Posted: April 8, 2014
Leaving innov_ex and my businesses behind and starting OutdoorGearCoach
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.
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.
Posted: April 12, 2018
After over 3 years of research and writing in collaboration with Chuck Kukla (our USA editor) and Chris Townsend ( renowned TGO – gear tester) we are nearing completion of part 1.
Posted: April 30, 2018
What makes a good training workshop? It should be engaging, interactive with useful take home and deliver what it says on the can. Could we apply our decade of experience of running innovation workshops for students and businesses at Lancaster University to Keeping Dry and Staying Warm?
Posted: October 1, 2022
Context. After five years of research and consensus building, our multi-authored cross-Atlantic collaborative book ‘Keeping Warm and Staying Dry was published last year on Amazon. As Outdoor Gear Coach, we have trained the BMC technical committee, all engineers, on textiles generally plus garments. We are now developing training courses focused on the skill of Performance Layering. […]
Posted: November 6, 2022
Performance Layering is a skill based on a sound knowledge of what each layer does and selecting and sequencing for your trip according to weather, speed of group, and distance and nutrition and hydration.
Posted: June 23, 2023
Not a review of OTS but a reflection on changes in the Outdoor Industry from Mike Parsons and especially the changes coming to textiles.