chilli nachos -Always fun to eat. The chilli can be made in one pot. Tesco’s do their own tinned kidney beans in a chilli sauce. Add that to the mince and you’ve pretty much got your sauce. Then add some beef stock and tomato puree, and extra chilli flakes if you want a more fiery taste! If you want to save on washing up, then you can all just eat from the pot. Just get your nachos and start dipping!!!
9. Beef and vegetable stew – Another hearty meal for the colder seasons. Fry the beef in a pot then add a can of vegetable soup and bring to the boil! Simple! And don’t forget to eat it with a nice piece of chunky fresh bread!
10. Spicy chicken and salad in pitta – A nice summer evening’s meal. Fry the chicken in a pan and add some paprika and chilli powder. Line the pitta with ready made salad and then place the chicken pieces inside the pitta. Sorted!
Sunday Morning 9:00 am tickets went on sale for Glastonbury Festival and unlike last year sold out within the day. This years festival will the 40th so attendees are in for a memorable event.
Tickets sold out in the afternoon after a rush in the morning. If you didn’t get a ticket there will be more on sale due to cancellations and double booking which do happen. Tickets are £185 plus booking and delivery fees, you need be registered before hand which involves uploading a picture.
Something very foreign to us in the uk is having a barbeque by your car in a car park. If you live in America it’s a favorite weekend past time. Know as tailgate parties hundreds turn up at sporting events, park up and start cooking. Coleman have released a new piece of kit that good old George Forman would be looking to use the Coleman Roadtrip Table Top Grill.
You don’t need to use it at the car you could use it on a camping trip as it’s powered by a propane gas cylinder. That powers a hob that heats the grill which has a massive 1580 square cm cooking area. That’s a lot of room for a lot of meat! A Insta Start electronic ignition gets the grill going and it heats up really quick.
It features a temperature gauge and the all important grease catcher. The recommended retail price is $219.99
New Zealand based company Icebreaker are giving away a free bag to one lucky competition winner. The bag features merino outerwear fabric and a Bodyfit+ camo lining, they’re pretty rare so you should you entre into the competition pretty soon.
Head over to the compeition page to get your name in the hat!