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Ethical Down Update :11th June 2017

Ethical Down Update :11th June 2017

Since starting this company we've always been concerned about ethical practices - more than anything this is for our own moral conscience. From Summiteer's point of the view being successful is entirely unrewarding if it is off the back of something bad, or someone else's suffering. At the time of starting this company the factory we used was in an ideal situation. It was exclusively receiving down from one farm. The benefit to this was that for us, as a company that cared about this kind of thing, we could investigate this specific farm more easily. Some of you may have noticed...

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10 Things for Summer Rock Climbing

10 Things for Summer Rock Climbing  It's that time of year when we put on our sticky boots and delve into a summer of rock climbing, still a little rusty from the winter. Mark Walker from New Routes Adventure has shared with us 10 things he does to make the most of his season. 1. Know where to go Have a Winter Climbers mentality and look at the wind direction. It does 2 things; Dries rock Blows climbers around 2. Have a go-bag  Military people, doomsday preppers and oddballs have these things called go bags (basically for items in order...

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Last Minute Tricks for Sleeping Warm

Last Minute Tricks for Sleeping Warm

There aren’t many positives to a cold nights sleep. I’ve had my fair share - curled up in the fetal position, uncontrollably shivering whilst glancing at my watch and wondering when morning will finally arrive. Sound familiar? And whilst we’re on the subject isn’t there absolutely nothing worse than turning over and seeing your mate right next to you enjoying a comfortable nights sleep, buried in their much superior (and far more expensive) sleeping bag? Now the business man inside of me is trying to get me to put in a link here to something like the ……cough!…..cough!…..Glow Worm 800…..cough!,...

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Looking After and Cleaning Your Down Sleeping Bag

Cleaning your down sleeping bag Looking After Down Sleeping Bag Washing your down sleeping bag

We started selling our Glow Worm sleeping bags back in August 2016 and I feel now is perhaps a good time to try to tackle the subject of washing your down sleeping bag. Now there are quite a few pieces online about washing a down sleeping bag. The majority of them fail to mention the most important thing about cleaning a down sleeping bag - avoid cleaning your down sleeping bag! I'm not trying to say you need to man up and just put up with a dirt stained, smelly bag. Far from it. What I mean by this is, try your absolute...

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Manufacturing in China, Ethics of Down and everything else....

Manufacturing in China, Ethics of Down and everything else....

I must confess when I started out on this venture I knew very little about outdoor equipment. I knew what 'I' wanted from my outdoor kit and I knew what price I could afford to pay for it - I then set up 'Summiteer' around that philosophy.  When looking for a first product to get us up and running I knew what I needed. It had to be a product that was instantly comparable to other companies. And that's how the Glow Worm's started. The idea that most wild campers, climbers and mountaineers knew what price a goose down sleeping bag...

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