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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • 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 the different features on a trekking pole, why they are there, what to insist on, and if they are relevant to you. As with so many things in life, the more you spend the better the trekking pole will be. But do you need to spend money on a spring when you always walk over soft ground, and are you happy to pay more for a lighter pole?

    Its like being in the shop

    I talk through the Leki and Black Diamond poles we do at the Glenridding shop, but we also have Trekmates trekking poles at the Pooley Bridge shop and these are available on


    The only thing I forgot to mention is a walking stick ferrule or pavement tip. These are rubber shoes that go over the tungsten carbide tips and stop you wearing down the tip if you are walking on the road or hard tracks for long periods. They have a metal disc in them to stop the tip shredding them and stop the clickety-click noise when you are walking on the road.

    I hope this is useful and helps you narrow down your search, but you can’t go too far wrong. Using any trekking pole is a million times kinder on your knees than not using a trekking pole, and makes you a lot more sure-footed.

  • 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 Wide Web to choose the correct product and know how to use it, if they are unlucky enough not to be able to pop along to Ullswater to see us.

    Our 1st Video

    The first one is about trekking poles and it is over 10 minutes long with me repeatedly saying “Knees”. I thought I could just talk to camera unscripted as if I were talking to a customer and it would all be great. It has turned out not too bad, but that is mainly down to Mikes editing skills.

    Have a look here to see our 1st go at making a video.

    2nd film up to scratch with Mike Scorsese behind the camera

    I am much happier with our 2nd video. We have learned quite a bit from making that 1st video, and also been given some great advice. We have broken the 1st video into 2 parts, and tried to bring a bit of order to the occasion.

    I would like to introduce you to number 1 in a series of films about all things connected with hill walking round Ullswater.

    Trekking Poles are a really popular product for us. They are one of those products that really do work. If your knees hurt on a long descent then try using a pair of trekking poles. They take tons of pressure off your knees over a day’s walking, and that 3rd point of contact with the ground really does improve your stability. We used to hire out trekking poles as a try before you buy thing and just about everybody bought some. You notice the benefits they bring straight away and by the time you are coming down off the hill without aching knees you want a pair of your own.

    So our 1st official Catstycam video is about how to use a Trekking Pole and adjust the length for different terrains. I really do hope you find these videos useful , and if there are any topics you would like us to cover please get in touch and let us know.

  • Merry Christmas to all our friends.

    Grumpy Santa

    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 reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

    Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

    Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

    Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas   tree.

    The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

    And thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

    Xmas Fairy

    A Christmas Tree Fairy

    Not very many people know this.

    Merry Christmas to all our friends, and best wishes for 2012.

    Georgia, Jamie, Mike, Andrew & Sete.

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