Thousands of enthusiastic outdoor enthusiasts joined us at the National Outdoor Expo on 18-19th March. They explored using unique all-weather personalised maps in the outdoors and so much more. Here’s 7 new experiences that had them returning – at least twice – to the SplashMaps and Armchair Adventure Festival stand.
1. Make Your Own Map for less – Customised Personalised Maps
We always do fabulous discounted deals on personalised fabric maps on our show stands. But this time we brought-in experts with inspirational stories and maps of the world’s toughest and most extreme conditions.
2. Launching Running Maps
See how the live launch went right here! https://www.instagram.com/p/Cp7OBpppq9p/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Are you a fan of running and exploring new locations? Andy Pye, Trail Running coach explained how you can get the best of both worlds with his new weatherproof ‘West Midlands Trail Running Map‘. Check how Andy now ‘owns’ this space on the SplashMaps site. The map carrys his logos, recommended way points and a QR code leading you straight to his running expert website. If you’re a coach, get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let’s put you on the map!
3. Learn Mindfulness with Maps
On Saturday at 10am Nick Goldsmith, a veteran Royal Marine and the author of ‘Rewild your Mind’ shared how he uses our more Mindful Maps in his Bushcrafting workshops to help people dealing with PTSD. He gave some great demos of how fabric maps have been used on his wild camping and outdoor adventures in the Chew Valley. We’re privileged to be associated with Nick’s mission to help fellow sufferers!
4. Start Adventuring with Maps
Maps have been a passionate tool for Chris Howard over the years, helping him complete ambitious journeys along Britain’s coastline – both on foot and by boat. For his next unforgettable challenge, Chris is preparing to run 15 marathons in 15 days through 15 of the country’s spectacular National Parks.
Chris shared how he created his own personalised SplashMaps tailored for all weathers, meaning he’ll stay safe, dry and warm throughout his tough yet rewarding expedition.
5. Survive with Maps
Kev Newton’s career has seen him protecting the famous and adventurous in remote areas around the world. As the lead instructor of RAF St Mawgan’s SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist & Extract) unit, he knows a thing or two about surviving in hazardous conditions.
Here’s what visitors to the SplashMaps stand learnt first-hand from Kev. From a military perspective, just how can a fabric map can give you an advantage in even the most dangerous situations?
6. Make friends with maps
Matt and Reece’s noteworthy journey around the world by moped and sidecar was a fascinating experiment in the power of human kindness. On their voyage, they made a lot of friends who were drawn to their extraordinary stories which they had mapped out onto a SplashMap. That is why we shared stand C46 with the Armchair Adventure Festival they founded. We’re honored to be their mapping partner.
7. Waterproof Paper Maps and Charts
Need a map that can go where you do? Look no further – our waterproof maps & charts are designed to brave all kinds of weather and adventure! Durable, lightweight, and super simple to use, they’re better than paper equivalents and more reliable than any device that relies on battery or signal.