Father of two, teacher and blogger, David has a penchant for adventure and the great outdoors. He'll be bringing you tips for your next adventure, outdoor ideas to fill your weekends with and practical advice for traversing the great outdoors.
We caught up with David to find out a bit more about him ahead of his guest first post on the Mac in a Sac blog...
"I'm David a 37 year old married dad of two. My wife (Nat) and I are school yard sweethearts who've been together a very long time! We have two amazing kids Jesse, aged 3 and Amelie, aged 1.
I'm an English teacher by profession, spending my 9-5 in a classroom. However, because of my passion for the outdoors I also spend a lot of time working with kids outside of the classroom. I've led Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes and expeditions and assist in the yearly running of the school ski trip. I've even led 32 teenagers on a 4 week expedition to Tanzania where we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro amongst other things."
"Balancing being a dad, a teacher and a blogger is tough. At the end of the day my own kids and family will always come first. Once my working day is over they have my attention until it's time for their bed. They can be exhausting...I don't know where such little people get the energy reserves from!
Overall I just have to be good at organising myself. I work really hard in the week, often through my lunch hour, to make sure that, as far as possible, my evenings and weekends are mine. In terms of the blogging I have set days for writing once the kids have gone to bed. This ensures that i still get to spend most evening with Nat too. This routine and sense of order and priority really helps to focus."
"Being so busy, particularly during the week, makes our weekend adventures all the sweeter. We pretty much epitomise the 'whatever the weather' spirit so we'll be out as family no matter what. We invest a lot of our time making sure we've got the best kit to keep ourselves and our kids warm and dry so there really is no excuse not to go outside. As such, a top tip would be to prepare yourself to go out in any weather. You'd be surprised how much family fun you can have in the pouring rain!
Another tip is to have a go-to list of mini adventures. Mini adventures require little or no planning and take up far less time than full days in the mountains etc. This means that when time is tight, like it is for us in the middle of the week, we can still get a little outdoor fix. To make life even easier keep a prepped and packed rucksack at home that's ready to go as soon as you are."
"I'd say my current favourite outdoor activities are hiking and camping because they enable us to do them as a family. I love the sense of freedom that both of them give us."
"My perfect day off would be a day in the mountains of Snowdonia with Nat and the Kids. We'd begin walking just before first light, reach some higher ground for the sunrise, bag a summit or two, and then sit and have lunch surrounded by awesome views."
"I'd say my current favourite outdoor activities are hiking and camping because they enable us to do them as a family. I love the sense of freedom that both of them give us. Despite their very young age I also love teaching my two kids basic outdoor skills when we're hiking or camping. After all, I was just a nipper when my mum first took me along to her hiking club, so you're never too young to enjoy the outdoors.
Before kids I'd always be out blasting around trails and downhill courses on my mountain bike but that has definitely taken a back seat for now. I still enjoy riding, but will probably go back to it more seriously when the kids are a little older and can chase me (or the other way round!).
In the winter months I also love to ski and our eldest began having ski lessons just 2 weeks after his 3rd birthday. I'm just a little worried he'll be better than me before long!"
"When I started the blog one of the things I wanted to do was to use the qualifications and experience I'd developed over many years leading school groups in the outdoors to encourage more families to get outside. Consequently I started the Hiking with Kids Club. Now, once a month, I organise a family friendly hike and publicise it via the blog's Facebook page. We welcome all people, not just those with kids, and we've had some really great days out. Each month we hike somewhere different so that the group get a lot of variety and always choose somewhere that has a cafe stop near the end. As such not only is it a great opportunity to get kids outdoors it's also a great social event for like-minded adults."
It's been a pretty crazy time in the Mac in a Sac office over the past few weeks! Remember our blog post on the new Mac in a Sac Neon a few weeks back? This week we've got another exciting preview for you!
Remember our pretty printed Elle Jacket from our Spring/Summer 2014 collection? We're happy to say that it will be returning next season! Samples of our brand new colours and prints have come in and we thought we just couldn't wait until next year for you all to see them! Well...we're just giving you one colour for now. We'll keep you in suspense about the rest.
