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OIA launches ‘Help Hub’ for outdoor professionals

Outdoor Professionals such as mountaineering, climbing, cycling, canoeing and snowsport instructors working in the outdoor sector have been hit incredibly hard with the loss of income caused by the rapid spread of the Coronavirus and the lockdowns introduced in countries across Europe which prevent them from earning a living. Both the self-employed and those running small businesses are no longer able to function as their livelihoods have effectively been closed down overnight with the cancellation of courses, events and expeditions caused by the recently imposed restrictions – see example here A very comprehensive and recent report by British Mountain Guide, Calum Muskett highlights the impact on the sector and a copy of the full report can be downloaded here. The report has prompted the ...

Adventure films to watch during lockdown

Adventure Films to watch during the lockdown Press Release / Photo : Banff Mountain Film Festival / 30.03.2020 Banff Mountain Film Tour UK & Ireland tour launches collection of home screenings’ Need some inspiration while we’re all indoors? The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK & Ireland tour has curated a selection of epic adventure films so you can have your own adventure screening – from your sofa! “There’s nothing quite like catching up with your buddies at a Banff show to get psyched for adventure,” says tour director Nell Teasdale. “But while we can’t celebrate what we love in person with the adventure community, we can still celebrate it at home – and dream of everything we want to explore, ride, ski, hike, paddle and experience once we get back outside.” Every Wednesday the U...

Fjallraven in conversation with new UK Bushcraft Ambassador Ray Mears

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The North Face open COVID-19 Explore Fund

Keeping the hope of exploration alive. For more than 50 years The North Face has dared to lead the world forward through exploration, and now more than ever recognises the critical importance of helping and supporting the global outdoor community in this time of need. Today, The North Face has proudly opened the application process for the COVID-19 Explore Fund, the first fund of its kind to provide critical financial support to anyone who makes exploration possible, from the mountain guides to climbing coaches, from Urban climbing gyms to Ski schools. Exploration matters. Open to registered companies and charities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy, the fund aims to ensure those who have worked to foster and inspire exploration before, will be able to do so once again, when the time com...

A return to paddling in England British Canoeing’s response to the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

British Canoeing is pleased to issue this new paddling guidance today, following the lifting of some ofthe restrictions on paddlesport in England from 13 May 2020. Our new guidance is aligned with theGovernment’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, which was published on 11 May. This guidance relates only to paddling in England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Wales andNorthern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governingbodies. Our priority remains to protect the health of our members, volunteers and staff and help to suppressthe spread of the COVID-19 virus. We recommend that members continue to follow the government and public health guidelines andto stay at home as much as possible. We also want to remind members that if you or anyone withinyour ho...

Wild Camping in the Press

Wild Camping This article was written by My Outdoors Wild camping isn’t something we’re used to seeing make the national papers in the UK, it’s something we tend to whisper about in public; seen as illegal but widespread with enlightened National Park authorities turning a blind eye to when carried out responsibly. The recent announcement of a pilot project, funded by Defra, caused such an outcry from wild campers that within days the Telegraph and The Times were covering its suspension. At the core of the objections were two major issues; the description as “wild camping” and the perception that the scheme would prove to be the thin end of the wedge. The lack of consultation with interested national representative bodies or the outdoor community raised hackle...

Osprey Donate 50% of profit generated by Secondlife sales to the NHS

Specialist pack brand Osprey has today announced its plan to donate 50% of profits generated by SecondLife sales to the NHS charity organisation. The SecondLife platform sells preloved, ex-sample and repaired packs to listed members via its website ospreyeurope.com. The organisation chosen for the first half of 2020 will be the NHS, in support of the Covid-19 crisis fund. Going forward, the recipient of the SecondLife charity support fund will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. “As we prepare to enter a new and unparalleled chapter, it’s more important than ever to recognise our responsibility to the world around us and give back to the community. In light of the current crisis, we have chosen the NHS as the recipient of our fund and we will continue to select important organisations be tho...

BMC launches Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing and hill walking

Over the past two weeks, the newly formed BMC Covid-19 Working Group has been working hard to develop proposals for phased re-opening of the outdoors for hillwalking and climbing. The culmination of this, so far, is a Covid-19 recovery plan for climbing & hill walking which has been submitted to English and Welsh government ministers and departments today. READ: The BMC Climbing and Hillwalking Recovery Plan This document provides activity-specific reasoning and measures which could allow phased reopening of the outdoors for the activities we represent in line with government regulations as they adapt. We are working collaboratively with other recreational bodies through stakeholder groups in both England and Wales to develop overarching ideas and ensure consistency and this ...

World in One Day Cycle Event to raise Funds for NHS Charities

Mark Beaumont, the round-the-world Record holder and friend of Vango, is organising an event during lock-down for cyclists called worldinaday.com supporting NHS Charities together.  So far, its raised an incredible £120,000 (at the time of writing).  We thought our outdoor enthusiasts and keen cyclists would want to get involved this coming Thursday 30th, April. The concept is very simple for worldinaday.com  You do whatever miles you can on your home trainer cycle/run/row Then simply #donateyourmiles (£1 for a mile) every Thursday The gold standard is to attempt a 240-mile ride on the turbo, which is a day-in-the-life of the circumnavigation World Record! All-day, starting at 4 am, there is a virtual peloton on Zoom, where inspiring Olympians, Paralympians and adventurers share their stor...

Tourism in Snowdonia is set to look very different after Covid

The National Park is already working on plans to attract ‘low impact’ visitors who stay longer and spend more money An entirely new approach to tourism in Snowdonia is likely once the Covid crisis is over. Long-running tensions between visitors and local communities have been brought into sharp focus by the lockdown, prompting Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) to “explore options for recovery and renewal”. Key to this is a new marketing strategy designed to create high-value tourism with longer stays, greater spending and high-end facilities. The long-term aim is to rid the region of “negative impact” visitors who are responsible for litter, gorse fires, sheep worrying and illegal off-roading. SNPA stressed future tourism policies will not be tailored for the...

Turning learning inside out

The leading governing bodies and associations involved in helping schools take teaching and learning beyond the classroom have united to set out an ambitious but simple plan to help schools adapt their lessons, curriculum and learning environments.  When schools are ready, we are here to support them to re-open to more pupils, by helping them enable high-quality learning experiences in school grounds, local spaces and home environments, and to support pupils transition between these different learning environments. The Prime Minister has indicated a gradual re-opening of more schools from 1 June, and the Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings recommends considering which lessons or classroom acti...