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Today more and more people are looking for ways to lighten their backpack and go ultralight. It makes the walking easier, lets you cover more miles and can make things a lot more fun. But what are the best ways to save weight and become more lightweight.  I’ve put together a short summary of some of the best tips for becoming a lightweight backpacker.

Want to be more lightweight than this?

Want to be more lightweight than this? Source - Flickr - Mrfrosted

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UIAA Promotes Climbing and Mountaineering Internationally

UIAA Promotes Climbing and Mountaineering Internationally. Source: UIAA.

The UIAA is an international federation which represents climbers and mountaineers from across the globe. The acronym UIAA stands for Union internationale des associations d’alpinisme, which can be translated from French into International Union of Alpine Associations. However the the organisation is more widely known as the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.

The UIAA has 82 member associations worldwide, representing almost 1.3 million individual climbers and mountaineers. In UK there are two member associations of the UIAA, namely the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and The Alpine Club (TAC).

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If you’re thinking of going cycle touring why not head off to Chile for a week and spend the entire time cycling 250 miles? Probably the best reason why not to is that Chile is a long way from the UK and that cycling 250 miles in week sounds like hard graft. On the other hand you could have a great time, see some amazing sights and raise money charity. And that is exactly what Malcolm Rogerson of Sale, Cheshire will be doing in September.

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Since the bike was invented, people have been using them to tour the world. You may ask what has bicycle touring got to do with CheapTents.com, well, touring and camping are very similar especially the equipment used.

Bicycle Touring

This short post is an introduction to a pass time enjoyed by millions around the world, but if you thought that it was just a case of stapping your tent to your bike and cycling into the sunset then think again, cycle touring requires planning and preparation. This can be done independently, by groups of cyclists or commercial holiday companies, there are many questions to consider such as;

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The Route to Scafell Pike via Mickldore

The Route to Scafell Pike via Mickldore

Recently I wrote about doing a hike and scramble up Scafell Pike in the Lake District. What outdoor gear should be taken on a day walk up the highest mountain in England? This would obviously depend upon the time of year and the expected weather conditions. Below is a list of the outdoor gear that I took with me on my hike, indicating what gear I used and did not use.

The Walking Gear I Took Up Scafell Pike

The hike took place in mid June, not far off the longest day of the year. The weather forecast was for glorious, uninterrupted sunshine all week.

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Hardly something to worry about in the UK but altitude sickness can be a serious problem when you start to go over around 2500m or 8000ft.

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is caused by the effects of low pressure ( usually due to high altitude). The mildest form of altitude sickness is Acute mountain sickness (AMS) which is essentially headache and nausea at about 3000m or more and is a benign illness.  AMS can however progress into high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE). These are both serious life threatening conditions.

Altitude Sickness Warning sign

Altitude Sickness Warning sign(s)!

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The view towards Styhead: Lingmell Beck valley.

The view towards Styhead: Lingmell Beck valley.

Sadly its been a while since I have been hiking in the Lake District. Last week my absence from the Lakes ended when some friends, who were staying near Lake Windermere on holiday, invited me to join them in an ascent of Scafell Pike. With the weather forecast to be sunny for most of the week there were sure to be excellent views from the summit to make the hard slog up worthwhile.

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