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Páramo is the supporting wind beneath conservation project’s wings

As Ambassador for the UN Convention on Migratory Species, Sacha Dench campaigns to raise awareness of the problems facing many species and habitats around the world. Her latest expedition, Flight of the Osprey, is an innovative conservation project undertaken in collaboration with UN agencies, scientists, media and governments – and Páramo is honoured to have been chosen as its official clothing sponsor.

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Writer and wildlife guide David Chandler reviews our Páramo Poncho

We were delighted to bump into writer and wildlife guide, David Chandler, at this year’s Global BirdFair event in Rutland, which brings together wildlife conservationists, representatives of nature travel, birders and natural history enthusiasts from all over the world.

David is skilled in introducing non-expert audiences to the natural world and worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife International for over 16 years before going freelance. He has a life-long interest in wildlife and communicates the natural world with huge enthusiasm.

David recently reviewed our famous Páramo Poncho for the Gear Finder pages of Bird Watching magazine and we’re very excited to share his findings with you…

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Páramo, Elliot Brown Watches and Mountain Rescue

Those who have ever pushed themselves that little bit too far, or have experienced misadventure whilst out on the hill, remain indebted to the Search & Rescue community for their invaluable outdoor expertise. Rescue teams grew from a tradition of self-help amongst the mountain and walking fraternities and a willingness of local communities to assist in the event of mountain accidents. Needless to say, Páramo and Elliot Brown Watches are extremely proud of the Mountain Rescue partnerships they have forged over the years.

UK and Ireland Mountain Rescue teams choose Páramo

© Mike Keating, Mayo Mountain Rescue Team

For over 25 years, Páramo has been the leading supplier of weather protection for UK Mountain Rescue teams. They may not be high, but British mountains are well known for their potentially treacherous weather conditions – cloud and rain can engulf mountaintops in minutes, making navigation extremely difficult and dangerous.

Páramo waterproofs are revolutionary, using unique Nikwax® Analogy® Directional Textiles that mimic mammals’ methods of temperature control and waterproofing to keep Mountain Rescue volunteers safe, warm and dry in the worst weather conditions.

I was introduced to Páramo several decades ago by others in Mountain Rescue. Their outer garments have provided good service despite the extremes of weather in Snowdonia. The garments are well designed, a good fit, functional and well made. Chris Lloyd, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue

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Happy 30th Birthday to us!

Since April 1992, when Nick Brown formed a partnership with Creaciones Miquelina in Bogotá, Colombia, Páramo has protected people outdoors with high performance, sustainable and award-winning clothing.

Celebrating 30 years
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Páramo becomes an Employee Owned Trust

For 30 years, Páramo has engineered waterproofs that do not become obsolete – our garments are easily repaired and their waterproofing can be indefinitely renewed. To ensure the promise of durability and recyclability for Páramo People in the future, Nick Brown has sold Páramo Directional Clothing to the people that know it best – its employees.

Nick Brown wearing an early Páramo smock
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Páramo and the Miquelina Foundation

Páramo and the Miquelina Foundation have grown together over 30 years, providing employment and training for over 10,000 women. In February 2022, Páramo integrated the management of the Miquelina factory into its business, ensuring the continuation of our production partnership in to the future…

Alicia Gomez, Miquelina seamstress
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Running in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Hiya, I’m Steve. I work for a national homelessness charity supporting those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness and help them into secure and sustainable tenancies. I work across South Yorkshire but live in the Lincolnshire Wolds having moved down here from Scotland about 20 years ago now (as I write that I realise that soon I’ll have lived in England longer than I lived in Scotland!). I’m still a Scot though, right? Freckles, ginger beard…(Aye, I am).

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Páramo helps Jim Clark stay warm and dry whilst policing the Peak District and Cheshire hills…

My name is Jim Clark, I am forty-eight years young and a father of three primary school aged children. I am a police officer and have been for eighteen years. Having spent twelve of that in the capital city I made my way up north six years ago. I am now based on a Police Rural Crime team in the North West of the UK...

On my rest days I love to explore the fabulous Peak District and the rolling countryside of Cheshire. Often after dropping the children off at school I will head straight to the hills to unwind and take my mental and physical exercise whatever the weather.

My job is quite demanding and as a team we cover a vast area looking after our rural communities and businesses. I never take for granted the role I am in; I am so lucky to be out and about in the countryside meeting some amazing people in all weather conditions. I have total admiration for our UK famers who constantly toil to help put food on our tables. I love spending my days with them, their families, rural businesses and rural workers whilst also showing a visible presence to deter criminality.

Our UK countryside is stunning, and we do our best to deter, prevent and detect travelling criminality who try taking advantage of rural locations and the honest way of farming life.

Policing the hills

Criminals rarely bother about the weather and often use the cover of inclement weather and darkness to commit crime, which means we can often work long protracted shifts in all weathers out on foot with very little opportunity or time for a change of clothes or to warm up in the comfort of an office. Good quality clothing is essential in keeping us alert and able to operate in all weathers for the duration of our shifts.

Having spent some considerable time in the British Army prior to my current role I am well aware of how the quality of uniform clothing can impact our ability to carry out our roles in all weathers. It quickly becomes apparent how much money members of the armed forces and, also, police officers, spend on good quality “civilian” biased outdoor clothing.

The snowy Peak District

From the mid-eighties when British Soldiers were purchasing their own Norwegian army jumpers to keep them warm on winter exercises to the modern-day (in my case, police officers), we can be thankful for the advancement of technical materials and manufacturing techniques in a new era of super effective clothing.

With this in mind it’s not uncommon to see more frequently the “introduction” of good quality non police issue clothing being worn by officers, especially those who work in more rural locations. Clearly, we must be identifiable as police officers (most of the time) when operationally required, however, with a handy bit of army-taught needle and thread work the addition of a name badge or identifiable insignia isn’t too hard to add to a far superior garment. This adaption gives us the appearance that the public expect, but for the wearer the confidence that our clothing will offer us greater protection against the weather; longevity; and far more comfort that the more often cheaper, less technically adept mass-produced, contract-goes-to-the-cheapest-bidder issued clothing.

It is quite often the case on dark winter evenings when the weather is fit for ducks and sometimes penguins that my entire “uniform” is made up of a Parameta Technical long-sleeved shirt, (super toasty) and a Torres Medio Gilet to keep me snug under my Alturo jacket. For those moments when I want to blend into the landscape my Halcon jacket comes out to protect me from the elements and the unwanted prying eye.

When I am not at work and out in the hills my choice is once again my long-sleeved shirt and my Halcon, or, for when it gets slightly warmer, my outer layer smock and, to keep the grey matter warm, my awesome Paramo beanie hat.

The brilliant Nikwax materials and washing solutions keep everything working as it should and I will often use these aftercare products to add some protection to my standard issue clothing to try and enhance its not-so-protective capabilities!

I love the ethical manufacturing partnership that Páramo has and whilst out on patrol targeting organised criminality it is reassuring to know the protection I am offered by the clothing has come full circle via Paramo’s employment of vulnerable women in Bogota, Colombia. In a probably more than tenuous link between the criminals we are targeting it feels we are inextricably linked to these ladies by Páramo.

The amazing Páramo recycling scheme, just like the clothing, gives me a warm glowing feeling. The fact that when – and I’m not holding my breath – I ever need to replace my garments I can return them to Páramo, and in one way, shape or form they will end up being recycled. Of course, the generous discount they offer on new products is a bonus but that, for me, is second to the far superior products that Páramo produce. I will always make Páramo my first choice of outdoor clothing both “off” and sometimes more discreetly “on” duty.

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