Our Top Twenty Most Successful Blog Posts

Our Top Twenty Most Successful Blog Posts

Since December 2016 we’ve been tracking the performance of our blog posts, so we that we can keep up with what kind of content our followers like to read. Often, something that we think will be really useful and interesting doesn’t turn out to be very popular, and vice versa. And the results, as of 31st March 2019, in reverse order, are…

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How To Stay Mountain-Fit When You Can’t Get To The Mountains

How To Stay Mountain-Fit When You Can’t Get To The Mountains

Mountaineering is the best training for mountaineering, but unless you live somewhere like the Lake District, you’re going to have lots of times when you can’t get to the mountains. You will lose your mountain fitness pretty quickly if you’re not intentional about working at it, but there are lots of things you can be doing that will maximise your time when you do get out there - and you’ll benefit mentally from thinking about and planning your next trip away.

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So What Do I Carry In My First Aid Kit?

So What Do I Carry In My First Aid Kit?

If you’ve been in the mountains with me, or you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I am a minimalist when it comes to packing a rucksack. Whatever I am doing, from guiding in the Alps to walking in to a crag on a Rock Climbing Instructor course, I don’t want to be carrying any unnecessary weight. And that applies to my first aid kit too. Over the years I have whittled it down to the things I know are absolutely essential, and I’ve ditched everything else. Here’s a sneak peek into what I carry.

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Herdwick Sheep

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Herdwick Sheep

If you’ve spent any time in the Lake District, you will almost certainly have seen Herdwick sheep grazing on the high fells and in the fields down in the valleys. With their distinctive shaggy grey coats and appealing faces, they are hard to miss. You’re not likely to see them anywhere else in the UK, as 99% of our Herdwicks live in the central and western Lake District.

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A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

Kelvyn James is an International Mountain Leader, and he is the current Chair of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, the Mountain Training Association Lake District rep and the former Development Officer for the Association of British Climbing Walls. He lives in Cumbria, runs his own business, Mountain Services, and he is on our team of freelance instructors. He has featured in our My Story blog series.

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