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From November 2015 to April 2016 Chaz Powell will attempt to walk the entire length of the Zambezi River. This is going to be an ambitious expedition during which Chaz will have to contend with extreme weather and a myriad of wild animals, as well as the threat of contracting malaria.

In our introduction we have put together some information about the terrain, climate and previous expeditions to the Zambezi to give you an idea of what Chaz Powell will be up against. Then, in our interview, Chaz tells us about his motivation for adventure and for Walking the Zambezi in particular, as well as his passion for wildlife.

Adventurer Chaz Powell walking in the forest

Adventurer Chaz Powell preparing for his expedition to Walk the Zambezi

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The Heyerdahl 2 from The North Face is a 2 person, 3 season tunnel tent weighing 2.81 kg. In this review we will take a detailed look at the design and features of the Heyerdahl 2, to help you decide if this is the right tent for you.

2 person tunnel tent - TNF Heyerdahl 2

The North Face Heyerdahl 2 tunnel tent

Pitching the Heyerdahl Tent

The Heyerdahl 2, like its larger brother the Heyerdahl 3, is an all round camping tent.

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If are looking to buy some new outdoor clothing or equipment why not take a look at our summer 2015 clearance sale. We have many items around one third off the RRP! This includes tents walking boots rucksacks and men’s and women’s clothing such as waterproofs, insulated jackets, fleeces and more!

Summer clearance sale banner

Save money in our Clearance sale

Waterproof Jackets

Bargains to be had include the Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT Jacket and the Women’s Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT Jacket. An ultralight breathable waterproof designed for active use including running and biking. Reduced from £140 to £95 saving you £45!

Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT Jacket

Jack Wolfskin Vapor Trail XT lightweight waterproof jacket

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We are currently stocking a range of excellent two berth tents designed for backpacking and general camping. Detailed information about these tents can be found via the ultralight tents and lightweight tent sections of our website. To help you choose the most suitable tent for your requirements here is a round up of some of the latest models, although we stock many more. These tents are manufactured by leading brands in the outdoor industry such as Force Ten, The North Face, Nordisk, Jack Wolfskin and Vango. Please note that RRPs quoted in this post are from May 2015.

Single arch 2 person tents

The Nordisk Telemark 2 LW and The North Face 02
Single arch ultralight tents

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Deciding what food to take when you are backpacking can be a difficult choice. Its always a balancing act between nutrition, energy, taste, longevity, weight, volume, ease of preparation and cooking time. Fortunately we now have a way of making that choice much easier for you! Our new range of meals from Lancashire based company Extreme Food will ensure that you can boost your energy with minimum hassle and low weight whilst tingling your taste buds at the same time!

Extreme Food pouches for outdoor adventures

Tasty food for adventure racing and backpacking!

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You would be hard pushed to find many people who have explored such a number of diverse and uninhabited parts of our planet as Expedition Guide and Documentary Producer Mikael Strandberg. These include Eastern Africa, Patagonia, Siberia, Arabia and more. He has travelled on foot, bicycle, horseback, ski, reindeer sled, with camels and even with a pram.

Mikael Strandberg in the desert in Yemen

Mikael Strandberg has been to nearly 100 countries over his 29 year career

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Forec Ten outdoor gear logoWe are excited to announce that we have extended our range of Force Ten tents. Designed for expeditions and mountaineering, these high quality tents are durable and will protect you when you are camping in harsh weather conditions. Tents have come on a long way since the classic orange, A-frame Force Ten tent of old. Force Ten design and technology continues to ensure that their range of tents are solid and reliable.

Our new tent models are the Nitro Lite 200+, Meso 3 and Strato 2 which we are offering along side the Helium 2, ION2 and MTN 2.

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One of the most exciting aspects of walking can be an unexpected sighting of birds or other wildlife. Some of our most popular blog posts are about the wildlife we can encounter whilst out in the countryside, such as birds or prey, bats and hares. In this interview we find out about an iconic bird that is in trouble and how walking and adventure are helping to bring attention its plight.

The Turtle Dove is smaller than a collared dove

The Turtle Dove has distinctively mottled with chestnut and black upperparts. Source: Flickr by Andy Morffew.


That bird is the Turtle Dove and our interview is with naturalist Jonny Rankin who is campaigning to save it from extinction. Jonny is a bird watcher, beer drinker and BMX biker who has has combined bird watching, walking and adventure to raise money and awareness for the Turtle Dove.

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With views along the Avon valley from Bath to Bristol, an iron age hill fort, a horse racing course, a battle monument and wildlife sightings this turned out to be a superb and fascinating walk!

Kelston Round Hill near Bath

Kelston Round Hill, on top of which stands a coppice of trees

Starting from the village of Upton Cheney my route took me down through fields and across a wooded stream to a cluster of houses at North Stoke. Walking up past the church brought me to the first historic site of the walk: an iron age hill fort, known as Little Down Hill Fort. This promonotory fort consists of ditches and embankments around the outside of what are now cultivated fields. The footpath goes right across the middle of the fort. Looking behind me were excellent views over to Bristol.

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Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of the golden hour just before the sun goes down.

Lake District Fells with brown bracken on the lower slopes

Shades of brown in the Lake District during Autumn. Source: Flickr by Marilyn Peddle.

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Ultralight tents from Vango, Vaude, MSR and more