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The Arrival of British Summer Time

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016, By Edinburgh
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March is always a busy month for us in the store. We start moving from winter to summer, both in terms of the weather, but also in terms of our stock selection. This makes for an exciting time as with each delivery we get to catch a glimpse of new stock items, which builds excitements for the long summer days ahead. That’s not to say we don’t still enjoy what remains of the Scottish winter! With the changing of the clocks we can now get up a wee bit later or stay out a wee bit longer. For most of the winter store staff this means getting up to the ski centres of Cairngorm, Glenshee, or Glen Coe and Fort William if time allows.

This time of year is also the time to dust off the road bikes, ready for a few longer training days in the run up to some event or other. Store Manager Matt has signed up for the 3-pistes event in May. An event he looks to improve his time from last year. With training starting a few weeks earlier in 2016 I’m sure this will be no problem, assuming the weather is no worse (the 2015 event included a classic 4-season day of snow, rain, wind, and blasting sunshine too!).

Camping equipment starts to appear with ever more frequency, as does the pitter-patter of Duke of Edinburgh participants as they look to complete their expedition sections over the summer. The number of boot fits we have completed this month has put our resident Duke of Edinburgh leader Sion in good spirits as it means that the participants are taking the advice of their leaders and getting the boots early enough to break them in (for the most part!) With all boots we stress the importance of aftercare, keep them clean on the inside and outside, and apply the correct proofer from time to time will keep your boots in good shape for many years to come. If you are unsure what you should be doing then please pop in and see us in store with your (relatively clean) boots and we can explain the best practice to extend the life of your boots.

With each new season we run a training evening for all staff to make sure we know what to expect in the coming months. This year was capped by our very first pub quiz arranged by ‘quiz master’ Ben – though can you name this explorer?

A couple of days after this the store hosted the Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club AGM, with Easter eggs a plenty for attendees.  A great night was had by all, and congratulations must go to the new committee on securing their positions. We look forward to working with you next year to build the club.

You may have noticed we have also started a new ‘Club of the Month’ feature in store. We like to celebrate the hard work undertaken by these clubs in getting people into the outdoors. All local groups are invited to take part, and those that do are put up into the local group section of the Edinburgh Store knowledge page on our website too. We hope that this generates more interest in these clubs, and acts as an information point for individuals looking to join a club. If you would like to take part then please get in contact with us.

Marchs’ Club of the Month is the Haddington and North Berwick district walkers who head away year round for day trips around the Edinburgh Area. They also run two weekend trips annually and a variety of social events also. Please head the image below for more information.

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We have also said goodbye to staff member Tori. Having joined us from the Canterbury team in 2015, Tori was a great source of laughter in Edinburgh and we wish her well on her new venture over on the West Coast. Hopefully the midges don’t bite too much this summer! This means that we are currently recruiting for a Retail Sales Assistant so you may see some new faces in-store soon.

If your March was as eventful as ours then why not share your experiences through our social media channels? We’re on Facebook and Twitter and would love to hear from you. This goes for any tips and tricks as well as favorite bits of kit. We welcome your feedback! Otherwise get outside and enjoy the British Summer Time – there’s only a few months of it left.

The Cotswold Outdoor Edinburgh Team.
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