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no-image 17th Jan 2019 Five Of The Best Patagonia Items

I have been an unashamed fan of Patagonia for nearly 30 years and it is still a brand I look to first when selecting a new item of clothing.  I don’t use Patagonia exclusively and also have a strong allegiance to several fantastic UK brands...

no-image 13th Jan 2019 Top Tip #33 - Connecting Wires

Nuts, wires, Rocks, Wallnuts, Stoppers or Ultralights - they come with many different names and in a variety of shapes and sizes, but these simple metal wedges on a swaged wire loop are the staple of most climbing racks and they are a brilliant...

no-image 8th Jan 2019 Smith Mission Snowsports Helmet and Smith Squad XL Goggles Reviews

It is only over the last decade or so that there has been an explosion in the number of people wearing helmets for skiing.  That is great news, although it is amazing that that the trend didn’t explode rather sooner - fast speeds, icy snow...

no-image 3rd Jan 2019 Osprey Lumina 45 Litre Rucksack Review

Some time ago Paul received an Osprey Levity 45 rucksack for review and I was, I must admit, a little jealous.  The Levity is a superlight pack with all the features needed for multi-day backpacking and Paul loved it.  You can read his review...

no-image 2nd Jan 2019 2018 - A Year In Pictures

When asked about why I love the outdoor life so much, I always say it is because of the seasons.  Of course,  it is spending time with amazing people, challenging myself and seeing incredible places, but the seasons are the glue that holds it...

no-image 30th Dec 2018 Millet Elevation Airloft Hoodie Jacket Review

I review a lot of outdoor gear and love this role.  There are cool and genuinely innovative new products constantly coming onto the market and it is a privilege to get the chance to try them out and share my findings with the adventure...

no-image 29th Dec 2018 Osprey Farpoint 40 Rucksack Review

While most of the rucksacks we review are very focussed on specific outdoor activities, sometimes our adventures favour a more generally travel focussed choice.  This could be for a trip aimed more at life on the beach or a city trip where you...

no-image 20th Dec 2018 The Lonely Villages of the Derwent Valley

The Derwent Valley is a truly beautiful place and I spend a lot of time there.  It is a stunning deep sided valley with imposing dark brown reservoirs in its base, tree lined sides, rough peaty moorland surroundings and raspy gritstone...

no-image 13th Dec 2018 GearHooks Review

We have a lot of gear.  Damn... so much gear - and much of it is heavy, bulky, unwieldy and a real pain to store efficiently.  If I started another business I would be a playing card game instructor - just a few decks to store in my cupboard...

no-image 5th Dec 2018 Christmas Gift Guide 2018

Is it really that time of year again? Time for mince pies and mistletoe. Time for chestnuts roasting by an open fire (surely that is a good line for a song?!).  Time again to ponder on what to buy that adventurous other in your life.  Well,...