The brand new Craghoppers store in Buxton was officially opened on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May by the hugely respected adventurer, expedition leader and company ambassador Chaz Powell. He inspires many with his expeditions and achievements and recently walked 2000km along the Zambezi River solo and unsupported while raising money and awareness for wildlife conservation.
Becky Simpson, store Supervisor said “the official store opening was unmissable and we offered one very lucky customer the chance to win 1 minute to fill a 25l rucksack in-store – which was a great spectacle to say the least! Customers also enjoyed the chance to meet Chaz on the day as he officially cut the ribbon to declare the new store open”.
After Chaz’s official duties cutting the ribbon and chatting to customers were finished, Becky Simpson, store supervisor had the chance to catch up with Chaz to discuss his plans for the future.
“He explained that he’d be spending his time between now and July teaching bushcraft, and completing his training for his International Mountain leader award.
“In July Chaz is taking some expedition groups to Zambia and Botswana, and this will act as a precursor to his excursion in August/September back to complete the final 650km of his walk the length of the Zambezi river. An undertaking which was cut short originally due to issues travelling through Mozambique”.
On his return in October Chaz will be continuing with his work as a Craghoppers ambassador, and with the charities he is a patron of. This coupled with his bushcraft teaching and the expansion of his own website (where people can join Chaz and take advantage of his extensive experience to go on short courses within the UK and train for their own expedition) means he is a very busy guy.
Becky asked Chaz if he has any new adventures planned for the future, and with great enthusiasm said that he is “planning to walk the entire length of the Blue Nile, something that nobody has ever done. The 900 mile journey from lake Tana in Ethiopia to it’s joining of the White Nile in Sudan includes the traversal of a 250 mile gorge that is a mile high at it’s deepest point”.
“It was a great pleasure to talk to someone who has both a passion for the outdoors and adventure, but enjoys acting on and extending their own knowledge to others”, said Becky.
There was also a children’s drawing competition on the grand opening on Monday with the ‘Draw Your Big Adventure’ competition with the winning drawing winning a Discovery Adventures jacket. The first 100 lucky shoppers through the door were also treated to cool aluminium water bottles.
Here at Explore Buxton we’ve teamed up with Craghoppers for an exclusive give-a-way to celebrate the new store opening – a NosiLife Adventure Long Sleeved Shirt, worth £60 – as worn by Chaz Powell. All you need to do to be in a chance of winning is head over to our Facebook page and ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ the post. 🙂 Be quick, we will announce the winner in a few days 🙂
Craghoppers has been making trail-blazing technical travel, adventure and outdoor wear for the last 50 years and the new Buxton store offers a wide range of men’s, women’s and children’ clothing as well as travel accessories, rucksacks and footwear. Every season they promise to develop new innovations and create lightweight outdoor clothing designed to combat everything from monsoons to mosquito bites.
For young explorers, there’s the Duke of Edinburgh Award approved range and they’ll love the cool, streamlined styling uncompromising technical performance features that are part of the standard issue DofE clothing at Craghoppers. Perfect for the expedition trail and purpose-built for freedom of movement.
Hawkshead, a sister brand, is now right next door where you’ll find a wide range of favourite outdoor clothing brand Regatta as well as women’s, men’s and children’s wear.
Opening hours will be:
Monday – Saturday 9am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Craghoppers, Spring Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BJ,
Tel: 01298 71545
To find out more about Craghoppers and to shop online, visit their website at www.craghoppers.com