Carrying on where we left off yesterday… click here “Adventure sports bring considerable health benefits, both physical and psychological, and this is now fairly common knowledge. Even in relation to children, the educational benefits of adventure activities are coming to be widely accepted.” The coalition Government is planning to abolish the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority,

Public Safety and Risk Assessment By David J Ball and Laurence Ball-King Is Britain wrapped in cotton wool? It’s a question posed by the authors in this book which looks at how legislation originally introduced with the laudable aim of reducing workplace deaths and injuries is seen to permeate every walk of life, including the

Spectacular winter mountains can also be a dangerous place to be. Scotland’s mountaineering experts are offering a series of events that could, they said, save your life. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is staging its annual winter safety lectures at two popular venues, along with five further evenings at Tiso stores across Scotland. This season’s

Thanks to Jim Krawiecki (Guardian.co.uk, Tue 1 Jul 2008) who gives us a quick guide round the best sea kayaking coastlines in Europe.  Scotland features in this list, unsurprisingly. Europe has a terrific variety of coastlines that offer differing sea kayaking experiences, both on our own shores and further afield. The UK arguably has the

You may have seen my previous post in the lead up to Mike and Calum’s Nepalese adventure.  Well, we’re back and have some photos and a route map to show you.  The route map was produced using my Spot Connect (a device that links up to overhead satellites and tracks your progress) – a great

Did the headline grab your attention?  Good. Having recently attended an event in Edinburgh (the SYHA Youth Residential Experiences Conference, which was very good I have to say), I was wowed by some stats that Gavin Howat (Inspector, Health & Safety Executive, Scotland) offered in a presentation he gave, about taking the fear factor out

The Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) is a great place to start if you’re looking for any information that’s paddle-related.  They have a large list of resources on offer for experienced and less-experienced paddlers alike. One of the services that the SCA provides, is access to a number of River Advisers around the country.  These guys

Has anyone out there got this piece of equipment yet?  This is a device that connects to your smartphone and allows you to connect to the outside world from many (although not all) of the remotest places in the world. It sounds great in theory but how much does it cost over and above the

You may already be aware of the UK Climbing Forum, which is a great resource for anyone into climbing or mountaineering and is currently the biggest of its kind in the world. However, recently launched was the UK Hillwalking forum, a similar online forum aimed more at hillwalkers, mountaineers, and fell runners. If it’s anything

We love this book and have a couple of copies in the office, kept handy for quick reference when customers call looking for idea, or of course, when planning a wee trip of our own. What’s the book about? This guide is aimed at those looking for calmer waters …rivers, canals, inland lochs and sheltered