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Rage, rage against the dying of the light!

A quick glance at the Langdale Mountain Rescue Call-out Log (and any MRT nationally) reveals a recurring pattern of walkers and hikers being caught out by nightfall without adequate lighting. It’s hard to overstate just how dark it can get on the hill, away from the ambient lights of town, especially if the moon isn’t up or the cloud is … Continue reading

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A Week of Assessments

Last week I undertook the Summer Mountain Leader and Single Pitch Award assessments. They are often seen as a foundation that then allows you to go out and build a career in the outdoors. Any assessments are scary and for me, doing them back to back piled on the pressure! As a person who is looking to go into a … Continue reading

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Review: Bouldering Essentials by Dave Flanagan

We were lucky enough to receive a copy of Bouldering Essentials, written by David Flanagan and published by Three Rocks Books, here’s what we thought.     This is designed to be an introductory guide for newcomers to the sport and perhaps a companion to those who already know their stuff but wish to back up the knowledge and techniques … Continue reading

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Patagonia and Osprey On-the-Hill Training!

We were lucky enough to get out on the hill with Patagonia and Osprey to test out some of their kit.   Here at the Epicentre we have a great range of gear and as much as we would like to, we can’t own it all ourselves so it’s a great opportunity when brands come to us and offer a … Continue reading

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15% Off Bouldering Essentials at the Epicentre!

Get ready for the winter season with great deals on everything you need for those perfect winter days that are (hopefully!) just around the corner. Pads – If in doubt, pad it out. Nothing gives you the confidence to go for that next move more than a good pad below you. There are numerous options available on the market with … Continue reading

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A Piece of Tryfan

A spontaneous trip to north Wales this weekend provided much entertainment and a much needed break from work (Don’t tell the manager!!). Myself and climbing partner Ben, headed south, and with the forecast looking so bleak, scrambles and wet trudges were foremost in our minds. However, in true mountain fashion, the forecast turned out to be totally wrong. After a … Continue reading

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The Jacket on Your Back Part 3

In the final part of our look at the origins and impacts of the goods on our shelves plus the myriad of information now available to the customer, we cover where the goods are made and whether it matters plus a summary of the questions facing the consumer.   Far Eastern Vs Western manufacturing The majority of products sold in … Continue reading

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The Jacket On Your Back Part 2

As well as the various initiatives, such as Patagonia’s Worn Wear and Common Threads Partnership, there are various generic labels, often describing what the garment or product is made from, its worth considering what these actually mean.     Worn Wear and the Common Threads Partnership Pioneered by Patagonia, the Worn Wear initiative and Common Thread Partnership aims at reducing … Continue reading

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The Jacket On Your Back. Part 1

Over the past couple of years there has been an increasing interest in the origins of the goods we consume. The recent food-scares and scandals brought this starkly to light. But it’s not just food that consumers are starting to ask questions about, what about the clothes on their back, the shoes on their feet and even the electronic devices … Continue reading

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Favourite Walks – Scout Scar

We all have favourite walks and areas. Places we know so well but always seem to draw us back. There is always the chance of some undiscovered view or new quality of light that promises to completely change the way you see your old faithful hill. For me, over the past couple of years, it has been Scout Scar above … Continue reading

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