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Welcome to the The Update, George Fisher’s independent store magazine. Your guide to what’s new and exciting this season, plus plenty more to inform and entertain. Like the store itself, we like to think that The Update is unique: welcoming, well-informed, enthusiastic and full of character!

We would like to thank all contributors to The Update, noting that the opinions expressed in submitted articles are those of their authors, and not necessarily of George Fisher Ltd. Contributions welcome, please contact us.

Editor: Clive Allen | Design: MountainCreative.co.uk

Issue 99 - June 2017

Welcome to the Summer 2017 edition of the George Fisher Update, where 50 Stars are bagged at Shepherd's Crag, Love wins over vertigo and you have the chance to win a NAV4 Adventure Navigation Course and a Montane Surge Jacket.

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Issue 98 - March 2017

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the George Fisher Update - We begin to celebrate our 60th Anniversary -  Lisa tells us about her Winter Wainwrights challenge - Mark Seaton offers sound advice on How Not To Climb Mont Blanc - Graham Thompson discusses how to safely approach a dog

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Issue 97 - December 2016

Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of the George Fisher Update - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton reports on the Traverse of the Meije - We profile our Ski staff and Technicians -Graham Thompson discuss dog coats - Our staff picks for the winter season.

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Issue 96 - August 2016

Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of the George Fisher Update - Down Insulation; is there a problem? - Alan Gane MBE looks at the flora and fauna of the Lakes - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton has options up his sleeve - Jon Wickham discusses organising your kit - Our staff picks for the Autumn season

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Issue 95 - June 2016

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of the George Fisher Update - Trekking the Kungsladen - An Airey Retrospective - Salomon's star runners in Keswick - Montane's Lakeland Events - Dogs bark: but they needn't

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Issue 94 - March 2016

Welcome to the Spring 2016 edition of the George Fisher Update - The John Dalton Way - Brock the Badger - A propensity to Potter - This months walk: St. Bees and its lighthouse

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Issue 93 - December 2015

Welcome to the Winter 2015 edition of the George Fisher Update - Which Watch? - Portable Solar Power - Anniversary Traverse - Walking the hills with your dog in winter - John Hinde's Mountain Memories - Weather guessing Winter Options

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Issue 92 - September 2015

Welcome to the Autmun 2015 edition of the George Fisher Update - Jeans on the hill? - The Ultimate Triathlon - Fallen Angel? Finding help for your dog - The Ibex Assignment - Phones vs GPS - Who participates outdoors?

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Issue 91 - June 2015

Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of the George Fisher update - Carry on Camping - Keep taking the Tablets - Attempting Mt Kenya - Monarch of the Lakeland Skies

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Issue 90 - March 2015

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of the George Fisher Update - Looking after your waterproofs - Wear and Tear - Celebrating Wainwright - Chilly on Kili - Socialising your puppy

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Issue 89 - December 2014

Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of the George Fisher Update - The smell of Ski Wax in the morning - Lakeland Appreciation - The 10in10 - Winter Walking Traction 

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Issue 88 - September 2014

Welcome to the Autumn 2014 edition of the George Fisher Update - Team GB climbing Katy Forrester on Becoming Bold - Local Legend Stan Thompson - Gogs and loud noises - What's in your pack?

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Issue 87 - June 2014

Welcome to the Summer 2014 edition of the George Fisher Update - Canine Cafe Culture - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton attempts his first big wall climb - Tea, Cakes, & Crag Rats

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Issue 86 - March 2014

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of the George Fisher Update - Our Virtual World - Ice Crisis - Making walks more fun for dogs - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton on why Fat Skis aren't always ideal

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Issue 85 - December 2013

Welcome to the Winter 2013 edition of the George Fisher Update - Yes, it snows in Africa! - Graham Thompson considers how to keep dogs warm on wintry fells - Run with Ricky - Christmas Gift Guide

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Issue 84 - September 2013

Welcome to the Autumn 2013 edition of the George Fisher Update - Not Easy being Green - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton Attemps Mont Blanc with his Daughter - We do like to be beside the seaside

