Nutrition and Hydration

Nutrition and Hydration

Posted: July 3, 2017

What are the secrets of nutrition and hydration in mountain sports?

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Photography Inspires

Photography Inspires

Posted: June 10, 2017

Good photography inspires, intrigues, makes you think and can transform a wet Friday morning in Langdale into a memorable experience.

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Lightweight gear pioneers

Lightweight gear pioneers

Posted: May 1, 2017

Lightweight gear pioneers were often lead user innovators who innovated to meet their own needs rather than initially commercially. Lightweight gear is not new and was used in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by polar explorers, mountaineers and cyclists.

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Jaeger: Pioneer British outdoor brand

Jaeger: Pioneer British outdoor brand

Posted: April 20, 2017

Jaeger, which was originally a pioneer British outdoor brand, went into administration on 10 April 2017, after 133 years of trading. When did it become a fashion brand and how did it lose its way?

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Outdoor Gear Trends

Outdoor Gear Trends

Posted: October 27, 2016

Outdoor gear is functional by definition, but what does what you choose to wear on the hill say about you?

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Clothes Sizes Mystery

Clothes Sizes Mystery

Posted: September 9, 2016

Ever thought that clothes sizing isn’t quite the same as 30 or 40 years ago? This extract from Keeping Dry and Staying Warm explores why.

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Sock History

Sock History

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The sock myth; ‘a sock is a sock, is a sock, and there is nothing to be understood’. Why are socks interesting? Socks have been around for a long time and have been made with a range of materials. They are also increasingly technically sophisticated.

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Waterproofs and Smart Textiles

Waterproofs and Smart Textiles

Posted: September 6, 2016

What might be the future of waterproofs ? We don’t believe it is sensible to predict but instead looked at emerging technologies in smart textiles to see how they might influence outdoor garments.

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Survival : Science, and outdoor gear

Survival : Science, and outdoor gear

Posted: July 4, 2016

How can our understanding of outdoor gear be crucial to survival and how does science help?

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The sleeping mat : the Karrimat story

The sleeping mat : the Karrimat story

Posted: June 8, 2016

The piece of lightweight gear which became the symbol of outdoor activity in the 1970s was the Karrimat sleeping mat. Ever wondered how it was developed?

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The Story of Map Scale

The Story of Map Scale

Posted: June 6, 2016

Ever wondered where Harvey Maps 1:40,000 came from and why? The origins lay back 40 years ago with the KIMM

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10 Lightweight Breakthroughs

Posted: May 31, 2016

What 10 lightweight breakthroughs really made a difference? Lightweight is a state of mind, rather than a description of individual pieces of kit.

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Why is 29 May important?

Posted: May 30, 2016

I had almost forgotten the significance of 29th May this year, until I read a post on Rohantime reminding me that 63 years ago Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing became the first people to climb Mount Everest.

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Is lightweight new?

Posted: May 18, 2016

So is lightweight new? When did people first get interested in ‘going lightweight’ whether for polar exploration, cycling, mountaineering, backpacking or adventure racing? It is not new, in fact it is over 100 years old.

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Keeping stuff waterproof

Posted: May 11, 2016

Keeping stuff waterproof is about baking it in. In practise it is more or less impossible to maintain waterproofs at the same level of water repellency as when new.

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Why Layering?

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Why layering? Our book comes to the conclusion that the ‘3 layer system’ is ‘past its sell by date’ and needs revision.

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TGO-C 2016 2 Days to go

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Second, third and fourth thoughts. I need a bigger pack. Have always been a believer that a small pack is the first line of discipline to going light.

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Repair, reuse, recycle

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Repair, reuse and recycle, can sometimes be a faff, sometimes time consuming, sometimes daft because the next version is so much better performance. But it’s also satisfying to rescue a favourite piece of kit and prolong its performance life, even if only for a short period.

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TGO 2016 Preparations

Posted: May 9, 2016

TGO 2016 trial overnight. It’s the journey that counts, when you have to carry everything it’s the ultimate discipline, favourite much loved garments and kit are set aside by the discipline

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Why does history matter?

Posted: May 3, 2016

Why does history matter in innovation in outdoor products? Many people people think it doesn’t and that history is all about nostalgia and is looking backwards not forwards. Why does history matter in innovation in outdoor products? Many people people think it doesn’t and that history is all about nostalgia and is looking backwards not forwards. I have just read an interesting article on the importance of a brand’s history in innovation by one of my Lancaster colleagues. This set me thinking afresh about my hobby horse!

The role of history in innovation in outdoor products isn’t backward looking and nostalgic, but often involves combining new skills and new challenges in sport, with old knowledge and the sharing of understanding and experience.

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Greenpeace and the Outdoor Industry

Posted: November 30, 2015

How is the outdoor industry approaching the problem of PFCs and the challenges from Greenpeace?

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Outdoor Gear Coach 2 years on.

Posted: October 7, 2015

Two years ago today Mike went for a climb. During that climb he came up with the idea of calling our new business Outdoor Gear Coach and this story is told in his blog. I remember vividly getting an excited email that evening and realising we were moving forward on a completely new journey, to develop e-training materials for the outdoor industry.

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Pierre Allain 1930s bivouac innovation revived

Posted: July 4, 2014

How does Pierre Allain’s bivouac system from the 1930s shape innovation in 2014? Why are past designs still so important for the development of innovative products? The pied d’elephant (or elephant’s foot) is a short waist length sleeping bag and was a classic design for lightweight bivouacs originated by Pierre Allain, in conjunction with his newly designed down jacket, in the 1930s.

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Goodbye innov_ex hello OutdoorGearCoach

Posted: April 8, 2014

Leaving innov_ex and my businesses behind and starting OutdoorGearCoach

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