Initial look at Kampa Carbis 5 family tent

Kampa Carbis 5

It turns out that three people and two dogs do not fit comfortably in an Outwell Arizona L – a three man dome. This was the discovery I made on a family camping weekend away a few months ago in Peak District. Originally bought for two people (and a dog), what I liked about the Arizona L was that I could stand up in it and it had a porch to shelter from the inevitable rain , but it was time to accept that my needs had outgrown it. So, after a bit of research, I bought a Kampa Carbis 5 from Camping World and took it on my trip to Cornwall.

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Celebrate London 2012 Olympics by hiking all or part of The Games Way

Durdle Door (used with permission from

After the initial excitement back in 2005, there has recently been a lot of negativity and cynicism and about the London 2012 Olympic Games – whether it is the McDonald’s monopoly on chips,  the failings of G4S, spiralling costs or restrictive social media policies. However, for the last two years, project manager Mark Stanley has been working on a fantastic positive project for normal people to get involved in the Olympic celebrations – The Games Way, a 184 mile long distance path between Weymouth (the location of some of the Olympic sailing events) and the Olympic Park in London. The route goes through some fantastic British countryside – the Jurassic Coast, the New Forest, the edge of the South Downs, the Surrey Hills and along the Thames, past ancient castles, over hills and through woodland and across fields. The opening walk leaves from Weymouth on Saturday 28th July – you can either walk (or run) the whole thing, or join in for different stages.

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From animal hide to hiking boot: leather

To be honest, I had never really thought about where leather hiking boots (or indeed any other leather product) come from before I met Michael Redwood (@michaelredwood), visiting Professor in Business Development in Leather at The University of Northampton, at this year’s Innovation for Extremes conference (write up coming soon I promise!). Mike and I were both on a panel discussing whether wearable technology in footwear was inevitable and, as I live just down the road from Northampton, we got chatting about the leather industry and in particular the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies at the University. A few weeks later Mike invited me to visit the Institute for a tour.

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