Why underlayer when you can overlayer with Torres?

The Páramo Overlayering System with the new Torres Jackets

Páramo Overlayering: Torres Jackets

You’re probably familiar with the situation: you’re on the steepest climb on the way to the summit, and there just isn’t a good spot to stop and put on a warm layer under your shell, but the higher you get, the colder and windier conditions become.

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The Little Owl in Britain

Little Owls are amazing birds. They’re only eight inches tall, yet they ooze so much personality. Their quirky behaviours are utterly charming and a sheer joy to watch. Many people are surprised to learn that this much loved owl is not native. Landowners successfully introduced the Little Owl into England during the 1880s; these were brought over from mainland Europe to control ‘garden pests’. After its initial and rapid spread across England and Wales, the Little Owl started to decline from the late 1930s. More recently, this decline has accelerated, with numbers down by 64% in 25 years.

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Reporting from ‘The Last Wild Race’

Patagonia Expedition Race 

As reporters on www.SleepMonsters.com, we end up in some far flung places covering expedition adventure races all over the globe. Even so, a recent trip to report on the Patagonian Expedition Race was something special, perhaps our biggest reporting challenge of all. Continue reading

Double first! Páramo comes out top among waterproof jacket brands – twice!

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo emerged at the top of an extensive list of waterproof jacket brands in independent surveys by two highly respected publications assessing performance and sustainability:

• Which? magazine asked consumers to rate their outdoor gear. Results based on over 2,300 responses rated waterproof jackets brands for Water Resistance, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, Fit and Warmth. Páramo, achieved an overall score of 93%, ahead of all other brands surveyed.

• Páramo was also ranked highest in Ethical Consumer’s guide to waterproof & insulated jackets. The Jan/ Feb 2016 issue places Páramo ahead of 16 other key outdoor brands for a range of sustainability measures and Páramo emerges as the ‘Best Buy’. Continue reading

1,000 miles on foot

Mark Waring tackles a Nordic wilderness walk – the 1,000 mile ‘Gröna Bandet’

First miles on good trail

In the midst of Borgafjäll, a remote mountain range in Sweden’s sub-arctic, I pitch camp after another long day’s hiking. The intention is an early bed, it’s been a hot day and I’ve covered around 35 kilometres carrying all I’ll need to live comfortably in Lapland’s wilderness for another 7 days.  Just as I almost fall asleep I am disturbed by the sound of an aircraft, at odds with my remote location. The Sámi are herding reindeer by helicopter!  Continue reading

5 Years – 5 Wins

February 2016 marked a return to Patagonia – after a gap of 3 years, the Patagonia Expedition Race, billed as the toughest race on earth, once again took 20 top adventure racing teams to the end of the world. Here, winning team member, Chris Near, looks back to 2013 and his team’s 5th success in 5 races. PatagoniaRace2016-03 We sped on mountain bikes under police escort to the finish line in Punta Arenas. It was surreal – a rapid return to civilisation after 8 days racing through some of the most rugged, remote scenery in the world. When Nick asked if I fancied racing in Patagonia, I didn’t hesitate. Patagonia is mythical – remote, mountainous, with a reputation for rapidly changing weather. That and the reputation that the race is one of the toughest was reason enough for me. Continue reading

Saving the albatross in comfort

OliYates-01The endeavours of ocean wanderers like the albatross never cease to amaze us. Perhaps it’s because we humans struggle to endure the mighty seas and freezing temperatures of the southern oceans where these birds thrive. For those who spend any time upon the raucous seas where albatrosses roam, it is a constant reminder of just how frail we are compared with the albatross which have perfected their physiology to cope with the harshest of environments. However, sometimes their adaptation works against them because they are so adept at foraging over vast distances that our presence in their habitat has become a threat to these seabirds. Continue reading