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The Outdoors Show 2011 This Weekend

The The Outdoors Show returns this weekend for 2011 for it’s 10th year. This year the show has moved to London after being held in the NEC Birmingham. The show starts on the 13th and lasts till the 16th.

Highlights for the show include the Outdoors Hero Theatre with shows from Ray Mears, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Simon King, Ben Fogle, Sir Robin Knox- Johnston and Riaan Manser.

The climbing wall, wilderness camp, careers in the outdoors, ice climbing are all back with lots more features. New for this year is the London Bike show which is the biggest bike show in the UK.

Tickets are still on offer at the moment, head over to for more information.

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Win A Ski Holiday for two!

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Cotswold Outdoor and Helly Hansen are offering the chance to win a 7 night ski holiday for 2 people to Chamonix with a whole host of added goodies.

The prize includes a 7 nights at the Le Morgane 4* luxury spa hotel, ski paces, flights and a selection of Helly Hansen clothing.

If your not great on skis then there will be a unique ski touring experience with Evolution 2 instructors all suited to your skill level.

A great prize to win, head over to and answer a simple question.

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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.

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The Lakes TV Show ITV

Tonight saw the second episode of ITV’s the lakes. Sponsored by Regatta the progress looks at the life, people and events of the Lake District. Presented by Rory McGrath tonights episode followed Appleby annual Horse Fair, owners of an American-themed B&B in Ambleside and the Ullswater sailing regatta.

The Lakes can be seen every Monday at 8:00 or online on the ITV player. Head over to the mini site for more details

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Mystery Walkers Needed

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If you like walking and fancy a bit of mystery in your life then you might want to sign up for the “Mystery Walkers” scheme. The ramblers are looking for people to report back on the state and condition of footpaths.

The aim is to generate a map of the best and worst walks across the country. It then rewards authorities who have looked after footpaths. After a walk all you need to do is report back via a online survey.

Anastasia French, Ramblers Campaigns Officer, explained :

“Mystery Walkers will help us to get a clear picture of the state of footpaths across the length and breadth of England and Wales.

“This information will help us to work with councils to improve the footpath network so that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from walking, wherever they are.

“Volunteering has never been more pleasant, just by going for a short local walk you can help to play your part to protect the future of our footpaths.”

Head over to for more information.

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Look What We Found Camping Food 33% off!

We blogged sometime ago about Look What We Found food when we sampled some at the Outdoors show last year. It’s food great for camping as it doesn’t need to be kept cold and can be cooked easily. Even if your not camping it’s great for taking to work.

To start of 2011 there’s a great off with 33% off many packs which is a great offer.

So head over to and pick up a great deal for the new year.

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Vango’s new mountain tent range for 2011

Vango, the popular outdoors brand, has unveiled some of its new mountain tents for 2011. We expect the tents to be made to the same quality as other Vango tents – reliable, well-designed and high performing.

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The new 2011 Vango mountain tent range includes new and updated models. They include:

  • the Vango Chinook tent;
  • the Vango Hurricane tent;
  • the Vango Spirit tent; and
  • the Vango Equinox tent.

All these tents come recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. They each have a Protex SPU 5000 rip-stop nylon fly, a sewn-in groundsheet constructed from HD nylon 6000, as well as alloy poles.

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Take Ten to the Greater Outdoors iPhone App from Columbia

Columbia are the latest outdoor manufacturer to create an iPhone app. Columbia have come up with a useful app called Take Ten which is their second offering on the iPhone.

The app has a few different modes, to start there are Ten Essential Groups of gear and kit listed with details about each. It’s great if your planning a trip and need a base list of equipment needed.

From the essential groups list you can then create a Custom Gear list, adding extra times on to the existing gear list.

Leave a Trip Plan Behind section allows you to email or send via Facebook details of your planned trip, start and end dates, trail info and rout description. Thats great to inform people of your whereabouts just in case.

Finally a Safety Tips and How-to Articles contains a collection of safety tips and articles all about the outdoors.

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Sign up to the Borrowdale Trail Run in the Lake District

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For those who have made a New Years resolution to get fit, then why not sign up to the Borrowdale Trail Run, a new trail running event in the Lake District. Sponsored by Hi-Tec, the event is held on Sunday May 22 so you’ve got just under 5 months to get fit! By signing up now, it may just give you that motivation you’re looking for to start shedding some of that excess fat you’ve gained over the Christmas period!

The event is part of Keswick Mountain Festival and will take runners through some beautiful landscapes. Runners have two distance options – 22km and 12km. The 22km run includes a 538m ascent and and is probably designed for more experienced trail runners while the 12km route has been designed for less experienced runners or those who want to take part in their first proper trail run.

There are only 250 places so hurry and sign up by clicking here.

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New Year Resolutions for the Outdoors?

Light on the Derwent fells

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With the New Year started you may have started failing New Year resolutions, but how about some New Year resolutions for the Outdoors? It’s a great chance to use some kit you may have been given over the festive period or use some vouchers / money to get some new gear.

So here are 5 easy outdoor New Year resolutions.

  1. Go out for a walk to the shops / to work or just on an evening once a week.
  2. Once a month a walk in the country side.
  3. Try at least 5 new walking locations in the next year.
  4. Climb one of the three highest peaks in the UK.
  5. Get another person who wants to exercise more into the outdoors, be their guide.

Nothing too taxing and all could contribute to the most popular New Year Resolution to get fit!

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