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no-image 21st Feb 2017 Petzl Reactik Plus Headtorch Review

Several years ago UKClimbing asked me to review a brand new type of headtorch Petzl had just released.  The Nao had a traditional front lamp unit with a rear rechargeable battery pack.  It had many new features but the single biggest...

no-image 9th Feb 2017 No one ever grows up wanting to be a businessman....

Many years ago, when Peak Mountaineering was just a fledgling enterprise, I read Yvon Chouinard's book 'Let My People Go Surfing'.  Chouinard is the founder and owner of renowned outdoor clothing brand Patagonia and in the book he sets out his...

no-image 2nd Feb 2017 Rab Firewall Jacket Review

I've used a lot of Rab clothing and it is one of my 'go to' brands - by which I mean a brand I will tend to look to first when seeking out a new garment.  In this case the product sought me out as Rab provided a Firewall jacket to test.  I...

no-image 26th Jan 2017 Rab Xenon X Jacket Review

Of all the clothing in my gear cupboard, I would suggest that lightly insulated and windproof mid layers are the most widely used.  They have really surpassed midweight fleece in many ways because, although they offer similar levels of...

no-image 21st Jan 2017 Fjallraven Keb Trousers Review

Although Fjallraven is a long established brand known for offering high quality clothing and related equipment, I have to admit that in all my years in the outdoors this is the first time I have used any of their products.  There is no...

no-image 14th Jan 2017 Top Gear #20 - Patagonia Nano Air Light Hoody

Take the benefits of a stripped down harness compatible pullover, add stretchy fabrics that allow layering under a hard or soft shell, lightweight insulation that wicks moisture well enough for it to be worn all day and just the right amount of...

no-image 13th Jan 2017 We all started somewhere......

I watched the latest film tour trailer video and, like the friends I was watching with, gasped and smiled in equal measure as the kayakers, climbers and mountain bikers leapt, swooped and loop the looped in perfect motion.  As usual I was...

no-image 10th Jan 2017 Top Gear #19 - Black Diamond Camalot

Black Diamond Camalots have been my gold standard spring loaded camming devices (or commonly called cams) for a long time.  I have used plenty of others, but for some years  Black Diamond were the only company offering twin axle devices and...

no-image 4th Jan 2017 Primus Omnlite Ti Stove Review

I was invited to test a stove from the Primus Multifuel range and decided to do some research into which model would best suit my needs.  I searched around the net for inspiration and soon came across several You Tubes produced by Primus. ...

no-image 3rd Jan 2017 Winter Equipment

As my client and I headed along the approach path we heard shouts from the slope just a few hundred metres above.  I left Alex on the path (with the knowledge that he was well equipped to sit it out for a while) and headed up to find a walker...