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The Evolution of Outdoor Gear

Posted: Monday, 07 July 2014

This excellent website charts the innovative history of equipment and clothing within the outdoor pursuits industry.  To those whose upbringing in the outdoors was in the 70s and 80s it will bring back some great memories.

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Plas y Brenin Conference a Great Success

Posted: Friday, 20 June 2014

This year’s PALOES Conference at Plas y Brenin took place on 5th and 6th June and was a huge success. There has been some great feedback for the various presentations, and it helped that the sun was shining and the skies clear for the outdoor sessions in the afternoon. Many delegates gathered on the Thursday evening to network over dinner, but also to listen to a fascinating presentation from Kate Rawles on “Greening the Outdoors”. Her message was about the responsibility Outdoor Leaders have in educating children about their environment. She enlarged on this with a more practical session the following afternoon. Kate is a senior lecturer in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria and a freelance ‘outdoor philosopher’. On the Friday, the main conference was opened by Ross Roberts,  a lecturer and researcher in sport and exercise psychology at Bangor University,  whose presentation was entitled The Physical and Psychological Benefits of participating in Outdoor Activities at...

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Award Season News

Posted: Friday, 30 May 2014

Please don't forget to send us links to your news.  Royds Hall School, Huddersfield After an incredibly wet and windy training walk over the hilltops of Marsden, sixteen intrepid Year 10 students participating in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award were hoping for slightly better weather when they embarked on their two day, one night practice expedition in the Flockton area. http://www.roydshall.org/school-info/news/the-duke-of-edinburghs-award/389/ St. Edmund’s Girls School in Salisbury Pupils have been active in the Amesbury area http://www.st-edmunds.eu/our-school/news/duke-of-edinburgh-award-success-for-students-1 Shebbear College Bronze Award participants in the New Forest  had to contend with a lack of sleep, inclement weather and blisters. http://www.devonlife.co.uk/home/shebbear_college_students_duke_of_edinburgh_expedition_1_3620997 Kineton High School This half term it is the turn of the...

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Take Heed, Take Heed of the Western Wind, Take Heed of the Stormy Weather...

Posted: Friday, 02 May 2014

Rarely has the arrival of spring been so welcome, and particularly in our Cumbrian outpost near Orton. This Bob Dylan lyric was surely not what he was thinking when he wrote about sailing and Barcelona, but it has recurred much this winter especially when riding up the Hebrides over Easter often in to its full force. For us the season started a little earlier than most expeditions were out with a new venture, our European Outdoor Leaders Conference in Switzerland. A relatively small group made their way to the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, close to St Moritz and the Italian border for the two day event in late March. If a conference needed atmosphere it certainly had it. From the emergence into the Engadin valley whether travelling by car or by train the scene was set. Add to that the metre and half of snow that had fallen just a few days before, and the now clear skies inspired some in depth discussion  ona  variety of relevant topics. The conference was led by Martin Chester, but began with...

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