10 episodes

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.

Outdoor Gear Chat 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.

    Episode 10: Rucksacks - What's in your sack?

    Episode 10: Rucksacks - What's in your sack?

    Join Cathy and Wayne as they talk about rucksacks and load carrying. Learn the importance of your squishy bits when it comes to measuring backsize, why most rucksacks aren't waterproof, why you might want to consider a "rucksack filing system" and how, when it comes to what you put on your back; big may not always be better!

    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 Rucksacks — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)
    Knowledge - Backpacks — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy

    • 41 min
    Episode 9: Rock Boots - Trust The Rubber

    Episode 9: Rock Boots - Trust The Rubber

    Wayne's getting into his climbing and wondering if he needs to buy rock boots. This week's talk with Cathy journeys through rubber, precision placements, flat toes, squished toes, slip lasts, leather and why tear inducingly tight climbing shoes might not always be a good thing. Good footwork, however, most definitely is!

    Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Young Minds Matter Appeal | Brathay Trust

    Buyers Guide to Choosing Rock Shoes — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)
    Footwear — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy

    • 33 min
    Episode 8: Stoves - Burning Ring of Fire

    Episode 8: Stoves - Burning Ring of Fire

    Cathy and Wayne talk stoves and fetishes in this episode - just how many stoves does a person need? Joining them is special guest Stuart Smith whose experience using stoves across the globe in hot, cold and wet environments shines through with descriptions of fire rainbows, sinking stoves and little prickers. Learn the difference between integral canister systems, multi-fuel stoves, why all gas is not equal and just how reading gas canister instructions helped Stu become an accomplished linguist.

    Listen ,learn, laugh and if you are able, please consider donating to our chosen charity: Young Minds Matter Appeal | Brathay Trust

    Buyers Guides to Stoves — The Climbers Shop / Joe Brown Blog (theclimbersshopjoebrownblog.co.uk)
    Knowledge - Cooking — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy

    For Events, Skills, Guiding and Event Safety:
    NAV4Adventure

    • 38 min
    Episode 7: Trad Climbing Gear - Nice Rack!

    Episode 7: Trad Climbing Gear - Nice Rack!

    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 Trust

    To 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 Academy
    Climbing Knowledge — The Joe Brown Outdoor Academy
    The British Mountaineering Council (thebmc.co.uk)

    You can buy Libby's book here:
    Rock Climbing: Essential Skills and Techniques (climbers-shop.com)

    • 30 min
    Episode 6: Walking Boots - When Size Really Matters

    Episode 6: Walking Boots - When Size Really Matters

    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 Trust

    To learn more about this topic please click through to:
    Buyers Guide To Walking Boots
    — 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

    • 40 min
    Episode 5: Gloves - Mittens vs Fingers

    Episode 5: Gloves - Mittens vs Fingers

    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...

    • 36 min

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