OverviewThe Tamarack Recommended is a list of clothing and equipment recommended by the Tamarack Team. The list is not exhaustive, is constantly changing and is based on all seasons from foreshore to mountain in the UK. The Mike, Tony and Sally says paragraph is a hints and tips section written on personal experience using these items both working, living and playing outdoors.
Please remember that all the items within the Tamarack Recommended section are used by the team on a regular basis, what the team recommends might not suit you as an individual. To check the full details of each product simply click the image
The products we recommend can be identified by the Tamarack Rosette
Mike has been living and working outdoors all his life. He kicked off in the Scouts, then onto the Army Cadet Force, and was involved in the Celtic Survival school at the age of 12. He was a British Army sniper and physical training instructor, is a qualified Arborist with over 20 years working with trees, has worked for Lancashire County Council as a Countryside Ranger, is a Mastercraftsmen drystone waller and has carried out many conservation tasks within Lancashire such as tree planting, wetland and habitat management and hedge laying. He has lived and worked with the Sami Reindeer herders of Northern Sweden and the Hadza Bushmen of Tanzania. He is an avid open boat canoeist, camper, walker, snowshoer, dogsledder and environmentalist.
Tony has been involved in the outdoors from a young age. A keen cyclist in his teenage years saw him out constantly on many trips, including a tour of the southern coast of England. Over 10 years Tony travelled over 50,000 miles on his bike and took trips to both Holland and Germany, plus a 3 week trip cycling from Portsmouth to Santander, Spain via the Pyrenees in a 1200 mile holiday. Work and family life took centre stage for a while until setting up the Tamarack partnership with Mike, Sally and Trudie. These days a little older (and a little heavier) the hobbies have moved on to walking and open boat canoeing - and even the purchase of another bike, although the saddle is less comfortable than he remembers !
Sally has always had a love of the outdoors. Out in all weather, Sally has kept her love for animals found in her childhood on the farm. She is patiently training her dogs, if you can train Springer Spaniels, with regular long walks in all weather. She has a passion for travelling and over the years has been to Tanzania, China, Peru, Japan, Egypt, Sweden and Thailand. Mike will tell you this is why all of his holidays have to be in the Lake District! Sally is able to test her clothing and equipment in all conditions and has come to realise (as much as it is against all she knows as a farmers daughter) that spending on quality items does pay in the long run.
Below is a list of each of the catergories our recommended products fall under . Click the link for each section
BACKPACKS AND BAGS
TENTS, TARPS AND SLEEPING
WATER AND FIRE
TORCH AND NAVIGATION
FIRST AID AND SURVIVAL
Tamarack have been working closely with Scout leaders over the past year, and through demand from them they have asked us to put together a Scout specific equipment list that all good Scouts should carry.
You may find as a parent or guardian that the majority of this equipment is on the expensive side. This is because it has been tried and tested in the field and will last a lot longer, if cared for, than cheaper items. A lot of the equipment will carry the Scout into adulthood, and maybe even passed on to the next generation.
SCOUT RECOMMENDED LIST