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no-image 30th Jan 2019 Leki Venom SL Ski Poles and Stella S Ski Gloves Review

Paul has tested a range of Leki trekking and ski poles over the last few years and has been consistently impressed with their construction quality, design detail and stylish appearance. Some of his reviews are here, here and here).  I have used...

no-image 25th Jan 2019 Polygiene Odour Crunch Technology

A few years ago Cal and I took part in a challenge set by Swedish company Polygiene.  They asked me to wear a Polygiene treated Rab baselayer for a week while Cal wore a non Polygiene baselayer - the challenge was to see how they coped with...

no-image 24th Jan 2019 The Sun Mirrors of Rjukan

  Deep in the narrow Vestfjord valley in Telemark lies the tranquil industrial town of Rjukan. Rjukan was created to serve the needs of Norwegian industry and much of its development, which took place mainly at the beginning of the last...

no-image 17th Jan 2019 Five Of The Best Patagonia Items

I have been an unashamed fan of Patagonia for nearly 30 years and it is still a brand I look to first when selecting a new item of clothing.  I don’t use Patagonia exclusively and also have a strong allegiance to several fantastic UK brands...

no-image 13th Jan 2019 Top Tip #33 - Connecting Wires

Nuts, wires, Rocks, Wallnuts, Stoppers or Ultralights - they come with many different names and in a variety of shapes and sizes, but these simple metal wedges on a swaged wire loop are the staple of most climbing racks and they are a brilliant...

no-image 8th Jan 2019 Smith Mission Snowsports Helmet and Smith Squad XL Goggles Reviews

It is only over the last decade or so that there has been an explosion in the number of people wearing helmets for skiing.  That is great news, although it is amazing that that the trend didn’t explode rather sooner - fast speeds, icy snow...

no-image 3rd Jan 2019 Osprey Lumina 45 Litre Rucksack Review

Some time ago Paul received an Osprey Levity 45 rucksack for review and I was, I must admit, a little jealous.  The Levity is a superlight pack with all the features needed for multi-day backpacking and Paul loved it.  You can read his review...

no-image 2nd Jan 2019 2018 - A Year In Pictures

When asked about why I love the outdoor life so much, I always say it is because of the seasons.  Of course,  it is spending time with amazing people, challenging myself and seeing incredible places, but the seasons are the glue that holds it...