The Llangollen area is not perhaps the first place that springs to mind when you think about rock climbing in North Wales. It is often ignored by the hordes travelling West to the famous routes and crags of Snowdonia. But if you fancy getting away from the crowds and exploring a beautiful area with a host of climbing through the grades then it is worth stopping off to see what is on offer.
Knives can be dangerous weapons. They can cause serious injury and knife crime is rising, but knives are also the most commonly used tools we humans have. Show me a chef that doesn’t have a selection or a farmer, woodworker, sailor, fisherman, rock climber, canoeist, scout or bushcrafter who doesn’t own at least one knife specific to his or her craft.
The River Dee is the most reliable rafting River in Wales, the water is kept up all through summer so that Chester and Warrington get enough drinking water, so the river is always raftable, unlike the Dam Release Dependent River Tryweryn at Bala, which is refutable about 200 days per year..
With the success of our newest product, Firepot compostable expedition food, I got a bit excited about the range of greener brands we stock and the direction the outdoor industry is taking. Here our some of our favourite leave no trace products and brands.
Anything you buy on this list will have an extremely low or positive effect on the environment. Many of them make large donations to environmental charities, don’t use any plastic in production or products and even power their offices with renewable electricity.
Leave no Trace with Firepot Foods – “Delicious, nutritious, dehydrated, slow-cooked meals inspired by our travels.”
Firepot Foods are a company from Dorset which began just three years ago. They found it so difficult to find a lightweight meal that was delicious, nutritional and natural so they decided to make their own. And they did. In a barn… Three years on and they have a full range of tasty meals which offer great nutritional benefits.
Planning your DofE Expedition Food can be confusing if you haven’t done it before. If you are moving on from Bronze to Silver or Gold I hope the following advice will be useful too. I have put together a few thoughts to help and some questions to ask yourself to help in your planning.