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Author: Cathy Casey and Wayne Singleton

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Join Cathy and Wayne as they chat about the pro's (and the con's) of technical outdoor clothing and equipment.Outdoor Gear Chat takes a lighthearted peek inside the wonderful world of fabrics, garments, footwear and equipment helping you to understand some of the science behind how to stay dry, how to stay comfortable and how to choose the best outdoor kit for you.
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Wayne's getting into trad climbing so he and Cathy are joined by British Mountain Guide, Author and DMM Ambassador Libby Peter to discuss what gear he should select for his first rack and why. Learn about why there are so many different types of nuts, cams, hex's and krabs, when you may want to use an extender, why coloured karabiners are a great idea and how Cathy unintentionally made an American climber very, very happy!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity:Young Minds Matter Appeal | Brathay TrustTo learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide to Building Your First Trad Rack — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Skills : Climb — The Joe Brown Outdoor AcademyClimbing Knowledge — The Joe Brown Outdoor AcademyThe British Mountaineering Council (thebmc.co.uk)You can buy Libby's book here:Rock Climbing: Essential Skills and Techniques (climbers-shop.com)
Join Cathy and Wayne for a second season of science stories and laughter. This episode explains why there are so many boots to choose from, the differences between fabric and leather, how boots should fit, why colour shouldn't matter, the importance of lacing and why the size you were expecting to buy might not be the size you walk out with. There is also mention of saveloy!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Young Minds Matter Appeal | Brathay TrustTo learn more about this topic please click through to:Buyers Guide To Walking Boots<br/> — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)How To Lace Your Walking Boots — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Blisters. Aaaaaaargh! — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Footwear — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy
Cathy and Wayne take a light hearted look at the science of gloves: why a tight glove isn't a good thing, why a large glove isn't necessarily a good thing either (!), why you may want to layer, which gloves are easiest to get a wet hand in and out and why choosing one with a nose wipe is a really good idea. All this AND why Wayne conducted the entire podcast in rubber....!!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Wayne Singleton is fundraising for Brathay Trust (justgiving.com)To learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide To Gloves — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Caring for Gloves and Accessories – Mountain Equipment (mountain-equipment.co.uk)Warmer hands and feet in the mountains - ...all but essential travel...
Cathy and Wayne take a light hearted look at the science of sleeping bags: why choosing to use a sleeping bag generally gives you a better nights sleep (!), sleeping systems, how to clean a bag at home,  why your choice of zip side is important, the differences between synthetic and down, how to make sense of temperature ratings and why a women's specific bag is a great idea if you are a.....woman!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Wayne Singleton is fundraising for Brathay Trust (justgiving.com)To learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide to Sleeping Bags — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)A (sleeping) Sound Investment — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Knowledge - Sleeping — The Joe Brown Outdoor AcademyDown Codex - Mountain Equipment (thedowncodex.co.uk)Rab Wash - Rab® UK
Cathy and Wayne take a light hearted look at the science of socks and how looking after our feet is critical to enjoying our time outdoors. Listen as they get down to the nitty gritty of footcare, foot smell, blisters, dry skin, sweat glands and trench foot. This is NOT a podcast to listen to while eating!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Wayne Singleton is fundraising for Brathay Trust (justgiving.com)To learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide to Socks — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Blisters. Aaaaaaargh! — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)» History of Socks (outdoorgearcoach.co.uk)
Cathy and Wayne take a light hearted look at the science of layering: why we sweat, why "wicking" is important, how layers keep us cool AND warm, why more and more clothes are being made from plastic bottles and tree fibres, nasty chafing and why, when it comes to technical underwear, going large is good. In fact there is a lot of talk about underwear. Men's and Women's. It is also highly likely that this is the first ever Podcast to coin the term "Hurty Boob Day"!Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Wayne Singleton is fundraising for Brathay Trust (justgiving.com)To learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide to Layering — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)Clothing — The Joe Brown Outdoor AcademyHow to Layer like a Pro — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)
Cathy and Wayne take a light hearted look at the science of waterproofs: the history of waterproofs, just how wet you can be in waterproofs, why your need to wash (and tumble dry) your waterproofs much more frequently than you used to and why Wayne is planning on being wet through to his undies, on purpose......Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Wayne Singleton is fundraising for Brathay Trust (justgiving.com)To learn more about this weeks topic click through to:Buyers Guide to Waterproofs — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown BlogGore-Tex Talk Sustainability in Chamonix — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown BlogWashing Your Waterproof Clothing — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown BlogClothing — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy
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