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Issue 83 - June 2013

Welcome to the Summer 2013 edition of the George Fisher Update - Graham Thompson on camping with dogs - Britain on Foot; A new national Campaign - Mountain Guide Mark Seaton on the dangers of Sharp Edge, Blencathra

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Issue 82 - March 2013

Welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of the George Fisher Update - Fix the Fells  - The outdoor Kitchen - Wildlife watching with your dog - Tales of the Alpine crystal hunter

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Issue 81 - December 2012

Welcome to the Winter 2012 edition of the George Fisher Update - The latest ski hardware - Winter Warmers - Paw-fect Winter Safety - The best Mont Blanc Descent Ever? - 

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Issue 80 - September 2012

Welcome to the Autumn 2012 edition of the George Fisher Update - Graham Thompson takes dogs off the lead - James Desmond cycles 10,000 miles from London to Sydney - Our GPS Experts have fun Geocaching

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Issue 79 - June 2012

Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of the George Fisher Update - Never too Old; Sarah Briggs says age is no barrier to fitness - Our experts offer practical advice on hill navigation - Podiatrist Andrew Stanley diagnoses your problems

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Issue 78 - March 2012

Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of the George Fisher Update - Andy Airey finds plenty of reasons to visit Keswick - Another Classic Lakeland car free walk - Matterhorn Madness - Winter Climbing; Bill Birkett asks if its a simple concept?

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Issue 77 - December 2011

Welcome to the Winter 2011 edition of the George Fisher Update

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Issue 76 - September 2011

Welcome to the Autumn 2011 edition of the George Fisher Update - Andy Airey welcomes in new products for the winter season - Top tips for choosing the right rucksack - Des Oliver ponders the personage behind our store… - Bill Birkett catches up on the latest news in the Lakes

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Issue 75 - June 2011

Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition of the George Fisher Update - Eco Products - Need to call Mountain Rescue? Be careful who you ask for - Car Free Walk of the Month - Des Oliver recounts some epic summer journeys across the fells - IT’S ALL A LOAD OF CATBELLS

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Issue 74 - March 2011

Welcome to the Spring 2011 edition of the George Fisher Update - Victory over VAT - How to give your tent a new lease of life - Lessons to Learn from Staff Training - Des Oliver examines how far outdoor gear has advanced

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Issue 73 - December 2010

Welcome to the Winter 2010 edition of the George Fisher Update - Jon Wickham checks out the latest winter gear - John Owens looks at the latest and greatest in ski hardware - In Wainwrights footsteps - Des Oliver is proud of one boy’s lifetime devotion to skiing

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Issue 72 - September 2010

Welcome to the Autumn 2010 edition of the George Fisher Update - Lisa Bergerud gets philosophical about
trekking poles - Top Safety Tips for Autumn Walkers - Scottish Ski Touring in May - Des Oliver Delves Back to 1953

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Issue 71 - June 2010

Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of the George Fisher Update - It's Silver for George Fisher! - Outdoor Layering Revisited - Lisa Bergerud considers food and fuel for those long summer days - John Wickham looks at wild camping ‘Do’s and Don’ts’

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Issue 70 - March 2010

Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of the George Fisher Update - Lisa Bergerud finds that Spring is in the air - Our hardware expert John Owens cooks up some ideas for camping stoves - Local canoe instructor and boatbuilder Paul Weller enthuses about the Lakes - Wayne Gregory went his own way with product design – and it worked! - Help clean up our Lakeland waters

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Issue 69 - December 2009

Welcome to the Winter 2009 edition of the George Fisher Update - Winter fun on the fells - Warmth without Weight from Rab - Lisa Bergerud recommends you take your feet seriously - Forget celebrity chefs, here’s a real recipe book - Bill Birkett dusts his dinner jacket off

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Issue 65 - December 2008

Welcome to the Winter 2008 edition of the George Fisher Update - Enjoying risk in the mountains - Our Winter Checklist - The Lake District hosts the Ultimate Trail Race - Lisa Bergerud gets all emotional - Our hardware expert John Owens looks at winter toys - Bill Birkett savours November in Langdale - Free Christmas cake recipe - Climbers in Number 10

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Issue 64 - September 2008

Welcome to the Autumn 2008 edition of the George Fisher Update - Who Will Rescue the Rescuers? - 70 years of craftsmanship and technology from Scarpa - Mont Blanc: The Facts, from Mountain Guide Mark Seaton - What's in store this Autumn?