The new Elle Jacket comes in this fun "dotty blue" polka-dot pattern with a bright fuchsia zip and cuffs.
For anyone not familiar with the Elle, it's just like our regular Mac in a Sac 2, but instead of being a unisex fit, this one is made just for the girls. It currently comes in four prints, three floral and one micro-dot. We will be adding this fresh blue polka-dot creation to the line-up in our Sping/Summer 2015 Collection!
Here's a little more info on the Elle Jacket. Perfect for keeping you dry at festivals, walks in the park or when you're out for a day's shopping.
August has just begun and some of our brand new Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection is starting to arrive with us already! This season, we are introducing two brand new colours in our thermal lined packaway Mac in a Sac Strata. Nautical Blue with a contrasting red zip and Acid Lime with an equally striking blue zip are our fresh new colours for the coming winter season.
Both of these new colours are available to pre-order now. We are expecting them to arrive with us on the 16th August- not long to wait! Be sure to get your order placed soon to avoid any disappointment.
We will do a full product review on the features of the Mac in a Sac Strata when the new colours come in, so stay tuned!
This summer sees the introduction of a new colour in our Poncho. We've designed a poncho for the outdoors-man who enjoys recreational activities such as bird-watching and shooting. When the rain comes on, our new Khaki Poncho is quick and easy to throw on over the top of your clothes and is big enough to keep your backpack and anything else you are carrying underneath dry too. The colour is designed to ensure you remain unseen by the wildlife around you and are able to carry on through the storms.
Including a high level of waterproofing and breathability, snap adjustable side openings to create the perfect fit around you and your backpack, and the fact that it packs conveniently into it's own pocket, the Khaki Poncho has plenty of features to prove why it's the best choice. You can see the full list of features below:
The Khaki Poncho is already proving to be popular so make sure you don't miss out! :)
If the Easter holidays have taught us anything, it’s that our lovely British weather can be extremely unpredictable at times. One minute you’re reaching for your sunglasses and the next minute it’s started raining! One way you can stay prepared at all times is to carry around our Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat in your bag. Here’s why it’s perfect for the springtime showers...
New for our 2014 Spring/Summer Collection, our Unisex Travel Mac in a Sac is full length, meaning your legs will stay as dry as the rest of you when the rain comes on. This coat also packs away into its own pocket eliminating the possibility of losing the bag (you’d be surprised how many phone calls we get from poor souls looking for replacement bags after a windy day on the mountain). When packed away into the pocket, this super lightweight coat is small enough to fit comfortably into any rucksack or handbag.
Featuring fully taped seams, the Unisex Travel Coat is completely waterproof, windproof and breathable, so you will be kept comfortable while protected from the rain. This coat incorporates a two-way zip designed for added comfort whilst seated and a concealed hood that packs into the collar. Other little details like a removable waist belt and a snap buttoned shoulder covering keep this coat stylish as well as functional.
If you need a little more info, you can view the full list of features for this coat by clicking here.
Perfect for hill walking or covering up while out and about in the town or country, the Mac in a Sac Unisex Travel Coat has got you covered.
To our delight, we have managed to make it through the winter to the glorious spring time and we couldn’t be happier to see the temperatures rising. Of course, with the dawning of a new season comes the dawning of a new collection and we are very excited to introduce you all to our newest editions for Spring/Summer 2014.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be bringing you blog posts to introduce our new products, and we even have an exciting competition to look forward to! This week, we’re starting with the new colour that has been added to our Mac in a Sac Classic: Caribbean Sea.
The Mac in a Sac Classic is the centrepiece of our collection. With its 5000mm waterproofing and 5000gsm breathability, fully taped seams and super lightweight ability to pack into a tiny bag that fits comfortably in your rucksack or handbag, its popularity comes as no surprise. The Classic is available in a total of ten colours so you are sure to find something that is right for you that promises to protect you from the unpredictable springtime elements.
In our next Product Spotlight blog post, we'll be discussing a brand new edition to our Collection: the Unisex Travel Coat. Be sure to check it out!