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no-image 28th Jul 2017 Tying the Classic Prussik Knot......

You can tell it's the summer holidays when the Peak Mountaineering Juniors start churning out their instructional videos!  Here's the first in their series of offerings.   The Classic Prussik Knot We suggest the Classic Prussik, French...

no-image 27th Jul 2017 Top Tips #21 - Releasable Cable Ties

I am a big fan of cable ties (which I know sounds a bit weird - but bear with me!).  These simple, inexpensive and strong strips of plastic will do a host of jobs.  I keep some in my first aid kit as they are great for securing a splint,...

no-image 17th Jul 2017 Osprey Hydraulics Hydration System Review

As I was testing the hydration system compatible Osprey Zealot recently (see my review here), Osprey also sent me one of their Hydraulics hydration systems to test too.  I considered combining it into my Zealot review but, as the Hydraulics...

no-image 17th Jul 2017 Osprey Zealot Rucksack Review

I would say it is for mountain biking, above all the other sports I've tried, where the difference between a well fitting rucksack and one that carries badly will show.  As a rider bounces and shakes along a bumpy trail the pack needs to stay...

no-image 12th Jul 2017 We have more in common......

I have lived in the Peak District National Park for many years and yet, although very settled in this stunning part of the world, I still consider Manchester to be my home city. Manchester was the place I cut my teeth as a young lad and, later,...

no-image 11th Jul 2017 Environmental Superheroes #1 - Nikwax

     That well known superhero Spiderman once said that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ and, of course, he was right.  Anyone in a position to influence and guide the way others act surely should be the best role model...

no-image 10th Jul 2017 Mammut Magic Sling Review

Slings have been around in climbing for, it seems, as long as people have been using ropes.  The first incarnations were just lengths of knotted rope and then somewhere down the line woven and stitched nylon started to be used.  Since then...

no-image 6th Jul 2017 What to pack for scrambling

What's in the Pack? Course participants are always keen to know what to take for their adventures. So, in the first of a very occasional series, here's what Paul carries on a typical scrambling day (for higher grade scrambles where the use of...

no-image 6th Jul 2017 Petzl Sirocco Helmet Review

I have been a long term user of pretty much the full range of Petzl climbing helmets.  For several years I have favoured the Elios for winter use as I rate its comfort, ease of adjustability, durability and value for money.  For all other...