Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The New Two-Day Event Being Held In Northumberland on 20-21st August

    I recieved an email today from some people ive shopped with  before,about an event they have planned,so i offered to help share the event for them.Here are the details                                                                                                                                                                        

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Meet The Challenge
The New Two-Day Event Being Held In Northumberland on 20-21st August

Online retailer and adventure specialists, Above & Beyond, are holding a two-day outdoor event based in Northumberland, created to test the stamina and endurance of all those who enter. 

Called The Challenge, the event will see participants who take part enjoy a free nights camping at Ingram before being bussed (free of charge) to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. 

From there, they’ll have to navigate to Clennell Hall in Northumberland National Park, via a route of their own choosing. However, they must hit our check points which will ensure they take in some of the regions most impressive scenery and well-know hills. 

Then, after another night of free camping in the grounds of Clennell Hall (which is free from light pollution and is only 40 minutes away from the Kielder Obseratory), they’ll then have to find their way back across this incredible part of the UK to where it all began in Ingram.

Over the two days, those taking part can expect to cover around 40 miles of beautiful terrain; although this will vary for each participant as there’s no fixed route. Entrants must hit a series of check points along their way, however, the route they choose to take between each is up to them.

This introduces an element of strategy to proceedings, as route choice will need to take into account a number of things; such as weather, terrain, skills, fitness and ability.

That said, The Challenge isn’t a contest or a race and how people tackle it is up to them. They can walk it at a gentle pace and admire the beautiful scenery of Northumberland, or go ultra-light and run the entire way. 

The Challenge is with themselves - not against others taking part. And a challenge it will be, because although the rolling hills of Northumberland are beautiful at times they are brutal too. If you enter, expect to ascend between 3 to 4.5K feet each day.

Event Organiser, Darren Smith, had this to say: “We decided to create the Challenge because we’re based in Northumberland and we love the Region. We wanted more people who enjoy outdoor life to experience the incredible scenery in this amazing part of the world. 

“Northumberland National Park was voted the UK’s favourite national park and has topped a Condé Nast Travellers List of The World’s Best Parks, yet a lot of people don’t realise how amazing, vast and unspoilt the scenery is up here. We want more people to experience it.” 

He went on: “We work with some of the world’s leading adventurers and wanted the event to reflect this. The clothing, equipment and brands we sell cater for wild camping and adventure in the world’s toughest environments, therefore, we felt the event should reflect this. So that’s what we created - a walk in the park which will be any but!”

As well as being a physical challenge, those taking part will need to be on point mentally, too, with good navigational skills (or have a member in their group who possesses them). And they will need to be self sufficient in the hills over the two days as well, carrying their own food and water. There is the chance to grab a shower, food and drinks during their night of camping at Clennell Hall - but during the day runners and walkers will be reliant on the kit and provision they have with them in their rucksacks.

Clennell Hall itself is a stunning Grade II Listed building where everyone taking part will be allowed to camp for free. If they like, those wishing to run the Challenge can rent a room at Clennell Hall and leave their tent at home giving them the option of going ultra light. There’s a stream for people to wash in or hot showers if they prefer. There’s also a bar and restaurant but people are equally welcome to bring their own food and stoves - the event really is flexible and designed to be whatever type of adventure you want it to be.

In the morning there’s the chance to grab a bacon butty for £2.50 (or more substantial breakfast) before setting off back to Ingram. Camping at Ingram is also free, meaning once participants make it back they have the option of staying on a few extra days to see and explore more of stunning Northumberland.

