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REVIEW: Thermacell MR300 Insect Repeller Thermacell devices create an insect repellent zone that's said to deter small flying insects. To get it started you simply turn a dial and press an ignition switch. The heat is safely contained in the unit so you can pick it up and place it on different surfaces while it's operating.

A long but inspiring day speaking to three Primary schools in the Lockerbie area. I was up at 0500 from my sisters in Prestwick for the 90 mile drive to Lockerbie. It was a grand drive as the sunrise and mist of the stunning Ayrshire country welcomed Autumn and the approach of winter. I love this area and pass the famous Glen Buck where Bill Shankly the great Liverpool manager was born.

Climbing Made Public: Sport Climbing Comes to Upstate New York at Thacher State Park Maybe climbing would fit the new Thacher. “Climbing was clearly a recreational priority for those participating in the park-planning process, ” Chinian adds. “And we listened.”. Thus began the Thacher Climbing Coalition.

Panel Discussion: Climbing on the Road to Tokyo Adam Ondra, the IFSC, Black Diamond, and the climbing media weigh in on a range of topics including Olympic expectations, the competition's format, and more.

Video: Jimmy Webb in Eurofail 2018 Between V13 first ascents and a tick of Dreamtime, the world's first V15, Jimmy Webb's "fail" trip would be a pretty good trip for anyone else.

A Wonderful Autumn Day's Scrambling There was ice to scrape from the car this morning but that was the precursor to a wonderful Autumn day. We’ve an Introduction to Scrambling Course running and Alan, Andy, Dave and Karen have certainly brought some fine weather with them. Ascending Glyder Fawr by the False Gribin and Gribin Ridge we…

Making Cheddar Beddar: the Gorge gets a spruce up Over 100 climbers gathered together to rid Cheddar Gorge of as much of its litter as possible on 15 September, for what is to now become an annual climbers' clean up.

Matterhorn: new rock climb Diretta allo Scudo by François Cazzanelli & Co The route was established ground-up "in a modern style, with bolts at the belays and also there where we couldn't place any trad gear. We free climbed up to the pitch six, from then on we climbed only some sections free, the first complete free ascent still needs to be done.

PRODUCT NEWS: Lowe Alpine Fuse 20 and Ignite 15 The Fuse and Ignite daypacks are lightweight, packable and full of energy. They are perfect fuel to get you moving in the mountains. Find a spark - climb, run, jump, swim - start a fire and let it burn brightly. 20lt - 24 x 42 x 19cm - 0.34kg. Back System: Simple Back Length: 48cm.

Classic Rock by Bike Here's Oli's account of his 72-day adventure, with some fascinating stats thrown in at the end… Published in 1978, 'Classic Rock' is Ken Wilson's compilation of some of the best rock climbs in the UK. With 82 routes, the vast majority climbed in the first half of the 20th century, it is a showcase of British climbing in its exploratory heyday.

Win a Montane Starlight Pull-On The idea of the Starlight Pull-On comes from Montane Athlete Tom Ballard's experiences during his 'Starlight and Storm' project a few seasons ago. i.e. Lightness is the key to moving fast in the mountains. Especially when you want to be the first person to solo the six great north faces of the Alps in one winter season.

Off to talk to some Schools in the Lockerbie area about our Cycle to Syracuse trip in late October. This is from our Press Release. Cycle to Syracuse will operate in three distinct stages :. Stage 1 - Pupil Power. A tour of 12 local primary schools that serve Lockerbie Academy, culminating in an event at Lockerbie Academy itself.

Céüse Biographie sent by Stefano Carnati At Ceuse in France, Stefano Carnati has repeated Biographie, the world famous sport climb freed by Chris Sharma in 2001 and recognised as the benchmark 9a+.

Well done on a great trip to the Himalayas for the RAF Anniversary Expedition. Great I have been following the RAF100 Himalayan Adventure which took a lot of folk in the RAF and associated organisations to the Himalayas for the first time. It was great to see that they had a success and with superb media they were able to share their adventures with us.

Lorenzo Puri: pure power bouldering The latest climbs of Italian boulderer Lorenzo Puri, from Albarracin to Champorcher and Sustenpass.

Adidas ROCKSTARS 2018: Semi-final and Final Livestream The 2018 adidas ROCKSTARS competition is well underway, with semis and finals taking place today in a jam-packed season finale. Here's hoping the athletes have some energy and skin left after the Innsbruck World Championships!

Win 1 of 4 Outdoor Research Down or Synthetic Jackets For our latest competition we're giving UKC readers the chance to win a choice of down or synthetic mid layer hooded jacket. We've got FOUR to give away - and it's really, really easy - all you need to do is let us know which one you'd prefer to win. The Ascendant Hooded Jacket srp £180.

How often does the media use and misuse phrases like "Legends" "walking in the footsteps of Giants? " How often does the media get it wrong we have legends and all types of folk becoming a legend? Too me these folk were legends. Who are your legends? Mine are the early Mountain Rescuers before helicopters and gear! The Keeper's, Police and locals who did their bit for folk in trouble.

FRI NIGHT VID: Molly Mitchell - Becoming a Warrior This week's Friday Night Video features US climber and coach Molly Mitchell on the road to redpointing Gild the Lily 5.14a at Mount Charleston, Nevada. The film Becoming a Warrior by Digital Stoke Media gives an insight into Molly's motivations for climbing and explores her experiences of anxiety with admirable openness and honesty.

Federica Mingolla adds new climb to Aiguille Croux in Mont Blanc massif The report by Federica Mingolla who, together with Gabriele Carrara, made the first ascent of L'isola che non c’è on Aiguille Croux above Val Veny in the Mont Blanc massif.

PRODUCT NEWS: Discover a range of adventures in Innsbruck with this new Cicerone guidebook Ideal for a multi-activity holiday or for the keen amateur seeking a summary of the local highlights, it includes suggestions to suit most abilities and ambitions, from gentle strolls to challenging mountain adventures, suitable only for those with the appropriate equipment and experience.

Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival Round-up The Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival has had an incredible year with more people than ever taking part, enjoying the hidden classics in the valleys and up on the mountain crags.

PRESS RELEASE: Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Announced The 2018 Kendal Mountain Literature Festival programme has today been unveiled, revealing a diverse programme of events featuring some of the UK's foremost authors of nature, landscape and mountain literature. 1pm - 5.45pm - Friday 17 November. The Malt Room, Brewery Arts Centre - Tickets £12.50.

REVIEW: Deuter Gogo XS Kids' Pack Robust, comfy and a good size for little people, this is a worthwhile investment if you want a child's pack that'll last, says Dan Bailey.

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