Jessie Leong

Jessie Leong

Jessie on the AllalinhornJessie Leong - Photojournalist

Jessie is a regular contributor to My Outdoors from the snowfields of Iceland to a first 4000m alpine summit. 

Thursday, 24 March 2022 08:31

Exped Serac 35l pack tested and reviewed

Carrying a laptop, a climbing rack, a DSLR camera, spare layers, and my lunch – just some of the things that has seen my EXPED 35L Serac bag get used and abused in the past few months.

‘I’m coming up… so you better get this party started….’ Combining paragliding, sea kayaking, high ropes and a breathtaking cable car and train ride to the Eiger as part of Jessie Leong's unexpected journey through Interlaken, in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland

Forget travel faff. No valley is too far, nor too steep or too remote if you’re travelling in Switzerland - using the swiss travel pass on the ‘Schweizerischen Bundesbahnen’ (SBB) trains or the bright yellow Postal bus which connects the significant villages of Saas Fee to Visp on the train line.

The phone rang. ‘Jessie, it’s Dave… how would you feel about heading back out to Switzerland at short notice?’

Lightweight, durable, and perfect grip on rock – could this be the technical boot we’ve all been waiting for?

Zooming past some of the most imposing 4000m mountains in the Valais region, acclimatisation to the rapid height gain may not sound like everybody’s most relaxing start to a holiday.

As the UK plunged into its third lockdown, views of the jagged winter peaks seemed more remote then ever… until an unexpected snowy forecast and a cold snap turned the local hills into a mini arctic tundra.  Observing local restrictions, Sheffield-based Jessie Leong went to the snow-topped plateau to test the grip on the Women’s Arctic Ice Nomadic Vibram® Short boots.

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year, not in the least when it has come to testing gear.

What makes it possible for the human mind able to view past memories and forget the pain of the cold and temporal feelings of sadness and make homesickness fade?

October 2019: As an avid Trad climber, who spent every spare window of time calling up friends and arranging climbing sessions on the local Gritstone crags, a product test of two Black Diamond Harnesses was going to be easy-peasy. Or so I thought…  

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