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no-image 24th Dec 2017 And so this is Christmas....and what have we done.....

It is hard to believe another year is drawing to a close and yet, as we reflect back, it has in many ways been a great year for us personally and we hope the same for you.  It has certainly involved some significant personal sadness and we all...

no-image 20th Dec 2017 Top Read #14: The Art Of Freedom

In 2016, the Polish mountaineer Voytek Kurtyka travelled to La Grave to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Piolets d’Or commitee.  The Piolets d’Or is an annual celebration of mountain endeavour and is considered by many to...

no-image 19th Dec 2017 I’ve Been Living Through Changes.......

Climbing has been a constant in my life for 35 years.  It is a partner that, like every good relationship, enriches and guides me.  It is my lifeblood.  At dark times I have turned to climbing as a healing force and it has been the pivot...

no-image 14th Dec 2017 Gear of the Year 2017

In 2017 we tested a lot of gear.  Infact, we tested more than ever before and our reviews are becoming increasingly popular.  It is great that both manufacturers and consumers see the benefit of real world testing by professional users who give...

no-image 12th Dec 2017 Patagonia Hyper Puff Hoody Review

    I had a Patagonia DAS (Dead Air Space) Parka for years.  It was a super warm and durable synthetic insulated jacket that just seemed to work in so many situations.  This was particularly the case in our damp cold climate where it...

no-image 9th Dec 2017 The Kinder Mass Trespass

Earlier this week it was reported that Donald Trump has issued proclamations rescinding protections on two US national monuments.  I have written a piece about this called ‘What About Us?’ which I’d love you to read here.  The future of...

no-image 9th Dec 2017 What About Us?

'We are searchlights, we can see in the dark We are rockets, pointed up at the stars  We are billions of beautiful hearts  And you sold us down the river too far'  Lyrics from 'What About Us' by Pink   I'm a big fan of the musician...

no-image 9th Dec 2017 Picking on Patagonia

‘To build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.’ Patagonia Mission Statement Even before Donald Trump announced, earlier this week, that he was...

no-image 7th Dec 2017 Anger Management

While having two teenage boys is an absolute privilege, it inevitably brings occasional challenges too.  Like we all do, our junior team have some ups and downs and need guidance and support along the way.  The other evening, as we were...

no-image 6th Dec 2017 Osprey Raptor 10 Rucksack Review

For longer off the beaten track mountain bike rides I find around 10 litres to be a great size.  Plenty of water, tools, first aid kit and shelter, spare jacket, some food and spare tubes and pump and space for my shades, keys and phone - for...