Mad March News

February came and went by in a blurry haze of rain soaked fells and broken dreams of winter climbing, with the mercury never properly making it below zero. Here in the warm and dry, we’ve hosted not one but two successful climbing competitions, and a very wet fell race! A large portion of our spring summer kit has arrived, and our shop team have been hard at work getting all the new shiny kit...

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Inov-8 Roclite 290.

Compromise represents one of the most fundamental lessons I had to learn as a runner. Despite our dreams, and intentions, we must frequently make compromises in our running just to keep going. Doesn’t matter if you’re reading this living in Keswick or Soho, I assure you the grim reality is the same for all of us: we don’t quite get out as much as we’d like. From tube strikes stopping you...

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February News letter!

The new year doesn’t feel quite as “new” anymore, and as we wave goodbye to a depressingly mild January, we’re all crossing our fingers for some winter. That said the mild days and nights have been great for running, seeing the women’s spine race record destroyed by over 40 hours, along with many others. We’re receiving all our new spring stock falls, and the centre has transformed...

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New Year News! January Newsletter.

Happy new year from KONG Adventure! Looking back at 2016, it’s been a hell of a year for KONG. Our fledgling shop has grown from a small stockless shack to a fully kitted out running and climbing specialist. We’ve made some major refits in our wall, hosted some big names in climbing and even sponsored some huge running events. The year saw us wave a fond farewell to some dear members of staff...

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Festive Season Newsletter

It's nearly time to say goodbye to 2016, and look to what next year brings. We are all hoping to make the most of this winter, and so far predictions are good for a cold one. If you're sharpening your tools, or getting out the micro spike for the runners, everyone is excited to see the white stuff. So without further ado: What's new? Ultimate Equipment Poles: New entry level poles by...

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The Wild Country Thermic

Part two: The Wild Country Thermic Jacket. RRP £130 Wild country’s recent entry into the clothing market now sees their range expand to incorporate a Primaloft piece. Being a long-standing fan of all things Primaloft, I happened to be unreasonably excited about getting my mits on one of these. Coated in a Pertex classic, the 80g of Primaloft silver looked like a very usable jacket. On paper,...

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The Rab Alpha Direct

It’s getting to that time of the year again; the mercury plummets and the climbers all begin to flock indoors. That said, if it isn’t raining, a few dedicated souls strive to hit the crag. At this time of year some folks get all excited about it being “Grit season”. Here in the Lakes, we’re all more excited to not be currently underwater. Thus starts a series of reviews aimed at jackets...

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November News letter

October has drawn to a close, and the nights are well and truly drawn in. With Halloween concluded for another year, and bonfire night all but upon us, the end of 2016 is in sight. But before then, we have a rather action packed (all be it mostly indoor action) November to get through. We took delivery of our winter drops, so there is plenty of new stock to check out. Without further ado: ...

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All year round adventurer: Kit to keep you outside this winter.

The nights are drawing in, and the temptation is to spend a night in vegetating. The idea of going out on the fell of an evening is to some frankly ludicrous. This week’s blog takes a look at the kit you’ll need to take that bold step into winter evenings outdoors. Head torch: Quite obvious, but I suppose I should shed some light on the subject. A good headlamp can make or break your time...

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Plumbago Paradise: Adventure down Borrowdale Wad Mine

This blog is a lesson in taking a step into the unknown. A little ode to the adventurous soul that takes you to faraway places. To all those whom wonder: How did I get here? It all began some months back when my friend and co-worker Chris mentioned in passing the existence of a mine near Gillercomb. He told me that he’d heard (third hand information: always a great start!) of a mine, where...

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