Q&A with Berghaus Mountaineer Mick Fowler

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We sit down and chat with a real pioneer of British rock climbing. 

Outdoor sponsored athletes come in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve even had some working with us here at GO Outdoors, but when we were given the chance to sit down with a real British favourite of the climbing world in Mick Fowler, we couldn’t resist.

For those who might be new to the name, Mick Fowler is an award-winning mountaineer and author. He was voted the ‘Mountaineer’s mountaineer’ by The Observer, and has picked up prestigious awards such as the Piolet d’OR and the Golden Piton for his climbs. He was one of the first people to rock climb at E6 difficulty, and winter climb at grade VI – it’s no doubt that Mick Fowler is a real pioneer when it comes to adventurous climbing.

While he’s not conquering the cliff face, Mick works full time for HM Revenue and Customs, and while not in the office he has been working as a Berghaus-sponsored athlete since 2008.

We asked you to send in your questions for the man himself, and here is how it went:

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Great British Summer Photo Competition – The Winners

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Brits get snap happy in the great outdoors 

Over the last month or so we’ve asked you to submit your photos capturing the spirit of the Great British outdoors. The reception was overwhelming, we received around 450 entries ranging from beautiful landscapes, to a snapshot into your family holidays, from the dramatic to the serene.  Read more

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National Parks Week 2014

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28th July – 3rd August is National Parks Week  

One of the best things about Britain is the beauty of our countryside spaces. The end of July and beginning of August is set aside to celebrate our National Parks, get people into the outdoors and enjoying the natural beauty of Britain. National Parks Week offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, over all of the 15 locations.

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Infographic – Is Camping still Popular in the UK?

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Is camping still one of Britain’s most favourite pastimes? 

When we mention camping, what is your first thought? Cold and rainy nights in the middle of nowhere, longing for a hotel bed? Or a fantastic family getaway in some beautiful scenery?

At GO Outdoors we’ve noticed a rise in the amount of people taking up camping in the last few years, and we wanted to know what inspired these new campers to get out there. We asked over 2800 campers a selection of questions to find out what really makes the Great British camper tick, here is what we found out:

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Oscar Pereiro at GO Outdoors York

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Tour De France winner appearing in store 

It’s an exciting few weeks here in Yorkshire, with the Tour De France coming to the county, everybody has cycling on the mind. To coincide with our appearance at the Dare 2b Yorkshire festival of cycling, our friends at Dare 2b have organised for our York store to have a very special visitor on 3rd July.

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Mega Mammut Days in GO Outdoors stores

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Mega Mammut days returning to select GO Outdoors stores this weekend 

We love it when the guys from Mammut join us in store, and from the feedback we have received, you guys do too. Mega Mammut days are a chance for you to ask questions and get gear advice from dedicated Mammut staff. These events will be happening in four of our stores this weekend:

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GO Outdoors Partner with Festival of Cycling

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Camping, music, and cycling…lots of cycling!

As a Yorkshire based company, we couldn’t be more excited that the Tour De France is not only coming to the UK, but heading right for our doorstep. So with cycling being such a hot topic around the company, we jumped at the chance to partner up with the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling this July, and we think you should join us there.

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Family Camping Checklist

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What do you need for that first family camping holiday?

At GO Outdoors we cater to people interested in the outdoors at all levels of experience,

from beginners through to seasoned explorers. With the rise in popularity of camping over the last few years, and more people choosing to holiday here within the UK – more and more we are presented with the simple question of – what do I need to take camping?

In this post we’re going to give you some ideas of gear to think about when it comes to your camping holiday. Read more

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An introduction to Alpine – Mountain Tracks

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Guest post: An introduction to Alpine from Olly @ Mountain Tracks 

The summer is here and it’s time to start thinking about alpine mountaineering again. Undertaking an alpine adventure as an independent team from the UK can seem like a daunting proposition with many new skills to learn. This is partly the appeal of alpine climbing, with it having many facets which take time to master: after 25 years of climbing in the Alps I still learn new things every season.

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Not why, but how? – Keith Foskett on Distance Hiking

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Guest post: Not why, but how? From Keith Foskett.

Keith Foskett and his blog were recently chosen as the winners of the inaugural GO Outdoors walking blog awards. Keith is a keen long distance hiker and writer, and with distance hikes covering thousands of miles at a time, we wanted to hear from the man himself about what it really means to be a distance hiker, below Keith covers in his own words some of the questions he is regularly asked about his hobby.

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