Fancy a £500 adventure grant? Sure you do!

If you’re like us, 9 times out of 10 it’s the finances that put a spanner in the works when trying to figure out that next big adventure; and also if you’re like us you then wonder what the hell you did with  all your money in your early 20s (and why did spending £100s every month on tequila shots seem like a valid use of money!!)

The usual ‘adventure blockers’ seem to be finances, time, and skill. Well here’s an opportunity which will wipe one of those blockers of the list…no it’s not a time machine, but what it is, is a pretty awesome £500 Adventure Grant from Intrepid Magazine.

 

 

This is an Adventure Grant with a difference; as Intrepid Magazine editor, and all round adventure junkie, Emily Woodhouse explained –

“…[She] wanted to go on an adventure. Specifically, she wanted to climb unnamed mountains in Kyrgyzstan… 

She didn’t think it was safe to do that on her own, because she wasn’t an experience mountaineer. Trouble was, she also didn’t have enough money going spare to afford to be on a trip with a guide. She looked into grants, but time after time they said that commercial tours weren’t eligible.

Then she remembered a story about a man who couldn’t sell his stately home…

No one would give him the full price for the house – it was too expensive for most people who wanted to live there. Instead, he sold £2 raffle tickets until he raised the value of the house and then picked a winner. Your dream home for £2?! Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Why can’t the same thing happen for adventure grants…?”

Well now thanks to Emily, the same thing can happen for adventure grants; the set up is pretty straight forward, in a nutshell, the total Adventure Grant fund needs to reach £1000 – and it is made up from budding adventurers ‘buying’ a raffle ticket – so £1 = 1 Raffle Ticket (although you can enter as many times as you like to boost your chances!)

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What is an Adventure Anyway?

There’s no selection criteria, no entry forms. It really is as simple as throwing in a quid (or more!) for your chance to win the £500 grant! Of course there are a few PR bits to go along with it, which is no biggie, and the details are in the FAQ section on the CrowdFunder page.

So what the heck are you waiting for?

No seriously why are you still reading this?

Go already!

 

 

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In Review: The Primal Pantry – Almond & Cashew Raw Paleo Bar

If you’re like me, you must be a pretty awesome,  you’ll find the ever saturated nutritional snack isle more a source of confusion than convenience. It literally feels like there’s a new brand on the shelf every week, and for me anyway, it’s getting to the point where I’ve begun to just think ‘oh forget it’.

So for that reason, I am taking it upon myself, in the name of ‘the outdoor and adventure’ community, to snack like I have never snacked before and review a product plucked from the nutritional snack isle each week. I will be marking each (out of 7 summits) on taste & texturecost, and bang-for-your-buck (nutrition).

So without further ado – first up I have the Almond & Cashew Raw Paleo Bar – from The Primal Pantry.

 

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TASTE & TEXTURE: 

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Spot on. (that was easy)…but honestly the blend of flavours is great – and due to the ‘basic’ nature of the ingredients there’s really not much else to unpack on this point. I did find the bar a touch on the small side, but larger 45g bars are also available.
Something that often bugs the hell out of me is getting bits stuck in my teeth, especially if I’m on the side of a mountain without a tooth pick, or possibly with a tooth pick, but with huge gloves on! I’m pleased to report a zero, on the ‘stuck in the teeth’ scale, and I gave it a really good chew too.

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COST:

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When The Primal Pantry Founder; Suzie Walker, is quoted on the Primal Pantry website saying “We should stop asking why real food is so expensive and instead question why processed food is so cheap”  you might expect to be digging deep into your pockets. But with an average cost per bar of 62p well…that’s cheaper than a Kit-Kat.
I’m sure the cost will vary, but I managed to get that on offer in a supermarket; even at the normal list price it works out at 75p per bar.

 

 

 

BANG-FOR-YOUR-BUCK:

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Despite tasting superb, and being really relatively cheap, I was found wanting after just a short time, perhaps the larger bar would do the trick, but I can’t help but think I would be a little disappointed after one of these out on the trail. I could easily scoff the whole packet in one, paleofest, sitting.

Typical Values Typical Values per 100g Per Bar
Energy (kJ/kcal) 1909/458 573/138
Fat 27.0g 8.0g
(of which saturates) 3.4g 1.0g
Carbohydrate 39.2g 11.8g
(of which sugars) 35.7g 10.7g
Fibre 4.8g 1.5g
Protein 12.1g 3.6g
Salt 0.02g 0.01g

 

FINAL WORD:

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Certainly a decent enough snack bar, would it make it into my hiking backpack? In honesty no. But I see this more as a straight-swap bar for those impulse snacks (I mentioned a Kit-Kat earlier, and my god am I a sucker for a Kit-Kat) well I’ve found my new go-to bar for those ‘at the counter’ impulse buys.

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Ben Nevis Summit vLog [2016]

Dug out from the archives is our vLog taken from Nevis back in 2016; at the time it was our tallest peak, we learned a lot on Benny, and the memories although not ‘enjoyable’ are fond ones.  We would love to hear some of your Benny Memories too! I’m everyone has an interesting story to tell; or indeed that Ben Nevis gave them a good story to tell!

Hope you enjoy this vLog which was filmed by David: