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Win an Outdoors Bundle with Ordnance Survey

Have you got a way with words? Think Coleridge is the bee's knees? Then listen up! We're giving one budding author the chance to win an OUTDOOR BUNDLE in our short story writing competition sponsored by Ordnance Survey.

Click here for your chance to WIN.

Prize package includes:

- A full Technicals outfit
- OS Maps 12 month Premium subscription
- 3 x active maps of winners choosing

How to win

It’s simple! Just write a short story, no more than 300 words, on one of your most memorable moments in the outdoors. Maybe it's the elation you felt from bagging your first Munro, or the 3 hrs you followed a rabbit run instead of the trail, success or failure, we want to hear about it!

An impartial panel of judges from Blacks and Ordnance Survey will then review all the entries and select a winner. And don't worry if you're not an English expert, we're looking for an original story, not a lesson in great grammar.

Click here for your chance to WIN.

Competition closes on 11th May

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Welcome! Willkommen! Konnichiwa!
(whispering) Now lean in we're going to tell you a secret…
Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.
 

In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it?
Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat.
However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!

On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.
 

For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.

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