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no-image 3rd Feb 2016 The Jottnar Yak Wool Challenge....

A few weeks ago Jottnar contacted me to ask if I’d be willing to take part in their ‘Yak Wool Challenge’  which would involve, they explained, wearing one of their Uller yak wool baselayers continuously for a week and commenting on...

no-image 1st Feb 2016 The Hope Valley Adventure Film Festival (HVAFF)

We love film festivals.  A chance to meet like minded individuals, be inspired by some great adventure films and have the opportunity for some jaw dropping adrenalin fuelled moments.  There are many great festivals around the UK and they all...

no-image 1st Feb 2016 Winter Clothing

The plan had been to meet at the road head at 4.30pm but my good friend Andy and I weren't there until after 7.00pm.  Our ascent of Number 2 Gully on Ben Nevis had, despite the route involving very little technical climbing, turned epic and we...

no-image 19th Jan 2016 Lowe Alpine Air Zone Pro 45/55 Rucksack Review

  Features The Air Zone Pro is a fully featured medium capacity backpacking rucksack with an air flow back system, single main compartment, side pocket zip that gives access to the main rucksack, front panel pocket and twin lid pockets. ...

no-image 9th Jan 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival UK and Ireland World Tour

Great news.  The Banff Mountain Film Festival UK and Ireland Tour is back.  This annual celebration of adventure awesomeness returns to a wide range of venues from the end of January and, as well as more screenings than ever, this years...

no-image 7th Jan 2016 LifeStraw Mission Water Filter Review

Big groups call for big capacity water filter systems and we were recently offered the chance to test the LifeStraw Mission which is a filter that will easily cope with large capacity filtering. There is a 5 litre Mission available but...

no-image 31st Dec 2015 Failure is an Option....

"I'm not afraid of storms, for with them, I'm learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott When Albert Einstein was at school one of his teachers is famously quoted as saying 'he will never amount to much'.  Similar rejections include...

no-image 23rd Dec 2015 With our best wishes for Christmas....

We've only been away from home at Christmas once.  Caroline and I were travelling through South Africa and we decided to take a Christmas break from climbing to spend time diving in Sodwana Bay which is along the countries east coast.  We'd...

no-image 22nd Dec 2015 LifeStraw Go Water Filter Review

Some years ago a friend of mine headed in to climb the classic rock route Square Face.  It is a long walk to get there and the route is well away from any civilisation.  You wouldn't think that drinking water from the streams there should be...

no-image 18th Dec 2015 Top Tip #21 Trekking Poles

The use of Trekking Poles has grown massively in recent years and they are certainly a great mountain accessory for a host of reasons.  The main problem with them can be carrying them on the outside of a rucksack.  They stick up like antennae...