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We came across resources and training provided by the Mountain leader Training Association for the UK, and their new indoor climbing wall award. and thought this sounds like something we should be sharing with our readers.  We don’t just sell camping equipment, we really love our climbing gear too, and are keen to provide a range of outdoor advice pages including an introduction to bouldering.

You might also be interested in reading the interviews with professional climbers and mountaineers for a little inspiration…

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Half Way to the South Pole

On 11/11/08 Adam Wilton and Gavin Booth set off on an expedition to the South Pole. They have now reached the half way point, the 85 degree line.

The sun has been out and the wind is not strong, but the ambient temperature is still a bone chilling minus 19 degrees Celsius.

Adam and Gavin have no supply lines. They have with them everything that they need to survive the expedition, which they intend to complete on New Year’s Day 2009, when they arrive at the South Pole. Previously the Sastrugi were making the going hard. Now the snow has become soft skiing is impossible, so Adam and Gavin are walking, pulling their sleds behind them.

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Christmas Santa Race

Christmas Santa Race, Source: Flickr, Andre Pierre

I’m subscribed to Runners World mailing list so this morning I got a message gently reminding me, along with many subscribers, that I need to do more running – the cheek!  It’s not as if I stopped running a month ago or anything, OK, that’s not completely true, but for good reasons thank you very much [bad back]!!

Well if anyone’s interested in running over Christmas, there’s quite a large number available over Christmas.  Maybe check-out one of these:

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You Can’t Have Our Mud!

You may remember seeing Welsh Tourist Board adverts on television during the summer. The adverts featured a man extolling the many virtues of taking a holiday in Wales, he finished up by telling us that under no circumstances were we to take away any Welsh mud. Its “good mud” he proclaimed.

You Can Keep Your Mud!

Sheep droppings in mud makes mountain bikers ill

Guilty! Source: Flickr by foxypar4

On Monday the BBC reported that “mud contaminated with sheep droppings may have caused 161 mountain bikers to fall ill”, according to a report by The National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHSW).

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Not Much of a Dream about Mountain Biking

Last night I dreamt that I was going to go mountain biking in Aberdeenshire. Since it was a dream, there was no reason why I should not just get out of of bed one morning, drive from Warrington to Aberdeen for a couple hours trail riding and get back home in time for a lunch. The fact that its about 350 miles with a estimated journey time of 6 and a half hours has nothing to do with anything when you’re dreaming.

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Campaign to Save Robert Falcon Scott’s Hut

On 11/11/08 Adam Wilton and Gavin Booth set off on an expedition to the South Pole. By the wonders of modern technology they are sending back progress reports which can be accessed via their website.

So far they have nearly covered a third of the total distance. Having started at 80 degrees they are now past the 83 degree line. The going is tough with poor visibility. Some days there is not a lot to see, just white in every direction! The sun has been shining on occasion and their spirits are high. To ensure adequate calorific intake they are eating 65 grams of butter with every meal. Yummy!

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