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18/12/2013

Get Outdoors This Winter

Outdoors / Hiking / Walking / Travel

Get Outdoors This Winter

Fight the temptation to stay inside over the cold winter months. The temperature may be dropping, but the opportunities for getting outside certainly aren’t. So no matter whether you’re a city dweller or living in the countryside, get wrapped up and get active. Here are a few suggestions for what you could be getting up to over the next couple of months...

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06/11/2013

Merrell's Top 10 Packing Tips

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Merrell's Top 10 Packing Tips

It might not be long before you’re off on your next adventure, your friends and family are incredibly jealous, but the looming task of packing is generating stress rather than excitement? Packing light can be a confusing and conflicting job. Determined to shed the weight but all the while scared you’ll eliminate items you’ll be begging for later? Fear no more, the Merrell team want you to enjoy your travels and not be stressing about the size and weight of your bag, so we’ve kindly put together a list of our top 10 packing tips!


Merrell’s Top 10 Packing Tips:


1. Pack your bag, unpack it and half it. You won’t need half of that stuff, it’s likely you’re just being over cautious. We always seem to come back from holiday with unworn clothes and unused toiletries, so think about what you really need and only take that.


2. Plan out your clothes carefully. Make sure you have the right clothing with you and that you can make a selection of outfits out of them. Does that top go with your trousers and your shorts? Yes? Great, get it in! Clothes that can be dressed up and down with the addition of some jewellery or a scarf are also a winner.


3. Roll up your clothes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much place this saves compared to folding. Don’t ask me how this works, but it does! This also reduces the amount of creases in your clothes.


4. Throw Out Packaging. You’ve probably brought yourself lots of medicines and drugs for the trip. Don’t keep these in their cardboard boxes, take them out and put them all in a bag. However, make sure they’re labelled and that you include the instructions.


5. Label Your Luggage Well. Make sure you have a luggage label on your backpack in case it’s lost in transit. It’s also worth putting a second copy of your name, address and contact details inside your bag as it’s not too difficult for luggage tags to get detached and lost.


6. Decant your liquids into smaller bottles. Unless you’re travelling for a few months, it’s unlikely that you’re going to polish off a whole bottle of shampoo etc. Grab yourself a couple of smaller travel sized toiletry bottles and decant enough of your shampoo, conditioner and body wash into these. Even if you are planning a longer trip, don’t take full-sized bottles. Remember that no matter where you’re going, at some point you’ll be able to pick up replacements.


7. What not to take. If you’re unsure about something, then the general rule is not to take it! So long as you’re not heading some remote spot hours away from a shop, it’s likely that you can pick up extra items while you’re away if they’re needed. This is more applicable for those inexpensive items such as Aloe Vera gel, extra sun cream and a hand-held fan. Items such as city maps can also be picked up locally from Hotels, Hostels & Tourist Information Centres


8. Leave the suitcase at home. If you’re planning some serious travelling and really are looking to get about and see lots of places, then don’t think about taking a suitcase. A suitcase is great if the only moving it’s going to be doing is from the airport to the hotel. However, it’s likely that you’ll have to jump on and off busses, get your bags up steps and even walk for a little while with them. Having a bag you can carry on your back makes all this a lot easier!


9. Secure your bag in a Secure Pack Bag. This is essentially a zip-up cover to pop your bag in while travelling, particularly on airlines or if you have to leave your bag in a hotel lobby. This helps to avoid anyone tampering with your luggage. Although this is incredibly unlikely, there have been plenty of scare stories where apparently innocent travellers have had items planted in their backpacks or had personal belongings stolen.

10. Leave some space free. Don’t go packing your bag to its brim! You’re going to find plenty of souvenirs and gifts you’re going to want to buy, but unless you have spare space in your backpack you won’t be able to bring them back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20/10/2013

News / Technologies / Hiking

Proterra GTX Connectfit Explained

17/10/2013

Warm Weather Travel Essentials

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Warm Weather Travel Essentials

The traditional holiday season may be drawing to an end, but we know that many of you intrepid travellers will already be planning your next adventure. Your trip may not be next week, but why not get some of your holiday shopping done early? Especially since some of it will be in the end of summer sale at the moment! To give you a head start, we at Merrell have made you a list of Warm Climate Travel Essentials.

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08/10/2013

Cold Weather Travel Essentials

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Cold Weather Travel Essentials

We’re all a little sad that summer is clearly over and gone for another year! But let’s not forget that this also means that winter isn’t far away. The season of snowy landscapes, frozen lakes and hot chocolate in front of the fire. No matter where you’re going this winter and no matter how far you venture into the snowy mountains, be prepared and stay warm with our cold weather travel essentials list.

