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Respite: a tent which doubles as a hammock

Designed by Ryan Heiser, Respite is a tent which also has the ability to transform into a hammock.

It is perfect for adventurers travelling in warmer countries. A hammock by day, it offers you a place to relax and soak in the sun. A tent by night, it offers you shelter and a place to sleep.

It is also surprisingly easy to switch between the two forms. When in the form of a tent, just pull the four zippers on the sides of the tent down to the ground and hey presto! you now have a hammock to relax in!

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Look What We Found – Food Packets

look what we foundAt the 2010 Outdoors Show one of the stalls with lots of attention was the Look What We Found stall. It was a small stand but every time I passed was packed with people taking samples. Look What We Found make cooked food in packed, not like super noodles or quick pasta but really hearty food.

So why promote at the Outdoors Show? The packets require no refrigeration which means they keep in your bag for days. There a 12 month shelf life from the day the food is made, so if your on a long trip you’ll be able to take plenty of packs.

The food is contained in a foil bag which means it’s clean and quick to open, no need for a can opener. To cook you can boil the bag or place the contents into a pan to cook. This means your cutting down carrying a can opener and time to prepare. The content is pre-cooked already so all you’re doing is warming up and no need to worry about eating uncooked meat.

In total there are 35 options, which include full means, soups and sauces. Full meals include:

  • Fellside Beef Chilli Con Carne
  • Fellside Beef Casserole
  • Herdwick Mutton Stew
  • Traditional Pork & Herb Sausage Casserole

There are also smaller snack pots with the same flavors.

What really impressed me was the wide range of uses, there is camping but also having as a meal at work, at night, for students, for people unable to cook. We were lucky enough to sample the pork and herb sausage casserole which was delicious.

Prices range from £1.99 t0 £2.99. There’s discount for buying in large quantities. I would fully suggest buying one pack to sample then going back for more.

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Blacks and Sports Direct saga continues

The planned takeover of Blacks by Sports Direct has taken another turn with Sport Direct owner Mike Ashley claiming Blacks had broken takeover rules.

Ashley, the Chairman of Newcastle United, already owns 28.5% of Blacks and was planning to take over the company, a move that seemed to be scuppered by Black’s suppliers who were reluctant to see the Chesterfield based company take control of Blacks.

The claim is that Blacks leaked the names of suppliers who had opposed the takeover and would pull out if Sports Direct succeeds.

The story continues….

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Leeds and Reading festival tickets on sale tonight

Leeds and Reading festival tickets go on sale at 6.45 this evening. Tickets will be priced at £180 for the weekend while day tickets cost £75.  A £15 early entry ticket can also be purchased.

The festivals are held at the same time with the same acts on different days, and will take place on the August bank holiday weekend from August 27th-29th. It has been confirmed that the line-up will be announced 15 minutes after the tickets go on sale at 7pm.

Tickets for the festivals have sold out in a matter of hours in the past few years. In 2008 they sold out in two hours.

Previous headliners at the Leeds and Reading festivals include Kings of Leon, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.

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Go camping for 95p with The Mirror

Camping Wales
Image by Paul Watson via Flickr

Yesterday, The Mirror launched a new promotion which offers all readers the opportunity to go camping for 95p a night!

All you have to do is collect vouchers which will be printed inside a copy of The Mirror everyday next week. Each voucher entitles the reader to book a basic pitch for 95p a night. A maximum of 7 vouchers can be used for any one booking (equivalent to 7 nights for 95p each). You can choose from more than 150 campsites in the UK. A special 12-page pull-out will be inside next Tuesday’s issue providing information on the facilities at the campsites.

Note that the 95p promotion is only valid on booking between March 27 and May 31.

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Cairngorms to keep Scots Camping

The Cairngorms National Park Authority have decided that they won’t be banning camping in the wild.

Nearby the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’s are looking to ban camping in the wild to reduce the problem of large groups.

Groups of around 90 have caused problems with late night drunken parties on the Loch’s banks.

The authorites have said they would work with the worst affected areas rather than a ban on camping.
However, park leaders in the Cairngorms, have said their main focus will be to reduce issues at the worst-affected sites in the Cairngorms rather than banning Scots from camping out.

Problems in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park include a fight between two groups in Sallochy Bay and a blazing barbecue thrown through the window of a car, causing the car to be set on fire.

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Live from the Outdoors Show 2010

I’ve managed to find a connection and a place to sit down at the NEC in Birmingham for a quick blog live from the Outdoors Show 2010. It was really busy getting into the show this morning with queuing traffic on the M42, the show was filling up by the time we entered at 10.

We managed to catch some of Ben Fogel and James Cracknell’s talk at the main stage and also a fashion show later one which included a free for all goodie give away, photos later tomorrow!

There was plently of stalls to look at, the slack lining stand had a lot of attention as did the climbing competition section as two climbers went head to head.

Anyway, time to look around more with an update later!

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5 Must Do’s at the 2010 Outdoors Show

James Cracknell
Image by Shiny Sixpence via Flickr

Today was the first day of the 2010 Outdoors Show at the NEC Birmingham. The show lasts for 3 days and we’ll be going down tomorrow. There’s lots to do at the event here’s my top 5 must do’s at the show.

  1. Explore the tent city
    The Yeoman’s tent city  is a massive area with the latest tents all set up. It’s a great way to see tents and judge sizes rather than reading descriptions online.
  2. Wilderness Camp
    The Wilderness Camp is hosted by the Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine, it’s a great place to pick up some practical tips you can use on your next adventure. There are four areas, Desert, Arctic, Woodland and the Wilderness stage.
  3. Climbing walls
    There’s a few different climbing walls at this years event, last year 5 in total. You won’t need any gear but come in some comfortable clothing and for the girls… no skirts.
  4. Ben Fogle & James Cracknell talk
    If you caught the TV show about Ben Fogle’s and James Cracknell’s arctic trek then you’ll want to attend one of the two talks on Saturday. The afternoon show is sold out but there is space for the morning talk.
  5. Zip Wire
    Last but not least the Zip Wire takes you from one side of the hall to the other. Head over to the Cumbria Tourism stand to start your decent.

If you heading down to the NEC in Birmingham this weekend make sure you attend / attempt / see some of the above!

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Craghoppers to support Dr Steve Fabes

Craghoppers are one of many companies helping out Dr Steve Fabes as he attempts to cycle round the globe taking in 6 continents. The doctor started in January and will be raising awareness and money for a charity called Merlin who help people in natural disasters, areas of conflict and health system collapses.

His journey will take him through 50 countries clocking up around 50,000 miles. To help him he selected Craghoppers Bandero Jacket, Corey Microfleece and Classic Kiwi trousers.

To find out more about Steve’s journey and to track progress head over to the Cycling the 6 website.