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no-image 29th Jul 2018 Celebrating the Outdoor Community.....

Caroline and I moved to Castleton many years ago and, at the time, it was our dream to live in the heart of our favourite national park.  We had the same concerns anyone would - would we be welcomed by the other villagers and will we actually...

no-image 24th Jul 2018 Top Gear #27 - Edelrid Pure Slider Carabiner

Edelrid produce some really innovative products. I have used their Aramid Cord slings for years, love their Ohm Assisted Braking Resistor and their Jul range of belay devices set the standard for assisting braking belay devices - they aren’t...

no-image 22nd Jul 2018 Top Tip #31 - Knotting a Rope End

I witnessed a very near miss last week.  The belayer of a climbing pair on a sport route near to us was lowering his partner from the top of a sport climb.  All was going well until I suddenly heard him gasp.  I turned to see him holding the...

no-image 22nd Jul 2018 Lifestraw Water Bottle Filter Adapter Review

Some years ago a friend headed into the back side of the Cairngorms.  He set up a camp way off the beaten track, filled his water bottle from a nearby stream and sat enjoying the scenery.  Within a fairly short time he was vomiting and soon...

no-image 20th Jul 2018 Top Gear #26 - Summit Gear Bothy Shelter

A bothy bag is a standard part of my mountain kit.  These simple fabric canopies can be used to shelter a casualty, warm a chilly group, offer a comfortable place to eat lunch on a wild day, be used to make an improvised stretcher or be...

no-image 19th Jul 2018 Rjukan Ice Climbing 2019

Norway is a climbing paradise - wherever you go you will find steep sided valleys with endless climbing opportunities.  Rjukan, a small community in the region of Telemark, is a perfect example.  Rjukan sits in the base of a steep valley...

no-image 18th Jul 2018 Nikwax #DoMoreWithNikwax Campaign Competition

Whether it is that long sought after personal challenge or simply a chance to ‘chillax' in the sunshine, the outdoors has definitely been the place to be over the amazing summer of 2018.  What an amazing year so far and it is far from over...

no-image 17th Jul 2018 Hanwag Tatra II GTX Boot Review

Hanwag are a prestigious and long established German company and I always look forward to testing their products - every item I’ve used so far has had a premium feel with reassuring solidity and impeccable construction quality.  I have...

no-image 12th Jul 2018 Osprey Levity 45 Rucksack Review

How low can we go?  When I first started backpacking my rucksack alone weighed several kilos and wasn’t at all comfortable.  Nowadays, we have innovative manufacturers pushing the boundaries of the possible to produce uber light packs with...

no-image 11th Jul 2018 Top Tip #30 - Yosemite Racking

It has been a while since our last Peak Mountaineering Top Tip and yet we are bubbling with so many cool ways to make your climbing more efficient.  We have given ourselves a stern talking to and promise we’ll be working hard to share...