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Ledlenser torches & headlamps – the brightest of bright ideas.

Ledlenser produce a wide range of flashlights and headlamps unmatched anywhere in the world. At ProAdventure we stock the full Outdoor Range of Ledlenser torches that make winter camping, walking, shooting and livestock management a whole lot easier, and headlamps for winter runners to provide that extra safety element during these dark winter evenings. Continue reading Ledlenser torches & headlamps – the brightest of bright ideas.

 

Hang out with ProAdventure in a Hennessy Hammock today.

Hanging about in hammocks is a wonderful way to pass the time. There’s nothing better than settling down into a comfy hammock, whether you’re camping outdoors or relaxing in your own back garden.

It is said that all you need is two trees (or supporting structure) and you’re on a hammock holiday. Whoever said that is not wrong. Many people choose to camp in a hammock in preference to a conventional tent. Sheltered by a tarp and preferably some woodland, hammocks are ideal for bush craft camps, canoe trips and family camping ventures.

The beauty of the hammock is that once you hang it up, you can stretch out in it and it will mould to the weight and shape of your body as if it was built just for you. It is all the support your body will need in order to relieve pressure off your back, and help calm and relax your body so you will wake up energized and refreshed.

Our Hennessy Hammock range from Canada is an innovative solution to lightweight, comfortable camping. The hammock and tarp are both an asymmetric shape, so rather than lying with your head and feet along the line the hammock hangs, you lie slightly diagonally, but the hammock shape means you lie much flatter than in a conventional hammock.

Tarps are great on their own as well as with hammocks and the Tatonka cotton polyester tarps are great around the camp fire, their mix of man-made and natural materials mean that they suffer little damage from campfire sparks.

Hennessy Hammocks are quick and easy to setup and pack away in 2-3 minutes. You can enjoy the same comfortable bed every night over rocky, muddy, wet or sloping terrain as it never touches the ground, stays clean and dries fast.

Experience a level of comfort on the trail almost as good as your bed at home. You will wake up in the morning feeling great. Some owners of Hennessy Hammocks claim they come home from their adventure feeling better than when they left. Some hikers have tossed out their beds when they got home from a hike and set up their hammock in the house.

With a Hennessy Hammock you will never again need to find a level campsite or have to put up with roots, rocks or puddles coming through the floor of your tent. Best of all, the waiting time is nowhere near the optimist as quoted above…the hammock set up time is measured in minutes.

If you find tent camping uncomfortable and a cot bed isn’t for you, then try a hammock. Devotees even camp in winter with warm sleeping bags and cosy underblankets. We have used ours all over Britain, especially on canoe trips and bushcraft camps. Hammocks are ideal in the jungle, our Hennessy hammocks have built in mosquito nets and the Jungle series have nylon mosquito proof double bottoms. The built in tarp keeps off the rain and the Hennessy snakeskins make packing even quicker. We love both the innovative Velcro bottom opening and side zip models. A full set up can come in well under a kilo (or just under if you are over 6 feet tall).

 

Light up the night with Feuerhand

When overnight camping, especially now the lighter summer evenings are coming to an end, you will still need to light up your nights for safety and security.

A campsite can seem a little lonely when you’re walking around in the darkness if the only light is coming from a small LED bulb in your headlamp. Tripping over chairs and fumbling through packs can also be a real hassle.  When it comes to active pursuits like hiking and mountain bike riding at night, headlamps are the best option though, as they are hands free and allow you to focus on your chosen activity.

But lanterns on the other hand are a crucial piece of camping gear to light your way and can make the campsite, kitchen, and tent feel more inviting. Lanterns are more conducive to camping and adventuring pursuits that involve numerous people too by providing 360 degree light, allowing many people to utilise the same source of light.

Our wide selection of lights and torches at Pro-Adventure include the colourful range of Feuerhand Baby Special 276 hurricane lanterns from Germany, which come in a choice of different colours.

The Feuerhand Baby Special 276 has a long tradition of more than 100 years and is made from galvanised steel so is quite robust and resistant to corrosion.

The coloured models have a powder-coating and the  heat-resistant  and  shockproof  glass  perfectly  protects  the  flame  from  external factors. A Feuerhand Baby lantern is 10 inches high and weighs 1.25 lbs. Its 340ml tank capacity gives it a burning duration of about 20 hours and ensures a cosy, stylish atmosphere on terraces and in gardens too.

Lanterns are also great at home for emergency preparedness or a survival kit. See the light and shop at ProAdventure.

 

Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

Running, walking, trekking, camping, paddling, climbing, walking the dog, finding the car, finding your keys – whatever you’re up to, its a lot easier when you shed some light on the situation.

Now, i’m no expert, but with work, training and finding myself doing many different things day by day, (and admittedly still being a little scared of the dark, even at 20-something) I need to make sure i’m always equipped, whether its finding my way around my friends bunkhouse, trail running or navigating on the hills.
My solution? Three beauties from the Petzl range! Continue reading Shedding Light on the World of Headtorches

 

Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

At the beginning of the month Llangollen’s own, renowned Paddlesport Coach – Leo Hoare gave us an insight into Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the early days, back when Drysuits weren’t available and paddling kit was a lot less luxurious. Continue reading Fresh Fish and Icebergs, by Leo Hoare – A Crash Course in Sea Kayaking Expeditions in the Early Days

 

The Tentipi Experience at ProAdventure

ProAdventure offers you the best experience around when it comes to choosing and buying Tentipi. We know our stuff and we would like to take the time to help you make the right decision. We have camped in our tipis in the Swedish wilderness at -26C, in the French Alps at +30C and in torrential rain in Scotland. We know from experience that these are well made Tipis; versatile, quirky and very easy to put up but why not come and try for yourselves.

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