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Off the beaten track

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With the slow steady easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK many people are itching to get back into the hills – and whilst we totally understand and applaud that, here in Cumbria it’s already leading to exceptionally busy honeypot areas and causing many people’s day out to be spoiled. So we thought we’d give […]

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Update to Tick & Lyme disease info 2021

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The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) have updated their guidance for healthcare professionals in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of Lymes disease. If you’ve been on a Mountain Services Outdoor First Aid course then you’ll know that this is a risk that those who work and play in the outdoors in […]

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Our Covid measures

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We fully appreciate that you might well have some concerns about attending a course potentially with strangers in a new-to-you location. So we thought we’d let you know what measures we’re taking to help keep everyone safe during this challenging times. In line with UK Govt. measures announced Oct 12th: We will be basing our […]

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Night Nav Top 5

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So I first wrote this blog 3 years ago – I’ve done a lot of teaching night nav now so I thought I’d update it. New comments are in italics and the links have been updated. I’m sat here writing this post on the balcony in the Alps – it’s September and as soon as […]

Days Out

Do a good deed….

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Saturday October 12th is the date for this year’s Real 3 Peaks event. If you’re not familiar with this – it’s the UK’s largest organised littler collection for mountains, and it’s now in its 7th year. It’s a free day out in the hills helping keep them beautiful….. This is a volunteer led event – […]

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Loving Lichens

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We walk past them all the time – and I bet most people don’t even notice. Yet they’re the very building blocks of life – some of the most amazing, and old, living things on our planet. Lichens – I love them and I’m going to tell you why….and maybe persuade you to come on […]

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The future of Maps?

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Every week it seems there’s another story about hillwalkers needing to be rescued because they’re “navigationally challenged” (lost!). Navigation courses remain the most popular courses I offer. But navigation – like all skills – is evolving, so I thought I’d write a post on where I am with this nowadays. Like most people working in […]