Gifting your old clothing and equipment

For the month of March 2015 you can give your unwanted outdoor gear a new lease of life and get 15% discount at award winning outdoor retailer Rohan.

Gift Your Gear, an award winning UK initiative is inviting you all to look around your wardrobes, attics and garages for any unwanted outdoor clothes.

WANTED - Your unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment
WANTED – Your unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment

Gift Your Gear provides outdoor clothing and equipment to organisations who encourage the next generation, to get outdoors. Young people need to get outdoors for their physical and emotional well-being. As readers of this blog are probably aware, it’s hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable. 
Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.

The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the UK community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Gift Your Gear gratefully accepts all unwanted waterproofs, fleeces, outdoor trousers, insulated jackets, gloves, hats and boots that are gathering dust in your cupboards, attics and garages.

PW Kit
Backpacking kit for the Pennine Way

Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan, the award-winning outdoor and travel clothing company. Drop off your unwanted outdoor clothing at any Rohan Shop during March 2015, that’s all outdoor clothing regardless of brand including children’s clothing and in return Rohan would like to offer you 15% off a full priced purchase made the same day as a qualifying Gift Your Gear donation.

You can contact the “Gift your gear” team at the following sites:-

and you can find your nearest Rohan store via this link:-

Cross Fell
Summit of Cross Fell

Last chance to donate

Just a quick post to remind you that the Just Giving page for my Pennine Way for Crisis UK walk closes on 31st August. (NOW CLOSED) All donors who identify themselves will receive a digital thank you photo from the walk. The Twitter hashtag for all news and updates about the walk is #RosePW. Once again many thanks to all the people and companies who have supported the walk in cash and in kind.

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall

Finishing the Pennine Way

Just a quick hello to say that I am safely back from my Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK which took 20 days and was supported by Cotswold Outdoor and Gossamer Gear. I apologise that I was unable to post to this blog during the walk but I was without phone signal, 3G or wifi for most of the route with my ineffective sim card. I have published a write-up of the walk which I hope you enjoy. You can see videos on YouTube, photos on Twitter under the hashtag #RosePW and you can donate until the end of August 2013  by texting ROSE71 £(Amount) to 70070 🙂

Thanks for supporting my Pennine Way for Crisis UK
Thanks for supporting my Pennine Way for Crisis UK

Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK

The Twitter hashtag for my Pennine Way for Crisis UK updates and photos is #RosePW

*Latest news*

Setting off on the Pennine Way is now imminent. I have completed my training walks and devised my schedule, which involves staying in a mixture of campsites, hostels & B&Bs, and includes a couple of rest days. I have been trying to rest and promote the walk for the last week or so and will be using Twitter, Instagram and Audioboo to post updates during the walk.

This is my kit list and I would like to thank Cotswold Outdoor and Gossamer Gear for supporting the walk.

Backpacking kit for the Pennine Way

Time in reconnaissance…

As I have now completed the St Cuthbert’s Way, the Cumbria Way plus a week of day walking as part of my training plan for my Pennine Way walk for Crisis, I am now resting up until I start my charity walk later this month.

I have recently been assembling and testing out my kit for the walk including a new lightweight tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. I am relatively new to camping while I walk, so this has included getting some advice and sleeping out for trial weekends to discover what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a couple of pictures of the tent and equipment I will be using for the walk. If you would like to donate to raise money for the homeless this is the Just Giving Page

Trying out my kit in the garden

Many thanks for reading.

Rose

Pennine Way planning

My thoughts are turning to my (completed in July 2013) Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK. Behind the scenes, I have been preparing for this walk. This has included assembling a kit which will hopefully meet the needs of the walk.

The main aim of my kit is to ensure that I can reach my destination in comfort. I have learned to focus on comfort and weight as the key factors for success on my walks so far. Some companies have been generous enough to offer discounts on some of the items I needed most. In particular Gossamer Gear in the U.S. offered me a discount on their 65L Mariposa rucksack which is one of the few of that size weighing in at less than 1kg. This is less than half the weight of my previous rucksack.

Gossamer Gear Mariposa rucksack
Gossamer Gear Mariposa rucksack

I have also been finalising my walking schedule in order to be able to book my accommodation for the journey. I am hoping to do about 18 days walking plus 2/3 rest days spread out along the way. As usual the accommodation has ended up being a mixture of hostels, bunkhouses, B&Bs and campsites. As I am not yet up to speed as a wild camper I have opted for campsites which give me the option of support, provisions, basic facilities & being a bit more sociable if I have the energy!

My training for the walk is going to plan. I have a range of warm up exercises to do which hopefully will keep me injury free. I also did 5 days of walking in north Northumberland in March 2013, the 70 mile St Cuthbert’s Way  walk in April 2013, and I am planning the Cumbria Way for May 2013.

One highlight of the St. Cuthbert’s Way was stopping for the night in Kirk Yetholm which is the official northern end of the Pennine Way. This boot garden was a sobering reminder of all the previous people to have attempted the walk and of how tough the walk will be. I hope that I make it back here in a better state than some of these boots.

Boot Garden
Boot garden at Kirk Yetholm

If any of you can afford to donate to CrisisUK to speed me on my way I would be very grateful. This is the link to my Just Giving page

Kirk Yetholm
Kirk Yetholm