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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Petzl REACTIK+

Head torches have come on a long way in recent years. I still remember the days of a tea light bright yellowy blotch that could barely provide enough usable light to go to the bathroom with, let alone navigate under. The first major evolution came when L.E.D.s stopped being utter garbage, and replaced the traditional bulbs. This gave us brighter, and significantly lighter torches that could...

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October News letter

September has come and gone in a near curious blend of beautiful sunshine and pouring rain, and everyone here has agreed it’s getting a “bit nippy!”. For us the last month saw the success of yet another Inov-8 demo day, we played host to the fabulous Ben Mounsey, and saw a load of shiny new kit roll into our shop! Next month we’ve got loads more exciting plans, so without further ado:...

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Climbing in the community

 Climbing in the community - how the outdoor life can make a big difference to the youth of today!Growing up is a pain. A fact that we’re all aware of in some way, having all had to (arguably at least!) grow up at some point and learn the life skills needed to survive as an adult. Yet despite this massive, collective shared suffering, it seems to me to be all too easy to forget...

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Two days with Inov-8.

 The plans were drawn, the dates set. I’d be sent away to spend two days with guests of the Inov-8 team, and fellrunning legend Nicky Spinks. As I pencilled the dates into the diary, I remember feeling a flutter of anticipation in the pit of my stomach. Me, a complete running novice, out on the fells with team Inov-8? Surely I’d be left in the dirt gasping for air? Still the day came...

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High mountain Crag, Low walk in time: Buckstone How

 When people think of climbing in the lakes, they think of massive Lakeland multi pitches: huge days out on the hill, or an evening dodging midge down at Shepard’s Crag. The appeal of the former is obvious; a cathedral sized buttress towering to the sky itself. Yet the convenience of the latter is undeniable, be it the inclusion of a few routes after work, or a quick climb post pitch...

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September Newsletter

Hello, and welcome to the new for 2016 Kong Adventure informative! Every month we’ll be bring you the latest news from the Centre and Keswick, rounding up the latest and greatest gear coming to our shop, and providing you with offers and events coming up soon, watch this space!So what’s new?Well, everything basically. Earlier in the year we rebuilt our existing website to be...

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Inov-8 X-Claw 275’s

 It’s time to get hands on with the latest fell offering from Inov-8, the X-Claw 275. Designed to be the ultimate shoe for running long distances over extreme terrain, their metal will be truly tested by our Lakeland fells. Weighing in at (you guessed it) 275g, sporting a spongy 8mm drop and duvet like 6mm footbed they certainly have the cushioned credentials to go the distance. The...

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