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Our Gear Story in 2018 – A year in the outdoors

Far too often, outdoor equipment is commoditised and starts it’s post-shelf life as ‘a good deal’. We’re all guilty of buying something on a whim because it looks cool and isn’t too pricey.

But to us at ProAdventure, providing great gear, great customer service and great advice is all a part of what we do (with the handy side effect that we make just enough money to get outdoors and enjoy ourselves too!).

When you buy something from ProAdventure, you are supporting a group of highly committed outdoors people, enthusiasts and professional and voluntary guides and coaches. We couldn’t do what we do without your purchases supporting our everyday financial needs, so thank you for loving to get outside and contributing to our fun too!

Here’s what you have helped make happen in 2018:

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Llangollen Adventure Lectures 2018/2019 Season

Our season started with a collaboration with our local Community Cinema, New Dot Cinema and ProAdventure sponsoring their showing of the film Mountain. The town hall was full to bursting with the big screen showing this visual delight.

Adventures at the Leading Edge

October brought Sarah McNair Landry and Erik Boomer across from the US with tales of some awe inspiring expeditions.

American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry came and did a tour of the UK a few years ago detailing their recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.

White Water Kayaking on Baffin Island
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Becoming A Rock Climber

Palms sweaty, legs trembling, bits of gear I had? fallen on an outward pull. I was clinging on hard at about 30ft, knuckles white, fumbling to get a piece of pro in. I was shaking so hard I couldn’t place a wire, nothing would stick, F***, dropped them, dropped the effing wires! Precariously balanced on my foot, I somehow retrieved them, too late, I was PUMPED! I’d contracted Elvis leg and for that moment I thought this is it. I’d reached the brink, so I relaxed, in my head I had already fallen. I clipped the nuts to my harness, leg still shaking erratically, and stepped up on to the other leg. After that I just kept climbing, bold side pulls and smears I easily made it to the top. It was probably the smoothest I had ever climbed but I didn’t return to climbing until my Rock Climbing Instructor training.

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UK Tentipi Camp 2018 Carrog writeup

There are few sweeter sights for me than a sunny campsite being populated with a couple of dozen Tentipi over the course of an afternoon. By the time the darkness was upon us, most of the forty or so guests had arrived at the fifth UK Tentipi Camp, their tipis pimped and perfect, the fires aglow with coffee pots spluttering away and the odd glasses of grape and grain going down nicely.

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Tentipi Winter Camping at minus 25 Degrees Celsius in Sweden

This is a short photo blog of a snowmobile trip into the Swedish wilderness near Arvidsjar, Tentipi winter camping with Eldfell wood fired tent stoves at minus 25 degrees Celsius.

Photos are by Lesley Carol of ProAdventure.

A tentipi nordic tipi pitched on snow with a snowmobile and snowy fire pit
After 24 hours the fire pit melted itself way down into the snow!

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Visiting the Gränsfors Bruk Axe Foundry in Sweden

In September 2016 we took a trip to the Gransfors Bruk axe foundry in Sweden to meet the people and see the axes being made.

We flew into Stockholm and stayed in the excellent Jumbo Hostel for a night before picking up the hire care and heading north to Gränsfors.

We were made most welcome and spent a couple of days exploring the area and enjoying the Sauna.

Gransfors bruk standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.

Gränsfors standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.

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