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Walking Together Towards A Better World.

Adventure Kit

 

Try and choose kit that is:

  • designed to be more environmentally friendly.

  • made from recycled materials and/or recyclable.

  • made in Europe.

  • made by companies with Environment Certification ISO 14001 and/or EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.)

  • made by companies with a named person in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility/ Environmental Care.

  • made by companies who each year, produce and make available on their website, a Sustainability Report or something similar with goals to achieve and progress towards attaining those targets.

  • made by companies that ‘give something back’ in terms of supporting organisations through donations of money or equipment.

  • made by companies who operate a recycling scheme which encourages the recycling of the company's products.

 

La Sportiva. Walking boots. Produced in Italy. Company is holder of ISO 14001.

 

Grivel. Ice axes and crampons. Produced in Italy. Company is holder of ISO 14001.

 

Biobags. Portable chemical free toilet. A simple, hygienic and user friendly system. 

     

Firewok. Fire base. Enjoy the beauty of a fire without burning the ground.

 

Trail Designs. Caldera Cone. Meths stove, so no empty gas canister into landfill. Light. Quiet.

 

Casio. Solar powered watches/altimeters.

 

Mountain Riders Eco Guide to Mountain/Ski resorts.

 

Mountain Riders Eco Guide to Mountain/Ski resorts (PDF).

 Accommodation
  • Orri de Planes

  • Chalet Anna

  • Nature Centre Les Planes de Son

  • Angel Orus Mountain Hut

  • Huttopia

Alternative Technology
  • Centre For Alternative Technology             

  • Terre Vivante

Banking
  • Cooperative Bank

  • Credit Cooperatif    

  • Triodos Bank

Insurance

Insurance covering you for hill walking, including helicopter rescue and repatriation, is required by Pyrenees Mountain Adventure.

 

Magazines
  • Ethical Consumer

  • Resurgance

  • Pyrenees Magazine​

Maps
  • IGN Geoportal. View IGN maps and satellite images of France in either 2D or 3D for free.

Pressure Groups
  • Mountain Wilderness France

Travel
  • SNCF. The government owned French rail network.

  • The Man In Seat 61. Tells you how to travel overland where you might think that air was now the only option.

  • Eurostar. London to Europe by Train.

  • Rail Europe. European rail travel for uk residents including Eurostar.

Patagonia Leading the Way.

You can tell outdoor clothing companies that are committed to sustainability and serious in their efforts to reduce the environmental footprint they have. They produce a durable product, make use of recycled materials and will only use organic cotton for example. They will have a named person in charge of something like Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainability and will have a mission statement which includes measurable targets to achieve. They will produce an annual report on their progress in achieving these targets.

Patagonia comes to mind as a pioneer in this area, as a market leader setting sustainability standards.




 

Weather
  • Meteo France Pyrenees-Orientales 

  • Pyrenees Forecast

  • Pyrenees Snow Forecast

Wilderness Matters
  • The Spirit of Adventure

  • BMC Green Guide to the Uplands PDF

Inspirational Videos.

Fjâllraven Leading the Way.

You can tell outdoor clothing companies that are committed to sustainability and serious in their efforts to reduce the environmental footprint they have. They produce a durable product, make use of recycled materials and will only use organic cotton for example. They will have a named person in charge of something like Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainability and will have a mission statement which includes measurable targets to achieve. They will produce an annual report on their progress in achieving these targets.

Fjällräven ( the name means artic fox)  is a Swedish company, specialising in outdoor equipment. In 2013 they launched The Fjällräven Way, a document that acts as a guide for their sustainability work. It contains four areas of activity linked to the cardinal points of the compass - the universal tool for way-finding.

N stands for Nature & Environment
E for Economy & Business Processes
S for Social Responsibility
W for Wellbeing.

"Our goal is a healthier outdoor life, now and for future generations."  Aiko Bode, Fjällräven's Chief Sustainability Officer..