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22/09/2013

10 Best Walks in the UK

Hiking

10 Best Walks in the UK

1. Ingleton Waterfall Trail – Yorkshire
Distance:
4.5m/7K
The Walk: Ingleton Waterfall Trail is one of the most stunning walks in the Yorkshire Dales, offering walkers a combination of beautiful waterfalls and ancient woodland. This famous walk has been a popular attraction since its opening in the late 1800s, in its early years 3’500 people were recorded visiting the site on a single day. Thankfully the trail is less busy now, allowing its walkers a peaceful and enjoyable walk. Beginning in the village of Ingleton, the general circular route follows up the River Twiss and back down the River Doe along a fairly well-defined path. Keep an eye out for some of the trails most impressive waterfalls in the higher area of the Doe Valley. The path covers areas of incline, however it remains accessible for most as steps are provided where necessary. Unfortunately, this deems the path unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.  Please be aware that this is not a free trail, admission is £5 per adult, £2 per child or £11 for a family ticket.
More info: http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk

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30/04/2013

Q&A with Merrell Pack Leader Monty Halls

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Q&A with Merrell Pack Leader Monty Halls

What inspired you to become a Royal Marine Officer?
It was a fortuitous route actually. I travelled for a year in Australia after school working and learning to dive. I then made my way to Cyprus and worked as a dive instructor for a year or so, before coming back and joining the Royal Navy with a view to becoming a mine clearance diver. However, after a few days’ experience with the Royal Marines I transferred straight away and loved it. I spent the next 8 years with the Royal Marines.

What was your most challenging adventure with the Marines?

Working for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa would probably be my most challenging adventure with the Marines. We had to assist with the guerrilla army being integrated into the South African army with the whole world watching and worried about how things would shape out.

You left to pursue a career leading expeditions. What prompted this change?

I was 29 years old and having a great time with the Royal Marines but was really missing the sea and diving. I had always wanted to lead expeditions, explore and dive so I decided to take a chance and went off to study Marine Biology.

What’s the greatest expedition you’ve ever led?

It’s difficult to say really, there have been many projects over the years that are all so different. I’d say the most momentous was the discovery of a sunken city off the coast of Tamil Nadu in India. The initial feeling was one of disbelief. The sheer scale of the site was so impressive, and the fact that it was so close to shore. This gradually gave way to absolute elation.

What leadership qualities are required when heading up an expedition?
You have to be well organised and lead from the front. Everything has to be well planned out and you can’t take any shortcuts. Some people experience genuine pressure and stress when out on an expedition so you have to be sympathetic and listen. Everyone has their own style but I always make sure I’m approachable to everybody in my group.

How does it feel being able to share your experiences with millions on TV?
It’s amazing! I go to some very special places, meet incredible people and see some fascinating animals. It really is incredible to be able to showcase my experiences and share them with others. I love it and am very lucky to do what I’m doing.

Tell us about your dog Reuben.

Reuben is a big part of my life; he’s my right-hand-man and constant companion. He was abandoned twice when he was young so when I picked him up we spent six months alone together in Scotland. He’s the perfect travel companion and makes me laugh my head off. Everyone knows him now too which is great and he gets all the adulation.

What’s been your career highlight?
Being among bull sharks, tiger sharks and great whites in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa was amazing. I’ve swum with baby humpbacks in Tonga and seen seven sunfish at once in Bali. However I’d have to say that I hope the best is yet to come!

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05/03/2013

Win a walking break to Jersey: 1-28 Jun 2012

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Win a walking break to Jersey: 1-28 Jun 2012

From meandering country lanes and woodland trails to dramatic coastal paths beside stunning granite cliffs, Channel Island Jersey packs plenty of walking opportunities into its compact size.

Now you can experience it for yourself, as this June Jersey Tourism are giving away a walking break on the isle, complete with walking experience with Blue Badge guide and Jersey local Arthur Lamy.

As well as this 3 night stay, which includes flights and 5-star accommodation for two, there’s also a chance to win prizes every day – including technical footwear and clothing from Merrell.

Visit the Jersey Tourism Facebook page to enter – http://on.fb.me/Ls54aS

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12/06/2012

Visitor Passport

Hiking / Walking / Expeditions

Visitor Passport

Guest blogger for UK National Parks, Nancy Webb, explains how a new initiative is your passport to inspiring outdoor adventures.

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28/02/2012

terrybnd - Hiking and Wild Camping in the Peak District

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terrybnd - Hiking and Wild Camping in the Peak District
Guest blogger terrybnd shares his passion for hiking and camping in the Peak District.
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23/01/2012