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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...

no-image 1st Jan 2017 Rab Nimbus Jacket Review

Some time ago I was lucky enough to be involved in some of the testing of Rab's 'synthetic down' garments and I was completely convinced about how useful they would be back then - it is great to see Rab now using this innovative insulation...

no-image 30th Dec 2016 Leki Tourstick Vario Carbon V pole review

A while ago we reviewed some Leki Toustick Vario Carbon poles (you can read the review here) and, despite us openly claiming previous allegiance to Black Diamond models, we really liked the Leki's.  We actually liked them so much that they...

no-image 23rd Dec 2016 Flying Home for Christmas

I've always found the early winter period to be a good time to get away for a while.  Business is generally a little quieter before our busy winter season starts in January and the U.K. weather is still deciding whether it is late autumn or...

no-image 17th Dec 2016 Y&Y Clip Ups

Some time ago I reviewed some Y&Y Belay Glasses (you can find that review here).  At the time I'd seen plenty of people using belay glasses at climbing walls and sport crags and yet wasn't convinced they were that useful - they seemed a bit of...

no-image 17th Dec 2016 Climbing Out.....

When I started climbing I didn't have much to escape from.  I was just entering my teenage years and don't remember having anything very major that caused me too much concern.  I had a great group of friends, a secure and loving home life and...