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  • Catstycam and the Modern World

    “The times they are a changing” sang Bob Dylan in 1964. And he was right. And since then lots has changed, and the pace of change has left many by the wayside wondering what the hell just happened. But change is up there with Death & Taxes I’m afraid, unavoidable and forced upon us. Companies...

  • Please say NO to the Glenridding Zip Wire

    People who live in the Lakes or come here regularly understand the differences between the different areas. Each area has it’s own distinct feeling and look. Windermere is the busiest and most touristy area, Wasdale and into the High Mountains have an almost Alpine feel, and Ullswater is known as...

  • We've been going through changes....

    The Shops... New Signs The quieter winters in Glenridding give us a great chance to make the improvements to the shops that we’ve dreamt about all year – hopefully without disruption to our few hardier customers. This meant that two winters ago we could take the opportunity to swap out our old ...

  • The Big Picture

    Fortunately I have a relatively long nose. There was a time when I wasn’t that keen on its length. My daughter has inherited this feature from me. (She says that she has corners on her head, my fault too.) I don’t think she blames me any more. She has A level biology now and understands abo...

  • So You Want To Try Camping #3...Cooking

    Well, June 2013 has peeped out from behind the clouds here in Cumbria and, so far, is doing us proud. In fact the back end of May didn't do a bad job of tandoori-ing all those shoulders and winter-white legs that showed up for the Bank Holiday and half term hols either. The campsites around Poole...

  • So You Want To Try Camping #2...A home from home. Zzzzz.

    Well, Easter 2013 got a bit too chilly for most tent campers in this area but we're getting a bit warmer now, and we're just topping up the lake for a few days before we have our first heat wave. So, we've got the tent to suit our plans and now need to think about what we need to make it comforta...

  • Oops! The Law Of Unintended Consequences

    I was looking at the OS map for our area (OL5) and came across 'The Bungalow' in Martindale, near the southern end of Ullswater. You can stay there if you want, but it's not a modern dwelling, not by a long way. Families, eh, what are they like? You don't really get a choice, do you? At least you...

  • So You Want To Try Camping? Read on ...

    I love camping! There's something about sleeping in a field that works for me. Early memories of holidays without parents in north Wales, a farm by the sea and, my, how tents have improved since those days. In those days you actually did sleep under cotton canvas, no zips, no sewn in groundsheet...

  • The Background Static Of Perpetual Discontent

    Is this all there is? In my salad days I spent a year in Paris, working as a teacher of English by day, and eating, drinking and indulging in other other life shortening stuff by night. Every working day I walked past Notre Dame cathedral on my way to work and always smiled politely (hangover p...

  • Tech Care, Lambs Ont Menu and the Second Law Of Thermodynamics.

    Pretty soon it will be February half term then a hop, a skip and a jump will take us into the Easter holidays, the campsites will open, the BBC will wheel out the 'Blue Peter for grown-ups' presenters and we'll get 'Springwatch' with all those cute little birds, badgers and otters...again. We'll ...

  • Dogsbody required, full training provided.

    Standing in the queue for my Friday night fish and chips with the usual crowd, I overheard a heated discussion between the local vicar and the Catholic priest about the point at which life could be said to begin, and its implications for the Church's stance in the abortion debate. Clearly unable ...

  • A Tale Told By An Idiot

    "Life's but a walking shadow... a tale told by an idiot... signifying nothing." I sometimes wonder about Shakespeare - not that often, I must admit- and the words he put into his characters' mouths. That was Macbeth, by the way, Polanski's movie version of the play is well worth watching. Shakesp...

  • In The Bleak Midwinter

    Well, we got to the midwinter solstice without any major catastrophes. The days are going to get longer and the nights shorter, hang on in there all you SAD sufferers! Winter can be a beautiful time in the Lakes, you just need to get out there when it isn't raining or foggy or windy...OK just try...

  • Just Passing Through

    I get it, I get it! Mr Italic, the staff development officer, (a.k.a. Didactosaurus), is spending some time with old Piet in the Pooley Bridge shop. The theme is layers. That Einstein chap was a clever beggar, but since he started messing about with those thought experiments and told us that not...

  • Henry, Karl and Charlie: Three Men and a Blog

    The Germans have an expression : Aller Anfang ist schwer. It means that it's difficult to begin something. I think I've got something to say, but I'm not sure how to start; actually that should do it, shouldn't it? When I was at school in the fifties and sixties, we were shown maps of the world w...

  • Admissions of Ignorance and Temporary Mystification

    If I ever get myself organised enough to do it, one trip I would like to make would be to drive north up through Norway as far as the arctic circle, and then a bit. The Northern Lights have always had a certain mystical and other-worldly appeal for me; that fluttering curtain of shimmering green ...

  • Let's Just Leave The Walrus Out Of This For Now.

    Catstycam, The Outdoor Shop has recently taken on an old apprentice, Piet. As part of his ongoing staff training, Mr Italic, the Staff Development Officer, is talking with Piet in the Glenridding shop. As a valued member of the team, and so that he will be able to carry on Catstycam, The Outdoor ...

