Category: Adventure Travel

Themed Trips are More Fun

For the true traveller at heart, any excuse to travel will do. In fact, any non-excuse will do just as well because the fun is in the travelling itself, even with all of the organisation and planning that goes with it. There’s perhaps always a case for just booking a ticket with no confirmed plans of exactly where you’re going to lodge and what activities you’re going to engage in at your impromptu destination. That element of mystery is almost completely synonymous with travelling somewhere you’ve never been before, especially if it’s abroad, while the spontaneity that comes with exploring sights and activities without prior planning is just about the only way to enjoy that mystery. There are some times however when travelling without a solid plan feels a bit like you’re going through the motions, but what’s even worse is perhaps being in too much of a leisurely mode and allowing the time you spend away to pass you by, having not had enough of the true traveller’s experience you’re after. Continue reading

First Time Sea Kayaking Tips

When Alex over at the brilliant outdoors blog, Kayak Critic asked me for my top camping meal suggestions for an article he was putting together, I decided to draw on his area of expertise, and ask him a question of my own.

Kayaking on a sheltered lake is enormous fun and relatively easy and safe for all abilities, but heading out on to the open sea requires some basic skills and extra care to be taken

I’m a keen amateur kayaker, but have never battled tides before. Well used to kayaking on the gentle waters of inland lakes like Bala and Windermere, I have been wanting to give sea kayaking a try for some time now, so Alex was the perfect person to ask for some tips on the subject.

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Basic Tips For Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition

Alex has written a fantastic article on sea kayaking, covering everything from the fundamentals of understanding the risks and safety considerations you need to be aware of, right through to what to wear and how to progress.

The tips in this article have given me the confidence I need to head out onto the open sea this summer – read the full article  10 Basic Tips Before You Head Out On Your First Sea Kayaking Expedition.

Mountain Warehouse Greta Jacket – Review

Greta Ladies Ski Jacket In Teal
£139.99 Now £29.99 Mountain Warehouse

 Greta Womens Ski Jacket

Greta Ladies Ski Jacket In Teal From Mountain Warehouse

Features

  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Fully taped seams
  • Detachable hood
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • Snow gaiters at the waist
  • Underarm ventilation zips
  • Multiple pockets including two front zipped pockets, one zipped chest pocket, internal MP3, goggle and mobile phone pocket with one lift pass pocket in the sleeve

 Our Verdict

The Greta Ski Jacket is a bright vibrant shade of teal, which I paired with purple boarding pants and a pink helmet. Hard as it may be to believe, I’m not colour blind, just a sucker for bright clashing colours. On our latest trip to the mountains, I put the jacket through it’s paces, on the slopes of Morzine and Avoriaz in the French Alps.

I usually layer up on the mountain, but the jacket was so well insulated I was boarding without my usual thermals, in just a long sleeve tee with the jacket on top. The weather was nowhere near as cold as usual, with Spring snow conditions for a few days before the temperature dropped a little and gave us new snow. On the colder days, the jacket was ideal and kept me snug.

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As a snowboarder with many seasons under my belt, I’ve been through a lot of gear. For very cold conditions, I always go for my Helly Hensen jacket which performs brilliantly in the cold. The Mountain Warehouse Greta jacket however provides incredible levels of insulation to rival my usual cold conditions jacket of choice, keeping me toasty warm and dry even when out all day in heavy snow.

Chairlifts always present a real test for any ski jacket. Sitting there exposed, high up with the wind whistling around you, chairlift-cold means seriously cold. On day 3 I headed up to the top of Avoriaz mountain in heavy snow, seeking the highest, most exposed lift I could, to see how the jacket fared. Whilst my legs were freezing, my torso was kept warm and cosy, the bracing cold of the chairlift unable to penetrate the jackets immense insulation. Impressive performance at a good price.

Pros

  • Great styling and vibrant teal colour
  • Ample pockets for various things, including a handy lift pass pocket
  • Snow gaiters at the waist for added protection from the elements
  • Superb insulation, ideal for cold conditions and snowboarding beginners who will spend a lot of time falling into the snow
  • Excellent quality, to rival my Helly Hensen boarding jacket and better than my Burton and Animal jackets
  • Good true to size fit

Cons

  • Although the sleeves are a good length, I found them quite wide and baggy
  • The neck is very narrow, making it difficult to cover the lower part of your face when fully zipped up

Would We Recommend It?

I was really impressed by the jacket, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great combination of technical features, comfort and value.

The Mountain Warehouse Greta Ski Jacket is currently on sale for just £29.99 which is an absolute steal. Grab yours now ready for next season, and you can treat yourself to some extra apres ski with the money you saved!

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Thank you to Mountain Warehouse who provided the jacket for us to test.