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Your daypack checklist

Are you planning a whole day hike during these fabulous long warm days?  It’s hard to beat fine weather, stunning views and good company - but it’s important to be organised.  This month’s Trail magazine has a double page spread on packing essentials for hillwalkers.  We mostly stick to the lowlands but it’s always useful to have a check list of what to take so here’s our Bristol Nordic Walking recommendations:

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New Exel Nordic walking poles arriving soon

New colours and the introduction of folding poles are in the fresh range of Exel Nordic walking poles available to buy from August.

We’ve been waiting a long time for the new range of Exel poles.  The production has been beset with delays and complications that have led to the poles being frustratingly late.  We are assured though that the wait will be worth it!  There’s more detail below about what’ll be available to buy but the key changes are:

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Don't forget about... socks

We have 250,000 sweat glands in our feet which can produce up to half a pint of perspiration daily.  So having the correct socks as well as shoes when you go walking seems obvious.  Yet how many of us consider our socks when we think about our feet?

This blog gives you the low-down on socks – things to consider for Nordic walking, what’s on the market, plus a few handy tips.

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The Kit guide to: waterproof jackets

A group of us had the perfect opportunity to test the efficiency of our waterproofs a few weeks ago whilst on a walking holiday in Girona, Catalonia. They don’t seem to do ‘light’ rain there.  When it rained it was very heavy and very wet!  We all know the saying ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – only the wrong clothes’ but even though many of us had top brands, barely anyone’s jacket withstood the onslaught entirely unscathed.  It re-affirmed to me the importance, not only of a good jacket, but of properly re-proofing it regularly.

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Kit maintenance – how to look after your poles

Nordic walking poles generally need very little maintenance.  However, it’s worth taking a look at them every now and then to ensure they’re in good working order.  Here’s some advice on what to do:

Your wrist-straps (Exel, Leki and Gabel)

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Places to walk and gadgets to help you!

Whilst we take a break from regular classes over the Christmas holidays why not to get out and about exploring by yourself?  There’s some fabulous trails near Bristol and they’re easier to navigate than you might think – with excellent walk guides, well marked paths and some very useful apps to help you on your way.  Here’s some inspiration:

Walk ideas

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How to combat SAD, our favorite overtrousers, and why gaiters are great

Many people find that their mood dips noticeably during the winter months and there is now a recognised term for severe winter blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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Pick of the Nordic walking poles – which pole is right for you?

I’ve had a flurry of pole enquiries recently so I thought it time to post about what’s new, what’s popular, and what’s best for you.  Having your own pair of Nordic walking poles is liberating.  It enables you to go out any time you want, not just when there’s an organised walk on.  You can use them when and where you like and you know that you have exactly the right sort of pole for you.

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Walking boots for Nordic walking – what you should know plus community matters

Water resistant, breathable, flexible, comfortable, supportive, lightweight, grippy walking boots.  It’s the Nordic walking equivalent of gold dust – and about as difficult to find.  No wonder it’s the topic of conversation that comes up during most walks. And like the weather, we never seem to tire of talking about it! 

I know that the Autumn is a time that many of you switch from walking shoes to boots so here’s a few things to consider if you are about to buy a pair:

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Nordic walking kit for the Autumn transition, walking for Penny Brohn plus a walker’s review of the St Oswald’s trail

Sunny tinged with cold and wet is the most positive spin I can put on the last few weeks.  It feels as though we are already transitioning from summer to autumn, with dewy mornings and shortening evenings.  So it’s as well to think about adapting our walking kit accordingly.  Here’s some things to consider:

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