  • Free Postage and Christmas Vouchers

    The season of goodwill is fast approaching and we want to help all of our friends to make the most out of Christmas. We are readying our shops for festive times and we have some great deals lined up. If you are unlucky enough not to make it to Ullswater then we are giving free postage on everythi...

  • Ad Montes Oculos Levavi

    I could be stating the blindingly obvious here when I say that one of the great drivers of our society is based upon the requirement to make people feel dissatisfied with their lives. On 'hoodwinking' them ... a falconry term describing putting a small leather hood over the eyes of the hawk so th...

  • A Free Man on Sunday

    It can only be a good thing in terms of the nation's health- both mental and physical- that the 'great outdoors' has become an object of desire for many people. In the words of the old folk song : I may be a wage slave on Monday, but I am a free man on Sunday. Alfred Wainwright is gradually gett...

  • Getting Started

    Working in a shop like Catstycam, with a group of people as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as they are, can be rather daunting for a latecomer such as myself. I've always had an interest in the outdoors, but somehow life seemed to get in the way and it's only now as I stumble through my late fift...

  • Rambling Associations

    It is often said that a journey of 1000 miles begins with one step, usually by people who have never walked 1000 miles, but like to sound worldly wise. Actually, I've never heard anyone say it, but it's a way of introducing the next bit of the blog, and it's what they call in the movies "product ...

  • Winter Walking Devices

    Winter Walking Winter walking can be one of the greatest experiences in the Lake District, the pure solitude and beauty of making new tracks in an untouched snowscape.  But as with everything round here, there are some things to know first.  Limitations are something that don’t just apply...

  • Sweaty Waterproof Jackets on Warm Wet Muggy Summer Days

    The Great Cumbrian Summer. Oh dear. It’s summer in the Lake District and it’s doing that raining thing again. But the Lakes are all full, the fields and trees are looking very green and lush, and there are no hosepipe bans. We never seem to manage to get the balance right do we? Over the winter a...

  • Summer Activities In & Around Ullswater

    Local Activities Provider Has A Great Summer of Events Local activitiy providers Reach Beyond Adventure are doing another summer of great activities based on and around Ullswater. If you fancy having a go at Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling (great fun), Canoeing, Archery, or the one I really want ...

  • Merino Wool, The Ultimate Natural Fibre

    The Evolution of Base Layers A Fine Looking Lady Back in the day, we were told to wear cotton T Shirts and woollen jumpers when we were hill walking (if you don't remember ask your Dad). Then synthetic base layers and fleeces came along and we were told wool is the worse thing to wear. And so it...

  • Boot Lacing Techniques

    In the Heart of Boot Country. Being at the foot of Helvellyn, on the Coast to Coast walk, and slap bang in the middle of the best walking area in the Country, we get a lot of people coming in with boot fitting problems that are spoiling their holiday. We always enjoy a challenge and it’s great to...

  • The importance of holidays (or at least getting up a hill)

    Above Meribel in the 3 Valleys France Holidays are very important. Believe it or not sailing the good ship Catstycam through difficult waters takes its toll on a fella, and now and again I need a break. Winters are always easier for us because it is a lot quieter, but the last few winters have b...

  • Catstycam Past Present & Future

    A brief history of the Outdoor Industry. When I started working at Catstycam about 15 years ago the outdoors industry was totally different. Companies were set up by outdoors people with an idea or the motivation to make things better. It was very much a cottage industry and lots of brands were s...

  • Choosing which Trekking Pole is right for you.

    It doesn't have to be confusing Although there are loads of different brands making loads of different types of trekking poles, they all do the same thing really. All you have to do is decide which features you want and find the pole with those features. We have made a video to try and explain th...

  • Walking or Trekking Poles Explained

    Glenridding or Hollywood? We have started making a series of short videos that we hope you will find useful. Because just about everything we sell in the shops goes straight into use, we need to make sure our customers know how to use their new kit. So we thought we would help people on the World...

  • Merry Christmas to all our friends.

    Grumpy Santa When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.... When he went to harness the reind...

  • Lake District Weather

    Winter is the new Summer A Temperature Inversion on Ullswater I was wanting to write about how great winter in the Lake District is compared to summer, and to prove me wrong we have just had 2 days of storms. Jamie had to close the shop early on Thursday and leg it home as the road was close to ...

  • My first blog by Andrew Laverick aged 40 3/4

    Hello. My name is Andrew Laverick and I am about to become a blogger. Andrew I have never done this before so please be gentle with me. I don’t really know exactly what it is I want to blog about, but I do have lots of opinions on just about everything on the planet so it shouldn’t be too diffic...

  • Competition Winner

    Kim from Hastings won our competition and drove up to the Lakes straight away to collect her prize of over £900 of our favourite outdoor gear. It was a beautiful Autumn day when she came in to collect her kit so she went up Glenridding Dodd in her new gear and took these pictures for us. Well don...

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