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Issue 63 - June 2008

Welcome to the Summer 2008 edition of the George Fisher Update - The Litter District - Big Trip Top Tips from KE Adventure - Lisa Bergerud finds there’s a secret to packing effectively - IN-TENTS KIT! - Helen Whone, our Store Manager describes her recent trip to India - Parking Pandemonium at Catbells - Bill Birkett recalls a ‘plum’ first ascent

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Issue 62 - March 2008

Welcome to the Spring 2008 edition of the George Fisher Update - The Wainwright Effect - Mark Guides Eiger North Face - Des Oliver reflects on the status of Napes Needle - Looking After Outdoor Equipment

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Issue 61 - December 2007

Welcome to the Winter 2007 edition of the George Fisher Update - Will the Lakes get a proper Winter? - Winter Insulation - Winter Boots - Bill Birkett's Favourite Places - Winter Safety - How to pack a rucksack

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Issue 60 - September 2007

Welcome to the Autumn 2007 edition of the George Fisher Update - Tiso acquires George Fisher! - Our man in Chamonix, mountain guide Mark Seaton recounts a trip to the highest mountain hut in the Alps - Christine is moved to verse over the South West Coast Path

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Issue 59 - June 2007

Welcome to the Summer 2007 edition of the George Fisher Update - England's First Via Ferrata - Destruction in the name of Mobility - Installation of the plastic Borrowdale Boardwalk - Mark Seaton meets Sarkozy - Des Oliver Discusses Bad Steps

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Issue 58 - March 2007

Welcome to the Spring 2007 edition of the George Fisher Update - Ancient Trees In Cumbria - The Do's and Don'ts of Hill Walking with our man in chamonix Mark Seaton - We introduce our new Update editor

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Issue 57 - December 2006

Welcome to the Winter 2006 edition of the George Fisher Update - Blencathra: A place to inspire - Mountains... Monks... And a Midget! - Des Oliver looks at ski history - Southern Teeth!

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Issue 56 - September 2006

Welcome to the Autumn 2006 edition of the George Fisher Update - Return of the Wivell - Ironing in the Dolomites - Walking LEJOG - Mark Seaton scales the roof

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Issue 55 - June 2006

Welcome to the Summer 2006 edition of the George Fisher Update - Explore the Azores on a Bicycle - An Interview with John Wyatt MBE - Fat Lads go Lamming - Mark Seaton helps a Border Guard with his enquiries

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Issue 54 - March 2006

Welcome to the Spring 2006 edition of the George Fisher Update - We wish Berghaus a Happy 40th Birthday! - The art of iglooism! - Des Oliver explores the history of Historic Firsts - Peter completes the Wainwrights in 12 months

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Issue 53 - December 2005

Welcome to the Winter 2005 edition of the George Fisher Update - News from the Park - End of the Line for Overhead Wires - Mark Seaton recalls one to remeber on Point Percee - Mallory; Travelling light?

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Issue 52 - September 2005

Welcome to the Autumn 2005 edition of the George Fisher Update - The Masters World Mountain Running Championships - What do you wear in the dark? - Mark Seaton offers tips for Climbing with Children - Des Oliver asks what's in a name?

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Issue 51 - June 2005

Welcome to the Summer 2005 edition of the George Fisher update - World Heritage status; Bonus or Burden? - News from the Park - LAMM 2005 - Tarns of the Lakes

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