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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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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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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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Pretty In Pinks

Most climbers have heard about the Anasazi Pink, this mythical climbing shoe that featured in many hard ascents a few years ago. After some time away, Five Ten have started making them again. Now with an improved fit and stickier Stealth C4 rubber. Are these the most anticipated climbing shoes ever and will they live up to their reputation? James … Continue reading

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How To Choose a Rucksack

In this blog we’re going to be covering the finer points of buying rucksacks from choosing the right design to getting the fit spot on so that your pack is as comfortable and useful as possible. There is a vast array of rucksacks on the market and the selection available at The Epicentre can be a little intimidating if you … Continue reading

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Are You Ready For Winter?

As the tops begin to turn white and the mercury falls, it’s worth taking a little time to check your kit and make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of the fells this winter, safely and confidently. Clothing – Everybody will have their preferred layering system, depending on how hot or cold they normally run. How … Continue reading

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The How and Why of Walking Poles

Poles help improve stability on steep or loose ground, they can take a huge amount of pressure off the knees, hips and back and can also aid balance particularly when carrying heavy loads – they are not just a tool for the oldies! All the poles we stock will collapse down, making them easy to carry and with various accessories … Continue reading

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