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no-image 15th May 2020 Paramo Maui Shorts Review

According to Paramo, their Maui shorts are for “people who need comfort and freedom of movement in a rugged pair of warm weather shorts.” Surely however, most people would have the same requirements from any pair of shorts, so why choose...

no-image 30th Apr 2020 Osprey Wheeled Transporter Carry-On 38 Litre Review

There are lots of hurdles to jump through on trips that involve flights and so anything you can do to help make things simpler and more efficient is always worth considering.  One big hassle saver is to streamline your luggage management by...

no-image 23rd Apr 2020 Every Day Is Earth Day

'We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.' Terri Swearingen Welcome to the first in our two part blog post about the effects of the Covid-19 crisis and our battle to protect the environment..... Yesterday, April 22,...

no-image 17th Apr 2020 The Court Of Corona

Nothing has been the same since the Brexit vote.  A divisive referendum that split the country and left rifts that have run deep ever since.  We’ve had 3 years of societal turmoil and still we face more.  Then along came COVID-19.  Next...

no-image 3rd Apr 2020 End Of Season Ski Gear Care

Oh well.  This weekend we were due to head to the Alps for our final ski trip of the 2020 season. Obviously, the current Covid-19 crisis has put paid to that.  Not that I’m complaining of course.  There are bigger fish to fry at this time...

no-image 1st Apr 2020 Skills Shaming Shames Us All....

'Shaming is not the answer. It does not influence behaviour, but instead creates a dichotomy of us and them: the people who are doing it right and those who are wrong. This can quickly become exclusionary.'  Leave No Trace (Centre For Outdoor...

no-image 1st Apr 2020 Osprey Archeon 45 Rucksack Review

We all know the threat that the unrestrained use of plastics can cause to the environment. From marine wildlife caught and suffering in discarded fishing nets, to the mountains of plastic waste sent to landfill to linger for generations to come...

no-image 28th Mar 2020 Top Tip #41 - Reflective Gear Markers

If you have reflective tabs on your clothing, tent or rucksack and have tried shining a torch on them at night, you’ll know how efficient they are. They are a great safety feature either to spot someone in the darkness or to find equipment. ...

no-image 27th Mar 2020 Smith Forefront II Helmet Review

Some time ago I tested the Smith Rover cycling helmet and it's still in regular use (please check out that review here).  It has proved to be a top quality, comfortable and very protective lid offered at a good price.  At the time there was...

no-image 25th Mar 2020 Eyam - A Lesson From History

As we are Peak District National Park residents and given the current Covid-19 crisis, it is hard for us not to draw some parallels between the current situation and the fate that beset the small Derbyshire village of Eyam way back in the mid...