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no-image 15th Sep 2019 Mount Elbrus Expedition Report

At 5862 metres, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe and one of the famed Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent).  It sits in the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Russia near the border with Georgia and is notorious for its...

no-image 6th Sep 2019 Avoiding the empty carousel.......

We’d had a good run. In several decades of both personal and group international travel, after many airport transfers, some cancelled or delayed flights, complicated airport changes and visits to remote regional airports, we’d never lost a...

no-image 1st Sep 2019 Hanwag Ferrata II GTX Boot Review

Some time ago I was asked to test a pair of Hanwag’s Combi GTX via ferrata boots (you can read that review here) and I must admit I had to read about the boots for a while before accepting.  As a U.K. based mountaineer it seemed that a boot...

no-image 29th Aug 2019 Osprey Siskin 8 Rucksack Review

I’ve been using Osprey cycling packs for ages.  The 14 litre Zealot (which I reviewed here) has been a great option for long rides and my everyday option has become the Raptor 10 (reviewed here).  They are both awesome packs.  However, ...

no-image 25th Aug 2019 The worst of times.....the best of times

It was late evening and we were sat at home listening to the rain hammer down outside.  It had certainly rained a lot and yet we were sheltered and unaffected in our little country house.  Suddenly, a knock on the door startled us and, when...

no-image 23rd Aug 2019 Osprey Duro Solo Waistpack Review

  Alongside the rest of Osprey's extensive pack and luggage range, they also offer a selection of packs designed for running and mountain biking.  Ian has been taking their Duro Solo belt for a spin..... This review is written from the...

no-image 14th Aug 2019 Nims, Project Possible and Osprey Packs.....

It can sometimes feel like the things being ticked in the Himalayas are getting quite formula.  That may sound critical and that certainly isn’t the intention.  All I mean is that there are a lot of people climbing the same things and by...

no-image 13th Aug 2019 Mammut Masao Light Hooded Hardshell Jacket Review

For gnarly winter days, or when using a waterproof jacket while climbing abrasive rock, a heavier weight fabric is optimum. However, for all other circumstances a lighter weight garment will always be preferred.  Light weight always equates to...

no-image 12th Aug 2019 Osprey Farpoint Trek 75 Rucksack Review

Osprey advertise the Farpoint Trek 75 as the perfect backpack for wanderers and travel-backpackers, combining the best features of their travel range, adapted for backpacking. It is designed not only to get your kit safely to your destination,...

no-image 9th Aug 2019 Top Tip #39 - Making a Knee Map Table

  Sometimes, when the weather is gnarly, it can be hard to keep control of your map when making important calculations or working out a compass bearing - maybe it is because the wind is whipping it from your grasp or your compass is sliding...