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Category Archives: Out and About

Quick hit low-down on what we’ve been up to.

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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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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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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Deuter Guide Review

On a recent two week jaunt to the Pyrenees James took the opportunity to test out Deuter’s Guide rucksacks. Both myself and my girlfriend have recently started using Deuter Guide rucksacks (me with the Guide 40+ and Kat with the Guide SL 35+) which we hoped would be ideal for a hut to hut and bivvi trip through the Pyrenees. … Continue reading

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Freet Mudgrip Trail Running 101

I got my hands on a pair of the Freet Mudgrips the other day in order to try them out in the hills and see if they stood up alongside the big boys of fell running shoes. First off, the fit – They slipped on easily and felt pretty comfy from the off, if a little wide for my heel. … Continue reading

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Tom Greenwood Gets Wintry

I was in Glencoe with some friends over the weekend, there had been a mix up with partners and I ended tagging along with another pair. We had a good day on Saturday, beating the crowds to the routes with an early start and managed 3 routes on Stob Coire Nan Lochan. Sunday was a fast and light day across … Continue reading

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Helvellyn 01/03/14

    The first of March marks the start of British Springtime, apparently. Since we are yet to have a winter here in Ambleside, this seems a little hard to believe. But St David’s was marked by a break in the weather, at least over a small patch of the Eastern Fells. So I headed to the Swirls carpark on Saturday … Continue reading

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Winter Conditions update

From Tom Greenwood With more wet and warm weather forecast, myself and Matt decided to stretch our legs and see what was happening on the tops. I was out for a run yesterday over  the Helvellyn range, taking in Cats-eye Cam, Swirrel Edge and Striding Edge. With the temperature warmer than yesterday there was no way I was going to … Continue reading

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Tom Greenwood on the Winter ML assessment

Just returned from the Cairngorm National Park from my Winter Mountain Leader assessment, it was a great week in the way the weather kept us on our toes and tested us in various ways! The course is based over 5 days and covers the usual emergency scenarios, how we teach safe travel and techniques in the mountains and keep ourselves … Continue reading

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Helvellyn Conditions Report 04/01/14

Report by James Gray With snow (however little) forecast for the weekend and a rare alignment of days off, myself and Pete headed up to Helvellyn with more optimism than is perhaps healthy. A less than alpine start saw us at the Swirls car park at 9am where we sat and waited out one of the many heavier downpours. As … Continue reading

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