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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Camera Obscura

On a recent trip to Reecastle Crags in Watendlath, Borrowdale, we neglected to bring a camera and didn’t even bother getting the mobile out to take a few quick pics. Now this may be largely due to the short but intense and fairly committing nature of the climbing, which leaves the belayer precious little time to stop and compose the … Continue reading

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