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A Guide to Outdoor Clothing & Gear

Outdoor adventure activities such as walking, climbing and trekking are extremely popular with people of all ages. They are an excellent way to get some excitement and adventure into your free time. Outdoor adventure activities such as walking and trekking are great ways to improve your fitness whilst having fun at the same time. There is also a real sense of achievement after completing an outdoor activity. Outdoor adventure activities give you a chance to explore the great outdoors, whether it is summer or winter there is always something to do. However, it is important to have the right gear available, particularly if you are taking party in a challenging activity. The right clothing and accessories not only make you more comfortable but also aid your performance.

Cho Oyu from Khumbu Panch Pokhari

It is important to possess a high quality waterproof jacket to keep the elements at bay. It is also advisable to buy waterproof trousers, these are not as common, yet are extremely helpful particularly in extreme weather conditions. What's more, waterproofs no longer have to mean a fashion disaster. There are now plenty of stylish, yet high quality, items available from sports retailers. It is still important to carry a jacket with you in the summer when the weather is favourable. Try instead to search for a lightweight summer jacket. This will provide you with protection, yet will let your skin breathe.

Monch and Eiger from summit of the Wetterhorn

Climbing in the Alps

In warmer weather you can get away with wearing t-shirts underneath a lightweight coat. Fleece Jackets are also good options for warmer weather and are highly versatile as well as being lightweight. In colder weather it is advisable to wear sufficient base layers that trap air to ensure you keep warm. Accessories such as hats and sufficiently durable gloves are also important. These are easy to take off if you get too warm, yet can make all the difference in cold temperatures. Brands such as Craghoppers and Montane offer high quality base layers and outdoor activities accessories.

Mt. Tengi Kagi Tau from summit ridge of Pharchoma

When you are taking part in active adventure activities, suitable footwear is a must. Whatever the weather, you should ensure your footwear is sturdy. Flimsy or poor quality shoes are a safety hazard. Look for footwear with a cushioned lining for comfort, sturdy yet lightweight shoes are ideal and those with breathable fabrics to help keep your feet dry. Brands such as Keen and Nikwax have some high quality options.

Scottish Munros by Canoe, Ladhar Bheinn

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There are also other accessories to consider. If you are trekkingwalking or hiking a great distance, you should ensure you have a high quality tent. There is nothing worse than waking up in a damp tent that has been battered by the elements. In order to ensure the quality of your tent, stick to well regarded brands. Coleman do a great selection of 4 person tents, Gelert are also a recommended brand.

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