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no-image 22nd Jan 2015 Top Reads #10 Let My People Go Surfing

Yvon Chouinard is a legendary figure in the vertical world.  After escaping into climbing during his teenage years he went on to become one of America’s best climbers.  During this period he decided to fund his adventures by making...

no-image 21st Jan 2015 Big Adventures......Big Decisions!

  So. Your ship gets trapped by pack ice enroute to Antarctica but you have no way of communicating your plight to the outside world.  You are the leader of a team of men so whether you and they live or die is all down to you.  Once you...

no-image 16th Jan 2015 Top Gear #11 Squishy Bowls

  Pssst - We have 3 sets of 'Squishy Bowls' to give away in our latest Friendly Friday Giveaway.  Details here.   We are big fans of integrated cooking systems (our top choice is the Jetboil) and for mountain journeys it's the option...

no-image 15th Jan 2015 Pushing the Boundaries

There are certain ground breaking ascents that have become legendary in the climbing world.  Whether it was Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler summiting Everest for the first time without supplementary oxygen in 1978 or Alex Megos making the...

no-image 12th Jan 2015 Inspiring Adventurers #4 Judy Leden

Many years ago I joined a few friends for a beginners paragliding course.  It was a brilliant weekend and, apart from a friend landing astride a barbed wire fence at one point (he now has 3 children so clearly no long term damage was done!),...

no-image 9th Jan 2015 Innovation is nothing new.....

Over the last few weeks there has been a fair amount of debate on internet forums, social media and certain blogs about the perceived cost increases and over pricing of outdoor clothing.  I've followed the discussion, which has included broad...

no-image 8th Jan 2015 Enerplex Solar Products Review

I would like to head into the mountains with no electronic gadgets.  To free myself of things that connect me to my busy life in the office or elsewhere.  I would like to........but I never do!  Whether it is my mobile phone (which I...

no-image 6th Jan 2015 Adventure Mentoring

The legendary climber Reinhold Messner once said 'the most wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have'.  It's a lovely quote and, given Reinhold's success as one of world's greatest ever mountaineers, art...

no-image 2nd Jan 2015 A Credit Card and a Pulse

  In a 'Lunch with the Financial Times' interview, the CEO of Ryan Air, Michael O'Leary, commented that his ideal customer was someone with 'a credit card and a pulse'.  Of course, Ryan Air has been a phenomenal business success, but...

no-image 29th Dec 2014 Top Gear #10 Nalgene Cantene

  The biggest problem with camping (or staying in snow shelters, cold weather bivvy's or mountain huts) in the mountains?  Could it be sleeping on a skinny camp mat?  The basic food?  Finding a comfortable camping spot?  Well, of...