Kit for Antarctica: Andy Rouse

I’ve always worn Páramo clothing in Antarctica, from my baselayers to the outer shell. In fact, I can honestly say that apart from my outer shell, I have worn EXACTLY the same garments for my last three trips there! Don’t worry, I have washed them! It shows that Páramo gear is built to last.

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Protection in paradise

Paddling past Point Perpendicular

Reporting on adventure racing around the world takes me to some amazing places, and they often have extreme climates of one kind or another which are difficult to work in – but not always. For the 2016 Adventure Racing World Championship, I was in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales in Australia and had to endure the bright sunshine, surf-washed white sand beaches and sub-tropical forests that the teams were racing through!  Continue reading

Reindeer, Mountain Char & Super Noodles: ‘Gröna Bandet’ Stage 2

High summer days

 Mark Waring continues his 1,000 miles on foot across Sweden

The small village of Duved nestles amidst the mountains of Jämtland, in the summer it’s quiet as any ‘out-of-season’ ski resort. A few shops and bars lie below ski runs and lifts, with a sense of everything waiting for the return of snow. For me, it’s my first ‘town stop’. A chance for a ‘rest day’, an opportunity to eat properly, wash clothes and, importantly, to resupply for the next leg of my journey, another ten days through Sweden’s forests and mountains. Continue reading

Spirit of Adventure Winner, Paul Gath

Fishing in the bay

Páramo is pleased to announce that Paul Gath has won the Spirit of Adventure award in David Noton’s f11 photography competition, sponsored by Páramo. Paul is now the proud owner of a Páramo Halcon jacket.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to win this competition and add the Halcon jacket to my growing list of Páramo gear. The winning photo was taken in Halong Bay, Vietnam and as you can imagine, there wasn’t much need to a winter coat on that trip!”

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A monkey puzzle mission

Huerquehue National Park, Chile

Although my day to day work with Trees for Life is focused on the restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland, I have a strong interest in trees and forests elsewhere in the world as well. One of my particular favourites is the forest of araucaria (or monkey puzzle) trees in the southern Andes of Chile and Argentina, which I’ve been visiting since 1977. 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