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no-image 10th Apr 2017 In Praise of In-Country Agents

I was sat in the lounge of our accommodation in Delhi.  A beer in hand, showered, wearing fresh clothes and generally feeling relaxed, satisfied and at one with the world.  My team and I had just got back from my first of two back to back...

no-image 7th Apr 2017 Lifeventure SoftFibre Lite Trek Towel Mini Review

Some time ago I participated in a challenge to see whether a new anti-microbial treatment called Polygiene could fend off the pong effect common with synthetic clothes.  For a week I wore a base layer treated with Polygiene and each day...

no-image 4th Apr 2017 Mammut Masao Hardshell Jacket Review

  Hardshell jackets for climbing use need a broad set of attributes.  The pocket layout needs to be suitable for use both with a harness and for storing the various other bits of equipment you need to carry, the hood needs to be large enough...

no-image 3rd Apr 2017 Problem Solver Hanzo Hangboard Review

Most climbers can't always be climbing because normal life has a habit of getting in the way.  Whether it is work, family commitments, travel or the million other potential reasons we can't get to a crag or an indoor wall - it is always a...

no-image 15th Mar 2017 Peak District Pick & Play

  It is fantastic that more and more people are seeking the beauty and tranquility of our wild places - we’ve played in the hills and mountains for decades and know how much benefit can be gained from an outdoor lifestyle.  We have also...

no-image 3rd Mar 2017 Rjukan Ice Climbing 2018

Norway is a magical country perhaps best known for its stunning natural environment, friendly locals and great adventure opportunities.  There are opportunities for all outdoor lovers, but for climbers it is surely heaven on earth.  In...

no-image 21st Feb 2017 Petzl Reactik Plus Headtorch Review

Several years ago UKClimbing asked me to review a brand new type of headtorch Petzl had just released.  The Nao had a traditional front lamp unit with a rear rechargeable battery pack.  It had many new features but the single biggest...

no-image 9th Feb 2017 No one ever grows up wanting to be a businessman....

Many years ago, when Peak Mountaineering was just a fledgling enterprise, I read Yvon Chouinard's book 'Let My People Go Surfing'.  Chouinard is the founder and owner of renowned outdoor clothing brand Patagonia and in the book he sets out his...

no-image 2nd Feb 2017 Rab Firewall Jacket Review

I've used a lot of Rab clothing and it is one of my 'go to' brands - by which I mean a brand I will tend to look to first when seeking out a new garment.  In this case the product sought me out as Rab provided a Firewall jacket to test.  I...

no-image 26th Jan 2017 Rab Xenon X Jacket Review

Of all the clothing in my gear cupboard, I would suggest that lightly insulated and windproof mid layers are the most widely used.  They have really surpassed midweight fleece in many ways because, although they offer similar levels of...