What follows is very important indeed…
Here is a regularly updated listing of stuff that we have tried and tested and absolutely love. This is not advertising, this is recommendation. Most items here are recommended with no association between Wales Outdoors and the product. A few items we receive a kickback and sometimes you do to 🙂 This is because we have arranged with the supplier/manufacturer a discount for those who adventure with Wales Outdoors… Lucky you!
ONLINE SHOP – I have been working with Ecwid, a powerful and flexible e-commerce platform for selling anywhere, at any time. With Ecwid, you can sell seamlessly on any website, on social, mobile, on-the-go and in person. I love Ecwid, and think you will too! Thier customer service has blown me away. Check them out! http://open.ecwid.com/THQrL
HIRE CAR INSURANCE – I have yearly insurance with iCarHire Insurance and this seems to do the job, even for car hire in Iceland! It’s Europe wide cover so do have a look and save yourself some cash and avoid paying £££’s to the ‘criminal’ car hire companies.
VIEWRANGER – https://www.viewranger.com/en-gb – If you need a map app this is the one we recommend. There is a FREE version and a pay for version that costs the same as OS Maps but also includes excellent tracking and route software. It’s a no brainer!
OS MAP AND NAVIGATION APPS – OS Locate – This is a great and free app (thanks for the heads up Craig) that gives you on one screen a compass, grid reference and your height above sea level. A must have in thick mist and so a very useful back up navigation device on your phone. To manage your navigation from your phone you also really need OS Maps Online – The professionals choice and a bargain at £20 odd per year.
OTHER MAP APPS:
- maps.me – https://maps.me – my go to stripped down map app. Not cluttered and easy to read by a beginner navigator.
- strava – https://www.strava.com – the runners and cyclists choice – used by Martin 🙂
- wikiloc – https://www.wikiloc.com – some say the walkers choice – used by Al
- skymap – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid&hl=en_GB – not for the ground but for the night sky 🙂
ACTIVITY INSURANCE – https://www.protectivity.com/product/sports-accident-insurance/ – do think about protecting some income if your a keen adventurist. Companies liability insurance do not protect your income, you need personal accident insurance for that…
BIKE SECURITY – Litelok – Follow the link or use walesoutdoors10 for a 10% discount on these amazing bombproof bike locks. With EVERYONE I know in Cardiff that has owned a bike having had a bike stolen this is a big two fingers to thieves. I own one and wouldn’t cycle anywhere without it. If you follow the link the discount will be applied at checkout just before payment is made and if it doesn’t just add the code walesoutdoors10.
WTW – not heard of this? Go have a read and likely you’ll be convinced and will download the app – https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app/
FINANCES – I recommend getting away from your high street and moving in with these internet banks. Revolut – £7 credit to your new bank account when using this link – modern app based banking that is simply amazing and great for both uk and FREE overseas use – Andy uses this when travelling PLUS Triodos – the MOST ethical bank in the world? – Andy has moved across to this away from the Co-op due to it’s higher ethical position when investing customers money.
CONSUMING – Airbnb you get £34 off your first trip when using this link – personally I don’t like Airbnb but that’s long story but the people that sell their spare rooms are usually amazing and so I’ll continue to use the service… HelloFresh – £20 off your first box when following this link – great food delivered to your door and well worth an initial trial then make up your own mind…
MOUNTAINS – For the recording of your adventures this gem lists EVERY mountain in the world! Go visit the website and download the app – https://www.peakbagger.co.uk