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This is where you will find all our advice and tips. Click on the images to download the .PDF data sheet.

An Introduction to Ski Touring

Dave Etherington - Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Kilimanjaro Top Tips

Steve Wilson - Friday, April 19, 2013

Advice on Training, Kit Bags, Dry Bags, Clothing, Packing, Drinking, Medical and the Summit Day.

Training - Spending time on your feet will help you get through get through your Kilimanjaro experience. Do at least one 4 hour walk every week to supplement your training and then build it up to 5 or 6 hours and use the boots you're going to wear on your trek. Ideally get two long hikes in per week for the last four weeks.



Ski Touring - Kick Turns - Top Tips

Dave Etherington - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Sun Protection

Steve Wilson - Friday, March 29, 2013

Protecting yourself from the effects of the sun is even more important at altitude. The higher you go, though it may feel colder, the stronger your exposure to the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays. If you reach the snowline then the effects are compounded by reflection from the snow.

Whatever the season or altitude there are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself from the sun.



LOOKING AFTER YOUR FEET

Steve Wilson - Thursday, March 28, 2013

If you’re going trekking the most important part of your body are your feet, because without them, your not going anywhere. Picking the right boots and socks, training and general foot care and maintenance are all part of the strategy you will need to keep your feet in 'tip top' condition during your trek.

Take a look at our leaflet 'LOOKING AFTER YOUR FEET' for more information and tips…



SLEEPING BAG RATINGS

Steve Wilson - Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sleeping Bag Ratings

Selecting the right sleeping bag for your trip can be very confusing and expensive if you make a mistake. Labelling by sleeping bag manufacturers can be unclear and the rating identification system can be confusing 'COMFORT RATING' 'LOWER LIMIT' and 'EXTREME RATING' what do they all mean?. Shop staff also seem to get confused when giving advice; so we have produced a short and simple guide to selecting the right sleeping bag for your trip. Feel free to download and print it, to help you in making the right decision.



Ski Touring - Top Tips for Applying your Skins

Dave Etherington - Thursday, February 14, 2013


PITCHING A DUOLITE TENT

Steve Wilson - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Wild Country Duolite provides an ideal backpacking tent for two people, with a max weight of only 1.2kg per person! The unique pole design means that the inner sits well back from the porch to provide greater protection from wet weather, making this tent more suitable for 3-4 season backpacking use.

Lightweight DAC poles and a semi-geodesic structure add to stability whilst meticulous design of the inner has led to as much functional space as possible being created. This is an incredibly easy tent to erect and perfect for first time campers. The fly sheet first design means you can set up in the rain without getting the inner tent wet.

Here's how to pitch the Duolite: DUOLITE PITCHING VIDEO



Ski Touring - Top Tips for Getting Going

Dave Etherington - Friday, December 21, 2012


EXPED SYNMAT

Steve Wilson - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

At Outdoorhire we favour the Exped Synmat 7 Pump insulated sleeping mat which offers warmth, comfort, low weight and compact packed size.

We have used these mats on trips to Kilimanjaro, Toubkal and Greenland and found them to be easy to use and pack, but more importantly really comfortable, helping to get a good nights sleep, an important factor when your at altitude.

Here is a short video from EXPED which shows you how to inflate and deflate the mats using their built in pump and also how to pack them away.

How to inflate and deflate the SynMat - http://youtu.be/YmGjDzOYBCA

Find our EXPED SynMats at: http://www.outdoorhire.co.uk/prodpages/synmat.php