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no-image 27th Aug 2018 Top Gear #28 - Ocun Crack Gloves

Crack climbing is one of those activities that is highly addictive and yet the pain to pleasure ratio can sometimes be questionable.  There are many times where the best thing about it is when its over!   There are solutions.  The first is...

no-image 25th Aug 2018 Mammut Smart 2.0 Belay Device Review

There are a lot of belay devices on the market and a growing number of what are generally known as assisted-braking belay devices.  Unlike standard tube-style devices, this style of device helps the belayer hold a falling or hanging climber....

no-image 22nd Aug 2018 Leki Micro Trail Poles Review

I received an email from Leki asking if I wanted to review some of their Micro Trail poles and, as I usually do, I decided to do some research before deciding whether to go ahead.  The Micro Trail, as I soon discovered is designed for Nordic...

no-image 13th Aug 2018 Osprey Mutant 22 Rucksack Review

The Mutant series has been, with good reason, a staple of the Osprey range for several years.  They are great looking, stripped back, technically featured, durable and lightweight climbing packs perfect for a range of situations.  I had...

no-image 10th Aug 2018 Aku Tengu Low Gtx Shoes Review

I have now racked up reviews of quite a number of Aku footwear models and, if you have had chance to read any, you will know that I have loved them all.  Aku products fit my feet really well, they incorporate some truly innovative design...

no-image 8th Aug 2018 Embracing the Daily Grind

Something recently flashed up on my Facebook feed.  It was a live video from someone with the title ‘Escaping the Daily Grind.’  The video went on to explain how this person had engineered the opportunity to spend part of their summer...

no-image 6th Aug 2018 Primus Lite XL Integrated Stove Review

Over recent years I have rarely used anything but an integrated stove/pan system - they are compact, efficient and designed specifically to be used together.  I have also seen the significant benefits of using a pan system with integrated heat...

no-image 3rd Aug 2018 Top Tip #32 - Turning a Munter Hitch into a Clove Hitch

The Munter Hitch can be a really useful knot for some situations and we often use it for activities like scrambling - it definitely has compromises but it is quick and can easily be changed into a Clove Hitch when your partner arrives at your...