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Summer Walking Essentials
  With the bank holiday fast approaching we can start to look forward to longer days, sunshine and exploring our beautiful countryside. So are you set for some summer trekking? We get asked a lot about what is the best clothing for travel or what are the best summer walking shoes. In this quick guide we want to let you know a few of our top picks. First on our list is a great backpack. We stock Lowe Alpine & Deuter among others. Each have their benefits, but the focus should be on the right pack for you not brand. For a short day trip we would recommend a 22-25ltr pack which we find big enough for the essentials. If you are planing on going further or for longer then perhaps consider a larger capacity. Backpacks can be fitted in store if you need more help. Trekking poles are next on our list, with growing numbers of us using them they can really help take the strain off our joints. We have a range that will fold up for ease whilst traveling. Other...
23/05/2017
Montane Spine Race – Britain’s 2nd most brutal fell race overview by Jim Tinnion
Customer and friend of The Outdoor Depot – Jim Tinnion gives a detailed over view of how he prepared and completed one of the most challenging fell races in the UK, including tips and kit selection based on real experiences in his own words. We hope you enjoy this very honest account, if you have similar stories and experiences, from running, walking, mountaineering or cycling etc then we would love to hear about them and include in future blogs. Contact James sales@theoutdoordepot.co.uk Jim is a very active member of Mercia Fell Runners based in Shropshire http://www.merciafellrunners.org.uk/races Spine Race – Match Analysis! I thought I’d finish the second part of the blog first – the blow-by-blow commentary can wait a little while longer (besides I need to get the photos sorted), but this was always going to be a learning experience and the more interesting and important stuff is really the review of the race. What went well General approach...
19/05/2015
What’s in your pack? Top 5 things to carry on the hills
We’ve been hearing a lot on the news recently about the increase in calls the Mountain Rescue teams are receiving either from members of the public or the emergency services who are unable to reach remote hill side locations. It got us thinking about safety and how important it is to pack the right kit when heading out so here’s out top 5; 1. A map and compass and don’t rely on an app on your phone for this one! Some times the old ways are the best ways! Make sure you have looked at the map and know your route before leaving. 2. A whistle. The easiest way to make your self heard when in distress. Learning the signal for rescue is a good idea too – six long blasts, pause for a minute, then six more and repeat. 3.Water. Getting dehydrated can cause disorientation so take water even on cooler days. 4. Spare clothing including hat and gloves – even if the weather is balmy when you start out it can be very different up top. 5. Food. We’re not talking a 3...
15/03/2015
These boots are made for walking!
Are your boots made for walking? More importantly, how do they fit? Here at The Outdoor Depot we do things slightly differently to the majority of our competitors. Walk into one of the large multiples, or even some independent shops, and you will usually be faced with a dizzying choice of boots, shoes and trainers. So how do you choose which is best for you? Many will go on price – not the lowest because we don’t want to be cheap, but not the highest because, well frankly we’d rather not spend that much! Some will go on style – the ones with the funky colour laces or the contrast stitching that caught your eye. Others will go on recommendation – your friend had the Brasher Hillmaster and swears by them, or that guy in TGO magazine said the Scarpa Ranger were the best in test? Well, we ask you to put all that aside. We ask you to ignore what size you have been wearing and to some extent what you have been wearing. We want to see your feet and see what they can tell...
16/06/2011