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no-image 17th Jul 2017 Osprey Hydraulics Hydration System Review

As I was testing the hydration system compatible Osprey Zealot recently (see my review here), Osprey also sent me one of their Hydraulics hydration systems to test too.  I considered combining it into my Zealot review but, as the Hydraulics...

no-image 17th Jul 2017 Osprey Zealot Rucksack Review

I would say it is for mountain biking, above all the other sports I've tried, where the difference between a well fitting rucksack and one that carries badly will show.  As a rider bounces and shakes along a bumpy trail the pack needs to stay...

no-image 12th Jul 2017 We have more in common......

I have lived in the Peak District National Park for many years and yet, although very settled in this stunning part of the world, I still consider Manchester to be my home city. Manchester was the place I cut my teeth as a young lad and, later,...

no-image 11th Jul 2017 Environmental Superheroes #1 - Nikwax

     That well known superhero Spiderman once said that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ and, of course, he was right.  Anyone in a position to influence and guide the way others act surely should be the best role model...

no-image 10th Jul 2017 Mammut Magic Sling Review

Slings have been around in climbing for, it seems, as long as people have been using ropes.  The first incarnations were just lengths of knotted rope and then somewhere down the line woven and stitched nylon started to be used.  Since then...

no-image 6th Jul 2017 What to pack for scrambling

What's in the Pack? Course participants are always keen to know what to take for their adventures. So, in the first of a very occasional series, here's what Paul carries on a typical scrambling day (for higher grade scrambles where the use of...

no-image 6th Jul 2017 Petzl Sirocco Helmet Review

I have been a long term user of pretty much the full range of Petzl climbing helmets.  For several years I have favoured the Elios for winter use as I rate its comfort, ease of adjustability, durability and value for money.  For all other...

no-image 30th Jun 2017 Mammut Ayako High GTX Boot Review

I've been a long term user of Mammut products.  This has included a range of their clothing, rucksacks and lots of climbing equipment.  I have always viewed them as an innovative brand producing high quality products.   But despite that,...

no-image 28th Jun 2017 Primus Micron Trail Stove Review

Many outdoor goers will have different stoves for different situations.  Expedition use will require a different stove to the single mountaineer on an overnight in the mountains.  It is a trade off between number of users, conditions, the...

no-image 28th Jun 2017 Mount Elbrus Diary

23.39 - The small metal hut in which I am writing this has been my home for several days.  It is a basic shelter with 8 bunks, a small heater, an end window and a door.  I am writing on my bunk which is in the far corner next to the...