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Nikwax commits to sustainable future

Nikwax commits to sustainable future

At the recent OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, British company Nikwax had a number of announcements centred around their commitment to producing sustainable products and becoming a carbon-neutral business.  Nick Brown, Nikwax CEO who started the company in 1977 spoke at length about his aims for the business moving forward, and the changing attitudes of its customers “As consumers become more aware of the environmental challenges, they will become selective about which brands they support. They will want the brands they choose to have a history that they can be proud of, combined with the ability to invent new and greener solutions to … Read more »

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Jordan Trail is go!

Jordan Trail is go!

20 years after they first conceived the idea, Tony Howard and Di Taylor report on the official opening of the 650 mile-long Jordan Trail…   It started as a chat round the embers of a campfire as Di Taylor and I sat in our sleeping bags sipping tea beneath one of Jordan’s impeccable crystal clear star filled nights. It was the late 1990s and we had been exploring the many blanks on Jordan’s map on our annual spring visits, finding superb trekking and canyoning in preparation for a guidebook. Suddenly it occurred to us that our treks were the pieces of a … Read more »

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Leo Houlding appointed as a trustee of Outward Bound

Leo Houlding appointed as a trustee of Outward Bound

Leo Houlding has been appointed as a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust, the educational charity that uses the outdoors to help develop young people from all walks of life. 36-year-old Houlding is well-known for his daring first ascents and big wall climbs around the world, and he was recruited into this new appointment by his friend, mentor and mountaineering legend, The Trust’s Deputy Patron, Sir Chris Bonington CVO, CBE, DL. Leo comments: “It’s a real honour to be asked to be a Trustee of The Outward Bound Trust because adventure in the wilderness has been a massive part of my life. I … Read more »

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Mercier forges new line on Aiguille du Midi

Mercier forges new line on Aiguille du Midi

  French climber Jeff Mercier has put up a new route on the north face of the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix. During the first attempt on 16th May, the team of Mercier, Lucien Boucansaud and Geremy Rakowski bivied at the Plan de l’Aiguille and began climbing at 4.30am on the 17th. Mercier said, “The climb was harder than expected, and the team didn’t have enough time to climb the upper wall because all of us have to go to work the day after. So, we climb the west couloir, at its end, cross on the left to find the exit … Read more »

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Kilian Jornet sets ‘fastest known time’ for Everest ascent

Kilian Jornet sets ‘fastest known time’ for Everest ascent

Alone, in a single climb and without oxygen or fixed ropes, Jornet has reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain (8,484 m) The climb, which forms part of the Summits of My Life project, sets a new “Fastest Known Time” of 26 hours from the Everest Base Camo (5,100 m) to the summit at 8,484 m Due to stomach problems Jornet didn’t complete the descent to the Everest Base Camp and is currently recovering at the Advanced Base Camp (6,400 m) “Up to 7,700m I felt really good and was making progress as planned but then I started to feel unwell, probably … Read more »

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