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no-image 9th Feb 2018 Rab Infinity G Down Jacket Review

Whether belaying at a chilly gritstone crag, putting in a lengthy belay session on a multi-pitch winter route or settling in to a frigid Alpine bivvy - a lightweight yet highly insulating down jacket offers great versatility for outdoor goers...

no-image 8th Feb 2018 Difficult Decisions and Difficult Comments....

Last week I reported on the rescue and tragedy that was, at the time I was writing, unfolding on the Himalayan giant Nanga Parbat.  On the upper slopes of the mountain, in blistering winter conditions, French Alpinist Elisabeth Revol and Polish...

no-image 6th Feb 2018 Primus PrimeTech stove set review

For many years I regularly used a Trangia cooking set.  Trangias were perhaps the original all in one set comprising burner unit (the original burners used meths for fuel but Trangia later brought out an alternative gas burner unit) stand,...

no-image 30th Jan 2018 Aku Serai Boot Review

I have now tested a range of Aku footwear and know their last suits my mid to broad foot perfectly.  So I had high hopes when invited to test their technical mountaineering and ice climbing Serai model.  In this category my previous...

no-image 28th Jan 2018 Rescue and tragedy on Nanga Parbat

I had just tweeted about Poland’s rich mountaineering heritage and how impressive the current Polish attempt to complete a first winter ascent of K2 is when someone tweeted a reply about the team being involved in a rescue attempt on Nanga...

no-image 26th Jan 2018 Elizabeth Hawley

I was initially attracted to climbing and mountaineering by its simplicity.  You see a piece of rock or a mountain and have a go at getting to the top.  Of course, there are the additional benefits of being in stunning locations, the team...

no-image 24th Jan 2018 Aquapac Upano Lightweight Duffel Bag Review

I use duffle bags (or, as Aquapac call them, ‘duffel’ bags) a lot.  They are the load haulers that get gear from our office to an activity venue or from one airport to another.  They carry kit in the back of our vehicles and are used for...

no-image 18th Jan 2018 Patagonia Fitzroy Down Jacket Review

If you are going to call a down duvet a Fitzroy then it better be built to live up to the hype - Fitzroy being, after all, a legendary weather beaten peak in Patagonia. Of course, Patagonia itself is a brand with a name linked to many years of...

no-image 6th Jan 2018 The Heroes of Telemark

Norway is a joy of a place to visit.  With friendly and welcoming locals, a typically Scandinavian level of organisation, beautiful scenery and many great opportunities for all type of action sports - we never tire of visiting this wonderful...

no-image 3rd Jan 2018 Highlights of a year well lived.....

Before a mountain ascent I am fastidious about organisation.  I will check and recheck that I have everything, look for items that can be safely left behind to save weight and pack carefully to ensure the space is wisely used and I know where...