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Winter Wales

There’s this strange feeling I get when carrying luggage through a train station. Something about the noises and sensations that remind me of my past travels and it fills me with wanderlust. It was this, combined with nervous excitement that stirred my heart as I climbed onto the escalator, ascending out of London’s Underground into the early morning light at Euston. What awaited me at the top was not just Sunny Bull and a greasy breakfast but a high speed train north, towards Snowdonia.

Snowdon covered in some thick ol snow.

Snowdon covered in some thick ol snow.

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Snugpak Ionosphere high on the Welsh Hills. Its well out of its comfort zone here but it coped well with high winds and rain.

Snugpack Ionosphere Review

If you are looking for a tent then you must be certain what features you need, if you are not clear then it’s very easy to be distracted by the huge selection in the market. So what do you need?

  • Stable in high winds?
  • Porch for cooking?
  • Lightweight?
  • Colour?

These are some of the questions you may ask yourself, also think about what type of trips you are going on and how long you will be in the tent, longer the trips may mean you will need a more comfortable tent. Most tents will have a specific end use in mind, buying any outdoor product is all about matching the manufacturers ideas with your own goals.

The Snugpack Ionosphere

It’s a 1 person tent/bivi that’s inner first pitching with a low weight of 1.52kg and a small pack size to match. Both fly and groundsheet are waterproofed to 5000mm which offer great protection from the elements, during a 4 day wild camping trip the tent faced a lot of rain mixed with high winds, none of which got into the tent. The poles used in the Ionosphere are top quality DAC Featherlites which are lightweight, strong and pretty much the best on the market.

Snugpak Ionosphere high on the Welsh Hills. Its well out of its comfort zone here but it coped well with high winds and rain.

Snugpak Ionosphere high on the Welsh Hills. Its well out of its comfort zone here but it coped well with high winds and rain.

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The Outdoor Retail Scene – Back home!

Seems like an age ago since we were all in Munich enjoying those beers, sausages and indoor bouldering! Remember beer after climbing is ok, just not before.

We checked out the local outdoor retail scene there and was blown away by what we saw, see Part 1 and Part 2. Upon returning we wanted to explore what was happening back here in the UK and let our readers know what specialist retailers existed for bushcraft, a subject that in Europe seems to be naturally incorporated into any outdoor shop.

The clothing in the store is your typical green but not your typical quality. The bushcraft clothing in the store is a premium.

The clothing in the store is your typical green but not your typical quality. The bushcraft clothing in the store is premium.

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Summer London Bushcraft Courses

We are excited to announce some summer bushcraft courses in the heart of London, these are special events in partnership with the Isis Education Centre in Hyde Park.

We are running two courses…

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6 session bushcraft course, details HERE 

Bushcraft is all about learning to use the natural resources we all have around us to thrive in the great outdoors. 

The course goes from the basics of fire lighting and water purification to wilderness cooking around our camp fires to many other bushcraft topics such as tree identification, weaving and shelter building. This is a fun, active six session bushcraft course with all participants receiving a certificate of completion at the end.

The course is designed for 11-15 years olds

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