My Story #11: Claire Hendrickse, Freelance Outdoor Instructor

My Story #11: Claire Hendrickse, Freelance Outdoor Instructor

I met Claire Hendrickse (then Claire Llewellyn) and her future husband David when I worked at YMCA Lakeside in April 1988. She is a qualified primary teacher currently working as a freelance outdoor instructor. She holds qualifications across all the outdoor disciplines: Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award, Level 2 Canoe and Kayak, Level 2 Cave Leader, Level 2 Powerboat, Trail Bike Leader training,  and Archery Instructor.

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How To Kit Yourself Out For Winter In The Mountains

How To Kit Yourself Out For Winter In The Mountains

It’s the beginning of October and the days are getting shorter, so not long now until the first wintery weather in the mountains. It’s the perfect time to dust off your winter kit, make sure it is fit for purpose and maybe treat yourself to something new and shiny. But – and we’ve talked about this before – the vast array of kit to choose from can be bewildering, so here’s a few tips.

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How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #3: Walking In The Rain

How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #3: Walking In The Rain

Walking in the rain? Why would I want to do that? Because it can be fun and exhilarating! And if, like me, you live in an area where rain is a pretty constant feature, you often have no choice. If you have the right kit and know how to use it, you should be able to have lots of fun whilst staying warm and dry.

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What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

My climbing rack is one of my basic tools of the trade. Every piece of gear on it has been used many times and is very familiar to me. What I actually select for my rack on a day out depends on the rock type and grades of the routes I am expecting to climb. When on granite or gritstone I carry more cams, and sometimes doubles of common sizes like 1 and 2. When on slate or harder Lake District routes on rhyolite I take more small wires. Here’s a summary of anything I might carry, and why.

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Lightweight Tent Review & Comparison: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 vs Hilleberg Akto

Lightweight Tent Review & Comparison: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 vs Hilleberg Akto

As a Mountain Leader course provider, a lightweight tent is an essential piece of kit for me. Each course has a one-night or two-night mountain expo, and I have to be prepared for weather extremes. I'm a minimalist when it comes to expo gear, and I don't want my tent to be any heavier than absolutely necessary. I have two lightweight tents: the Terra Nova Laser Lite (the forerunner of the Laser Competition 1) and the Hilleberg Akto, both of which I have had for several years. 

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