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Royal Naval Mountaineering Expedition

Click this link for an update on Exercise Khumbu Challenge.

Exercise Khumbu Challenge is an armed forces mountaineering expedition to climb peaks around the foothills of Mount Everest, Nepal. Taking place in October / November 2009 it will involve 85 personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, including those wounded or traumatised in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Prince Harry is the royal patron of Exercise Khumbu Challenge, which he launched at Devonport Naval Base earlier this month.

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Mountain Equipment Kongur JacketThe Mountain Equipment Kongur is one of the best waterproof jackets for mountain use available. Fact!

A bargain too at: £233.99 (RRP £260)

The features of the Mountain Equipment Kongur are truly phenomenal. This jacket is made from the latest Pro Shell fabric from GORE, and designed based on  feedback from professional day-in-day-out tests.

The Mountain Equipment Kongur is perfect for the worst conditions imaginable, totally tough, totally weatherproof in the worst Cairngorm storm, at home or on any serious mountaineering trip, and the only waterproof jacket ever to win with a score of 50/50 in Trail Magazine’s famous Ultimate Waterproof test.

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Nikwax Gear Care for outdoor clothingI like Nikwax.  I really do.  I think it is really good value stuff, especially when you consider the value of the outdoor clothing and equipment it protects.

Every so often we like to do a little write-up about the manufacturers of outdoor equipment, simply to show you why we choose to sell the one’s that we do.  And this time, lucky Nikwax has hit the limelight.

Nikwax for Protecting your Gear and Outdoor Clothing

Nikwax helps ensure that your clothing continues to do what it was supposed to well after you bought it. Over time, and wear and tear,

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The iRoc Race is a new race set-up by inov8, a UK company specialising in trail running shoes for UK running conditions.

The iRoc race is an adventure race relying on competitors to run, mountain bike and find their own way around a course.  We think this is great news considering how it will put a prominent race towards the end of what is known as the trail running season.

More about the race from iRoc and inov-8:

Uniquely each of the races will have a mass start and will pass back through the event village at least once before finishing. This will ensure that iROC offers the best adventure race spectating ever seen in the UK.

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Entries Open for LAMM

Following our recent blog article about the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, it is now possible to submit entries for the 2009 event. This can be done using the SPORTident Online Entry System which can be found via the LAMM website.

The LAMM event will be taking place in the Scottish Highlands on 6th/7th June 2009. It is a two-day Mountain Orienteering Competition for pairs with overnight campsite. The location is secret but it is expected to be 3½-4Hrs Drive North of Glasgow/Edinburgh!

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High summits ‘could harm brain’

According to an article published on the BBC’s website dated 19/10/08, mountaineers may suffer brain damage. Is this actually any surprise? How many times have you trudged up a mountain in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland or elsewhere in the pouring rain with zero visibility, your hands and feet are cold, the wind is biting, your legs are aching, despite owning quality waterproofs you are still wet and maybe you’ve got blisters too? And you’re doing this for fun. And you claim that you don’t have brain damage? Come on!

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There has been a discussion lately on the outdoorbloggers forum discussing the best tools to use for mapping routes and sharing them online.  Even if you don’t want to use them on a website, they become really helpful for simply planning your route, seeing how far you have walked, run, cycled or traveled, checking the terrain in advance or for checking out the satellite views of the beautiful countryside!

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Lightweight Cooking Accessories

Why bother lugging that heavy knife, fork and spoon or spork up a mountain when you can take chopsticks instead? Manufactured by Terra Nova, these stainless steel chopsticks are the ideal lightweight eating equipment.

You can always find room to fit these in your pack and they’re lighter than a fork and spood set. Ideal for boil in the bag foods and camping favouites like rice, noodles and pasta.

Terra Nova Chopsticks

Terra Nova Chopsticks

Plus they have the added advantage that if you are not proficient in using chopsticks, you can amuse your friends by dropping food all over your lap!

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Orienteering in the Scottish Highlands

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) is an annual two day mountain orienteering event for pairs, with overnight camping at a remote location. It is held in the high mountains of Scotland, at a secret location.

Next year’s LAMM event will be held in the Scottish Highlands on the weekend of 6th/7th June 2009. It will be possible to register for this event in early November, via the LAMM website. Competition for places in the LAMM is keen. The organisers strongly recommend an early entry to avoid disappointment.

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I’ve been writing the blog for about 3-4 months now, and I’m really wondering whether anyone would like to share there views on the information and service we provide.

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As our outdoor blog is in it’s infancy, if you would like to share your views on what is here already or items that you would like to see more of, you could really influence what content we put together for you.  All ideas appreciated!

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