Tickets for The Challenge are just £45 and those who wish to enter can register here:

For more info visit the event page on the Above & Beyond website:

For Press, PR or Sponsorship inquiries please contact:

Darren Smith, Director
Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd
07860 280477

  • Northumberland’s Only 2-day event
  • Takes place August 20-21st 2016
  • Run, walk or crawl - it’s up to you
  • Entrants plot their own route
  • Participants will be self-sufficient in the hills
  • Camp at Clennell Hall or book a room
  • Tickets Price: £45
  • Free camping
  • Free parking during the event
  • Free collection by buss at Ingram for ride to Kirk Yetholm

About Above & Beyond Adventure Ltd:
  • Specialist online retailer
  • High-end clothing and equipment for any adventure
  • TGO Awards Online Retailer of the Year 2013
  • Voted runner up in TGO awards every year since
  • Run adventure training courses as well as sell outdoor equipment
  • Supporting a number of adventurers and charity expeditions
  • Ambassadors: Megan Hine, Neil Remfrey-Foote & Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Poolewe too kinlochewe Day 3 & 4

 So day three started nice again,blue  skies nicely laced with moving clouds,we had chatted about routes back towards Loch Fada but happily agreed to not drop to Loch an Nid and then head round to Fada

We dropped down Coire nan Clach then headed southwest to past the small lochs to drop back down around 065720,some lovely wild ground no pathes just deer and lovely grass.

 Sadly i failed to "Leave no trace" at this camp spot

 Ive been to Loch Fada a few times and its such a beautiful wild loch,so we sat a while and had a second breakfast 

 We crossed the outflow and started down Gleann Bianasdail,but we left the path at roughly 035685 and just headed upwards,a bit rough in places but its great to make your own way over wild ground

 Loch Fada beach from about half way up Slicoch

 The views from this great mountain ( Slicoch ) were as good as last time i passed this way,the only worry was the thunder storm we could see and hear over the Fannichs to the East of us,luckily it stayed away

Looking down to our last wild camp spot on the shores of Loch Maree

 It was a stunning camp and very very warm,but a nice breeze came down the Loch and filled our shelters

 Great tea again,these were bought from James at Basecamp foods

 32.7 c !

 Our last day started with low cloud and that bloody cuckoo who plagued us the whole trip ! This time he had two friends and was in full cry by 3-40 am ..we gave up with sleep and put a brew on but sadly the "devils" were out.head nets on we packed and left,an hour and we were back in the car and heading home

 We stopped at the old truckers cafe between Kingussie and Newtmore,they also had showers

For general info

               Day 1 :  25k   1359m ascent
                  Day 2 :  11k   1135m ascent
                  Day 3    19k   1066m ascent
              Day 4    5k     114m    ascent

 Heres the last video of the trip,thanks for watching hope you enjoyed it

Monday, 6 June 2016

Poolewe to Kinlochewe Day 2

 Day 2 of this trip started dry with some nice high cloud,much relief after the mid 20s of the day before,we dropped back down to the col left the sacks and clambered up Ruadh Stac Mor

Back to the packs we cut across to the low col at 544m and then the steep pull to the North end of Beinn Tarsuinn,what a great bit of ridge it was along to the table top and then onto the summit.When id been last time a strong 60-70 mph wind had me crawl to the summit from the East side,no such problems this time 

 Lovely cloud sat on the summits of Sgurr Ban and Mullach coire Mhic Fhearchair

 We came across some of the wild goats on our way across,these were much bigger than ive seen before

 Beinn Tarsuinn ridge

Looking down Gleann Muice towards Shenaval bothy

 We used the bypass path on Meall Garbh and then the stiff pull up onto the highest of these prized peaks..Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair

We carried on over the top,left the packs at the col and had a nice walk up onto Sgurr Ban.Id spied a spot to camp and luckily it was a nice spot and only about 100 ft down from the col

 Shelters up we got caught in a short shower while collecting water but wind shirts soon dryed after the shower had passed,a lovely evening again

 Tonites tea was another Bla Bland and a favorite of this was soon gone

Shelter view across to the Fanniches 

 It had been a tough day with some rough ground but i nipped back up to the col after tea and there was some lovely light and clouds around

 A'Maighdean and ruadh Stac Mor in the evening light


Some Lakeland Toffee Vodka to end another great days wandering

                           Heres  a video of the day,thanks for watching