It's National Parks Week, so it seems like the perfect time to share information about the launch of the five-year partnership between Columbia Sportswear and the UK’s National Parks, making Columbia the official outfitter of the National Parks’ rangers and staff - the people who protect and promote some of Britain’s best-loved landscapes.
This June I did my first gill scramble. As a relative newcomer to the world of climbing and mountaineering, I wanted to gain experience planning and navigating a route whilst climbing something slightly different. So when a heatwave struck I grabbed a friend and headed for Sandbed Gill, a grade 4*** scramble in the Lake District.
Here is what I learned.
There are often so many routes you can pick to ascend a popular mountain, especially in the UK. So why is it that some people want to take a harder way up to the top?
A question I would never ask!
I’m a climber, so taking a challenging route is what I do.
However I have hill walker friends that don’t understand why I would ever want to take a more vertically challenging route?
I know what you're thinking...
But no, not that kind of wild night out!
Saturday 1st of July is the day of Britain's Wild Adventure! :)
A day (and night, obviously) encouraging everyone (from families and friends who have never camped in their life, to keen explorers) to GetOutside and be inspired!
"Research from Natural England shows that one in nine children in England have not been to a natural environment in the past 12 months. Instead, children are spending an average of six hours a day in front of a screen. That’s roughly half of their waking time (Source PHE)." - Wild Night Out