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Mike Dunne stands at the base of a crag

Climber Mike Dunne

This time last year we were contacted by climber Mike Dunne in response to our blog post about raising the profile of up and coming athletes. Mike told us about the soloing that he’d been doing in the Lake District and we subsequently published a blog post about his climbing thoughts and experience. Mike has since moved away from the soloing and is now leading. Over the course of the year he has been very active climbing new routes and we are proud to announce that we are supporting Mike by promoting his climbs on our blog. Below Mike talks us through some recent Lake District climbs, which include Woden’s Wotsit, Samurai Jack, Rashòmon, Karma Kings and Ephliates, May you Live Forever.

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Dan Martin is in adventurer who has set himself a challenge of enormous proportions. His plan is to extend a triathlon into a “Round the World” expedition. Billed as “The single greatest feat of human endurance, ever attempted” Dan Martin will cycle across Europe and Asia, run across North America and swim 5700km across the Atlantic Ocean.

Dan Martin in the water with swimming hat, googles and a smile

Dan Martin plans to swim across the Atlantic Ocean


No one has ever swum across the Atlantic before, so that will be no small challenge in itself. His training has so far involved swimming in the English Channel, the North Sea, the Atlantic and Loch Ness

Swimming the Atlantic – it’s impossible

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A brown hare, sitting in the grass

Brown Hare.
Photocredit: Dave Pollard.

One of the joys walking in the countryside is being able to observe the wildlife that lives there. Usually small mammals tend to hide out of site, so when we do see them, it is always a high point of the day.

One of our favourite British mammals is the hare. With their long ears and slender body they are certainly handsome animals. In the springtime, when brown hares perform their mad boxing routines, watching them is especially wonderful.

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Last week we posted the first half of our interview with Lightwave and Crux founder Carol McDermott. In the first half, Carol talks about product design in the outdoor industry, why he set up his own outdoor gear companies and his criteria for designing products. This post picks up from where we left off.

Last season saw the release of your Trail range of tents, which saw a big change in design in going from inner pitching to simultaneous pitching; your Hyper range released this year has stayed with simultaneous pitching. What was the reasoning behind this change? Are true inner pitch tents a thing of the past?

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If you are an ultralight camper or hiker you’ve probably heard of Lightwave. Lightwave are dedicated to the design and development of high-quality lightweight and ultra-lightweight tents and rucksacks.

As we see it at CheapTents, Lightwave offer great products which cater for the specific needs of ultralight and lightweight adventurers and campers. Lightwave balances the needs of durability, weight, comfort, ease of use and function amazingly well.

Mount Cook

Mount Cook in New Zealand – source fotopedia

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An MSR tent pitched in the mountains of Patagonia

Tim Moss wild camping on an expedition to Patagonia

Opportunities for adventure can be found almost everywhere, if you know where to look. If you are stuck for inspiration, Adventurer and Expedition Manager, Tim Moss can help. There are lots of ideas on Tim’s The Next Challenge website, through which he also offers advice, research and support for expeditions. For example, Tim has helped some of the adventurers who we have previously interviewed on the CheapTents Outdoor Gear blog, such as Leon McCarron, Alastair Humphreys and Mikael Strandberg.

[Tim] has also supported over a hundred different individuals, expeditions and groups. Will you be next? The Next Challenge.

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Many climbers and mountaineers dream of summitting unclimbed peaks. Making 8 first ascents might seem like an unattainable feat, but for Polar explorer Phil Wickens this was accomplished on just one expedition!

A skier on a mountain on the Antarctic Peninsula

Photocredit: Phil Wickens

In January 2012 Phil led a small team of mountaineers and skiers to climb 13 peaks located in the Antarctic Peninsula. Travelling between islands by yacht, the summits were achieved in multi-day and single day tours. Rising straight out of the sea, the mountains range from 500 – 2600 m in height and are heavily glaciated, even during the Antarctic summer. Due to uncertainty over the thickness and conditions of the sea ice, choosing which mountains to summit in advance is not always possible. This adds an extra dimension to the adventure which must include contingency plans in case thick sea ice makes sailing in some places impossible.

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If you’re trying to think of a large country in which you could go for an expedition, you could certainly do a lot worse than choosing Brazil. With an area of 8.5 million square kilometres, Brazil is the fifth largest country on the planet. With such a large area there are plenty of opportunities to go exploring. The most famous wilderness area is of course the Amazon river basin and rainforest, which occupy most of the northern half of Brazil. There are many other places to explore of course, such as the semiarid deserts in the northeast, central savanna regions, the eastern Atlantic coastline and southern mountain ranges and temperate coniferous forests.

Camping under a tarp in the Amazonian rainforest

Aaron Chervenak and Gareth Jones during their 2010 expedition in Brazil’s rainforest.

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Wild camper and videographer, Terry Abraham

Terry Abraham on the
unfamiliar side of the camera!

Terry Abraham is one of the most in-demand specialist “outdoors” videographer’s in the U.K. He is living proof of the maxim “follow your dream”. Terry, a keen outdoor enthusiast all of his life, combines his hobbies of film making and wild camping by shooting short films of his treks. After meticulous editing, he posts the videos on his personal blog,
T e r r y b n d. He does such a good job that not only does he attract the attention of the outdoors public, but also some of the leading brands in the U.K. market.

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A familiar face on social media platform Twitter, Alex Atkinson ( @atkypne ) is an avid hiker, backpacker and wild camper. Alex and two of his friends recently took on the Coast to Coast walk, in aid of Hounds for Heros.
wild camping at night in the lake district
The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192 mile route that was devised by Alfred Wainwright in 1973. Its starting point is at the Irish Sea (St Bee’s) and it finishes at the North Sea (Robin Hood’s Bay) passing through 3 national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. The highest point on the route is Kidsty Pike at 780m (2559ft) above sea level. The route is a mutli-day walking challenge and is one of the most popular walking routes in the UK.

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