Celebrate #NationalMapReadingWeek With These Map Reading Basics
Map reading is a timeless outdoor skill that can save your life. Over the years it feels like less people are learning to read maps with it often being that case that we lean more toward GPS systems. We always recommend to have a map & compass in your rucksack when out on a walk, it will always be there when the battery on your tech dies. Int his post we’ve featured some fantastic videos from Ordnance Survey which teach you some map reading basics.
So whether you want to hone your skills, or learn something completely new – these videos should be able to give you some advice.
Winning photo announced
This year we challenged you all to take in some of, all of or at least one of our 100 places around the UK to visit through the summer. You responded in your hundreds and so many of you managed to go to more than one place, it was fantastic to see. So lets’s get to the winner of the £500 in vouchers..
Tips to think about before your day hike
The folks at Expedia have put together this great infographic with a whole host of tips for backpackers to consider before and during a hike. While some of these tips are only really needed outside the UK (you won’t need a bear bag on the West Highland Way), it’s certainly a good idea to keep them in mind if you head out on any hiking holidays. Read more
What does it take to spend 12 nights in the Mirror Wall?
Leo Houlding led a team of five mountaineers to complete a first ascent on the North West face of the Mirror Wall a prolific 1,200m peak in remote Greenland. The team spent 12 nights on the wall battling harsh weather environments to top out in an upwards snow storm at 4:20am on 22 July – making it the perfect test environment for Berghaus’ Extrem range. Here we take a look at what it takes to scale a wall four times the height of London’s shard.
The GO Guide to the New Forest
We’re lucky, in the UK, to be surrounded by so many areas of natural beauty. From the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast we can proudly boast about the wealth of stunning countryside we have as a nation.
If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore this spring why not make a trip to New Forest? The area is famed for its breath-taking landscape, with a 140,000 acre National Park, pristine coastline, heath and woodlands.
Keep energy levels up with these snacks for hiking
Making sure you keep your energy levels topped up while out walking is greatly important to prevent yourself from becoming lightheaded. The more you walk, the more calories you burn and the more your energy will deplete. There are plenty of high energy snacks out there to give you a little boost out on the fells. Here are some we think you should try:
10 essentials for every walker’s rucksack
Walking can be great way to see the British countryside, an effective low impact exercise, low cost as well as a lot of fun. It’s simplistic nature often leads inexperienced walkers into a false sense of security and to set out unprepared. In this blog we’ll take you through some essentials that should be in every walkers rucksack.
The GO Guide to Yorkshire Dales National Park
Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom, covering almost the entire width of the north of England with the rugged terrain of the Yorkshire Dales running through the centre. While the landscape might be challenging and undulating, it is also one of the most picturesque regions in the UK with some truly breathtaking views to take in – if you fancy a challenging walk or cycle through the area that is!
Make sure your tent is in great shape before it hibernates for another year
The British summer came and went, and came and went in typically British style, the varying weather we experience can really put your tent to the test. As summer draws to a close and the kids go back to school, we look at what can be done to make sure your tent is in tip top shape ready for next year.