One should never understimate mountains and that's especially true in winter. The key is to be prepared. Good preparation leads to great adventures, but sometimes it also helps to protect one's health and even life. In spite of harsher conditions and perhaps a heavier backpack, winter hiking can be truly magical and more and more people are starting to realize that.
With decreasing temperatures, the number of hikers is falling as well. Not everyone is a fan of winter hiking and many times people think that it is just for the most devoted outdoor enthusiasts who don't mind wading through the snow and being outside in freezing temperatures. Cold weather might even be the most commont reason why people rather wait inside till spring. Right clothing, though, will keep you comfortable and safe all day long, even when it's freezing.
We obviously have a thing for merino wool. Nowadays, when outdoor shops are full of advanced synthetic materials with cutting-edge technology, our love for merino doesn't come merely from its outstanding functionality. It comes from nature itself.
As outdoor enthusiasts, we live close to nature, we love our time spent in it and we believe everyone has their share of responsibility for its protection. That's one of the reasons we like merino wool – because it is a 100% natural and sustainable material.
We have received a very nice review from Michal, our customer, who tested Black Hill Outdoor merino wool trousers and jacket during a 13-day adventure in Iceland. Even those who have never visited this place can probably imagine the tough weather conditions there. We are very happy that our clothing performed well. Big thanks to Michal for allowing us to share his review and pictures and we wish him a plenty of other great adventures!
New Zealand is well-known for its beautiful nature, merino sheep, and being the hotspot of extreme sports. Adrenaline junkies will thrive in here. Bungee jumping, paragliding, surfing, skydiving, climbing and many more. If you enjoy mesmerizing nature views and you are not afraid of dangerous action, these islands on the other side of the world have certainly something to offer.
I have no travel goals. There is no must-see list of countries in my head. There are just places I would like to see one day. It is only after I visit the place when I realize it's fascinating and would like to go back again. The northernmost state of India, Jammu and Kashmir, certainly belongs among these places. We are planning to do something that probably no-one with legendary Trabant, Polish Fiat and ancient Jawa 250 has ever tried: to pass the dreaded Himalayas in Kashmir and reach the altitude of 5,300 m above sea level on tires.
The Caucasus is still a relatively exotic place to most of us, we have just a few romantic images and very little information. That's why we love reading about adventures of travellers, who explored this far-away region. Our friend and customer Marek Kochan fulfilled his dream to conquer Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus and Europe. He sent us an interesting story he kindly allowed to us to share with you as well.
Wonderful material that is a must have for each outdoor enthusiast: that's merino wool. Thanks to its specific features it prevents a bad smell, it does not burn and has a self-cleaning ability. Despite that, it needs a little bit of care from time to time. How to take care of merino wool, wash it and clean it?
Nowadays, merino wool is getting more and more popular – not only for knitting sweaters, but also for outdoor apparel, active wear as well as everyday clothing. Why is this natural material considered to be a fibre of future?
Plastic. It's everywhere around and the initial enthusiasm about its wide-range use has been gradually replaced by horror. Tha fact that it can be used anywhere, anytime, has turned the advantage into disadvantage. People start to realize we live in the Plastic age and those concerned about the environment are trying to prevent our planet from suffocating under tons of plastic waste. Brace yourself, it will be a tough fight.