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Our staff members are always out and about, making the most of their time off to go and have fun, using and testing the kit we sell. We're going to try and let you know what we get up to, with monthly updates.

Roz wears Tenaya Oasi shoes from Beta Designs #babe Rhos - As well as her normal 'crush it' routines at the local climbing wall in preparation for Tokyo 2020, Roz took her last remaining chunk of annual leave to visit Switzerland for some bouldering. Her trip account can be found here. Roz entered the Bristol Open Bouldering Championships, coming 2nd in a strong field. She is also the star cover girl on the new Rockfax South Wales Sport Climbs guidebook.

Elan checking the tide states while crossing the Bristol ChannelElan - As well as being found training on the river most evenings, Elan has managed to get out sea and river paddling this month. The three sea paddles consisted of a 45 mile crossing of the Bristol Channel to Exmoor, a trip to Flat Holm, and a trip from Dunraven Bay (Southerndown) to Tusker Rock. With the rain a week ago, he also managed two runs of the Tawe. Last weekend saw him walking in Snowdonia - bad knees prevented the planned run through the Devil's Kitchen, but walks up the Pyg track on Snowdon and Y Garn, and a paddle on the Dee at Llangollen, were fun none the less.

Heather - took a trip to Pembrokeshire, with a walk out to the Green Bridge from Stackpole. Make sure the Castlemartin Range isn't open if you're making this trip! It can also be amazing to kayak along this section, framed by St Govan's head and Linney Head.

North Wales bouldering for EmmaEmma - Rearranging her weekends off meant that Emma could get up to Snowdonia in the middle of the month, with walking and bouldering on the menu. She also walked up Pen y Fan, showing her parents the delights of the Brecon Beacons, and could be found in Boulders Climbing Wall as the weather got colder.

James T
- also took his remaining two weeks of annual leave, heading off in his camper van for a couple of days, including a trip to Peppa Pig world. James was far more excited about this than his kids! The trips covered a whole lot of mileage, with some easy walking in North Wales and around Loch Lomond in Scotland, as well as a trip to Chester Zoo.

David - It's been a quiet month for Dave during November, with only a few short local walks, including a stroll up Pen y Fan and Cribyn in the snow. He's nursing a poorly back back to health in preparation for some adventures next year - stay tuned for more.

- A normal winter's start for Ben, with him mainly to be found with Beth at Spot Climbing. He's finally getting round to finishing his house off, so hasn't been out as much as he'd hope (but the house still doesn't look finished). Chris at Ffoegs Folly, Avon Gorge
Chris - took the chance to visit the Avon gorge while visiting our Patagonia rep (ex U&U staff member Andy) for a sales meeting, apparently 'testing out kit'. They took a bash at Hell's Gates and Ffoegs Folly, although they didn't have much time as other meetings were scheduled. Along with Heather, Chris has spent a few more days on the road this month, looking at the ranges from Arc'teryx, Rab and Patagonia, among others, both coming back quite excited with what's in store for the next Autumn/Winter season. The end of November also marked Chris completing his 300th mile of running this year, having never done 200 miles in a single year before this, a very impressive achievement!

Lowri - managed to get a few evening runs in this month, but didn't manage to get out on the hills. She's looking forward to Christmas with some more time off to take the boys and Chris out.

Our Part Timers
and Saturday staff have also been out and about - George H getting up to North Wales with the Cardiff University Mountaineering Club, and Laura also in North Wales with Cardiff University Canoe Club. Jack managed to find himself a proper job (related to his degree) in November, so unless something goes wrong, he's worked his last shift - good luck buddy. Emily (our former eshop person) has also made a few appearances this month, after getting back to Cardiff from her caving expeditions at the end of the summer, and completing the GR20 in Corsica last month. Dan has also been out and about in his role with USW Climbing Club, with a few bivvies above the valleys. James H is still recovering from his shoulder operations, hopefully returning to gentle paddling sometime early in the next year.

#teamupandunder - our extended family of regulars and former staff members

Andy and Lucy have been climbing a bit, and along with Kate and Joe are training for Might Contain Nuts, a fell running race in December held in the eastern Brecon Beacons. Joe also managed the onsite the E3 Elan at Wyndcliff in the Wye Valley. Stuart crossed the Bristol Channel with Elan, and has spent most of the rest of the month inside making wooden paddles. Mark Aston has been putting the miles under his feet in preparation for the coming season of Ultras. Tom has been out and about on his bike, and Ollie has been resting his injured knee, having damaged it while completing the Gower Ultra 50 in under 10 hours.

Last but not least, Norman and Sara have made it to Durban, South Africa, after completing the Indian Ocean leg of their journey. They plan to wait for a weather window to open before they make it to Cape Town, and then onwards towards home - there's a few thousand miles to go yet!

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