When the phone rings and a friend on the other end says "get your kit together, we're going to Wales/The Lakes/Scotland* (delete as appropriate the destination is irrelevant)" it usually means a chance to test some kit that's in for review - but what about when the work ends and it's just for fun? With a garage full of kit covering 3 decades there's pretty much someothing for every occassion, from 35+ year old Trangia to next season's cutting edge…
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 13:22

Peter Habeler at Keswick

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It's a strange reality of the oudoors world that quite often those with the most to shout about are those who shout the least and there's probably no better example of this than Peter Habeler. It seemed incongruous that a man who made history with the groundbreaking first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen could amble anonymously though a mountain festival but equally it spoke volumes about the man behind the legend. While Reinhold Messner was constantly in the headlines…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 22:21

10 multiday walks for a long weekend

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With Spring upon us we're rapidly approaching the first batch of Bank Holiday Weekends where taking on a long distance trail over a long weekend is a realistic option. Although nominally "Long Distance" there's a whole range of trails around the 30 - 40 mile mark that are easily achievable over the space of three days, and with a little research the chances are there's one near enough to your home to have a go at if you're not too…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:55

The tarp: a more immersive adventure

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Tarps are nothing new and over the years I've heard countless tales of how they're the perfect shelter but for one reason and another I've held back from jumping on the bandwagon to heap unceasing compliments on a sheet of fabric. Every time I've looked at them closely the figures just haven't made sense; you can get a lighter tent by the time you've factored in a sleeping bag cover and the guys and pegs that are standard with tents…
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