Outdoor.markt Trophy Award 2019:

Nick Brown awarded Personality of the Year.

Influential trade publication Outdoor.markt held it’s tenth Trophy Awards in Munich on 1st July 2019, during the OutDoor by ISPO trade show. The industry’s best were awarded an Outdoor.markt Trophy from publishing house Jahr Top Special Verlag. Nine categories and were judged by a panel of industry experts, awarding the year’s best brands, retailers, campaigns and innovations. The panel also selects a very special Personality of the Year from within the outdoor industry.

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Photography Beyond Borders 2019

Travel Photographer of the Year awards, proudly sponsored by Páramo Directional Clothing

Hot/Cold 2018 | Highly Commended – ©Johua Holko, Australia

Founded in 2003, and sponsored by Paràmo  since 2017, the annual Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) competition attracts submissions from amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers from more than 140 countries. All are drawn to take the TPOTY challenge not only by the fantastic prizes on offer, but by the international kudos and exposure that comes from doing well in the awards.

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Keeping Mountain Rescue Volunteers Safe and Comfortable

Páramo® Directional Clothing is a first choice for UK Mountain Rescue Teams

Sustainable clothing can also be high performance
Páramo Directional Clothing designs high performance functional clothing for people who are active outdoors in extreme weather. In recent years Páramo has received positive publicity for its strong environmental stance: it was the first outdoor brand to both sign up to the Greenpeace Detox Campaign, and to completely eliminate PFC (Perfluorinated Chemical) treatments from its clothing range. It is a less well-known fact that Páramo, for over 15 years, has been the leading supplier of weather protection for UK Mountain Rescue teams.

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From Big Cats to Silver Voles in Mongolia

I’ve been wearing Páramo gear for several years now and it has seen me through lots of different situations. Working as a wildlife camera operator, you’re exposed to all the elements, so the flexibility and choice in the Páramo range has been really helpful. I’m often working at either end of the day, starting out before sunrise and finishing after sunset. Even in warmer countries these times of day can be pretty brutal, so I’m a big fan of layering! The Páramo gear easily allows this. Continue reading

Ski to the Edge sets off: a 600 Mile Yukon Wilderness Expedition

Yukon Government Archives photo shows Alex Van Bibber, Curly Desrosiers and Harry Cooper in the Firth River area in 1948. (Alex Van Bibber collection, 92/28 #15, Yukon Archives)

The late Alex Van Bibber was a child of the Gold Rush era in the Yukon Territories, born in 1916. In 1943, he led the Canoil expedition to find a new oil pipeline route as a result of concerns over the Japanese landing on the nearby Aleutian Islands. We were hugely privileged to hear Alex’s stories first hand as he gave us his last interview in 2014, at the age of 98. He shared tales of rafting to school from their home in Fort Selkirk to Dawson City with him, as the oldest child aged 13, in charge. He later starred in films about the Yukon, ‘Challenge to be free’ and ‘The Last Trapper’, he took the Chicago mob hunting and even took the Kennedy family up Mount Kennedy. His life was full of rich adventures as a guide, instructor and rescuer – the modern day title of ‘legend’ was well deserved.

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Snowshoes, hot tents and contentment in Sweden

Like quite a lot of people, I suspect, I once considered the onset of winter, with the mountains locked in snow, as the end of play. Not being a particularly good skier, deep snow meant a full stop to three seasons of boreal travel. My discovery of snowshoes has radically changed things. Continue reading

Crossing Australia – no weak link

When I pack for an overseas film shoot my first thought is ‘what can I pack that I don’t mind destroying?’. Usually I can expect the shoots to be in pretty extreme environments (think mountains/ deserts/ jungle). As a result I have an enormous drawer full of crapped-out clothing which include: a pair of combat trousers with more stitch marks than a rag doll, another pair which are gaffa-taped together and pretty much all of my shirts have holes in places there shouldn’t be holes. This is what I have worn on adventures for almost a decade – disposable clothing – because nothing tends to survive long in the field when you’re crawling through the dirt and dust, running up mountainsides, jumping in rivers and then sleeping in these same clothes. Continue reading

The right tools

Arriving at any new venue, it is easy to expect that you will be able to capture the perfect “Google” photo – that classic ‘wow’ image that appears when you tap a location into a search engine. It is a natural reaction and one we are all prone to.  But the weather gods are fickle, often conspiring to scupper our preconceptions when we actually get out of the car. Continue reading