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Satnav (GPS GLONASS COMPASS Galileo) / Re: Satnav controlled Drones
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:48:46 AM »
A technology rapidly advancing Triumph-F1

New Techniques & Learning / Re: Free climbing rope book
« on: August 19, 2014, 08:40:12 AM »
Thx Krenaud ::) Videos are worthwhile too - a good link :)

New Techniques & Learning / Free climbing rope book
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:11:45 AM »
The British Mountaineering Council have just produced a great 32 page booklet to help climbers and mountaineers choose suitable ropes and provide advice on how to safely use and maintain them.

ROPES - A guide for climbers and mountaineers

« on: July 30, 2014, 09:44:51 PM »
I must be getting old, because I keep thinking "Learn to use a map & compass."  ;)

Other than reporting a false location, is there another way you can tell if this is happening?

General Discussion / Re: The Water Myth
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:40:50 PM »
In a hyper-saturated (forgive the pun) outdoor consumer rehydration market, where businesses fight for attention, never mind sales, it should not be surprising that some companies stretch the boundaries for their products claims.

From the unsinkable Titanic, through the wonder anti-emetic Thalidomide to the performance sports drink Lucozade exaggerated product claims are something we should be aware of and, consequently, research before we purchase, especially when our well-being may well depend upon them.

Emergency & Backup Equipment / Re: Grab Bag Contents
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:03:08 PM »
As always, great info here :)

Interest evaluating risk when your family is involved. We spent our last summer in Kenya and originally we were going to hire a car there, that is, until a colleague suggested we check out their road safety stats. Had it just been my wife and me maybe I would not have, but since we are tasking our two children I went on-line. The insurance industry compiles these figures and we discovered that there are:

7 deaths per 100,000 of population in the UK every year
9 in France
10 in Spain
1638 in Kenya!

No hire car;)

These full results are available at

General Discussion / Re: The Water Myth
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:19 PM »
I'll join you in the Merlot Lost Soul ;)

For all the logic and common sense afforded inn this thread my wife still insists that bottled water is purer and needs to drink copious quantiteis of the stuff every day :o

General Discussion / Re: Roll/Sleeping Mat Advice.
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:55:40 PM »
I'd try the Exped SynMat Ultralite 9 first if I were you Lyle, it's remarkable ;)

General Discussion / Re: The Water Myth
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:54:23 PM »
The amount of youngsters who arri9ve at our centre with packs of bottled water yet at the same time poor footware is lamentable.

British tap water is probably the best in the world in terms of purity and where we live in the Lake District it tastes great too.

On our posting to Kenya we had an Old School CO. He insisted on the troops taking salt tablets and consuming a pint of tea every day. The tablets somehow found their way into the red dust and the one pint became two of tea, no dehydration, maybe this is why it is such a popular beverage in got countries?

The myth I would like to bust with water, and I totally agree with everything written so far in this thread, is that of bottled water being better for you because it is purer and contains minerals. I recently learned that one of the big bottled water brands is actually tap water to which they add minerals.

Of course we need minerals to maintain good health, BUT, the minerals that our bodies need and use do not come from water; they come from the foods we eat, including fruits, vegetables, and animal products. Less than 5% of minerals our bodies use come from bottled water if you were consuming the mythological 8x8 (2 litres) of the stuff per day. In fact, to get the necessary minerals from bottled water you would need to drink in excess of 840x8 of bottled water to get the RDA of most minerals

The bottled water industry is a multi-billion pound concern and it is their marketing strategies and paying for professionals to spout – forgive the pun - this nonsense which perpetuates this myth.

General Discussion / Re: Roll/Sleeping Mat Advice.
« on: July 21, 2014, 08:27:33 AM »
My trusty Karrimat stayed with me until a mishap 2 years ago when all of my kit was taken from the back of my car >:(

As Hugh says, the Karrimat does the job, although it was bulky to carry. I bought a cheap foil backed foam mat from Cotswold, the price of these, compared to the inflatables, was nothing, plus the weight of the inflatables with many around 1.5kg and some even 2kg put me off. This mat was fine for sitting on, but not good enough for a descent night kip.

Then a colleague of mine lent me his Exped SynMat Ultralite 7 Camping Mat and this ticked all the boxes except for price. Firstly, it weighs only 460 grams and is made of a very tough material so punctures would be rare, I blew it up in under two minutes inside my tent and slept like a baby! I paid £100 for mine, which is the large as I am 6’2”. I see now they have dropped in price to around £70. The only problem I have had with it is that peat stains, which is in abundance in the Lake District, do not wash off so the mat looks grubby even when it is clean.

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:42:36 PM »
Hi Sandy, a good age range, accompanied by a good range of outdoor experience, on this forum, you should find everything you need here on this forum for your planned trips.

DofE is a terrific thing to be involved in and you will find that everybody encourages and helps you out when you first start up.


New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Iceland
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:40:22 PM »
Hi Einar and welcome to this great forum.

We grabbed a weekend break last year, with Easyjet for£76 return for the two of us, and stayed in a B&B in Reykjavik. With the backdrop of snow-topped mountains we fell under the spell of this beautiful city, visiting a few museums and art galleries and at night saw some great live music: we will be back :)

As Pete Mck says, when you visit UK next we will point you in the right direction in England's most beautiful spot: The Lake District ;)

Maps / Re: eDofE mapping
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:52:45 AM »
Did the direct link work for your CP? If not I still may be able to help :)

General Discussion / Re: Dogs and some of their irresponsible owners
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:33:23 AM »
I received similar instruction from a British Army RAVC Dog Handler, at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray and would add:

- A good visual clue to determine if the dog intends to attack is if its ears are pulled-back and flat against its head. Dogs which are merely barking to deter you usually have floppy or elevated ears.

- If you are attacked keep your fingers safe by making a fist.

- Offer the dog your forearm then, when it has locked onto your arm, use your body to push the dog to the ground and force one knee into its chest to break its ribs.

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