A few months ago Mountain Warehouse got in touch and asked me a few questions about Geocaching. I was happy to answer as I’ve been a huge fan of geocaching for years. I was also lucky enough to be sent some of their fab range to wear when out geocaching, which I have been testing to the max.
In April Mountain Warehouse launched a fun giveaway to inspire people to get out and start Geocaching. They provided free sheep trackables at their stores and sent me one so I could join in too. It’s easy to start geocaching and once you start, you can try and find one of the sheep take a picture with it Share on Facebook, twitter, Instagram or Pinterest using #MWGeoTrail and then place in a new cache. Hurry though, as the giveaway ends next month and the prize is AMAZING!
I haven’t had a trackable in a while, so I headed out into the countryside and dipped it in a few caches, this is the process of logging it as visiting caches, but you don’t actually leave it behind. Trackables can be found of any shape and size and are registered on the official geocaching site. I have been checking the #MWGeoTrail tag on twitter and am impressed with how far they’ve been travelling.
I spend a lot of days geocaching in all types of weather. I usually end up walking quite a bit and like to carry around accessories to help me add swaps to caches. So I was quite happy to receive a fantastic rucksack (£24.99), pair of walking shoes (£39.99) and a waterproof jacket (£79.99) to keep me warm during my caching.
The jacket is extremely comfortable, keeps me warm and cool at the same time and has a waterproof rating of 20,000mm, fully taped seams and waterproof zips. This has been tested with all the bad weather we have had and I can confirm I kept snug and dry. Usually I struggle to keep hoods on in storms, but this jacket has a great hood that is slightly weighted to stay in place during the rain. There are lots of pockets to stash caching accessories and underarm vents to help keep you cool during a vigorous hunt for a well hidden cache.
The Merlin 35 Litre Rucksack is big enough to keep a days worth of accessories for a long day caching. I can fit my packed lunch, a camera and odd bits and pieces in with plenty of room to spare. I love the side mesh pockets that can hold a drink or bottle of hand sanitiser for easy access. We’ve also used the straps on the front of the bag to hold three pairs of shoes when paddling at the beach. This bag has been most places with me during several storms and still looks brand new. I am a bit of a rucksack lover, but this one holds my heart at the moment.
I always worry when I get new walking shoes. It usually takes me a while to wear in good shoes and those first weeks can be uncomfortable. But theses shoes seemed to have been made to fit my feet. From the first wear they were amazing. Comfort, keeping my feet dry and allowing me to walk for miles with no blisters. I have tested these shoes in muddy terrain and wet puddles and they still retain their new appearance. I was a little unsure about them sitting below the ankle as my old walking shoes sit quite high, but I actually prefer this style and sometimes end up wearing them on trips out when tough terrain is not on the cards. Plus they are a bit of a bargain!
Mountain Warehouse always have great offers in store and I’m always tempted by their ranges, I feel very lucky to have been sent such lovely products.
*I was sent these items for the purpose of this review, all views an opinions are my own.