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Bank Holiday Monday Camping

After the last few weeks of ash cloud plane trouble many people around the UK are looking to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend. Many will be dusting down the tent, sleeping bags and stove for a camping trip but will this weekend be worth it?

As ever it depends on the weather. At the moment in the Lakes it’s looking like a wet start to the end of this week with things brightening up on Sunday and Monday.

In the Peak District it looks like the rain will continue til Sunday which means only Monday looks good, over the way in the Yorkshire Dales it the same outlook, with only Monday being decent. Over in Wales the outlook is pretty much the same. What about down South?, Cornwall and Devon is set for rain till Sunday with sun on the Monday.

So it doesn’t look like the greatest Bank Holiday weather but at least Monday will be nice so plan a day trip on the Monday!

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April: competition round up

Right, here are a few competitions we’ve found this month for you outdoor enthusiasts.

1. A Hi Gear Corado 4 tent worth £279.99

2, Win a family camping set worh over £250. The full set comprises a Hi Gear Caplan 5 family tent, Hi Gear Camper sleeping bags and Hi Gear Single Airbeds. This competition closes tomorrow so be quick!

3. A Deuter rucksack

4. A photography tour in the Lake District. This tour will be led by Charlie Waite, the founder of Light & Land, and will take place in November 2010.

5. An Easy Camp Star 200 tent

Good luck everyone!

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Planned zip wire for Lake District mountain

Zip wire
Image by Glamhag via Flickr

A high altitude zip wire is being planned for a mountain in the Lake District. At 2,126 ft (648 m) high, the proposed Lancaster Aerial Flight will not be for the feint-hearted.

The zip wire will replicate a similar construction which existed there more than 80 years ago. The proposed zip wire will involve installing a cable running from the top of Fleetwith Pike down to the Honister Slate Mine Visitor Centre.

If the plans are approved, the attraction could open in the summer.

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Craghoppers Offer a Trip of a Lifetime

We love a competition and Craghoppers have a competition of a lifetime. In partnership with Baobab Expeditions Craghoppers are offering a trip to the Galápagos. The trip is for two people sharing for a 10 day trip throughout the Galápagos. The trip plan is as follows.

Day 1 – Saturday
Transfer Airport – Hotel (private)
Escorted transfer between airport and hotel in Quito.
Day 2 – Sunday
Quito – Private Tour (3 hours)
Your own private scenic tour of Quito
Day 3 -6 – Monday/Thursday
Amazon Lodge – 4 days/3 nights
The Amazon Rainforest: where the sights and sounds of nature fill your senses
Day 7 – 10 – Friday-Monday
MV Santa Cruz – 4 days/3 nights expedition
Galápagos Expedition Cruise onboard MV Santa Cruz
Day 10 – Monday
Guayaquil Airport – Departure
Airport assistance at Guayaquil Airport for your international flight.

To help you on the trip there’s a bonus prize of £250 of Craghoppers gear, each. All you have to do is enter online, the winner is announced in September.

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BBC Scotland to broadcast live climb in HD

Test Card X
Image by marksmanuk via Flickr

This summer, BBC Scotland are planning to film Dave Macleod and Tim Emmett, two well known figures in the climbing world, ascending the Sron Uladail on the Isle of Harris. Not only will the climb be broadcast live but it will also be in high definition – a world’s first.

The climb will be aired on BBC Two in Scotland and on the BBC HD channel for the rest of the UK on August 28. The running time is expected to be about six hours.

As part of the programme, the two climbers will also attempt to ascend five world-class routes in the Outer Hebrides in just five days in the hope that they achieve a world record.

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Ellis Brigham Summer Camp Manchester & Bristol

Outdoors retailer Ellis Brigham are hosting two events next month were you can check out the latest range of tents. The first event is in Manchester on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of May in Castlefields near to the store. The event kicks of at 10am and lastes til 5pm.

The following week the event travels down to Bristol on Saturday 22md and Sunday 23rd of May at The Downs near to Water Tower. Again it kicks off at 10 in the morning ending at 5pm.

Best of all there will be the odd manager special on the tents so you might be able to grab a bargin. Head over to Ellis Brigham for more information.

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Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Public Consultation

We blogged back in March about the problems in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with anti social behaviour.

Now the authority has opened a public consultation looking at proposals to restrict camping at Loch Lomond eastern shore. Local residents and campers have until May 3rd to make their respond. So far the authority has had over 250 responses about the issue.

We’ll keep on following the story…

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Ecover Washing-Up Liquid

Following on from the Outdoors Show we’ve still got some products to review and the next is the Ecover Washing-Up Liquid. We grabbed two sample bottles to have a look later on and we’ve been pleasantly surprised.  As per the name, Ecover Washing-Up Liquid is a eco friendly product which allows you to wash up in the wild without having to worry about the waste.

Ecover Washing-Up Liquid

The product is made from plant ingredients to give it’s smell, it’s kind to your skin and leaves behind not chemicals. What is left behind is biodegradability, this means it doesn’t affect any plant life and also can be used to clean a septic tank. I’m guessing it would be also great for cleaning out fish tanks.

The eco friendliness then continues in the bottle, made out of polyethylene; cap of polypropylene and polyethylene both are 100% recyclable. Larger bottlers are great for the home but we’ll felt these little sample bottles of 100ml were great for a short camping trip.

As well as washing up liquid Ecover also make cleaners, car wash liquid, shower gel etc … all eco friendly.  Head over to the great ecover section at ethical superstore for more information and to buy.

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Review a Product and Win £200! With Go Outdoors

If your still feeling the effects of the recession in your product then Go Outdoors have a fantastic opportunity to bag £200 of vouchers in a competition. All you need to do is review a product!

The review must be in English, no bad language and give details of product specifications. The deadline is midnight 14th May 2010 and it has to be from a current product on the Go Outdoors site.

Head over to the competition page to enter.

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BioLite Stove – A New Way to Cook

The BioLite Stove is a really cool new invention giving you another option to cook your food while camping. The main unique selling point is the stove requires no gas or liquid fuel, you burn twigs, leaves and anything you find on your travels.

The stove is supported by an electrical fan which adds oxygen to the fire, that fan is powered by the heat generated. A few leaves and a starting block can help to get fire going and thus the fan heating. You can then change the amount of oxygen being supplied to the fire to turn up and down the heat.

Other benefits of this stove include the ability to take the stove on a plane as their is no gas, feet to stand the stove up securely and the ability to fold up the stove up for easy storage.

Currently the stove is in testing status with a patent pending, it could be in the shops this spring / summer. More details about the BioLite Stove including a great little video over at We’ll be keeping our eyes out for a release date and would love to get out hands on a unit to test!