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  • Visit Sweden for “The Nature” outdoor experience

    The opportunity to take part in a fully organised trip to Sweden was something that our staff deemed too good to pass up. Superbly organised by OAS (Outdoor Academy of Sweden) and Visit Sweden. The aim of the trip was to give us a taste of Sweden and the...
  • Climbing Rope Buying Guide

    Your rope is probably the most important link in the climber's safety chain, because of this, care should be taken in choosing the right one and looking after it. Hopefully this guide will help… Climbing ropes have developed from the old hemp plated ones your granddad has in his attic...
  • Climbing Protection Buying Guide

    A quick guide to the different types of climbing protection. This covers all the shiny cool things that some people seem to take up climbing for; it also includes the not quite so glamorous slings. Climbing protection can first be split into passive or mechanical protection. Passive protection includes most...
  • Climbing Carabiners & Quickdraws Buying Guide

    Carabiners, Karabiners, crabs, snap links or any other abbreviation that you use for them are the links between practically everything that climbers and mountaineers use. They are arguably the most important invention in climbing history and we would imagine every climber in the UK has at least one. Having said that, there...
  • Climbing Shoes Fittings Tips

    Performance and fit are closely linked. In general, a badly fitting boot will also perform badly, no matter how technical it may be. Conversely, a well fitting boot will probably feel like it 'climbs' well, even if it's billed as a boot for beginners or intermediates. Getting the right fit for...
  • Climbing Shoe Buying Guide

    In the 1930's the first rubber-soled shoes designed specifically for climbing were made by Pierre Allain to allow him and his friends to climb harder routes at Fontainebleau and in the European Alps. These were essentially plimsolls but they began the development of the highly technical climbing shoes used today...
  • Short Review: Osprey Quasar 28

    Marcos has recently joined the team at Taunton Leisure but has worked within the industry for a number of years. Marcos has a passion for walking and has recently started to develop his climbing. If you commute or travel regularly and you require a rucksack that is also suitable...
  • Review: Lowe Alpine Eclipse 35 Rucksack

    A review of the Lowe Alpine Eclipse 35 rucksack from Paul, esteemed product blogger and Exeter store staff member. A new and improved Eclipse from Lowe Alpine, they’ve updated the looks and functionality of their multi-activity day pack and were kind enough to send me one to test out. Over the...
  • Product Review: MSR WindBurner Stove System

    Matt is one of the full-time members of staff in Taunton. Having experience from Ten Tors, Duke Of Edinburgh and his own expeditions, Matt is able to offer advice on a wide range of equipment. Known to be a bit of a kit monster, Matt is usually the first to...
  • Product Review: Rab Vapour-Rise Guide Jacket

    Marcos has recently joined the team at Taunton Leisure but has worked within the industry for a number of years. Marcos has a passion for walking and has recently started to develop his climbing.  In my opinion, it is the best jacket Rab has produced so far... Once in a...

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