Winter Skills in the Cairngorms with Trail magazine

Pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine and you'll find several pages dedicated to staying safe in the mountains.

It's perhaps and obvious statement, but staying safe in the hills is both more important and more difficult during the winter months. Conditions often dictate that even familiar territory will require a completely different skill set to tackle it when it's covered in snow and the temperature is well below freezing.

To ensure they were equipped with the necessary skills, last winter Trail writers Dan Aspel and Ben Weeks were sent to Scotland to learn the basics of using crampons and ice axes, as well as simply moving over snow and ice covered terrain.

This video is a brief clip of their time in the Cairngorms and includes a first person perspective of an ice axe arrest.

For full details of the trip along with several 'how to' guides to crampon and ice axe use, pick up the February 2013 issue of Trail magazine - on sale from Thursday 27th December.


Sherpa Adventure Gear

Often promotional videos can be, well, just a little too commercial.

Obviously, that's the point - they're made to promote a particular product or service, and their artistic merits are secondary to that.

This one, however, is different.

Whether it's the sincere voiceover, the emotive soundtrack, the breath-taking Himalayan scenery, or the fact that Sherpa Adventure Gear is a genuine Nepalese brand with its roots still very much buried at the feet of the world's highest mountains, we're not sure. It's probably a combination of all of the above.

But we love this video, we believe in this video and we'd happily watch it over and over again, before popping out to pick up a genuine, hand-knitted Nepalese Sherpa Adventure Gear hat.

Oh yes, as promo videos go, this is a good one.


Squash Falconer - climbing and paragliding Gran Paradiso

A couple of months ago Squash Falconer headed out to the Aosta Valley in Italy with a rather unusual goal.

The plan was to climb Monte Rosa (the highest mountain on the Swiss/Italian boarder and the second-highest in both the Alps and western Europe at 4,634m) and paraglide down from the top.

However, the weather had other ideas and heavy snow put an end to those plans. A metre fell in the days before Squash's intended climb and although by the day of ascent the weather cleared it was unlikely that she would make the top of the Monte Rosa with so much snow to wade through.

So the morning Squash was due to begin her climb she changed plans and headed down the Aosta Valley to climb Gran Paradiso instead. As usual she had her GoPro with her - check out the video below to see what happened!


A jacket made from bottles?

Strange but true: the Polartec fleece material in Norrøna's new /29 warm4 upcycled Jacket is made from approximately 40 recycled PET-bottles.

The bottles were collected in Norrøna's home country of Norway and recycled into Polartec's Repreve fabric, from which the fleeces are made.

Understandably, Norrøna is excited and proud to be making a fleece jacket from 100% recycled material, without any reduction in quality compared.

"This way we're saving both raw materials and energy, transportation included."

You could be looking at the future of outdoor gear right here.

Read more and get the jacket at: www.norrona.com