I booked a holiday! Well that's how it started out anyway.
I tried taking a break last year but after 3 days on the South Wales Coast I was bored and went home early and most of those three days were spent gear testing for reviews. It's one of the dangers of being an outdoors journalist; you holiday doing the same things you spend your time writing about and inevitably you take photos. Photos become write ups and suddenly your holiday is just work in a different place. It happened back in 2005 when Stu Thomas, now our Cycling Editor, and I decided to holiday in MacGillcuddy's Reeks and were joined by Jake Meyer and it's a formula that's repeated itself ever since.
Some time, long ago, so the legend has it, a young lady from a nunnery above Interlaken ventured onto the hills and attracted the attention of an ogre living on a neighbouring hill. To protect the nun from the ogre a monk climbed the mountain between them to stand in its way. And so the names of the Jungfrau (young woman) Monch (monk) and Eiger (ogre) were born.
It's impossible to mention the name Zermatt without thoughts immediately turning to the Matterhorn, the iconic "Toblerone mountain" that defines the town. Supported by Switzerland Tourism and Zermatt Tourism we continued our annual series of long-weekend autumn alpine adventure tours to possibly the most English of Swiss towns to see just how much fun you can pack into 3 days.
Engineered to satisfy outdoor and mobile lifestyles with high electrical demands, The Dometic PLB40 is the lightest and most powerful battery in its category. It allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.
As the world continues to re-open to tourism, cycling is gaining popularity once again as a zero-emission mode of transport to explore a city.
Now that we can travel in either direction between the UK countries such as France, Italy and Spain without having to self-isolate afterwards, we can finally enjoy some of the outdoor activities we’ve been craving after weeks of isolation and confinement.
Gothenburg - Sweden's secret singletrack playground: Stu Thomas and Henry Iddon
As cycling destinations go I’ll be honest, I’d never really considered Sweden.
I don't know why everybody moans about the weather on Ben Nevis. Every time I've been up the behemoth the sun has been shining bright in the sky. First time was a perfect winters day with crystal clear blue skies. Views far and wide over the Highlands. The most recent was a few weeks ago. A Wednesday in late August with a bit of haze. With a temperature in the mid to high 20s. By the halfway lochan or to give it's correct name, Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe, (cut and pasted) I'd gone through 2 1/2 litres of water and one of my group the same. So it was time to test the Grayl Geopress
Visitors to Innsbruck this summer will be among the first to experience the city in a different light and explore the hidden gems that the Capital of the Alps has to offer.
Over recent years travel security has become a major issue with increasing numbers seeking less developed, and potentially less safe, parts of the world. From pickpockets to shoulder strap slashing rucksacks designed to be lightweight provide little protection but Pacsafe have got more than 20 years of history in designed packs and bags specifically for these occassions.