Archive for July, 2010

bracken season = Tick Season

If  you spend any length of time hill walking at this time of year in Scotland, then you know how easy it is to pick up ticks.  When the bracken stands tall and invades the paths it is all too easy to brush past it allowing the small insects their opportunity to latch on.  Here is some tips on hill walking at this time of year to avoid picking up ticks.

  • if possible avoid single track paths, especially on lower hills where the bracken and other plants have bushed out
  • Wear long socks – helps prevent abrasions from brittle heather too
  • Regularly check for ticks during your walk
  • Full tick screen, probably in the shower after being out in the hills.

Ticks carry some nasty infections so it is well worth the effort.

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Want a challenging and satisfying job working in sales?

Want a challenging and satisfying sales job admidst the Scottish hills where you can hillwalk, mountaineer, ski, fish, stalk, mountain-bike or bushcraft?

If yes we may be able to help.

We are looking to add a sales person to our team based in Aboyne  in Royal Deeside. You would be involved in retail, trade, internet and mail order sales, assist in buying retail stock and have an influence in our product design.

Working in Hilltrek is not like working in another outdoor retailer because we manufacture our own clothing in our workshop on site. You would work closely with our design and production staff to convert customer requirements to customer satisfaction -and we already have satisfied customers in over 20 countries from Greenland to Australia.

Working with us is not like working in boring web sales because you will meet real customers in our shop who will give you direct feedback which you can use to help to improve our products using your excellent communication skills.

You will need to be strong on product knowledge which is our edge.

Outside our own Ventile and Nikwax clothing ranges we carry a only few product lines from other manufacturers but in far more depth than other retailers. We have had a long association with Páramo being one of the first retailers in 1994 to be convinced of Páramo’s Directional Waterproof concept.  Since then we have become the only Páramo Premier Retailer in Scotland north of Perth and the only one authorised to carry out repairs to Páramo clothing. We also have a licence from Nikwax Fabrics, Páramo’s sister company, to use their Nikwax Analogy fabric to manufacture our own Made To Measure Clothing, Childrens Nikwax Clothing and incorporate within our Cotton Analogy range.

Ideally you will already have retail experience, a strong interest in outdoor clothing and equipment and love of the outdoors.

If you want more information we can send you a job description and if you are interested please send your CV to sales@hilltrek.co.uk

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Walk Reader Awards – Paramo

Walk Magazine issued its reader awards for 2010 earlier in the year and the best overall walking brand winner was Paramo.  The Hilltrek store in Aboyne and the online store stock a wide range of products including the Gold Winning walking trousers.  This walking trouser gives a hill walker a lot of adaptability to changing weather conditions, warmth on cold days, vents to open on hotter days, lots of zips that work reliably even in poor weather conditions.   The Walk Magazine have published this video from the event.

Walk Reader Awards from Athar Abidi on Vimeo.

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Hillwalking & Music

There is a strong connection between the local landscape and music.  Camerson McNeish writes about this in a post entitled, Mixing hills with music.  Tarland fiddler, Paul Anderson named his latest music collection the, Lochnagar Collection and many a traditional Scot’s song has a romantic connection with the land, listen to the words of Bonnie Glenshee for example.  If you are out or visiting the Deeside hills over the next couple of months, then why not relax or join in a Deeside Session at a local bar?

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Bushcraft Day at Hilltrek Saturday 10th July

July 10, 2010
11:00 amto4:30 pm

Lawrence Clark from BushCraft Ventures will set up camp outside our doors this Saturday in Aboyne.  Lawrence is a bushcraft expert who plied his trade with Ray Mears and was only one of three people in the UK  to receive the prestigious ‘Ray Mears Instructors knife’ -an acknowledgement of his highly developed skills. As part of his work he spent time in the Arctic living with the Psami (Lapps) peoples of Northern Sweden.

On display will be clothing and equipment used in bushcraft and wilderness survival, including; clothing made from cotton, wool and furs, and cutting tools.

Demonstrations will take place on traditional fishing hooks manufacture, fire lighting , wood carving and simple steam bending.




Many bushcrafters are aware of Hilltrek Ventile products such as the Braemar Smock  and the Ventile poncho. Our staff will be on hand  to discuss the properties of Ventile and some of our new innovations including Cotton Analogy.

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See us at the Scottish Game Fair this weekend

July 2, 2010 9:00 amtoJuly 4, 2010 6:00 pm
We will be at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th July on stand D11 in Ducks Row.
On display and for sale will be our own range of Ventile Clothing  and Cotton Analogy Clothing including a sneak preview of several new Hilltrek products including ventile overtrousers and a new shooting waistcoat.  We will be offering 10% off a Hilltrek Made To Measure garment if you order at the Fair.
For sale on the stand will be  a range of leading outdoor clothing brands including Naturally Páramo , Leki poles,  Nikwax, X socks, Teko socks and much more.
We will be offering the Páramo ‘Adventure On’ deal at our stand where you can buy a Torres Gillet for £10, worth £79,  if you purchase a Velez Smock!
See www.scottishfair.com for more details
See you there and lets hope the weather is good
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